Hello Band Families!
We are about to start Week 2 of Post-Camp already and the first day of school will be here before you know it! This is the perfect time to continue or begin using the Scrip Program and adding funds to your student’s band account! Be sure to check out current bonuses for back to school shopping at www.shopwithscrip.com.
If anyone is wondering “what is a Scrip Program?”, there is an introduction and additional information farther down in this message. 🙂
Our next SCRIP order for physical gift cards is coming up on Tuesday, August 27th! Please submit your order by Tuesday at midnight. The order should be ready for pick up at “Meet the Teacher” night, September 5th. Look for Martha and the Scrip sign near the Band Room. Contact Martha at the Scrip email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need to pick them up at a different time.
Remember that this order is for physical gift cards. ScripNow e-gift cards can be ordered at any time. Please note that PrestoPay is the easiest way to pay for your scrip orders. Let me know if you need help setting this up. If you selected to pay by check, your checks need to be delivered to me by August 26th or your order will not be placed. There is a shipping charge of $8.50 that is split between all the order families. It is usually around $1-$2. (Coming later in August – pay with your Mastercard or Visa!)
Order Schedule for 2019-2020 School Year:
August 27th (available for pickup at Meet the Teacher night)
November 14th (available for pickup at Marching Band Banquet)
December 10th (Last minute holiday shopping! Available for pickup at Grand Holiday Concert)
March 10th (available for pickup at Festival Concerts)
May 12th (Last minute graduation shopping! Available for pickup at Spring Concerts)
Additional special orders may be placed by contacting me to make arrangements for shipping and pickup!
Why am I so passionate about the Scrip program? Is it because the band program makes money off of your Scrip purchases? No! 100% of the rebates go directly into YOUR band account. I encourage all band families to use Scrip because I know the real value of the program. You can easily make hundreds of dollars every year for your band account! If you want more information about how to effectively use Scrip to earn big $$, contact me and I’ll be happy to help.
ARE YOU NEW TO THE IDEA OF SCRIP?? READ ON!
Scrip cards (and grocery cards) are the only band fundraisers that put your every day spending dollars to work – FREE MONEY!!! This email contains information about the Scrip Program and how it can positively change the balance on your band account. If you would like a flyer that has information about the Scrip program and some helpful hints and tips for using the program and placing orders, please send me a message at email@example.com.
WHAT IS SCRIP? Great Lakes Scrip Center offers gift cards to over 700 of the country’s biggest brands, including grocery, department stores, gas stations, restaurants, hotels, home improvement, and more. Just by using Scrip to pay for your normal purchases, you can easily bank money to your student band account. It’s time to put your shopping dollars to work! A complete listing of participating companies is available at www.shopwithscrip.com.
HOW DOES IT WORK? Scrip cards are regular gifts cards that you purchase at face value. The retailer then gives a rebate, usually between 2%-14% of the face value, directly into YOUR band account. For example, if you purchased a $100 Belk gift card, you pay $100 for the card and have $100 to spend at Belk. Then Belk donates 8% ($8.00) to your band account. Free Money! You will be amazed and astounded at how quickly it adds up simply by spending money “differently” through Scrip.
WHAT TYPE OF GIFT CARDS ARE AVAILABLE? Scrip has three different options for purchasing gift cards. Many companies offer all 3 gift card options but the options available vary by company.
1. Physical Gift Cards: We order these as a Band group about once a month. You order these cards online any time during the month then a Band group order is submitted, typically a week before our monthly band parent meetings. You can either pay for your cards at the time of ordering using the PrestoPay service or by delivering a check prior to the group order placement. See below for details on payment methods. You will receive an email about one week in advance of order placement as a reminder. A few days later we receive the group’s gift cards and distribute them to you, usually at the monthly Band Booster meeting. Physical gift cards are great for gifts or for planned (and controlled) spending.
2. ScripNow E-Card: Make purchases online or at a physical store or have a meal at a restaurant but hop over to the Scrip website before you pay. Buy a ScripNow gift card with PrestoPay to use as payment for your purchases. These cards are available for you to use within minutes of purchase.
3. Reload: With re-loadable physical gift cards, you have the flexibility to add money to the gift card anytime using PrestoPay! These gift cards work well for places you regularly shop. Note that not all physical gift cards are reloadable. You will know it’s reloadable if the Reload option is available.
GETTING STARTED: Set up your own personal account at www.shopwithscrip.com and link to the Athens Drive Band Boosters with the enrollment code 3BDECC2F2L1L. Feel free to contact me if you have problems and I will help you through the process.
PrestoPay: This is the preferred and easiest method of payment. It is Scrip’s secure service to purchase gift cards by using funds directly from your bank account. Set up PrestoPay from your Scrip account on the www.shopwithscrip.com website.
Check: Make your check out to ADHS Band Boosters and deliver it to me before the order date to be included in the monthly order.
Credit Card: Coming in late August, ShopwithScrip will begin taking credit card payments (Visa and Mastercard).
CURRENT SPECIALS: In addition to offering great contributions on every day gift cards, Scrip runs specials and flash sales on a regular basis. This means that a retailer’s usual rebate percentage is temporarily increased. For example, The Gap may increase it’s normal rebate of 14% to 18%. Also, a few times a year, Scrip has a ThankScripping Day. This is a day where many, many retailers have increased rebates for that day only. Take advantage of these specials! Even if you don’t “need” anything right now, you can purchase cards ahead of time that you know you will use in the future. Set up your Scrip account so that you receive email alerts for active specials. Check out the “What’s New” tab to see all the recent listings.
Any questions, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Martha Harris (919-625-5688)