Why not use your grocery money to first buy Scrip gift cards to the grocery stores of your choice thereby helping you to stay within your budget and also help a local school out at the same time?
What is Scrip? Scrip is a fundraising program with unlimited earning potential while selling something everyone uses everyday. Cash. Instead of spending your cash at the store of your choice, you purchase a gift card in a specific denomination and use that to shop with rather than cash. Then Scrip will donate a percentage of the amount to the charity or organization you have purchased the gift cards from. It’s that easy! So if you typically shop at Safeway and you typically spend $50 there a week then you could buy a $50 gift card and Safeway donates 4%. That is only $2, but if everyone did this and did it every week or month think of the amount of money that could be raised. That could potentially be some serious dough!
Many of our readers are affiliated in some way with Damascus Christian School which has a Scrip program. If you are one of them then consider getting a gift card from there and use that to shop with instead of cash. You can turn in your order form anytime at the church office between Sunday through Tuesday at 10am and you can pick up your card on Thursday.
As an incentive DCS is having a gift card drawing for those who purchase any amount through Scrip and it is a $20 card to Barnes and Noble! Last time they did a drawing there were only around 20 people who entered and the person won a $30 gift card to Fred Meyer. If you have any questions about this and you are in the Damascus area then feel free to call Dyan M.
Scrip would also be a great way to buy gift cards for Christmas. Ones I am thinking of include; Starbucks, REI, TCBY, JoAnn Fabric. Oh wait, those are all ones I want.
Remember, this doesn’t cost you any extra. If you want to spend $50 at Fred Meyer next week on food, you buy a $50 gift card through Scrip and then they give your school 4% of that $50. Since next week is Thanksgiving many stores have a deal where you spend $50 and get a deal on a turkey, so if you are already planning on it then buy Scrip instead. This also may help you stay on budget as you will only have what is on your card that you have budgeted for.
Scrip Fundraisers are available all over the country and have the stores specific to your area to choose from. So as you are planning your budget out just plan in some scrip purchases and you will be helping out a local organization or school.
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