How I Earned $150 Toward Band Fees with Little Effort

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Like many other band families, when I heard there were opportunities to decrease my band fees I wanted to know more.  I immediately got involved with what I was told was the most lucrative fundraiser, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater concessions.

I had heard about the Scrip fundraiser but even though I was in charge of fundraising, managing Scrip was not assigned to me. I, like many of you, looked briefly at the Scrip opportunity and saw that only 2-12% of the gift cards you purchase are applied to your fees. That is just a few dollars at a time. I felt it was not worth the effort.

This year I decided that since I am in charge of fundraising I should learn more about Scrip and at least give it a try. I learned that you do not need to pre-order gift cards. You can actually sign up to buy the cards online and have them delivered as e-cards within a minute. So this is what I have done.

We eat at Chili’s. I am a rewards member there meaning for each dollar I spend I get points that can be redeemed for free food. When it is time to pay the check I log in to get my rewards and see what the amount of the check is. I add the tip amount to the total and then go on my phone and buy a ShopwithScrip gift card for as close to the amount as I can. Chili’s gives 11% back toward my band fees. So I effectively got an 11% discount plus my Chili’s points.

I have a Starbucks gift card that is registered for me to get Starbucks rewards. When it runs low on funds I go to ShopwithScrip, buy a gift card and then transfer the funds from that gift card to the one that is registered to give me my points. Now I am getting my Starbucks rewards plus 7% of the amount going toward the band fees.

Summer is a time of lots of blockbuster movies. I am an AMC member and earn points for the money I spend with AMC, even when paying for  tickets with a gift card. So when I go to buy my tickets online I use my rewards card and an AMC gift card that I bought online and was emailed to me within a minute. I earn my points and get 8% of the amount spent applied to band fees.

For mother’s day I could have used 1-800-Flowers to send my mom a bouquet earning 12% toward band fees. Instead I bought her gift cards that were emailed to her.

I started in January. There have been a number of times I forgot to even check if the place I was buying from was listed on Scrip such as Chipotle which gives 10%. Yet without really trying, I have racked up $150 toward my band fees. Now I am thinking about how much more I can earn if I get my family to use online scrip or if I sell gift cards (at cost) to my friends, family, and neighbors. I think we would all agree that gift cards are better to sell than cheesecakes. But if you really like cheesecake, Cheesecake Factory gives 5% back toward band.

There are only 25 slots available for each Verizon Wireless show. There are limited slots available to work the concession stands, but there are numerous businesses listed on Scrip that when you use the gift card will help your fundraising add up.

To learn more about how to get set up with the online account, visit our fundraiser page.

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