Everyday Shopping Generates Profits
Scrip Order Form (updated 5/17/18)
List subject to change without notice.
What is Scrip?
Scrip is a fund raising program designed so that a percentage of your everyday purchases turn into cash contributions made directly to our school. This program provides an opportunity for businesses to give back to the community that supports them. Our school depends on this program as part of our annual operating budget.
The school purchases gift certificates and gift cards at a discounted price, and we earn the difference between the face value (your purchase price) and the negotiated price. Each retailer establishes what percentage of purchases it will contribute back to the school. Knowing how much each retailer contributes will help you make more informed shopping choices. Some retailers will contribute back as much as 15%, others as low as 1%. It is clearly indicated on the Scrip Order Form and at ShopWithScrip.com exactly how much each retailer is currently contributing.
There are two ways in which you can participate in Scrip. One is to purchase gift certificates and gift cards and the second is to register with eScrip (see "So What is eScrip?" below for details). As a rule, gift cards and certificates provide a greater contribution back to the school than eScrip, so It is to your advantage to participate in both programs, if possible.
How do I buy Scrip?
Buy in Person
Scrip can be purchased every school day from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the school office and most Sundays after the 10:00 a.m. Mass.
Use an Order Form
Download an Order Form (above), fill it out and send it in to school with your child. Items on the front will be sent home the next Thursday (or that day if it comes in Thursday morning) and items on the back, the following Thursday. If you can't print the form, write your order on a sheet of paper and send it in with your check.
Go to shopwithscrip.com and place an order. Orders received by 8:00 a.m. Monday morning will be filled that Thursday. See "How does ShopWithScrip Work?" below for schedule details, payment methods and instructions to create an account.
How does ShopWithScrip work?
ShopWithScrip is an online Scrip order system that allows you to pay by check at school, or immediately by linking your checking account to ShopWith Scrip's PrestoPay system.
It’s easy – order any day, any time and pay with PrestoPay or by sending a check with your order printout to school the next day. When you use PrestoPay, there is a nominal 15¢ transaction fee per order.
If you decide to register for PrestoPay, you will be e-mailed an authorization code which you will need to send to us to confirm you as a registered school family. E-mail your code to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once your account is authorized, you will receive an e-mail from us.
Online orders placed by 8:00 a.m. Thursday morning are filled just as if you had turned in a paper Order Form. In-stock items will be filled and sent home on Thursdays, while “Special Order” items (and there are a LOT more of them on the website than we have room to list on our form!) will come home the following Thursday. If you do not use PrestoPay, make sure you send a check the next morning, attached to a printout of the order. Unpaid orders will not be submitted until a check is received. Orders placed after Thursday morning, but before 8:00 a.m. the following Monday will be delivered the next Thursday.
ShopWithScrip also offers ScripNow, Reload and ReloadNow options, where you can get your Scrip almost instantly if you use PrestoPay. Check out their website for details about how it all works. ScripNow is a great option for friends and family who live out of the area and Reload/ReloadNow is perfect for reloading cards that you have given to out of area college students or others. Send gas or grocery cards once (remember to register them) and reload them online rather than having to send new ones each time.
So what is eScrip?
eScrip is a national program where you, your family members and friends register debit, credit cards and store loyalty cards at www.escrip.com, designating “Our Lady of Mt Carmel School” as your organization. It is VERY secure. You are not required to give either your expiration dates or security codes. Benefit Mobile App is a partner with eScrip at which you can purchase gift "cards" that can be redeemed right from your phone or tablet. At Benefit, you can also make purchases with your registered credit and debit cards.
Every purchase you make at a participating eScrip or Benefit Mobile retailer is automatically calculated and credited to your eScrip/Benefit accounts and then to the school.
Friends and Family can help by signing up for eScrip and/or Benefit Mobile and choosing OLMC as the beneficiary – you earn the credit. You will need to complete the eScrip Family & Friends form and return it to the school office in order to receive the credit. Family and friends are also welcome to come into the office and purchase scrip in your name.
At the end of the school year, if you have exceeded your net profit commitment to the school of $240.00, the excess amount is split 50/50 with the school. You can choose to have your portion credited to your tuition for the coming school year, or you can designate your portion to be donated to a fund of your choice (e.g. endowment, Adopt a Student, Technology, Library, etc.).
I am signed up with eScrip and/or Benefit Mobile, so I don’t need to buy ShopWithScrip gift cards/certificates.
eScrip and/or Benefit Mobile alone will, most likely, not get you to your commitment. Why? Because the rebate back to the school from both eScrip and Benefit Mobile is often lower than with ShopWithScrip gift cards/certificates.
Moral of the story?
Use some combination of all - make purchases through ShopWithScrip, eScrip and Benefit Mobile, as well as buying gift cards/certificates at school. We have lots of inventory in stock for all your favorite places, and Special Orders are placed every Monday, and sent home the following Thursday. Make buying Scrip a habit. Purchase just your gas and grocery needs each week and you will easily meet your commitment, and you might even go over and qualify for a rebate at the end of the school year!