SCRIP - GIFT CARDS
SAN CARLOS CHARTER LEARNING CENTER!
We are selling retailer gift cards (e.g. Home Depot, Best Buy, Macys, Macaroni Grill, Chevron) to the CLC community. We resell these gift cards (also called Scrip
) at face value; CLC gets to keep the rebate percentage that's offered by the retailers. These percentages range from 2% - 15%
With Scrip, not only can we purchase gift cards for gifting, but we can also put our regular household shopping dollars to work at stores we use everyday! And scrip can be used for just about any household purchase including food, clothing, entertainment, gasoline, dining, and even travel!
This Scrip program is complementary to e-Scrip: Scrip
involves gift cards used at national and regional brick-and-mortar retailers and services, while eScrip
is concentrated on use of your registered credit card (and Safeway Club Card) at local grocers -- plus an online shopping mall.
Several hundred retailers, through our Great Lakes Scrip Center supplier, offer their gift cards through this program. A comprehensive list is linked here, both by alphabetical order
and by category
|Groceries||Whole Foods (3%), Safeway (4%) |
|Department Stores||Target (2%), Bloomingdale's (12%), Kohl's (4%), Macys (10%), Sears (4%)|
|Apparel||Banana Republic (14%), Gymboree (13%), J. Jill (8%), L.L. Bean (15%),
Ross (8%), T.J. Maxx (7%)|
|Books & Entertainment||Amazon (4%), AMC Theatres (12-16%), Barnes & Noble (9%), iTunes (5%), Cinemark Theatres (15%)|
|Dining||Applebees's (8%), Buca Di Beppo (8%), Chuck E. Cheese
(8%), Macaroni Grill (11%), Red Robin (9%)|
|Dining - On the Go||Baskin Robbins (9%), Carl's Jr (5%), Cold Stone Creamery (8%), Jamba
Juice (7%), Starbucks (7%)|
(NOTE: Peet's gift cards via Casey Inman can also be ordered here; a
separate entry is added for convenience)
|Electronics & Office||Best Buy (3%), Office Max (5%), Staples (5%)|
|Gas & Auto||Arco (1.5 - 2.5%), Chevron (1.5 - 2.5%), Jiffy Lube (10%), Pep Boys (4%),
|Home||Bed Bath & Beyond (7%), Container Store (9%), Crate and Barrel (8%),
Home Depot (4%), Pottery Barn (8%), Williams-Sonoma (8%)|
|Sports||Big 5 (8%), Golfsmith (8%), REI (8%), Sports Authority (11%)|
|Travel||American Airlines (8%), Avis (8%), Celebrity Cruises (9%), Hyatt Hotels
|Internet||Groupon (7%), Shutterfly (9%), |
Bonuses! -- What are they?
Bonuses are limited-time increases in rebate contributions from the retailer back to CLC. List below. Families can take advantage of these rebate bonuses for the school.
Smart and Final 2% Bonus (to 5%)
Red Robin 2% Bonus (to 11%)
Hallmark 1% Bonus (to 5%)
American Express 1% Bonus (to 2.25%)
Jiffy Lube 3% Bonus (to 11%)
What is ScripNow? - It's immediate gratification online!
Reload - Recharge your used Scrip cards!
You may not
realize it, but with ShopWithScrip.com you
don't always have to wait for a new gift card
right...if you place card reload orders
and pay with
PrestoPay™, we will automatically
process your reload
order by the next business day with no waiting.
speaking, any "reload only" order placed before 3 pm
Eastern Time will be activated by the next business
whole story here »
WAYS TO PURCHASE SCRIP
This year, in addition to the online means of purchasing gift cards via www.shopwithscrip.com, we’re introducing several convenient options:
- At the SCCLC Office - using Order Slip
At the SCCLC Office, we will have 2 - 3 top cards (possibly more!) available for sale (including the Peet’s Gift Cards being sold via Casey Inman). Families will fill out an Order Slip indicating their choice(s), and then hand over to Gwynne. Gwynne will handle as follows:
- Instant Gratification
On a time-permitting basis, Gwynne will fulfill your Scrip orders immediately. PLEASE be considerate of her time, especially during prime drop-off and pick-up times.
- Same Day Fulfillment: By Pick-Up Time in Family Folder
Drop off your Order Slip in the Scrip folder (at the end of the Family Folders), or with Gwynne during the day. We will have your order in your family folder by the time you pick up your learner! (subject to Gwynne’s or volunteer availability)
- By Turnaround Schedule
If the requested gift cards are unavailable, or if you’ve filled in your own choice under “Other”, we’ll then fulfill your order according to the Turnaround Schedule (below).
