Frequently Asked Questions
Can you explain how PrestoPay works?
When you enroll in PrestoPay, you are giving Shop With Scrip permission to automatically debit your bank account for the full face value of any plastic gift cards you order, gift cards you reload or ScripNow! email vouchers plus a $0.15 fee. The $0.15 fee is for the total order, regardless of the number of cards you purchase. Once this amount is debited from your bank account, a credit is issued to the BPO for the discount amount. This is strictly a convenience option – there is no requirement that you enroll. However, if you think you will want to use reload or ScripNow!, it makes the most sense to use PrestoPay, since you won’t have to wait for the next order date to be able to use the reload or ScripNow! you want.
So we really can’t use credit cards?
No, sorry. Shop With Scrip has found credit card fees eat into the discounts they can offer, and they would rather pass these back to their members.
Can grandparents set up an account, too?
Absolutely. They can register and place orders just like you do. When they register, they need to use our BPO Enrollment Code (21A12D7A37969) and make sure to list the full student name so the correct student gets the credit. You will also have to work out how to get plastic cards to them. If they are not able to pick up cards from the Scrip Coordinator’s house, you may have to do so for them. At this time, our Scrip Coordinator is not set up to mail out cards to individual families.
Can Band Directors just send cards home with my student?
Our band directors are so busy with the work of giving your kids the finest music education possible, that we would prefer not to burden them with having to remember to pass out cards. Plus, the cards are as good as cash, and we don’t want them to have liability for the cards being lost or stolen. If you are having problems getting to the Scrip Coordinator’s house to pick up your cards, email her at email@example.com and see what other arrangements can be made.
The posted discount for the card I ordered was 4%, which should have been $10.00. But I only got credit for $9.00 in my student’s band account. What gives?
The BPO keeps 10% of all discounts received to cover the costs of running the program. Although it isn’t really meant to be a fundraiser for the BPO, we want to make sure that shipping fees, office supplies and bank fees are paid for by the people who participate.
I’ve lost a few of the cards that I purchased. How can I get them replaced?
Sorry…the cards are to be treated like cash. There is no way to trace their usage or replace them if they are lost or stolen. Please keep them in a secure place until you use them.
My student is a percussion player in Wind Ensemble, Winter Drumline and Jazz 1. I need money fast. How can this fundraiser help me?
There is nothing to stop your student from selling Gift Cards door-to-door, to family members, to friends and neighbors, etc. All you have to do is make up a quick order form – whatever works for you. One idea would be to go to the Shop With Scrip corporate website, www.glscrip.com, and print out some of their promotional tools. To find them on glscrip.com, go to Start A Program, and then click on the left hand side where it says Promotional Tools. You can print these out and customize them to use as sell sheets. You can also print out a list of all Participating Retailers, which is found on the bottom left of the www.shopwithscrip.com home page and select an assortment of popular retailers who give large discounts. By narrowing down the list, your student’s potential buyers won’t have to spend so long looking at the materials.
You may accept checks made out to EPBPO and submit them with your order. Please write out a check to submit for any cash you receive. You must agree to take responsibility for collecting from anyone who writes an NSF check, including associated bank fees.
Once you are done selling to the neighborhood, go online and place your order. Add up the total number of each denomination for each merchant that you sold, and then enter those totals in your shopping cart. Before submitting the order for processing, make sure the total amount due is equal to the amount of money you collected. Deliver the cards promptly!
If I raise a lot of money through this program, and then my student decides to quit band, can I get it back?
Don’t let your student quit band!!! But if something happens and they do leave the band program, the money in their student account stays with the Band Department. There are very strict IRS rules for these types of student accounts, and one of them is that once an amount is contributed to the school band department, it can only be paid out for certain band-related expenses. If your student graduates with a balance in their student account, that balance can only be passed to a sibling in the program. Otherwise the proceeds are donated to the band.
I have two kids in the band program. Can I split the proceeds between their student accounts?
There are two ways you can do this. The easiest is to put all of the proceeds into the older student’s account. Anything left over in the older student’s account will be passed to the younger one after graduation as soon as you request it. The other thing you can do is set up two accounts, one for each student. You can then manage how much money goes into each account by ordering under that student’s Shop With Scrip ID. If you find you have misallocated, it is possible to switch funds between siblings. Contact Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org for any specific questions related to your Student Accounts.
I want to purchase a gift card for Cub Foods, but when I go to select it for my shopping cart, the link says “Albertson’s/Jewel”. I am confused. Will it work at Cub?
Yes (but not in Ohio). The card is issued by SuperValu and lists Cub as one of the participating retailers. Go ahead and order with confidence. Oh, and one trick we recommend – Once you have ordered a physical card from Shop With Scrip, you can reload it right before you go grocery shopping if you use PrestoPay. That way you don’t have your money tied up in gift cards until you need it.
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