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SCHEDULE & MORE
12/12/2018

T.R.I.P. Orders will be distributed tomorrow, December 13.

Our next processing date - and last ordering date before Christmas - is Monday, December 17, which distribution on Thursday, December 20.  

CCHS please note for next week's distribution and pick up: The high school office will be open until 2:00 p.m. on December 20, and Noon on December 21.  A table will be set up for student distribution at 11:45.  Orders will be at the high school by 9:00 a.m. as long as we don't encounter any weather issues.

The following vendors are offering BONUSES:

  • Starbucks is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 8%
  • Burlington Coat Factory is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%

There are a few other vendors who continue to offer bonuses as listed in last week's update.  Be sure to check them out.  There is a correction from last week's bonuses, Red Robin's bonus is 2% for a total rebate of 9%, not a total rebate of 11% as stated.

There is no T.R.I.P. for the weeks of December 24 and 31 due to Christmas break.  Keep this in mind when placing your December 17th order and plan ahead for the two weeks we are off for gas and grocery purchases.  Be sure to check the due date of your Kohl's bill too.

SCHEDULE & BONUS
12/5/2018

T.R.I.P. Orders will be distributed tomorrow, December 6.

Our next processing date is Monday, December 10, with distribution on Thursday, December 13.

There are 2 more ordering weeks before Christmas.

The following vendors are offering BONUSES: 

For the weeks of December 10 -17

  • Dominos is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 9%
  • Red Robin is offering a 4% bonus for a total rebate of 11%
  • Sally Beauty is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%

Several other vendors continue to offer bonuses as listed in last week's update.  Be sure to check them out.

Effectively Immediately:  Bath and Body Works rebate is now 11%

When preparing your order, please be double check your orders and be sure your envelope is sealed securely. Also, use your pre-labeled envelope each week.  Thank you :)

Schedule with Thursday Delivery; Bonuses
11/28/2018

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed Thursday, November 29th.  We are able to keep our normal delivery this week even though we had a snow day on Monday.  

Our next processing date is Monday, December 3, with distribution on Thursday December 6.

There are 3 more ordering ordering weeks before Christmas.  

The following vendors are offering BONUSES:

For the week of December 3 only: Dave and Busters is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 13%

For the weeks of December 3-17:  Journey is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 11% 

For the Weeks of December 3-10

  • AMC is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%
  • Appplebees is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 10%
  • Barnes and Noble is offering a 4% bonus for a total rebate of 11%
  • Bass Pro is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 10%
  • Build A Bear is offering a 1% bonus for a total 8%
  • Cabelas is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 10%
  • Express is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%
  • Home Depot is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 6%
  • Jiffy Lube is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%
  • Landry's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%
  • Lane Bryant is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 8%
  • Lowes is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%
  • P.F. Changs is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 9%

Note:  Landry's gift cards can be used at Morton's Steakhouse; Bubba Gumps; Rainforest Cafe; Claim Jumper; and more.  Check out Landry's website for locations.

Christmas Gift Card Wrappers are available once again.  $2 for a 10 pack with a rebate of 10%. Gift card not included

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE -- SCHOOL CLOSED 11/25
11/25/2018

 

SCHOOL IS CLOSED ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, DUE TO BLIZZARD CONDITIONS.

 
T.R.I.P. ORDERS WILL BE PROCESSED ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, AND DISTRIBUTED ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30.
 
STAY SAFE & WARM, EVERYONE!!

 

SCHEDULE & MORE
11/14/2018

TRIP orders will be distributed tomorrow, November 15.  

There is no TRIP next week due to Thanksgiving and the shortened school week.

Our next processing date is Monday, November 26, with distribution on Thursday, November 29.

For the weeeks of November 26 and December 3, SHUTTERFLY will be offering a 2% bonus for a total of 10%.

There are 4 more ordering Mondays before Christmas.  

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

SCHEDULE AND BONUSES
11/7/2018

TRIP Orders will be distributed tomorrow, November 8.  SCHOOL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9.  REMIND HIGH SCHOOLERS TO PICK YOUR ORDER UP ON THURSDAY.  PARENTS WHO PICK UP -- ANY ADULT CAN SIGN FOR YOUR ORDER IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT ON THURSDAY.

Our next processing date is Monday, November 12, with distribution on Thursday, November 15.  

Please note:  There is no TRIP the week of November 19 due to Thanksgiving and the shortened school week.  Remember to double up on gas and groceries when placing your order next week.  Check the due date on your Kohls bill too.

For the week of November 12 only, the following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • Honey Baked Ham is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%
  • Sally Beauty is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%

 

SCHEDULE, K--MART, BONUSES
11/1/2018

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed tomorrow, Friday November 2nd.  Our next processing date is Monday, November 5th, with distribution Thursday, November 8th.

K-Mart gift cards are no longer available.

For the weeks of November 5 and 12, the following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • Applebee's is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 12%
  • Potbelly is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%

Please note the new e-mail address for T.R.I.P.:  Trip@swchristian.org

 

SCHEDULE & MORE
10/25/2018

School is closed on Monday, October 29, due to Records Day.  Orders will be processed on Tuesday, October 30, and distributed on Friday, November 2.

Effective immediately, gift cards are no longer available for K-Mart.

Thank you for your continued participation in the TRIP program.  As you are aware, the TRIP program has recently had some personnel changes.  The program is experiencing some additional personnel changes, but please know that TRIP is a priority to SCCS and we are confident that these changes will not affect our service to you.  The Association Office has been involved in the changes, and is fully supportive of the program.  Effective in November, these individuals will continue their involvement in TRIP:

·       Debbie Roebuck (Coordinator)
·       Doreen DeBoer
·       Chris Schutt
 
Please also note the new email address for TRIP.   If you have any questions, you may contact Debbie Roebuck by emailing her at trip@swchristian.org or calling the TRIP line at 708-429-5952.

SCHEDULE & BONUS
10/17/2018

Orders will be distributed on Thursday, October 18.  There is NO TRIP the week of October 22 due to a shortened school week.  The next processing date is Tuesday, October 30 with school being closed Monday the 29th for records day.

Bed, Bath and Beyond is offing a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7% for the week of October 30.

SCHEDULE, STATEMENTS, FREE SHIPPING
10/10/2018

Orders will be distributed on Thursday, October 11.  Our next processing date will be on Monday, October 15 with distribution on Thursday, October 18.

There will be no T.R.I.P. the week of October 22nd due to a shortened school week. Double up anything you may need for that week in your order on October 15! School is closed on Monday, October 29 for records day.  Orders will be processed on Tuesday, October 30 and distributed on Friday, November 2.

Reminder that Jewel $50 are available to purchase in replacement of the $100 which will not be available until after the new year.

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping!  If our order placed on Monday, October 15 contains $150 in Bass Pro gift cards, our order will ship free!

All statement will be out by the end of the week.  If you did not order in the past 2 weeks, it will be sent home with your youngest child, placed in your church mailbox (if you are a member of OPCRC, PHCRC or Faith) or sent by mail.  Contact the T.R.I.P. office if you do not receive yours by October 18.

SCHEDULE, GREAT AMERICAN BAGEL, JEWEL, BONUS, STATEMENTS
10/3/2018

Order will be distributed on Thursday, October 4.  Out next processing date is Monday, October 8 with distribution on Thursday, October 11.

Effective immediately Great American Bagel will no longer be available for purchase.

If you ordered Jewel $100 this week, they were substituted with Jewel $50.  The denomination of the card is noted on the front.  Jewel $50 are now available for purchase in replacement of the Jewel $100.  Jewl $100 will not be avaialble until after the first of the year.

For the week of 10/8 and 10/15 TGI Friday's is offering a 1% bonus for a total  rebate of 8%.

If you placed an order this week, statement will be in your new ordering envelope.  Remaining statements will go out next week.

SCHEDULE, JEWEL ALERT, EXPRESS, BONUSES & WELCOME NEW T.R.I.P. COORDINATOR!!
9/26/2018

Orders will be distributed tomorrow, September 27.  Our next processing date is Monday, October 1, with distribution on Thursday, October 4.

IMPORTANT -- PLEASE READ CLOSELY!  Effective immediately, Jewel $100 cards are unavailable to order until after the first of the year.  Please order in $25's only.  There was an isolated incident of cards, once again, being compromised.  Before going to the store, please check the balance on any cards you have on hand by using the toll free number found on the back of the card.  If there is an issue, contact the T.R.I.P. office DIRECTLY.  Do not call corporate.  We can get it resolved quicker than you can.  Again, $100's will be unavailable to order until after the first of the year -- order in $25's.

In general, if you are having an issue with any gift card, please check the balance by using the toll free number on the back of the card.  If it is showing a zero balance when you think there should be funds on there, contact the T.R.I.P. office by calling 708-429-5952.  We're here to help!

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping!  If our order placed on October 1 contains at least $150 in Express gift cards, our order will ship for free! 

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the weeks of October 1 and 8:

  • L.L. Bean is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 15%.
  • Domino's is offering a 4% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • Hallmark is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.

I'm excited to announce that Debra Doorn is the new T.R.I.P. Coordinator, or more commonly known as the Triplady!  We will be working side by side for a short time before I am officially retired.  It has been my privilege to be a part of T.R.I.P. and the SCCS family for the past 25 years.  I have met so many wonderful families who I can now call my friends.  Over the years I have prayed with you, have prayed for many of you, and have had that blessing returned when you have prayed for me.  I am truly going to miss you!  Chris

 

 

 

SCHEDULE, GREAT AMERICAN BAGEL, SPA FINDERS, & STATEMENTS
9/19/2018

Orders will be distributed tomorrow, September 20.  Our next processing date is Monday, September 24, with distribution on Thursday, September 27.

Gift certificates for Great American Bagel are unavailable to order until further notice.  If you ordered Great American Bagel this week, look for a refund in your ordering envelope.

The rebate for SpaFinders has increased to 13%.

Next week marks the end of this six-month statement period which covers 4/1/18-9/24/18.  Statements will be going out with orders on October 4.

SCHEDULE AND MORE!
9/12/2018

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday, September 13.  

Our next processing date is Monday, September 17, with distribution on Thursday, September 20.

There are two more ordering weeks left in this six-month statement period which runs from April 1, 2018, through September 24, 2018.  If you are new to T.R.I.P. and have not yet placed your first order, please try to get one submitted in the next two weeks.  You will receive a statement the beginning of October and will get a better feel for how the program works.

 

SCHEDULE, STAPLES, & BONUSES
9/6/2018

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed tomorrow, Friday, September 7.  Our next processing date is Monday, September 10, with distribution on Thursday, September 13.

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping:  If the order that is placed on Monday, September 10, contains at least $200 in Staples gift cards, our order will ship for free!

For the weeks of September 10 and 17, the following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • Boston Market is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • Burger King is offering a 4% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
SCHEDULE, BONUS & REGISTRATION
8/29/2018

Orders will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday, August 29, at the campus you designated on your registration form.  If you signed the disclaimer, it will be sent to your elementary child's classroom.  High school students can pick theirs up at the table set up by the main entrance.  Parent pick up is from 2:45-3:15.