- Scrip “Office Hours”
Additionally, we plan to hold “Office Hours” during the week, either during drop-off or pick-up times. We’ll sell our top 5 - 6 available gift cards at this time, including the following: Peets, Safeway, Starbucks, REI, Amazon, and Cinemark (Century) Theatres. These “Office Hours” will depend on times that volunteers can provide. So let us know if you’re interested in helping out!!
- Order Form
We now have a two-page Scrip Order Form that contains the more popular retailer options provided by our vendor. Pick up the form at the SCCLC Office, or click on this link and print out (please also look below at the SCCLC Scrip Order Form at the bottom of this page). You can fill out that form and drop off in the Scrip folder. We will fulfill your order according to the Turnaround Schedule (below).
- Online via www.shopwithscrip.com
Our traditional option is to go online via http://www.shopwithscrip.com and enter in your order (and pay) electronically!
- If ordering via ScripNow (printable eCards or eGifts that can be emailed to someone), or via Reloading of used Scrip from our vendor, then the order is immediately fulfilled electronically.
- Otherwise, your order will be processed according to our Turnaround Schedule (below).
Online via ShopWithScrip
Visit the following website to browse the gift cards offered, and to place your gift card order: https://www.shopwithscrip.com/index.aspx
. Detailed instructions can be found in the Shop With Scrip Family User Guide
Note the following:
- Look for the green Family Sign Up! - Create Account box at the left side of the web page. Establish your own family account that you will use to place and track your orders.
- Use the following Enrollment Code for CLC: 3CLE28BE1L514
- Add your student and teacher names in the provided fields. We will use these fields to help place orders into the family folders (by learner's name).
- Begin setup of PrestoPay (you can find on the left-hand nav bar). Please see Payment section below.
We now have more options for you to pay for your order!
- PrestoPay - Electronic Payment; this is our preferred payment method for online ordering.
- We encourage folks to use PrestoPay for payment to avoid the delays with check handling / processing. This service provides for electronic funds payment of your gift card order via your linked checking account. There is a $0.39 convenience fee per transaction, which covers Great Lakes Scrip Center's (GLSC) costs for EFT. Setup completion will take approximately 2 business days.
- Check - This is our preferred method of payment for orders fulfilled via Order Forms & Order Slips. Your canceled check will serve as receipt for payment. Please either provide to Gwynne (with your Order Slip), or provide with your Order Form in the "Gift Cards" / Scrip" folder at the far end of the family folders in the CLC office. If applicable, please be sure to put your order # in the Memo field of your check.
- Checks are payable to the San Carlos Charter Learning Center Fundraising Association (or "SCCLCFA" for short will suffice).
- Cash - This method of payment will be for live person-to-person transactions ONLY (to Gwynne or Scrip volunteer; for instant or same-day fulfillment, using available inventory). Please have exact change available. Please do NOT leave cash for orders dropped off at the Scrip folder.
- IOU - If you don’t have your checkbook handy, or if you’re in a rush and don’t have exact change, then you can fill out the “IOU” total on your Order Slip or Order Form. Don’t worry, we’ll know where to find you!!
Custom orders will be placed every first and third Thursday of the month, with arrival by the following Thursday (approximately 5 business days).
- Deadline to submit custom order into "Gift Cards / Scrip" folder: first / third Wednesday of the month, 3:30pm
- Deadline to submit custom order via www.shopwithscrip.com: first / third Thursday of the month, 8:30am
We will provide more frequent and expedient turnaround times if we get more consistent sales that can offset the increased shipping costs.
We will perform expedited orders during the holiday season, and when the need arises.
Ordering / Pickup Calendar
vendor sends out email notifications about new gift cards, special
offers, and limited-time rebate bonuses that can be earned for CLC. A recent example is the forwarded notification that iTunes now offers a
ScripNow eCard that can be printed out directly to your printer, and
that there is a 3% bonus back to CLC.
If you don't have email notifications enabled for your account, then
please access your shopwithscrip.com account profile
un-check the box below Classroom / Group (example below):
I do not wish
to receive promotional messages and email
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (updated November 1, 2011)
What's new for 2011?
We're excited to note the following offerings for this school year:
- Whole Earth - 3%
- Target - 2%
- American Express (no expiration dates!!) - 1.25% (now at 2.25% through November 4)
- Groupon - 7%
More Purchasing Options
We're now offering more ways for you to purchase Scrip! Please see above.
CLC used to have a Scrip program. What's different about this program?
The former Scrip program at CLC was managed by Denise Caldwell, and focused on paper gift certificates from local grocers such as Lunardi's and Safeway.
The Scrip program that we're introducing offers the plastic gift cards that you use at national and regional retailers. These are the same gift cards that you'll find at the gift card aisle at Safeway or at your checkout stand.
What's the difference between Scrip and eScrip? SchoolPop? oneCause?
