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Back-to-School Shopping with Scrip

Does it feel like you blinked and the summer was over? We feel your pain, and we know the next few weeks of rest, relaxation, and inevitable back-to-school shopping will be expensive. In fact, the average family with kids in elementary and high school is projected to spend $684.79 this year on clothing, shoes, school supplies, and electronics.

Louise Sanderson
By Louise Sanderson
on 7/18/18 11:00 AM

A Family’s Guide to Earning Money in the Summer with Scrip

Louise Sanderson
by Louise Sanderson on 5/10/18 11:30 AM


Are you ready to raise money for your organization all summer long? How would it feel coming back at the end of summer having already raised a good chunk of change just by making purchases with scrip?

It’d be great! Thanks to online ordering and online payments with PrestoPay™, you can conveniently use scrip on your everyday spending this summer and earn big before school even starts. Take a look at the suggestions we laid out for maximizing your earnings all summer.

Utilize ScripNow® eCards, Reload, and ReloadNow®

One of the biggest benefits of online ordering and payment is the access to reloadable cards and ScripNow eCards, which are both perfect for summer fundraising. Instead of ordering a new physical card and having to wait for it to be shipped to your coordinator, you can add funds to your previously purchased cards that offer Reload or ReloadNow. Or you can order a ScripNow eCard that will be delivered to your account within minutes when you pay with PrestoPay.

The convenience of these virtual products will add a nice boost to your earnings, but you can earn even more by making sure everyone in your family is using ScripNow eCards. That’s what Laura, who has raised over $2,000 in two years of shopping with scrip, does. “At times my son will be out running errands and call me up saying he needs more scrip,” she said. “Because I use ScripNow more than anything, I can take a screenshot on my phone and text him.”

Tap Into MyScripWallet

With online ordering and online payments, you can bring scrip wherever you go with The mobile website for ShopWithScrip is accessible on every smartphone or mobile device, and it conveniently stores your ScripNow eCards and registered reloadable cards.

If you’re out and about and you find you need an eCard, go to on your phone’s web browser and order one and then redeem it right from your phone. Melinda talked about how she uses ScripNow, saying, “ScripNow is the best! When I'm out running errands and think of something I need right now, but I don't have any scrip cards with me, I can sit in the parking lot of the merchant, order the ScripNow eCard on my smartphone and VOILA! I walk right in and pay with scrip from my smartphone.”

The best tip we’ve heard of for using MyScripWallet comes from Christie. She said, “I order ScripNow before checking out, and I will take a screenshot of the card just in case I lose Wi-Fi at the register. That way I know I have the card ready.” To really make the most of this tip, keep a running total while you’re shopping so you can order the most accurate denomination.

Unlocking Your Summer Earning Potential

You can already see the earning potential of using scrip over the summer, and you’re, hopefully, feeling motivated to order eCards and reloads, and use MyScripWallet. If you need some guidance on how to use scrip this summer, take a look at our list below:

  • If you have graduation open houses to attend or you have a graduate on your hands, use scrip to pay for their gifts. You can also use scrip to outfit their dorm!
  • Summer weddings are popping up. Buy the happy couple a gift using scrip, or give them a gift card to use how they’d like.
  • Don’t leave for a vacation without your scrip. You can earn big on flights, cruises, and hotels. If you’re more into road trips, equip your wallet with scrip for fast food and gas stations!
  • If home improvement is on your summer to-do list, make sure you use scrip to buy your supplies.

So while fundraising in the summer sounds like a drag, think of using scrip all summer long as putting your everyday spending and summer expenses to work for you.

Next Steps:

  • Want to get signed up for online ordering? Reach out to your coordinator to join.
  • If you’re new to online ordering, make sure you download the family ordering guide we created.
  • Get stocked up on your scrip before summer hits. Shop our gift cards now.

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Louise Sanderson
Written by Louise Sanderson
Attending public schools all her life and being a three-sport athlete, Louise is no novice to fundraising. When she's not writing copy for Great Lakes Scrip Center, Louise can be found playing recreational sports too competitively, or spending quality time with her dog.

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