School is closed on Monday, September 3, for Labor Day.  Orders will be processed on Tuesday, September 4, and will be distributed on Friday, September 7.

For the week of September 4 only, Build-A-Bear will be offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

Registration forms for 2018/19 school year are still being accepted.  If you cannot find yours, the form can be downloaded and printed from the T.R.I.P. link at www.swchristian.org.

 

 

SCHEDULE, BONUS & REGISTRATION
8/22/2018

We resume our regular weekly schedule starting next week.  Orders will be processed on Monday, August, 27.  They must be turned in BY 8:30 a.m. at any of the three campuses.  Orders will be distributed on Thursday, August 30, at the campus you designated on your registration form.  If you signed the disclaimer for your elementary student to take your order home, it will be sent to their classroom.  High school students can pick orders up at the table set up by the main/front entrance.  Pick up time for those getting their own order is 2:45-3:15 p.m.

For the week of August 27 only, Lettuce Entertain You is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.  For a complete list of Lettuce Entertain You restaurants, go to www.leye.com.

Registration forms for current T.R.I.P. families were due August 10.  It's not too late to turn yours in.  Please do it this week!

SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION
8/15/2018

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday, August 16, at CCHS from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of August 20.

Our next processing date is Monday, August 27.  The is the start of our regular school schedule.  Orders need to be at any campus on Monday BY 8:30 a.m. and will be distributed on Thursday from 2:45-3:15 at the campus you designated on your registration form.  If you signed the disclaimer for your child to bring your order home, it will be sent to your elementary child's classroom.  High school students can pick theirs up at the table by the main entrance.

Registration forms were due last Friday.  You can still get yours in, however, there is a $5 late fee.

Welcome back (almost) to a new school year!

SCHEDULE, REGISTRATION FORMS, BONUSES & EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
8/7/2018

Orders will be processed on Monday, August 13, and distributed on Thursday, August 16.  There is no T.R.I.P. the week of August 20.  Check the due date on your Kohl's bill and plan accordingly when placing your order on August 13!

REGISTRATION FORMS FOR THE 2018/19 SCHOOL YEAR ARE DUE THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 10.  Any registration forms received after August 10 incur a $5 late fee.  If you haven't completed it yet, please drop it in the mail today.  We're still waiting for about 100 of them.  :(

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the week of August 13:

  • Cold Stone Creamery is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • Honey Baked Ham is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • Papa Johns is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Red Lobster is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • Red Robin is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.

As announced last month, after 25 years I am retiring!  Applications for the position of T.R.I.P. Coordinator are being accepted.  The job description and employment application can be found under Employment/Careers at www.swchristian.org.  Interviews will be set up in the near future, so if interested, please get your application in.  

 

SCHEDULE, REGISTRATION FORMS, CREATIVE CARPET & MORE
8/1/2018

Orders will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday, August 2, at CCHS from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of August 6.  Our next processing date is Monday, August 13, with distribution on Thursday, August 16.

Registrations forms are due by August 10.  Only about 1/3 of them have been returned.  If they are not in by August 10, there is a $5 late fee.  Please send it in today!

Our voucher merchant, Creative Carpet, has moved their Mokena location.  You can find them right down the street at 19845 S. LaGrange Road in Mokena as well as at their Highland, Indiana, location at 2315 45th Street.

Gift cards for Choice/Comfort Inn are available once again.

The bonus for Target expired on July 27, not July 30, as I thought.  My apologies to those who ordered Target this week.

 

 

SOME BIG NEWS, A TON OF BONUSES, FRESHLINE, AND MORE!!!
7/18/2018

Lots of information this week.  Be sure to read it to the end!

Orders will be distributed tomorrow, July 19.  There is no T.R.I.P. the week of July 23.  Our next processing date is Monday, July 30, with distribution on Thursday, August 2.

Yesterday a separate email went out about Freshline closing their doors after 47 years of business.  All remaining gift certificates have been purchased.  Please use any you have on hand right away!

I will be out of town next week, but will have access to email.  Internet service can be spotty where I will be.  If you have any questions, please email me at cschutt@swchristian.org.  I will get back to you ASAP, but not as fast as usual.  :)

There are some fantastic back-to-school (yikes!) bonuses going the week of July 30 only:

  • Chili's is offering an 8% bonus for a total rebate of 17%.
  • Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic is offering a 6% bonus for a total rebate of 18%.
  • Domino's is offering a 4% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • Build-A-Bear is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • Burlington Coat Factory is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • JCPenney's is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • Journeys is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • Landry's is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • Lane Bryant/Catherine's is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate 10%.
  • Home Depot is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.
  • Bob Evans is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • Boston Market is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • The Children's Place is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • Chipolte is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Dave & Busters is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.
  • Hallmark is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • Jiffy Lube is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Panera is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • Payless Shoes is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.
  • Target is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • Texas Roadhouse is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • T.J. Maxx is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • Bed Bath & Beyond is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • Best Buy is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • Carters/Osh Kosh is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • Disney is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 3%.
  • L.L. Bean is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 15%.
  • TGI Fridays is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • Whole Foods is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 3%.

I am excited to announce that after 25 years of being the Triplady (yes, that's my official title) I am retiring!  This is not goodbye quite yet, but I am looking forward to the flexibility of an open schedule which will allow me to visit my kids/grandkids in Michigan, pursue my hobby at a higher level, not setting an alarm, and all of those other things retired people get to do!  The post for the job description for the new T.R.I.P. Coordinator is below and can be found under job opportunities at www.swchristian.org.

 

T.R.I.P. COORDINATOR

Southwest Chicago Christian School is accepting applications to serve as T.R.I.P. (Tuition Rebate Incentive Program) Coordinator.  This person functions as an independent contractor (not as an employee) setting their own schedule to manage the T.R.I.P. program.  Compensation is also paid out of the T.R.I.P. program finances.  The Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of the program which include:  annual registration; preparation of family statements twice a year; correspondence with merchants, brokers, and participating families; attending New Parents’ Dinner and open houses; and VOICE and annual report articles.  Weekly functions include, but are not limited to:  processing and placing weekly orders; weekly banking; auditing incoming gift cards/certificates; placing orders for direct purchases; picking up direct purchases; filling orders and delivering to three campuses for distribution; weekly bookkeeping; weekly emails/updates; and web site maintenance.  Candidates must be detail oriented, organized, and proficient in Excel.  Employment applications can be downloaded at www.swchristian.org.  Please submit resume and application to Beth Goodfellow, SCCS, 12001 S. Oak Park Ave., Palos Heights, IL  60463 or email to bgoodfellow@swchristian.org.  Questions regarding the T.R.I.P. Coordinator responsibilities can be directed to Beth Goodfellow at bgoodfellow@swchristian.org.

If interested in applying for the position, please follow the instructions above.

Thanks to all of those who have sent in their 2018/19 registration forms.  If you haven't, please do!!

 

 

 

FRESHLINE FOODS -- FLASH SALE!!!!!!!!
7/17/2018

We learned over the weekend that after 47 years in business Freshline Foods located at 5355 West 95th Street in Oak Lawn will be closing their store.  A final date has not been given as to when this will happen, but they are currently offering 30% off all purchases.

T.R.I.P. is offering $10 gift certificates at half price ($5.00) while supplies last!  They will be available to purchase at the SCCS association office (Rte. 83 and Oak Park Avenue) after 9:00 today.  Purchases can be made in cash or by check payable to T.R.I.P.

Take advantage of these heavily discounted certificates as well as another 30% off all purchases!

SCHEDULE AND MORE
7/10/2018

T.R.I.P. orders will be processed on Monday, July 16, and distributed on Thursday, July 19.

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of July 23.  Please plan ahead (check the due date on your Kohl's bill!) when placing your order on July 16.

Gift cards for Choice/Comfort Inn Hotels are still unavailable.

Have a great rest of the week!

SCHEDULE + MORE
7/5/2018

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of July 9. 

Our next processing date is Monday, July 16, with distribution on Thursday, July 19.

Gift cards are still unavailable for Choice/Comfort Inn.

Send those registration forms in!  :)

SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION
6/27/2018

Orders will be distributed tomorrow, June 28, at CCHS from 9:00-10:00 a.m.  

There is no T.R.I.P. the weeks of July 2 and 9.

Our next processing date is Monday, July 16, with distribution on Thursday, July 19.

All registration packets will be out by the end of the week.  If you ordered this week, it will be in your new ordering envelope.  If you are a member of OPCRC, PHCRC or Faith, please check your church mailbox.  The rest have gone by mail.  They are due back by August 10, but PLEASE complete and return it as soon as you get it.  :)

SCHEDULE, CHOICE/COMFORT INN, and REGISTRATION PACKETS
6/20/2018

T.R.I.P. is on for next week.  Orders will be processed on Monday, June 25, and distributed on Thursday, June 28.

There is no T.R.I.P. the weeks of July 2 and 9.  Plain ahead when placing your order on June 25 and be sure to check the due date on your Kohl's bill!

Gift cards are still unavailable for Choice Hotels/Comfort Inn.

Registration packets will be going out next week.  (Some of you already received yours with last week's order as I was ahead of the game!)  They are due by August 10, but I ask that you PLEASE return it as soon as you get it.  It helps tremendously on our end.  :)

SCHEDULE, CHOICE/COMFORT INN, and REGISTRATION PACKETS
6/13/2018

T.R.I.P. will be distributed tomorrow, June 14, at CCHS from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of June 18.

Our next processing date is Monday, June 25, with distribution on Thursday, June 28.  We are off the weeks of July 2 and July 9.  Plan ahead when placing your order on June 25!

Gift cards for Choice/Comfort Inn are still unavailable to order.

Registration packets for the 2018/19 school year will be going out the week of June 25.  Please watch for it!

SCHEDULE & MORE!
6/6/2018

T.R.I.P. will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday, June 7, at CCHS only from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Our next processing date is Monday, June 11, with distribution on Thursday, June 14.  Orders must be to CCHS or the TP campus by 8:30 a.m.

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of June 18.  Please plan ahead when placing your order on June 11.  Double up on gas and groceries and check the due date on your Kohl's bill.  :)

If you are not ordering T.R.I.P. over the summer, please hang on to your envelope.

SCHEDULE, BONUSES & UNAVAILABLE
5/31/2018

Orders will be distributed tomorrow, Friday, May 31. 

Our next processing date is Monday, June 4, and orders can be dropped off at any campus.  School ends on Wednesday, June 6, and our summer schedule begins.  Orders will be distributed on Thursday, June 7, at CCHS only from 9:00-10:00 a.m.  If you can't make it then, another adult can sign for you.  If you can't get it on Thursday, you may pick it up at CCHS during business hours which are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until noon.  We ask that you please try to be there during the designated distribution time.

T.R.I.P. is on for June 11 and off the week of June 18.