This Scrip program is complementary to e-Scrip: Scrip
involves gift cards used at national and regional brick-and-mortar
retailers and services, while eScrip
is concentrated on
use of your registered credit card (and Safeway Club Card) at local
grocers -- plus an online shopping mall.
How many non-profit organizations can a family register with shopwithscrip?
A family can register as many non-profit organizations as they wish to their shopwithscrip family account. Then, each time you place an order, you will designate the non-profit organization that you would like to support with your purchase.
Can I get my extended family / friends to use ShopWithScrip and contribute to CLC?
Yes, anyone can set up a ShopWithScrip account and designate their non-profit organization as CLC via the enrollment code (3CLE28BE1L514
). The learner's name must be designated under "Student"; delivery of gift cards will go to the learner's family folder.
I'm a business owner: I want to order Scrip to thank my employees, customers, and vendors, and give the rebate proceeds to CLC. Is there a program for this?
You can order via http://www.shopwithscrip.com, just as you do for your personal orders!
For those who need to use a credit card to purchase their business-related gifts: there's Rewards and more Gift Cards -- Gift card giving by businesses, donating a percentage to designated charity / non-profit. They are affiliated with our supplier, Great Lakes Scrip Center. Credit cards are accepted for payment.
Link to the Rewards and More Gift Cards site
What if my national / regional retailer (e.g. Trader Joes, Costco) is not on this retailer list?
Trader Joes and Costco, are missing retailers from this program that most get asked about. As a substitute, one can use the American Express Gift Card (see below).
We are currently evaluating another vendor that carries Target and Whole Foods gift cards. We'll determine the feasibility of this vendor and keep you posted.
Is there a gift card that can be used with many retailers?
The American Express Gift Card can be used anywhere American Express credit cards are accepted, and offer a 1.25% rebate to CLC.
The BONUS for purchasing via CLC's Scrip program: NO Activation fees!
Can you add (local) retailers to this Scrip program?
Yes! Let us know of a retailer that you would like added to this Scrip program. We'll work with that retailer to offer their gift cards / Scrip through CLC.
How are the Peet's gift cards offered by CLC different than the Peet's gift cards offered by GLSC?
The Peet's gift cards offered by SCCLC are via Casey Inman. She's able to get a 10% rebate from Peet's for SCCLC, instead of the 8% that GLSC provides. You can purchase these Peet's gift cards at the SCCLC office. For your convenience, you can order Casey's Peets cards via shopwithscrip.com and make a single payment; we'll bundle with your order.
Which retailers allow for store credit account payment with gift cards?
Per Great Lakes Scrip Center as of November 19, 2009, only Kohl's allows payment of store credit card accounts with gift cards.
What retailers offer the highest rebate percentages?
As of November 19, 2009:
1-800-Flowers, Cascading Card File, Domino's Pizza & 2-liter, Fannie May Candles, Plow & Hearth
AT&T 125 Minute Prepaid Card, Gift Card Wrapper
Bath & Body Works*, Marie Callender's, Spaghetti Warehouse, White Barn Candle Co.*
Land's End, Orvis
Brooks Brothers, AMC Single Admit, Game Crazy, Hollywood Video
675 Minute Total Access Phone Card, BedandBreakfast.com, Blockbuster Specialty Card, Dave & Busters*, LL Bean, Maui Jim, Regal Single Admit,
* Denotes limited time rebate bonus
Which retailers are offering temporary rebate bonuses, and special offers?Link to the latest news and offers offered by our main supplierLink to the special offers and temporary bonuses currently active on the shopping page
I need to buy 30 - $10 gift cards for XMAS. I can only see Starbucks
out on the website, do you know there are any others that offer $10
Will you offer credit card / PayPal payment?
We may implement a credit card / PayPal method for payment in the future. However, we will need to charge an additional 2.5% to cover PayPal transaction fees.
Can I have the scrip mailed to my business / residence?
All scrip orders are combined and ordered as a group, and are delivered in a single mailing to the CLC office. Scrip orders cannot be mailed to individual addresses, as our supplier is not equipped to do that.
If you wish to order on behalf of your small business and manage yourself, you can look at the Rewards and More Gift Cards site mentioned earlier in the FAQs.
Can one reload their gift card without obtaining another gift card?
How can I look at past orders, or how much I've earned in rebates for CLC?Link to the Family Reports page
What have we earned thus far in the Scrip program? (updated 11/01/2011)
We will supply that information soon!
Can any part of my Scrip order be tax-deductible?
Yes, the rebate portion of your Scrip order (which goes back to CLC) can be tax-deductible! You first will need to fill out and submit a form where you designate CLC to be the recipient of the rebate from your Scrip orders. CLC will then provide you a letter at the end of the year that denotes how much money in rebates you've "donated" back to CLC.
More information will be added to this page regarding this.
Do you have handouts that I can print out?
Please see the attachments below.