It’s the start of a new school year, which likely means you are out and about buying school supplies and some spiffy new threads. Yep, I typed that, yo! 🙂 It also means that your school is doing the same. But budgets are tight, so this month’s App Fix is all about how you can help your school earn money!
There are many ways you can help your school raise money. I remember spending many nights at fundraising events and stockpiling small cardboard squares. Thankfully Shoparoo has brought us into the 21st century with a quick and easy way to raise money.
If you are like me you have great intentions, you just have trouble sticking with things. I have always been this way when it comes to helping out. I’m like a… oh look, something shiny! Wait, what was I talking about? Most of the time I just forget about whatever it is I am collecting in a drawer for school, I swear, I meant well. This is why I love Shoparoo, it’s simple and quick.
Here is how it works. First, you need to download their app. Next, go to your favorite store and buy whatever you want. Finally, use the app to scan the receipt. Each receipt you scan earns points, the more points your school earns the more money they get.
Here’s the 4-1-1 on points, you get points based on the receipt total, so the more you spend at a store the more points that receipt is worth. More points = more $$$ for the school you choose when you set up your profile. The great thing is that you are on a team with everyone else who picked that school. So points can add up quickly. Only “grocery” receipts count for points, but supercenters count as grocery.
It’s still worth it to scan non-grocery receipts. Shoparoo has monthly and yearly sweepstakes and each non-grocery receipt is an entry to win $1,000-$15,000 for your school. So don’t forget to scan those.
I know, this sounds too good to be true. I thought the same thing. How it works is that Shoparoo has figured out a way to connect market research to donations. So when you scan the receipt the information is anonymously added to market research databases. Companies pay a lot of money for data on consumer spending habits, that money is turned around and given away in this app. I was skeptical about this at first, but their privacy documents state that the research never identifies the individual users. So I decided that, for me, the risk was worth the reward.
Two tips for you:
- As we covered, I have a tendency to get lazy. The reminders that you can set up are great at helping to remember to scan receipts. I was told that if you allow the app to know your location it will remind you at a store to scan there, instead of waiting. I just don’t like sharing location info, so I have not turned this on. I do use the weekly reminder though.
- You can get bonus points for completing tasks, like verifying your email address. You also will get bonus points for using this referral code when you sign up: WUV57585. Actually, when you refer a friend both of you get bonus points; I just thought you wouldn’t mind helping my kid’s school out. 😉
Head over and sign up to support your child’s school, the school you work at, or the school you graduated from. I know they will appreciate it.
Love this app? Have an app that is helpful or one you just love? Let me know in the comments – maybe I will feature it in a future Education App Fix.