Gift cards for Choice Hotels/Comfort Inn are still unavailable.

Gift certificates are no longer available for Budget Car Rental.

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the weeks of June 4 and 11:

  • Bass Pro Shop is offering a 4% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • Cabela's is offering a 4% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • Honey Baked Ham is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • Bob Evans is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • Lowe's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.

If you are not ordering over the summer, please hang on to your envelope.

 

IMPORTANT SCHEDULE INFORMATION, BUDGET CAR RENTAL & COMFORT INN/CHOICE HOTELS
5/23/2018

Orders will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday, May 24.  

School is closed on Monday, May 28, for Memorial Day.  Orders will be processed on Tuesday, May 29, and distributed on Friday, June 1. 

The following week, orders will be processed on Monday, June 4, and your order can be dropped off at any campus.  School ends on Wednesday, June 6.  Our summer schedule begins!  Orders placed on June 4 will be distributed on Thursday, June 7, at CCHS only from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Effective immediately, gift certificates for Budget Car Rental are no longer available.  If you use Budget, it is cheaper for you to use a credit card when booking on-line than it is for you to pay at the counter using a gift certificate.  We will no longer be offering them.

Gift certificates for Comfort Inn/Choice Hotels are still unavailable to order.

If you are not ordering T.R.I.P. over the summer, please hang on to your envelope.  New envelopes are not sent out when you register for the new school year.

 

 


SCHEDULE, COMFORT INN/CHOICE, & CARPOOLS
5/16/2018

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed tomorrow, May 17.  Our next processing date is Monday, May 21, with distribution on Thursday, May 24.

Gift cards for Comfort Inn/Choice Hotels are unavailable to order until further notice.  

Carpool lists are due next week.  If you are working on one, please get it in.

SCHEDULE, CARPOOLS, & BONUSES
5/9/2018

Orders will be distributed tomorrow, May 9.  Our next processing date is Monday, May 14, with distribution on Thursday, May 17.

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the weeks of May 14 and 21:

  • Red Robin is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • Shutterfly is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

Just a reminder:  If you are putting together a carpool for summer pick-up, please have it to me by May 22.  I need full names as well as account numbers.

SCHEDULE, CARPOOLS, & BONUS
4/30/2018

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed on Thursday, May 3.  Our next processing date is Monday, May 7, with distribution on Thursday, May 10.

Summer Carpools:  Any groups of five or more are welcome to set up a church, family, friend, etc. carpool.  Your orders will be bundled together for quick and easy pick-up.  Please submit your list in writing or by email by May 22.  I will need full names and account numbers.

For the weeks of May 7 and 14, Boston Market is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.

 

SCHEDULE, CARSONS, PANARA AND FREE SHIPPING, & BONUSES
4/23/2018

Orders will be distributed on Thursday, April 26.  Our next processing date is Monday, April 30, with distribution on Thursday, May 3.

Carson's gift cards can be used in the store until April 28.  Please use your cards by then as they cannot be returned to T.R.I.P.  So sad to see another big store close!  :(

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping:  If our order placed on April 30 contains at least $200 in Panera gift cards, it will ship for free!

The following merchants are offering spring time bonuses:

  • Express is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • Honey Baked Ham is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • JCPenney is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.
  • Sally Beauty Supply is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.

 

CARSON'S -- STORES CLOSING!
4/19/2018

Effective immediately, gift cards for Carson Pirie Scott are no longer available.  As I'm sure many of you have heard, all Carson stores will be closing soon.  I do not know how long they will be accepting gift cards.  If you have any on hand, please use them as soon as possible as they cannot be returned to T.R.I.P.

SCHEDULE, NEW MERCHANT, BONUSES & STATEMENTS
4/18/2018

T.R.I.P.orders will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday, April 19.  Our next processing date is Monday, April 23, with distribution on Thursday, April 26.

Gift cards for Buona Beef are now available in $10 denominations at a 7% rebate.  To order, please write it in on the bottom of your envelope until they are updated.

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the weeks of April 23 and 30:

  • Bed Bath & Beyond is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • L.L. Bean is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 15%.
  • Landry's is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.

T.R.I.P. statements will be in your new envelope, sent home with your youngest grade school child, put in your church mailbox (if you are a member of Faith, OPCRC, or PHCRC) or sent by mail.  If you do not receive it by April 30, please contact the T.R.I.P. office.

SCHEDULE, FREE SHIPPING, MERCHANT CHANGES, BONUS & STATEMENTS
4/11/2018

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed tomorrow, April 12.  Our next processing date is Monday, April 16, with distribution on Thursday, April 19.

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping:  If our order placed on Monday, April 16, contains at least $150 in Landry's gift cards, our order will ship for free.  Go to landrysinc.com to see a complete list of restaurants which includes Rainforest Cafe, Morton's Steak House, Claim Jumper, Brick House and more.

Effective immediately, the rebate for both Cabela's and Bass Pro Shop has decreased to 7%.

For the week of April 16 only, Chili's is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.  Chili's gift cards can also be used at Maggiano's Little Italy and On the Border.

If you ordered this week, your T.R.I.P. statement covering rebates earned from 10/1/17 through 3/26/18 will be in your new ordering envelope.  If you didn't order, they will go out with orders next week.  After that they will be sent home with your youngest grade school child, put in your church mailbox (if you are a member of OPCRC, PHCRC, or Faith) or sent by mail.

 

SCHEDULE, NEW VOUCHER MERCHANT, PANDA EXPRESS, COLD STONE CREAMERY & STATEMENTS
3/28/2018

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed tomorrow, March 29.  There is no T.R.I.P. the week of April 2 due to spring break.  Our next processing date is Monday, April 9, with distribution on Thursday, April 12.

We are pleased to announce the addition of South Suburban Heating & Cooling to the voucher program.  You can earn 10% off all repairs and 5% off of new installations.  This does not apply to already discounted prices.  Their phone number is 708-474-3455.

Effective immediately, gift cards for Panda Express are no longer available.

Effective immediately, the rebate for Cold Stone Creamery has increased to 10%.

Statements for the period 10/1/18 through 3/26/18 will be going out with orders the weeks of April 9 and 16.

 

OUT OF TOWN, SCHEDULE, STATEMENTS & MORE
3/19/2018

Early email this week as I am going out of town later this afternoon until Saturday.  I will have access to email, so if you have any questions please email me at cschutt@swchristian.org.  I will get back to you ASAP, but not as quickly as normal.

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed on Thursday, March 22.  Our next processing date is Monday, March 26, with distribution on Thursday, March 29.  THERE IS NO T.R.I.P. THE WEEK OF APRIL 2ND DUE TO SPRING BREAK.  Please plan ahead when placing your order on March 26.  Double up on gas and groceries and check the due date on your Kohl's bill.

March 26 is the last week of this statement period that runs from 10/1/17 through 3/26/18.  Statements will be going out after spring break.  

The bonus for Home Depot expires on March 23.  It will not be in effect for March 26 orders.

We have been advised that gift cards for Toys R Us will be taken through the end of the month.  If you have any on hand please use them before March 31.  Unused gift cards cannot be returned.

 

SCHEDULE, BONUSES, TOYS R' US, & MORE
3/14/2018

Orders will be distributed on Thursday, March 15.  Our next processing date is Monday, March 19, with distribution on Thursday, March 22.

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the weeks of March 19 & 26:

  • Bass Pro Shops is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • Gamestop is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • Honey Baked Ham is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • JCPenney is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • Meijer is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • Home Depot is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • Shutterfly is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

As posted over the weekend, gift cards for Toys R' Us/Babies R' Us are no longer available.  If you have any gift cards on hand, please use them immediately.  If you have given them as gifts, inform the receipients to use them right away.  Gift cards cannot be returned to T.R.I.P. so please use them NOW.

The end of this statement period is March 26.  T.R.I.P. statements will be going out after spring break.

IMPORTANT TOYS R' US/BABIES R' US NEWS!
3/10/2018

Effective immediately, gift cards are no longer available for Toys R' Us/Babies R' Us.  Reports are that they are closing all locations.  If you have any cards on hand, please use them immediately.  If you have given cards as gifts, please inform the recipients to use them right away.

These cards cannot be returned to T.R.I.P., so again, please use them immediately!

SCHEDULE, BACK IN STOCK, OUT OF STOCK, FREE SHIPPING, BONUSES & STATEMENTS
3/7/2018

Orders will be distributed on Thursday, March 8.  Our next processing date is Monday, March 12, with distribution on Thursday, March 15.

Gift cards for Chuck E. Cheese are back in stock and available to order once again.

Gift cards for Panda Express are still unavailable to order.

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping:  If our order placed on March 12 contains at least $150 in Buffalo Wild Wings gift cards, our order will ship for free!

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the weeks of March 12 and 19:

  • Domino's is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Red Robin is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • TGI Fridays is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.

March 26 marks the end of this six-month statement period which covers October 1, 2017, through March 26, 2018.  Statements will be going out after spring break.

 

SCHEDULE, NOT AVAILABLE, COUPON, BONUSES, & CONTEST WINNER!
2/28/2018

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday, March 1.  Our next processing date is Monday, March 5, with distribution on Thursday, March 8.

Gift cards for Panda Express and Chuck E. Cheese are still unavailable to order.

We have coupons available from Gymboree and Crazy 8 for 20% off your entire purchase.  They expire on May 31.  If you order gift cards for either of these stores, we'll put a coupon in your order while supplies last.

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the weeks of March 5 and 12:

  • Bed Bath & Beyond/Buy Buy Baby are offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • Boston Market is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • Cabela's is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • Carter's/OshKosh is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • Lowe's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.

And finally . . . . drum roll, please!  The winner of the $25 gift card in honor of T.R.I.P.'s 25th birthday is Carolyn Sluis.  Congratulations!

SCHEDULE, TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE AND BIRTHDAY CONTEST
2/22/2018

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed tomorrow, Friday, February 23.  Our next processing date is Monday, February 26, with distribution on Thursday, March 1.

Gift cards for Panda Express and Chuck E. Cheese are still unavailable to order.

Next Monday is your last chance to get an entry in for our 25th birthday celebration contest.  The winner of the $25 gift card will be pulled on Wednesday.  Watch next week's "What's New" to see if it's you!  :)

 

WALGREEN'S UPDATE
2/15/2018

I have an update from the broker regarding what I have now been told about Walgreen's gift card issues:

"We have had a few reports of Walgreen's cards not scanning.  Why, they don't know.  They had sent a memo to their stores telling the employees not to hand key CREDIT CARD numbers in.  Most employees took that to mean gift card numbers also.  Walgreen's was supposed to be clarifying with the employees that gift card numbers can/should be hand keyed if not scanning."

So, they can hand key gift cards -- but not credit cards.  If you run into any problems, please send me the location you were at and I will report it.

 

 

SCHEDULE, FREE SHIPPING, ITEMS IN/OUT OF STOCK, WALGREENS, BONUS, & CONTEST
2/14/2018

SCHOOL IS CLOSED ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, FOR PRESIDENT'S DAY.  Orders will be processed on Tuesday, February 20, and distributed on Friday, February 23.

