What is "scrip"?
Scrip is just another word for money you can shop with. In this case, this money comes in the form of gift cards.
Is there any difference between the gift cards I get from ShopWithScrip and ones that I'd just buy in the stores?
No. There are no additional limitations on how your gift cards can be used.
Will buying scrip cost me any money?
Buying gift cards this way doesn't cost you any additional money at all beyond the face value of the gift cards themselves. The rebate earned by the school is deducted from the amount the retailer actually recieves -- it's their donation to our school. Please note that if you do choose to pay via PrestoPay (which speeds your order and which we greatly prefer), a small $0.39 fee is added to your order.
Can people outside of the West Portal community buy scrip through our program?
Absolutely! Just ask them to sign up directly. However, someone will have to arrange for their gift cards to be picked up at the school. Please have them sign up listing the student, teacher, and room number for the family who will pick up their gift cards.
Will ShopWithScrip.com share my private information with anyone else?
They promise they won't, and the full details are in their privacy statement.
Can I pay by credit card?
No. The reason for this is that the percentage that credit card companies charge for their services is high enough to make it not worthwhile (generally) for people to buy scrip this way. We'd rather your money stay with you or go to the school than go to credit card companies with reduced benefit to us.
I'm in a rush. How quickly can I pick up some scrip gift cards?
If you have already signed up for PrestoPay, you can purchase the gift cards that are listed in the ScripNow! program immediately and also refill any refillable gift cards immediately as well. If you don't have PrestoPay, you will have to wait until the next order is placed, which happens every week for orders paid in full before 9am on Friday. We encourage everyone to activate PrestoPay for faster service, but unfortunately the activation process takes approximately 4 days to complete.
Can my kids pick up my scrip at the office?
Where does the scrip money go?
The proceeds from this program go into the general funds for the West Portal Parents Club. See here for a sample list of the critically important programs we fund.
How do I know ShopWithScrip.com can be trusted?
One of the reasons we selected this program is that they are used by over 14,000 non-profits across the entire Unted States. They have been around since 1994 and have raised over $400 million for organizations like ours during that time. Other SFUSD schools also use this program. So reputationally, this is a very well-established and trusted firm.
If I use PrestoPay, is my bank account information safe?
According to their website, yes. The system they use is the same system that banks use to ACH transfer money between themselves, and is claimed to be extremely secure.
Can I use paper forms to order my gift cards?
Are scrip purchases tax deductible?
Unfortunately not, because you receive the full face value for your purchase. But the proceeds of your rebates are still greatly appreciated by the school!
Who can I contact with further questions?