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Ten ways to earn money for your school with Box Tops

School is in session and that means it's Box Tops time too! That's Box Tops for Education available on a variety of General Mills products. Every product you buy that includes a Box Top can earn your school 10 cents? This past week I went shopping at my local Walmart and found many items that included a special 5 Box Tops sticker. That's 50 cents from one product you can earn for your school!

Box Tops products to buy at Walmart for Back-to-school
Box Tops products to buy at Walmart for Back-to-school


I was familiar with the Box Tops program. At the elementary school, each classroom collects Box Tops and they compete against each other all year – the classroom with the most Box Tops wins a pizza party at the end of the year. I didn't realize the variety of products available to purchase until I went shopping for this article. I've always bought cereal promoting the Box Tops, we are a Cheerios loving family. What I didn't know that you can also find vegetables, yogurt, snacks.. pizza. General Mills has a pretty great variety of products to choose from. Shop through Walmart online and earn even MORE for your school!

A few facts about Box Tops

  • Box Tops are worth $0.10 for your child’s school (remember, bonus products 5 Box Tops each!).
  • Box Tops is one of America’s largest school earnings loyalty programs.
    Over 80,000 k-8 schools participate
  • Schools can use Box Tops cash to buy whatever they need.
  • Box Tops for Education has contributed over $525 million to participating schools since the launch of the program in 1996.

Ten ways to earn money for your school with Box Tops

Here are some of the things I found when I started wondering Walmart looking for Box Tops labeled products. (it helped I had list of Box Tops participating products).




1. Cereal  – Minons, Yoda and Darth Vadar.. all sportin' the 5 Box Tops special offer.




2. Snacks – Of course we get the variety pack of Nature Valley granola bars… more reasons for the kids to argue over the last peanut butter while I hide all the Maple Brown Sugar!





3. Yogurt – Yes Please! I like to freeze these Yoplait ® Go-Gurt® and then stash them in the lunch boxes. They are still nice and cold by the time the kids go to lunch and they take the place of a little ice pack. Double bonus!





4. Vegetables – Why yes, that jolly Green Giant is sharing some school love too. We love broccoli and cheese.. add in some cauliflower and carrots and we're officially healthy!





5. Soup And last but not least, Progresso soup also has the Box Tops labels on them! I picked up a veggie mix, but I loved the labeling on this creamy potato.

6. Pillsbury biscuits (I know you've tried my biscuits and gravy).

7. Tostino's pizzas – the 4 in a box package. The kids eat them as a snack on the weekend of split it and take it for lunch at school.

8. Gluten Free products – Chex cereal is gluten free. I'm not sure which other products they offer for the gluten free shopper, but who doesn't love all those rice chex? We make snack party mixes with it – #YUM.

9. Protein Bars – Nature Valley also offers a pretty delicious protein bar and yep, there are Box Tops on it!

10. COOKIES! – Pillsbury Ready to Bake TM Cookies – chocolate chip heaven!

Now if you aren't familiar with the Box Tops program.. or aren't sure what you're looking for. Most the time the products do not have these big pink labels. Instead there is usually a little pink Box Tops label, about the size of a bar code, somewhere on the side or back panel of a product.

Box Tops label on a cereal box
Box Tops label on a cereal box

Are you ready to get shopping and buy some Box Tops labeled products? I have a fun little craft I'll share with you in a few day to help you get started. In the meantime… Learn more about earning money for your school with General Mills Box Tops and Walmart.

So tell me, do you collect Box Tops?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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