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping:  If our order placed on Tuesday, February 20, contains at least $200 in Red Robin gift cards, our order will ship for free!

Gift cards for Office Max are back in stock and available to order.  Gift cards for Chuck E. Cheese and Panda Express are out of stock and unavailable to order.

There have been two reported incidents where families have had trouble redeeming Walgreen's gift cards.  They were told the cards were not activated.  This is not the case . . . all cards were loaded and activated.  If you have trouble at a register with a card not going through (at Walgreen's or any other merchant) have the clerk hand enter the numbers on the back of the card.  If there are still issues, ask for a manager.  You should be able to resolve the problem on the spot.

For the weeks of February 20 and 26, Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic are offering a 6% bonus for a total rebate of 18%.

Next Tuesday is week 3 of our 25th T.R.I.P. Happy Birthday contest.  How many entries do you have???  The winner for a $25 gift card of your choice will be drawn on February 28.

SCHEDULE, BONUS, TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE & CONTEST
2/7/2018

Orders will be distributed tomorrow, February 8.  Our next processing date is Monday, February 12, with distribution on Thursday, February 15.

For the week of February 12 only, Chili's is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.

Panda Express and Office Max are still unavailable to order.

T.R.I.P.'s 25th birthday contest is underway.  Receive one entry each time you order during the month of February.  Size of your order doesn't matter -- how often you do does!  A drawing will be held on February 28 announcing the winner of the $25 gift card.

 

 

SCHEDULE, FREE SHIPPING, NOT AVAILABLE & HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
1/31/2018

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday, February 1.  Our next processing date is Monday, February 5, with distribution on Thursday, February 8.

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping:  If our order placed on Monday, February 5, contains at least $150 in Cabela's gift cards, our order will ship for free!

Gift cards for Panda Express and Office Max/Depot are still unavailable until further notice.

T.R.I.P. is celebrating it's 25th birthday!!  To help celebrate, we're holding a contest with the prize being a $25 gift card of your choice.  Each week you order during the month of February your name will be entered in the contest.  It does not matter what the size of your order is.  Order once during February and you are entered once, order twice and receive two entries, etc.  The more often you order the better your chance.  Celebrate with T.R.I.P. and continue building your tuition rebate at the same time!  

 

SCHEDULE & BONUS
1/24/2018

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday, January 25.

Our next processing date is Monday, January 29, with distribution on Thursday, February 1.

For the weeks of 1/29-2/5, Landry's is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.

SCHEDULE, BONUSES & TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE
1/18/2018

T.R.I.P. pick up is tomorrow, Friday, January 19.  Orders will be processed on Monday, January 22, and distributed on Thursday, January 25.

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • For the week of 1/22 only, Home Depot is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.
  • For the weeks of 1/22-1/29, JCPenney is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.
  • For the weeks of 1/22-1/29, Shutterfly is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • For the weeks of 1/22-1/29, TGI Fridays  is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 8.

Gift cards for Office Max/Office Depot and Panda Express are unavailable until further notice.

 

 

MLK Day & Schedule and Back in Stock
1/10/2018

School is closed on Monday, January 15, in observance of  Martin Luther King Day.

T.R.I.P. orders will be processed on Tuesday, January 16, and distributed on Friday, January 19.

Gift cards for Pete's Fresh Market and Hair Cuttery are back in stock and available to order once again.

Gift cards for Panda Express are still out of stock and unavailable to order until further notice.

 

SCHEDULE & TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE
1/3/2018

T.R.I.P. resumes it's regular weekly schedule next week.  Orders will be processed on Monday, January 8, and distributed on Thursday, January 11.

Gift cards are still not available for Panda Express, Pete's Fresh Market, and Hair Cuttery.

Many of you jumped on the T.R.I.P. "band wagon" for the holidays.  I encourage you to keep ordering on a regular basis!  Gas and groceries are an easy way to keep your T.R.I.P. rebates/totals building for our next payout which will be in April.

 

DISTRIBUTION & MORE
12/20/2017

Orders will be distributed tomorrow, December 21.  Orders will out the door and to all three campuses by 9:45 a.m. and can be picked up any time between 9:45 and 12:00.  All three campuses will be closing at noon on Thursday as this is the start of Christmas break.  They will reopen on Monday, January 8.  If you normally pick up your order, please be sure to be there by 12:00.  If you cannot make it during that time-frame, please make arrangements for another adult to pick up your order.  Once the offices close at noon, I will not have access to any orders.  They will be safely locked up and will be available for pick up on January 8.

Our next processing date is Monday, January 8, with distribution on Thursday, January 11.

The Campbell soup label program has ended.  Thanks to everyone who faithfully submitted education points over the years!

Order totals for just the month of December were $268,554!  Year end totals topped $2.3 million.  Whew!!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

A FEW MORE THINGS!
12/13/2017

Neglected to mention in this morning's email that there is no T.R.I.P. the weeks of December 25 and January 1.  Orders will be processed on January 8 and distributed on January 11.  Please check the due date on your Kohl's bill and plan ahead with next week's order.

Also, due to the HUGE response to Marcus gift cards and the $5 snack cash offer, we were not able to supply everyone with two $5 snack cash cards for every $10 you ordered.  You will receive one offer.  Our supply of of $5 snack cash cards is depleted.  :( 

SCHEDULE, TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE, BONUSES, LANDRY'S & MORE
12/13/2017

Orders will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday, December 14.  Orders will be processed on Monday, December 18, and distributed on Thursday, December 21, by noon.  

SCHOOL IS DISMISSED AT NOON ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21.  IF WE DO NOT HAVE ANY ISSUES WITH THE WEATHER OR FEDEX, ORDERS WILL BE AT EACH CAMPUS BY 10:00 A.M.  If you can't be there by noon, please make arrangements for another adult to pick up your order.  All 3 campuses will be closed starting Friday, December 22, through January 7.  Any orders not picked up on Thursday, December 21, will be unavailable until after Christmas break.

Gift cards for Pete's Fresh Market, Panda Express and Hair Cuttery are still unavailable.

The following merchants have bonuses for the week of December 18.  Please note, the bonuses for Lord & Taylor, Old Navy/Gap and Starbucks expired this week.

  • AMC Theatres is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • Domino's Pizza is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Sally Beauty Supply is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • The rebate for Bath & Body Works will remain at 17% until further notice.

Landry's gift cards can now be used at Joe's Crab Shack and Brick House.  For a complete list of locations for Landry's, please go to www.landrysinc.com.

During this time of the year, it is hard for us to meet the deadlines the brokers impose on us.  You can help!  Please take the time to TRIPLE CHECK your order and be sure your checks balance to your order total.  Write neatly.  Put your account number on each check in your envelope and be sure all checks are signed.  Because the brokers do not allow add-ons once our order is placed, late orders cannot be accepted.  On Monday, December 21, phone calls and emails will be returned AFTER all orders are in with the brokers. And last, TRIPLE CHECK your order!  :) 

T.R.I.P. FACTS: 

  • $10,530 gift cards for Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts have been sold in just the first two weeks of December.  That's a lot of latte's!
  • We are well over the $2 million dollar mark for gift cards sales in 2017!
  • A lot of people will be getting Culvers in their stocking this year!
  • The T.R.I.P. ladies are already looking ahead to next Tuesday's weather to see if it may cause delays with getting orders in on Wednesday.  So far, looking good!

One more week!  

 

SCHEDULE, FREE SHIPPING, MARCUS SNACK CASH, NOT AVAILABLE, BONUSES, & CAMPBELLS
12/6/2017

Pick up is tomorrow, Thursday, December 7.  Orders will be processed on Monday, December 11, and distributed on Thursday, December 14. 

Please note:  Orders will be processed on Monday, December 18, with pick up on Thursday, December 21.  SCHOOL WILL BE DISMISSED AT NOON ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, AND THERE IS NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY.  THERE ARE SOME FAMILIES WHO PICK UP THEIR ORDERS ON FRIDAYS.  PLEASE MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO GET YOUR ORDER BEFORE NOON ON THURSDAY (another adult can sign for you) AND HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS -- REMIND YOUR CHILDREN TO GET IT ON THURSDAY!!  If we do not run into issues with weather or FedEx, orders will be to each campus by 10:00 a.m.


Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping:  If our order contains at least $250 in Best Buy gift cards, it will ship for free!

For every $10 Marcus gift card you order, you will receive two $5 Snack Cash cards that are valid January 15-March 31.  They can be used at the concession stand at any Marcus Theatre.

Gift cards are temporarily unavailable for Pete's Fresh Market, Hair Cuttery, and Panda Express.  Jewel $100 cards are available once again.

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the weeks of December 11 and 18.

  • Starbucks is offering a 4% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Sally Beauty Supply is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic is offering a 6% bonus for a total rebate of 18%.
  • Lord & Taylor is offering a 4% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • Domino's is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.

Campbell's Labels for Education Point Program is ending at the end of the month.  If you have any stashed in a drawer, please turn them in by December 18.  The labels must have the Education Point box in order for them to be redeemable.

 

 

JEWEL $100'S & HAIR CUTTERY, PANDA EXPRESS & PETE'S MARKET, BONUSES & SCHEDULE
11/29/2017

Jewel $100's will be back in stock and available to order on Monday, December 4.  Gift cards for Hair Cuttery are also available to order once again.

Gift cards are temporarily unavailable for Panda Express and Pete's Fresh Market.  We will notify you when they are back in stock.

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the weeks of December 4 and 11:

  • American Eagle -- 2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • Bass Pro Shop -- 4% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • CVS Pharmacy -- 2% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • Home Depot -- 3% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.
  • Landry's -- 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • Lowe's Hardware -- 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • Red Robin -- 3% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

Per last week's announcements, bonuses for Bath & Body, Bob Evans, Carters, Meijer, Starbucks, Journey, and Petsmart continue as well.

Orders will be distributed tomorrow, November 30.  Orders will be processed on Monday, December 4, and distributed on Thursday, December 7.  Three more ordering weeks until Christmas break!

This week's orders pushed us over the $2,000,000 mark for this year!  At this busy time, we ask that you please take care when placing your order.  Please double check your totals, be sure they balance to your checks, and most imporantantly -- write neatly!  These progressive tri-focals are great, but those ordering lines are tiny!

 

SCHEDULE, CHILI'S, TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE, AND BONUSES
11/20/2017

Orders will be processed on Monday, November 27, and distributed on Thursday, November 30.

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping!  If our order that is placed on November 27 contains at least $150 in Chili's gift cards, our order will ship for free.

Gift cards for Hair Cuttery, Panda Express, and Jewel $100's are still unavailable.  Jewel $25 gift cards are available!

