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Saving for a Bright Future with Box Tops

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Have you heard all of those “I’ve become my Mother” jokes?

It’s no joke; it can really happen. I know. It happened to me today.

I was shopping at Walmart, gleefully filling up my cart with all of the needful things I always find there. My guys love Yoplait® Yogurt so that went into the cart. I noticed it had a General Mills® Box Tops for Education label, but I didn’t really think about it. Next, I picked up Nature Valley Granola Bars® and I saw the label again. When I picked up the Ziploc® baggies and noticed the Box Tops for Education label a third time, it finally caught my attention. I could hear Mom say, “It only takes a moment and it can make a real difference to the school.”

Saving for a Bright Future with Box Tops

I had a flashback, watching Mom tear off those small box top labels. I didn’t want to take the time but Mom would pull out the empty box I had just deposited in the trash and carefully remove the label. Sometimes I would have the job of cutting the extra cardboard away on the stash before Mom sent an envelope full to my school. I didn’t appreciate the job, joyful teenager that I was.

Nature Valley Soft Baked Squares

Yoplait 12 Pack with Box Tops

But today when I noticed the Box Tops for Education label that third time, I thought, “It only takes a moment and it can make a real difference to the school.” I laughed out loud and decided Mom was right. I was already buying my favorite General Mills products. Just taking a moment to collect the virtually free money for our community school…yeah, I could do that. I should do that.

Ziploc Bags with Box Tops

Each Box Top is worth ten cents for your child’s school. Schools can use the cash to buy whatever they want. If every student’s family would collect the labels, just think of the difference it could make to a school—classroom materials, playground equipment, and special enrichment programs are costly. Many school districts have felt the pinch of budget cuts in recent years. I have teacher friends who actually buy classroom materials out of their own salaries because of budget cuts. That doesn’t seem fair.

Box Top Products at Walmart

Right now, only at Walmart, there is an even better in-store offer available on specially marked packaging.  You can receive four bonus Box Tops for every one that you submit. That means you get the value of five Box Tops from one participating item—50 cents versus the usual 10 cents—for your school. It’s a deal that shouldn’t be refused!

You know you’ll be going to Walmart for all of their great back-to-school deals. Go now to stock up and save on your favorite General Mills products. Do something for yourself and your school. Tell them Mom sent you!

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

Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.