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Can you believe that we are almost into August already!? I can’t – it feels as though the summer just began and school was letting out for the year. Now we are looking at back to school sales and getting our school supplies together because in just a couple of short weeks, we’ll be back to the old routine again. I can’t say that JP is thrilled when I mention anything that has to do with ‘back to school’…
JP’s elementary school collects Box-Tops – those little squares printed on the boxes of certain everyday brands like VIVA® Scott® and Kleenex®. I watch out for these on a year round basis because the school asks us to help donate to them by turning these in. Every clipping can mean 10 cents or more depending on the promotion, so I’m all about helping the schools in any way I can. With constant state budget cuts happening with regard to school, I think it’s a necessary duty.
Since it’s back to school time, part of the supplies that most teachers request are things like Kleenex®, so it makes sense to find a good deal on a value pack. I heard that Walmart has the Kleenex® Trusted Care* 3 Bundle Pack and the Kleenex® Trusted Care* 4 Bundle Pack that I went in search for but came up empty. I thought it would be a great way to snag double Box-Tops in addition to the Kleenex needed on the school supply list.
I also needed some paper towels – particularly the Viva® Vantage® 6 Big Rolls and who has time for toilet paper? I got the Scott® Tissue 20 Roll Pack because I really dislike coming back to the store on a weekly basis for staples like this. The big Box-Tops™ bonuses are really nice too and helps me continue collecting all year long for my school.
I even have a dedicated spot for my Box-Tops so I can make my life easier in keeping them together until i have enough to send into the school. All you need is an old candle jar, a candlestick holder from the dollar store and some E6000 glue. I only recommend using this type of glue because it still allows the glued on glass to be dishwasher safe.
Some tips in preparing your jar
If your candle jar still has wax in it, place the whole thing in the freezer for 24 hours. The wax will freeze and it will easily separate from the glass. Once all the wax is out soak it all in hot soapy water and wash thoroughly. Any leftover wax and black soot should wash away leaving behind a gleaming jar for you to use.
Determine if the candle holder you are going to use as a base is sturdy enough to support the jar. The last thing you want is for i to topple over and break! Apply a small amount of glue on the candlestick holder and place it on the bottom of the jar. Allow 24-48 hours for it to dry before standing it upright.
Ta-da! All done! I keep mine on the kitchen counter and ready to fill with Box-Tops! How do you store Box-Tops?