The following merchants are offering bonuuses: 

  • From 11/27-12/4 Bob Evan's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • From 11/27-12/4 Carter's/OshKosh are offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • From 11/27-12/4 Meijer is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • From 11/27-12/4 Starbucks is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • From 11/27-12/11 Journeys is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • From 11/27-12/18 Petsmart is offering a 4% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • From 11/27-12/18 Bath & Body Works is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 17%.

Four more T.R.I.P. ordering weeks until Christmas break!

SCHEDULE & TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE
11/15/2017

Orders will be distributed on Thursday, November 16.

THERE IS NO T.R.I.P. THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 20 DUE TO THANKSGIVING AND THE SHORTENED SCHOOL WEEK.

Our next processing date is Monday, November 27, with distribution on Thursday, November 30.

The following merchants are unavailable until further notice:  Hair Cuttery, Panda Express, and Jewel $100's.  Jewel $25's are available.

If you are saving Campbell soup labels, please submit them only if they have the special Campbell's education box on them.  Without that they will not be accepted.  

Have a great Thanksgiving!

SCHEDULE, GIFT CARD WRAPPERS, JEWEL $100 & PANDA EXPRESS, NEW MERCHANTS, AND TOYS R US.
11/8/2017

Orders will be distributed on Thursday, November 9.  School is closed on Friday so be sure to get your order on Thursday.

Orders will be processed on Monday, November 13, and distributed on Thursday, November 16.  THERE IS NO T.R.I.P. THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 20TH DUE TO THANKSGIVING AND THE SHORTENED SCHOOL WEEK.  Plan ahead when placing your order next week.  Double up on gas and groceries (think Thanksgiving!) and check the due date on your Kohl's bill.

Holiday gift card wrappers are available once again. They come in packages of 10 for $2.00 with a 10% rebate.

GLSC Holiday Gift Card Wrappers

Gift cards for Panda Express and Jewel 100's are temporarily unavailable.  Jewel $25's are available to order.  If you ordered $100 Jewel cards this week, you were substituted with $25's.

Gift cards are available for Blaze Pizza in $25 @ 9%, Gymboree in $25's at 12%, and Crazy 8 in $25's at 12%.  Please write them in on your envelope until you get an updated one.

The following information was put out by the broker regarding Toys R Us:  As you may have seen in the news, Toys R Us has filed for bankruptcy.  Toys R Us gift cards will continue to be available and will continue to be accepted both at stores and online.  Please note, we do expect some stores will close in the coming weeks and months, but there are no details available as to specific locations at this time.  With this in mind, we recommend you don't hold on to Toys R Us gift cards and use it to make purchases as soon as you are able to avoid any issue with your location potentially closing.

NEW MERCHANTS
11/2/2017

Oops!  Forgot to put the following in the weekly T.R.I.P. email.

Gift cards are now available for Blaze Pizza in $25 denominations at a 9% rebate.

Gift cards are available for Crazy 8 in $25 denominations at a 12% rebate.

Gift cards are available once again for Gymboree in $25 denominations at a 12% rebate.

 

SCHEDULE, PANDA EXPRESS, JEWEL, & BONUSES
11/2/2017

Pick up is tomorrow, Friday, November 3.  Our next processing date is Monday, November 6, with distribution on Thursday, November 9.  Please note that school is closed on Friday, November 10, so be sure to get your order on Thursday.

Panda Express gift cards are unavailable until further notice.

Jewel $100 denomination gift cards are temporarily unavailable.  You can still order in $25's.  I still have replacement $100 cards for a handful that were compromised.  Please check the balance on any cards you have on hand and, if someone orders through you, have them check too!  You can do this by calling the toll free number on the back of the card.  Contact Chris at cschutt@swchristian.org if you have a "problem" card.

The following merchants are offering bonuses:  

  • From 11/6 through 12/18, Bath & Body Works/White Barn Candle are offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 17%.
  • From 11/6 through 11/13, Cabela's is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • From 11/6 through 11/13, Potbelly is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.

This Christmas "crunch" has started and we can tell many of you are already planning ahead.  Instead of just gas and groceries, there's a little of "this and that."  There are 6 more ordering weeks before Christmas!

SCHEDULE, MARIANOS/ROUNDYS, JEWEL, and ENVELOPE CHANGES
10/25/2017

SCHOOL IS CLOSED ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, FOR RECORDS DAY.  Orders will be processed on Tuesday, October 31, and distributed on Friday, November 3.

Mariano's $100 cards have a different look.  They now say Roundys.  Even though Mariano's is not printed on the card, these new cards will be at accepted at all Mariano's locations.  Mariano's $25's will be changing over in the next few weeks and will also say Roundys on them.

Please check the balance on any Jewel $100 cards you have on hand by calling the toll free number on the back of the card.  Also ask anyone who orders them through you to check the balance.  There are still some compromised cards out there that I have not received calls on.  Please email Chris with any problem cards and include a screen shot of the back of the card.  I HAVE REPLACEMENT CARDS FOR YOU!  :)

Can't find what you want to order on your ordering envelope?  Check both sections -- things will be moving around the next time envelopes are printed.  

 

SCHEDULE, JEWEL, AND BONUSES
10/18/2017

T.R.I.P. orders will be processed on Monday, October 23, and distributed on Thursday, October 26.

I have received word of more "compromised" (the polite way of saying hacked) Jewel gift cards.  It affects 20 more cards.  Before using Jewel gift cards, please call the toll free number on the back of the card to check the balance.  If someone buys through you, please have them check their cards.  If you have given a Jewel card as a gift, please check with the recipient to see if they have had any problems.  If your card shows a zero balance, please notify Chris immediately.  The preferred way is through email.  If you can include a screen shot of the back of your card in your email, that is most helpful.  I need the long series of numbers found on the back of the card.  If you prefer not to email, please call me on the T.R.I.P. line at 708-429-5952 or at home at 708-235-0154.  Corporate Jewel is working on this and are sending me replacement cards.  It is much faster for you to have me deal with them vs. doing it on your own.  So, please contact ME!

For the weeks of October 23 and 31, the following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • Bed Bath & Beyond/Buy Buy Baby are offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • JCPenney is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.

Enjoy a few extra days off with your kiddos!

 

 

CHRIS OUT, SCHEDULE, MARIANO'S $100'S, & STATEMENTS
10/9/2017

Chris will be out of town from October 10-17.  If you have a question, please email me at cschutt@swchristian.org.  I will have access to email, but a response will not be as quick as usual.  :)

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed on Thursday, October 12.  THERE IS NO T.R.I.P. THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 16TH DUE TO TEACHERS' CONVENTION AND THE SHORTENED SCHOOL WEEK.  The next processing date is Monday, October 23, with distribution on Thursday, October 26.

Mariano's $100's will be back in stock the week of October 23.  Please note that the front of the card will say "Roundys."  That is their parent company.  The $25 denomination cards will be switching to Roundy's soon.  Roundys cards can be used at all Mariano's locations.  Mariano's will also be moving to the lower part of your ordering envelope with the next printing.

All T.R.I.P. statements will be out by the end of the week.  Please look for it to come home with an order placed this week, your youngest elementary child, in your church mailbox (if you are a member of PHCRC or Faith) or by mail.  If you do not receive yours by November 1, please contact the T.R.I.P. office.

SCHEDULE, RED LOBSTER, STATEMENTS, & MORE
10/4/2017

Distribution is tomorrow, Thursday, October 5.  Our next processing date is Monday, October 9, with distribution on Thursday, October 12.

THERE IS NO T.R.I.P. THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 16TH DUE TO TEACHERS' CONVENTION AND THE SHORTENED SCHOOL WEEK.  Please plan ahead when placing your order on October 9.  Check the due date on your Kohl's bill and double up on gas and groceries.

Effective immediately, Red Lobster is no longer part of the Darden restaurant chain and will not be on the same card as Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse.  Gift cards for Red Lobster are available in $25 denominations at a 7% rebate.  If you have cards that have both Olive Garden and Red Lobster on them, they will still be honored at Red Lobster.  If you want to order Red Lobster but have an older envelope, please write it in on the bottom of your envelope.

If you ordered this week, your T.R.I.P. statement covering the period 4/1/17-9/25/17 is in your new envelope.  Remaining statements will be sent home with orders next week, with your youngest grade school child, or by mail.

The gift cards for Choice Hotels look a little different.  Even though not all chains are listed on them, they are stilil good at Choice Hotels, Comfort Inn and Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, Clarion Hotels, Cambria Suites Mainstay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Rodeway Inn, Ascend Collection Hotel, and Econolodge.

Please note that Campbell Soup labels must have the "Labels for Education" point and bar code on them in order for them to be redeemed by school. 

NEW JEWEL ALERT, MARIANO'S, RED ROBIN, BONUSES & STATEMENTS
9/27/2017

Please read the following information carefully:

We have received word from Jewel that 10 more cards have been compromised.  I have already heard from two families that they have one of these cards.  If you have a card in your possession (please also check with people who order cards through you) where the last series of digits begins with "89" please call 1-877-932-7948 and check the balance.  If it says ZERO or has a partial balance remaining that you know you did not use, PLEASE CALL THE TRIP LINE AT 708-429-5952, CALL CHRIS AT HOME AT 708-235-0154, OR SEND AN EMAIL TO cschutt@swchristian.org IMMEDIATELY.  PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THE CUSTOMER SERVICE DESK AND OPEN A CASE OR SPEAK TO A PHONE REPRESENTATIVE REGARDING THIS MATTER.  I have a replacement card on hand to give you.  These cards stem from an order that was activated back on July 20 and were purchased by families through September 5.  It does not affect cards that do not have the last series starting with "89" or subsequent orders we have had activated by Jewel.  New safeguards have been put in place by Jewel to prevent this from happening again.  ***AGAIN, DO NOT GO TO A CUSTOMER SERVICE DESK OR TALK TO A CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE BY PHONE.  FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ABOVE.  I HAVE A REPLACEMENT CARD FOR YOU AND CAN REPLACE YOUR CARD MUCH QUICKER IF I HANDLE IT.***

Gift cards for Mariano's $100's are temporarily unavailable.  You will be substituted with $25 denominations until the $100's are back in stock, which should be within two weeks.  

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping:  If our order placed on October 2 contains at least $200 in Red Robin gift cards, it will ship for free!

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the weeks of October 2 and 9:

  • Cabela's is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • Domino's is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 9.
  • L.L. Bean is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate ofr 15%.

Statements for the period 4/1/17-9/25-17 will be going out with orders placed the weeks of October 2 and 9.  

 

 

SCHEDULE & STATEMENTS
9/20/2017

Distribution is tomorrow, Thursday, September 21.  Our next processing date is Monday, September 25, with distribution on Thursday, September 28.  

Next Monday's orders mark the end of this six-month statement period which runs from 4/1/17-9/25/17.  Statements will be going out the beginning of October.  If you are new to T.R.I.P. and have not yet placed an order, next week would be the perfect time to do so.  That way a statement will be generated for you and you will be able to see how the program works.

 

IMPORTANT JEWEL ALERT!
9/13/2017

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:  An alert on compromised Jewel cards went out on Monday.  It is repeated below.  In the meantime, we have learned that the affected cards do not start with the last series of numbers being "895" but they start with an "8" for the last series of six digits.  Please check the back of any Jewel cards you may have on hand and notify anyone who buys cards through you to check theirs, too.  IF YOUR CARD SHOWS A ZERO BALANCE, PLEASE EMAIL THE NUMBER TO ME -- DO NOT OPEN ANOTHER CASE DIRECTLY.  I have been assigned a wonderful supervisor who is handling the affected cards from our school.  If you have one of the problem cards, I can replace it immediately.  If you go through Jewel headquarters themselves, it will take much longer.

Jewel/Albertson's headquarters is so sorry for the inconvenience this is causing us.  She also thanked me and our families for the way we are handling this.  No one has gotten angry or reamed me or them out.  This has not been the case for a few other Christian schools and churches this has also happened to.  I told her, "In the big scheme of things going on in this world, this inconvenience at the register is small.  I know you are standing behind the affected cards and are replacing them.  We could be dealing with hurricanes, flooding, terrorism, and much worse."  So, thank you SCCS families for understanding, and your patience and kindness!  

These is a repeat from Monday:

IMPORTANT JEWEL ALERT!!

We have learned that there have been a handful (less than 10 cards) of Jewel cards that have been compromised and when you go to use them there will be a partial or zero balance on them. 

If you have any Jewel cards on hand, please look at the back of the card.  If the last series of numbers on the back of the card start with “895” and is followed by three more digits, please check the card balance.  You can do this by calling 1-877-932-7948(which is on the back of the card) and following  the automated prompts.  PLEASE DO THIS IMMEDIATELY as Jewel wants to resolve the problem cards this week.

If your card shows a partial or zero balance and you know you have not used it, please first email me the full card number.  Put it in an envelope with “Attn:  Chris Schutt” as well as your name on it and return it to any campus office.  Do not go to the customer service desk at Jewel.  We have a case number set up for us with their corporate headquarters and they are handling and resolving it quickly.  If your card is on their list (they can do a more thorough card history than I can) it will be replaced.

Please be assured that this is NOT a widespread issue and that Jewel’s corporate headquarters is handling this issue swiftly.  If you have any questions, email me or call the T.R.I.P. at 708-429-5952.  

 

Shutterfly:  Shutterfly has switched over from paper certificates to gift cards.  They are available in $25 denominations.  They will be offering a bonus of 3% the weeks of September 16 and 25 for a total rebate of 11%.

September 25 marks the end of this six-month statement period, so there are two more weeks left in it.  If you are new to T.R.I.P. but have not yet placed now would be a great time to do it.  That way you will get a statement in October and will have a better understanding on how this wonderful program works!

 

IMPORTANT JEWEL ALERT!
9/11/2017

IMPORTANT JEWEL ALERT!!

 

We have learned that there have been a handful (less than 10 cards) of Jewel cards that have been compromised and when you go to use them there will be a partial or zero balance on them. 

 

If you have any Jewel cards on hand, please look at the back of the card.  If the last series of numbers on the back of the card start with “895” and is followed by three more digits, please check the card balance.  You can do this by calling 1-877-932-7948(which is on the back of the card) and following  the automated prompts.  PLEASE DO THIS IMMEDIATELY as Jewel wants to resolve the problem cards this week.

 

If your card shows a partial or zero balance and you know you have not used it, please first email me the full card number.  Put it in an envelope with “Attn:  Chris Schutt” as well as your name on it and return it to any campus office.  Do not go to the customer service desk at Jewel.  We have a case number set up for us with their corporate headquarters and they are handling and resolving it quickly.  If your card is on their list (they can do a more thorough card history than I can) it will be replaced.

 

Please be assured that this is NOT a widespread issue and that Jewel’s corporate headquarters is handling this issue swiftly.  If you have any questions, email me or call the T.R.I.P. at 708-429-5952.  

 

SCHEDULE, BONUSES, WALGREENS & MORE
9/7/2017

Order will be distributed tomorrow, Friday, September 8.  Our next processing date is Monday, September 11, with distribution on Thursday, September 14.

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • For 9/11 only, Chili's/Maggiano's is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.
  • From 9/11-9/18 Boston Market is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • From 9/11-9/18 PetSmart is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.
  • From 9/11-9/25 Journeys is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.

Effective Monday, September 11, the rebate for Walgreen's is changing to 4%.

SCCS collects General Mills Box Tops as well as Campbells Labels for Education.  Campbells has extended the program through December of this year so please keep saving them for our preschool.  For your convenience, Box Tops and Cambells labels can be turned in with your T.R.I.P. order and we will get it to the right place.  Thanks for helping with these very worthwhile fundraisers!

SCHEDULE
8/30/2017

Orders will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday, August 31, at the campus you designated on your 2017/18 registration form.  Elementary students will have it delivered to their classrooms and high school students should pick theirs up at the table by the main entrance immediately after school.  For those families who pick up their orders, distribution is 2:45-3:15 p.m. at all three campuses.

There is no school on Monday, September 4, due to Labor Day, but we will still have T.R.I.P. next week.  Orders will be processed on Tuesday, September 5, and distributed on Friday, September 8.

SCHEDULE & PAYLESS SHOES
8/23/2017

T.R.I.P. is back on our weekly schedule starting Monday, August 28.  Orders need to be at any campus BEFORE 8:30 A.M. and will be distributed on Thursday, August 31, at the campus you designated on your registration form.

High School Parents:  Please remind your child (especially freshmen!) that their order will not be delivered to them.  They will need to sign and pick it up at the table set up at the main entrance.

Gift cards for Payless Shoes are available once again in $20 denomations at a 12% discount.

Welcome back, everyone!

SCHEDULE, WALGREENS, & REGISTRATION
8/16/2017

Pick up is tomorrow, Thursday, August 17, at CCHS from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of August 21.

Our regular weekly schedule begins on Monday, August 28.  Orders need to be turned in BY 8:30 a.m. at any campus.  Pick up is Thursdays from 2:45-3:15 p.m.  If you signed the disclaimer, your order will be sent home with your child.

Walgreens is back in stock and available to order once again.

Registration forms were due on August 10.  We are still waiting for many registration forms to come in.  There is now a $5 late fee.  Please note:  You cannot order until one week after your form has been received.  So, please mail it today!

Enjoy these last few days of summer vacation!

Walgreens
8/12/2017

Walgreens gift cards are back in stock and available to order once again!

REGISTRATION, WALGREENS, AND SCHEDULE
8/10/2017

Registration forms for the 2017/18 school year WERE DUE TODAY!  Please get it in the mail today.  A $5 late fee goes into effect starting tomorrow.  If you cannot find your form, go to the T.R.I.P. link at www.swchristian.org and you can download another one from there.  

Walgreen's gift cards are still out of stock and are unavailable to order until further notice.

T.R.I.P. will be processed on Monday, August 14, and distributed on Thursday, August 17.  There is no T.R.I.P. the week of August 21, so be sure to check the due date on your Kohl's bill and double up on gas and groceries!

WALGREENS, BONUSES, SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION
8/2/2017

Walgreen's is in the process of revamping gift cards.  There has been a delay and the broker was unable to supply both $25 and $100 denominations with this week's order.  If you ordered $25's, your order has been adjusted by adding it to your gas or grocery purchases.  If you ordered $100 denominations, you were substituted with Discover $100 cards.  They can be used at Walgreens the same way as their gift cards.  Because they do not know when they will be getting the new cards, Walgreen's $25 and $100 cards are unavailable to order until further notice.  Our apologies for the inconvenience.

For the week of August 14, the following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • American Eagle Outfitters is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • Carson's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.

Pick up is tomorrow, Thursday, August 3, at CCHS from 9:00-10:00 a.m.  There is no T.R.I.P. the week of August 7.  Our next processing date is Monday, August 14, with distribution on Thursday, August 17.

Registration forms for the 2017/18 school year are due by August 10.  About 420 registration packets went out.  At this point approximately 180 have been sent back.  We're not even half-way there!  Avoid the $5 late fee by getting your form in now!  

SCHEDULE, WALGREENS $25'S, BONUSES, GYMBOREE, & MORE
7/19/2017

Pick up is tomorrow, July 20, at CCHS from 9:00-10:00 a.m.  There is no T.R.I.P. the week of July 24.  Our next processing date is Monday, July 31, with distribution on Thursday, August 3.

If you ordered Walgreen's in $25 denominations this week you have been refunded.  They are temporarily out of stock with the broker and cannot be ordered until further notice.  

Effective immediately, gift cards for Gymboree are no longer available.

There are some great "Back to School" bonuses being offered the week of July 31:

  • Amazon is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 4.5%
  • Barnes & Noble is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Bed Bath & Beyond/Buy Buy Baby is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • Best Buy is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • Bob Evans is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • Boston Market is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • Build-A-Bear is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • CVS is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • Carters/OshKosh is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • Chili's/Maggianos is offering a 7% bonus for a total rebate of 16%.
  • Chipolte is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Dave & Buster's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.
  • Disney is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 3%.
  • Domino's is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Groupon is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • Hallmark is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • JCPenney is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.
  • L.L. Bean is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 15%.
  • Landry's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • Macy's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%
  • Meijer is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • Panera Bread is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • Petsmart is offering a 6% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Red Robin is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • TGI Fridays is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • TJ Maxx/Home Goods/Marshalls is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • The Children's Place is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • Ulta is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.

Take advantage of these great bonuses and think not only about back to school purchases but Christmas, too!

If you haven't sent your registration form for 2017/18 in yet, please do so now.

I will be out of town next week but will have limited access to email.  Please send any questions to cschutt@swchristian.org and I will get back to you within 24 hours.

SCHEDULE, NEW MERCHANT, BONUS & REGISTRATION
7/13/2017

T.R.I.P. orders will be processed on Monday, July 17, and distributed on Thursday, July 20.  Orders need to be at CCHS or the Tinley campus BY 8:30 a.m.  Pick-up is at CCHS only from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Gift cards are now available for Oberweis in $10 denominations at a 7% discount.  Please write it in on the bottom line until envelopes are updated.

For the week of July 17, Cabela's  is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.

Registration packets for the 2017/18 school year have gone out.  They are due by August 10.  Please take the time to complete and return it now.  Registration forms can also be downloaded on the T.R.I.P. link at www.swchristian.org.

 

 

SCHEDULE, GYMBOREE & REGISTRATION
6/28/2017

Orders will be distributed tomorrow, June 29, at CCHS from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

There is no T.R.I.P. the weeks of July 3 and July 10.  Our next processing date is Monday, July 17, with distribution on Thursday, July 20.

Gift cards are temporarily unavailable for Gymboree.  We will notify you when they are available to order once again.

Registration packets for the 2017/18 school year are going out this week.  If you ordered, it will be in your new ordering envelope.  Forms are due back BY August 10.  We would love it, however, if you filled it out and returned it as soon as you get it.  :)

SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION
6/21/2017

T.R.I.P. orders will be processed on Monday, June 26, and distributed on Thursday, June 29.  Orders are due by 8:30 a.m. at CCHS or the TP campus and will be distributed at CCHS only from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

There is no T.R.I.P. the weeks of July 3 and 10.  Plan accordingly for this two week break when placing your order on Monday.

Registration packets for the 2017/18 school year will be going out the week of June 26.  They are due back by August 10.  Please, when you receive it, take the time to fill it out and return it right away rather than wait until the deadline.  :)

 

 

SCHEDULE, MERCHANT UPDATES & REGISTRATION PACKETS
6/14/2017

T.R.I.P. will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday, June 15, at CCHS from 9:00-10:00 a.m.  There is no T.R.I.P. the week of June 19.

Our next processing date is Monday, June 26.  Please note that we then have a two week break.  Orders will not be processed the weeks of July 3 and 10.  Plan accordingly when placing your order on June 26.

Gift cards are now available for Hair Cuttery in $25 denominations at a 7% discount.

Effective immediately, gift cards are no longer available for Hyatt Hotels.

The bonus for Domino's Pizza this week brought the total rebate to 9%, not 12% as posted last week. My apologies for this error.

Registration packets for the 2017/18 school year will be going out the week of June 26.

Enjoy this summer weather!

SCHEDULE, CABELA'S, & DOMINO'S PIZZA
6/7/2017

T.R.I.P. orders will be processed on Monday, June 12, and distributed on Thursday, June 15.  Orders need to be dropped off at CCHS or the Tinley campus BY 8:30 A.M.  There is no T.R.I.P. the week of June 19, so plan ahead when placing next week's order.

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping:  If our order placed on Monday contains at least $200 in Cabela's gift cards, our order will ship for free!

Domino's Pizza is offering a 2% rebate for the week of June 12.  The total rebate is 12%.

 

 

 

SCHEDULE, MICHAELS, & HYATT
5/30/2017

School ends on Wednesday, May 31, and this marks the start of our summer schedule for T.R.I.P.

Orders will be distributed on Friday, June 2, at CCHS only (Route 83 and Oak Park Ave.) from 9:00-10:00 a.m.  If you cannot make it in to pick up your order, please make arrangements for another adult to get it.  Any orders not picked up on Friday will be available at CCHS next week.  Summer hours for CCHS are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until noon.  This is the only week where distribution will on a Friday -- this week it is due to Memorial Day. 

IMPORTANT! IMPORTANT! IMPORTANT!  PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING!!!!

THERE MAY NOT BE ANY OFFICE PERSONNEL AT CCHS ON FRIDAY.  PLEASE COME IN THE TIME-FRAME OF 9:00-10:00 A.M.  DON'T BE LATE -- OR YOUR ORDER WILL BE LOCKED UP OVER THE WEEKEND!!!!

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of June 5.  Our next processing date is Monday, June 12, with distribution on Thursday, June 15.

Gift cards for Michaels are once again available.  Gift cards for Hyatt Hotels are unavailable until further notice.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PAYLESS, MICHAELS, HYATT & SCHEDULE INFORMATION
5/24/2017

Effective immediately, gift cards are no longer available for Payless Shoes.  If you have any on hand, please use them as soon as possible as they cannot be returned.  Rumor has it they may be closing more of their stores.

Gift cards for Michaels and Hyatt Hotels are temporarily out of stock and are unavailable to order until further notice.

Orders will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday, May 25.

School is closed on Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day.  Orders will be processed on Tuesday, May 30, and can be dropped off at any campus.  ORDERS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED ON FRIDAY AT CCHS ONLY (Oak Park & Route83 in Palos Heights) FROM 9:00-10:00 A.M.  This is the start of our summer operating schedule.

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of June 5.

 

 

IMPORTANT SCHEDULE INFORMATION, HYATT, & MORE
5/17/2017

Orders will be distributed tomorrow, May 18.

Next week is the last full week of school.  Orders will be processed on Monday, May 22, and distributed on Thursday, May 25.

School is closed on Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day.  Orders will be processed on Tuesday, May 30.  School ends on Wednesday, May 31.  Our summer schedule begins with orders being distributed on Friday, June 2, at CCHS only from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Hyatt Hotel gift cards are unavailable until further notice.

Last call for carpool lists.  If you are putting one together, I need it by Monday, May 22.

If you are not ordering over the summer, please hang on to your envelope.

ULTRA/STRACK & VANTIL, BONUSES, & MORE!
5/10/2017

Distribution is tomorrow, May 11.  Our next processing date is Monday, May 15 with distribution on Thursday, May 18.  Only 3 more weeks until our summer schedule begins!

Gift cards are no longer available for Ultra Foods/Strack & VanTil.  All of their stores in the area will be closing in the next few weeks.  If you have any cards on hand for them USE THEM NOW!  They cannot be returned.

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the weeks of May 15 and 22:

  • Groupon is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • Red Robin is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

If you are putting a carpool together, I need your names by May 22.

If you do not plan to order over the summer, HANG ON TO YOUR ENVELOPE.  We do not send out new ones when you register for the new school year.

SCHEDULE, CARPOOLS, ULTRA FOODS, BONUSES & CREATIVE CARPET
5/3/2017

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed tomorrow, May 4.  Orders will be processed on Monday, May 8, and distributed on Thursday, May 11.  Hard to believe there are only four more weeks before we start our summer schedule!

Speaking of summer coming . . . . do you have your carpool lists ready??  I need them by May 22.

Ultra Foods will be closing their stores in June.  We will be offering gift cards for them for one more week.  Please use them quickly as we cannot take returns of gift cards.  Strack & VanTil, who is under the same parent company as Ultra and is on the same card, has been sold and will also have store closures.  Again, we will sell them for one week, but please use them immediately as we do not know how long they will be accepted there.

For the weeks of May 8 and 15, the following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • Boston Market is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • Shutterfly is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • Gymboree is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.  We also have 20% off coupons for your total order for Gymboree that are good through May 31.  We'll put one in your envelope if you order Gymboree. 

Creative Carpet and Flooring, one of our voucher merchants, now has two locations.  Besides their Mokena address, they are now also located at 2315 45th Street in Highland, Indiana.  Call 888-910-6585 or visit their site at www.creativecarpetinc.com.

 

 

Schedule, Thanks, Carpools, Bonuses, and Statements
4/26/2017

Pick up is tomorrow, Thursday, April 27.  Our next processing date is Monday, May 1, with distribution on Thursday, May 4.

Thanks to those who order JCPenney's.  We received free shipping!

Carpools -- it's getting close to the end of the school year.  As stated in your statement cover letter, I need your carpool lists by May 22.  Any groups of five or more (no smaller than five, please) are welcome to set up a church, family, friends, neighborhood, etc. carpool.  Your orders will be bundled together for quick and easy pick-up.  Be sure to send me full family names and account numbers.  Start working on your list now, especially if you need to put an announcement in your church bulletin.

For the weeks of 5/1 through 5/8, Carsons is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9% and Petsmart is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.

All 6-month statements have gone out.  If you have not received yours, please contact the T.R.I.P. office.

 

SCHEDULE, FREE SHIPPING & BONUSES
4/20/2017

Orders will be distributed tomorrow, Friday, April 21.

Orders will be processed on Monday, April 24, and distributed on Thursday, April 27.

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping:  If our order placed on 4/24/17 has at least $150 in JCPenney gift cards, our order will ship for free.  Think Mother's Day!

The following merchants are offering bonuses from 4/24 through 5/1:

  • Bed Bath & Beyond/Buy Buy Baby are offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • L.L. Bean is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 15%.
  • Landry's is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
IMPORTANT SCHEDULE INFORMATION & MORE
4/12/2017

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday, April 6.  School is closed on Good Friday.  High school parents, be sure to remind your children so it is not stuck in the vault over the weekend.  

School is also closed on Monday, April 17.  Orders will be processed on Tuesday, April 18, and distributed on Friday, April 21.

We have a lot of requests for Aldi gift cards.  While they will not join the program, now that they accept credit cards you can use the Discover gift cards T.R.I.P. offers to pay at Aldi.  Discover gift cards are a great way to make purchases at virtually any store not a part of the program.

T.R.I.P. statements (for those who ordered this week) are in your new ordering envelope.  If you did not order, it will be sent home with your youngest grade school child, put in your church mailbox (if you are a member of OPCRC or Faith) or sent by mail.  If you do not receive it by April 25, please notify the T.R.I.P. office. 

SCHEDULE AND STATEMENTS
4/5/2017

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed on Thursday, April 6.  

Orders will be processed on Monday, April 10, and distributed on Thursday, April 13.

Statements for the period covering October 1, 2016, through March 20, 2017, will be going home with orders this week and next week.  You will find it in your new ordering envelope, along with an updated merchant list and the spring/summer operating schedule.

SCHEDULE, BUILD-A-BEAR, BD MONGOLIAN & MORE
3/30/2017

T.R.I.P. orders will be processed on Monday, April 3, and distributed on Thursday, April 6.

For the weeks of April 3 and 10, Build-A-Bear is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.

Gift cards for BD Mongolian are no longer available.

Statements for this six-month statement period will be going out with orders on April 3 and 10.  You will also be receiving the Spring/Summer Operating Schedule and an updated Merchant List which, of course, is already outdated due to BD Mongolian.  Never fails after printing up 400+ copies that there is a change!

Enjoy these last few days of spring break!

 

SCHEDULE, NEW MERCHANT, REBATE PERCENTAGE CHANGES, AND STATEMENTS
3/22/2017

Pick up is tomorrow, March 23.  Be sure to get your order tomorrow or Friday if you pick it up yourself.  SCHOOL IS CLOSED THE WEEK OF MARCH 27TH DUE TO SPRING BREAK.  

Gift cards are now available for Peapod is $25 and $100 denominations at a 3% rebate.  Please write it in on your envelope until it is updated.  Since envelopes were just printed, it will be a while before it is on there.

The following merchants' rebates are changing to:

  • Barnes & Noble is changing from 8% to 7%.
  • Cracker Barrel is changing from 8% to 7%.
  • Olive Garden/Red Lobster is changing from 8% to 7%.
  • Panera Bread is changing from 7% to 6%.
  • Red Robin is changing from 8% to 7%.

This week marked the end of this six-month statement period.  Statements will be going out with orders placed on April 3 and 10.

Have a great spring break, everyone!

IMPORTANT SCHEDULE INFORMATION, STATEMENTS, THANKS, BONUSES & MORE!
3/15/2017

Orders will be processed on Monday, March 20, and distributed on Thursday, March 23.

THERE IS NO T.R.I.P. THE WEEK OF MARCH 27TH DUE TO SPRING BREAK.  When placing your order on March 20, be sure to double up on gas and groceries, get what you need for any spring break trips, and check the due date on your Kohl's bill!

Next week marks the end of this six-month statement period which runs from October 1, 2016, through March 20, 2017.  Statements will be going out with orders the weeks of April 3 and 10.

Thanks to everyone who ordered Buffalo Wild Wings.  Our order shipped for free!

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the week of March 20.

  • Meijer is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 3%.
  • Home Depot is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • Shutterfly is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • Bass Pro Shops is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • JCPenney is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • Journeys is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.

New Life Screen Printing and The Embroidery Machine are no longer part of the voucher program.

DON'T FORGET TO PLAN AHEAD WHEN PLACING YOUR ORDER ON MARCH 20TH!

Buffalo Wild Wings, Bonuses, Casual Male XL, and more
3/6/2017

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping:  If our order placed on March 13 contains at least $150 in Buffalo Wild Wings gift cards, our order will ship for free!  

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the week of 3/13 through 3/20:

  • Domino's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • PetSmart is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.
  • Red Robin is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • TGI Fridays is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.

Gift cards are no longer available for Casual Male XL effective immediately.

Chris will be out of town the rest of the week.  Have no fear, orders will be out on time as usual.  (Thanks, Doreen!)  If you have any questions that can't wait until my return, please email me at cschutt@swchristian.org.  I will get back to you as soon as possible, but not as quickly as usual.  Wi-Fi connection will be spotty!  :) 

$100 SPEEDWAY GIFT CARDS
3/3/2017

There was a problem with the activation of the $100 Speedway gift cards that went out with this week's order.  The problem has been resolved and the $100 cards are now activated.  Our apologies for the inconvenience this has caused to anyone who tried using the cards last night or this morning!  

BONUSES, SHELL/JEWEL, STATEMENTS, AND DRUM ROLL, PLEASE!
3/1/2017

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the weeks of 3/6 through 3/13:

  • Bed Bath & Beyond/Buy Buy Baby:  1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • Boston Market:  2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • Cabela's:  3% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • Carters/Osh Kosh:  1% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

Thank you to everyone who ordered iTunes.  We made it right on the head and received free shipping!

Are you taking advantage of the Jewel/Shell gas promotion?  I just received another $0.20 off per gallon at Shell by earning rewards at Jewel.  Earn a T.R.I.P. rebate on both Jewel and Shell cards and then earn even more off at the pump.  It's a WIN-WIN-WIN situation!

It's March -- which means we are nearing the end of this six-month statement period which runs from 10/1/16 through 3/20/17.  There are three more ordering weeks left for rebates to be in your next statement.  Statements will be going out the first week of April.

The February contest is over.  And the winner is . . . . . . . . Mary Bulthuis!  Congratulations.  Enjoy your Dunkin Donuts gift card and a sweet treat on us!  

 

 

Schedule, iTunes, Bonus & More
2/24/2017

Orders will be distributed today, Friday, February 24.  Orders will be processed on Monday, February 27, and distributed on Thursday, March 2.

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping:  If our order placed on Monday, February 27, contains at least $150 in iTunes gift cards, our order will ship for free!

From 2/21 through 3/6, Payless is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 17%.

Our February contest ends on Monday, February 27.  A name will be drawn next Wednesday to see who wins the $10 gift card.  

 

Schedule and Contest
2/15/2017

T.R.I.P. will be distributed on Thursday, February 16.  SCHOOL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAY (2/17) SO BE SURE TO GET YOUR ORDER ON THURSDAY.  Parents, remind your high schoolers.  For those who pick up themselves, if you can't make it on Thursday, any adult can sign for you if you want to make other arrangements.

School is closed on Monday, February 20, for President's Day.  But, that does not mean there is no T.R.I.P. next week.  Orders will be processed on Tuesday, February 21, and distributed on Friday, February 24.

How many "chances" do you have for the February contest??  You have the opportunity to have two more entries if you order on February 21 and 27.  A $10 gift card is up for grabs!  :)

SCHEDULE, WALT'S ALERT & MORE
2/8/2017

Orders will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday, February 9.  Our next processing date is Monday, February 13, with distribution on Thursday, February 16.

If you still have Walt's pink $20 paper certificates, be sure to sign the backs of the certificates before using them.   Also, please be aware that you may be asked for identification when using the paper certificates and asked where you purchased them.  If you still have them on hand, please use them as soon as possible.  There have been some issues with the redemption of paper certificates at some of the Walt's locations.  While I have not yet received a date, there will be a cut-off time where paper certificates will no longer be accepted.  Walts will still be available in the $25 and $100 plastic gift cards.

Week two of the February contest is Monday, so get an order in!  See last week's "What's New" so you know what I am referring to!  The more orders you place in February (the size of the order doesn't matter) the better your chance to win!

SCHEDULE AND MORE
2/1/2017

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday, February 2.

Orders will be processed on Monday, February 6, with distribution on Thursday, February 9.

During the year, many families order every week.  During the holidays, that number increases dramatically.  What's hard to understand is why some families registered with T.R.I.P. only order during the holidays.  You can be earning a tuition rebate all year long.  Even a small order earns something -- and it's the little things that add up.  To get you back in the weekly ordering habit, we're holding a contest in February.  Each week that you order, your name will be put in a basket.  If you order once, you have one entry, twice equals two entries, etc.  The size of your order does not matter -- it's how many times you order!  On February 27, one entry will be pulled and the recipient will win a $10 gift card of their choice.  This also is a good way for me to see who actually reads the weekly emails.  :)

SCHEDULE AND WALTS
1/25/2017

Orders will be distributed on Thursday, January 26.  Our next processing date is Monday, January 30, with distribution on Thursday, February 2.

Just a reminder that Walts is available in $25 and $100 gift cards.  $20 paper certificates are no longer available.

WALTS, ENVELOPE CHANGES, GIFT CARD USAGE TIPS, & SOME GREAT BONUSES!
1/19/2017

Gift cards for Walts are now available in $25 and $100 denominations.  Walts $20 paper certificates are no longer available.  Please adjust your envelope and write down which denomination you would like your order filled with until you receive an updated envelope.

Envelopes will be printed and updated this week.  Please note that Bath & Body Works, Dunkin Donuts, and Starbucks ordering lines have been moved to the upper left hand corner of the envelope.

When submitting your order, please be sure your envelope is sealed from end to end.

If you are having problems with a card, 99% of the time it's not the card, it's the clerk.  Please take note of these helpful gift card usage tips: 

  • When using multiple cards for a transaction, always hand the cards to the clerk one at a time.  This helps to prevent them scanning one card twice, which will then show a zero balance, and another card not at all.  
  • If there is a problem where the clerk says there is nothing on the card or it has not been activated, DO NOT LEAVE THE REGISTER UNTIL THE PROBLEM IS RESOLVED.  Ask for a manager and have them call the number on the back of the card and get a card history.  What usually has happened is they scanned the card, did not wait long enough for the register to accept it, and then they scanned it again.  It will then show a zero balance because they did indeed just use it.  
  • Always get a receipt and ALL CARDS BACK that were used in that transaction if they still say there is an issue.  You can match the card's activity from your receipt to the back of the card to see what cards have been used.  You can call the toll free number on the back of the card and get a card balance.  Stay on the line long enough to get the card history, which will show you when that card was used.
  • Gift cards are activated in bundles, so one card not being activated is pretty much impossible.  99% of the time the problem is due to a clerk's error.  You can also check the balance on your card before using it to confirm what is on it.  This is a good idea to do when using them at restaurants as you usually can't watch them swiping the cards. 
  • There have been times when a card shows a zero balance and that's true.  In that case, you used the card and put it in your purse, car, etc. and thought it was new.  Throw away used cards.  Write your balance on the front of the card as you are using it.  Again, check the balance and card history by calling the toll free number or going on-line.
  • Again, your best bet is to resolve it on the spot.  Even if it means apologizing to the person in line behind you for the delay, do not just say O.K. and leave.  Insist on seeing a manager.  Get a receipt and all cards back.  The problem is much more easily resolved when it happens rather than notifiying me after the fact.  

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • For the week of 1/23 only, Home Depot is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.
  • For the weeks of 1/23 and 1/30, Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic are offering a 6% bonus for a total rebate of 18%.
  • For the weeks of 1/23 and 1/30, TGI FRIDAYS is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
IMPORTANT SCHEDULE NEWS, WALTS, MARCUS, AND BONUS
1/11/2017

School is closed next Monday, January 16, for Martin Luther King Day.  Orders will be processed on Tuesday, January 17, with distribution on Friday, January 20.

Good news!  Walt's is now available in $25 and $100 gift cards.  It will be a few weeks before this change is reflected on your ordering envelope, so please write on your envelope whether you want $25 or $100 denominations.   We do have some paper inventory that we will be finishing up with in the next two weeks, so $100 denominations will be filled with paper certificates until it is gone.

Shutterfly is offering a 2% bonus for the weeks of January 17 and 23.  The total rebate is 10%.

We still have some Marcus $5 Snack Cash certificates that can be used from January 15 through March 31.  It is good towards any food or beverage item at your local Marcus Theatre.  You will be given one certificate for every $10 you order in Marcus.

 

WE'RE BACK!
1/5/2017

T.R.I.P. is back on it's weekly schedule.  Orders will be processed on Monday, January 9, and distributed on Thursday, January 12.

Make it a resolution for 2017 to order on a weekly basis!  :)

SCHEDULE AND YEAR END TOTALS
12/21/2016

Whew!!  Orders will be delivered on time to each campus on Thursday.  We are off during Christmas break.  Our next processing date is Monday, January 9, with distribution on Thursday, January 12.

Over the three weeks of December, participating T.R.I.P. families collectively reduced their tuition by $10,405.80!  Our year end totals were just shy of $2.4 MILLION dollars in sales -- which is up from last year.  What a blessing this program is to those families committed to Christian education.  Many families order just during the holidays.  I encourage you to continue ordering year round.  The rebates can really add up!

Merry Christmas everyone!  Chris

 

GOOD NEWS!
12/19/2016

Yeah!!  Barring an issues with FedEx and our package making it's way to us, orders will be delivered as usual on Thursday.  Orders will be processed tomorrow, Tuesday, December 20, and will be distributed on Thursday, December22.  High school parents -- your order should be to CCHS in time for your child to pick up it up after second exam.  

A huge thanks to our main broker for taking such good care of us.  We would not be able to do this without them making special arrangements!!

WEATHER ALERT & T.R.I.P. PROCESSING
12/18/2016

School is closed on Monday, December 19, due to the weather.

T.R.I.P. ORDERS WILL BE PROCESSED ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20.  WE WILL DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO HAVE ORDERS TO EACH CAMPUS BY THE END OF THE DAY ON THURSDAY.  IF NOT, THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY BEFORE NOON DISMISSAL.

Please watch your email closely for updates or check T.R.I.P. What's New at www.swchristian.org.

SCHEDULE & MERCHANT CHANGES
12/14/2016

One more week!  Orders will be processed on Monday, December 19, and distributed on Thursday, December 22.

There is no T.R.I.P. the weeks of December 26th and January 2nd due to Christmas break.  Last chance to get what you need for the holidays -- be sure to plan ahead for gas and groceries and check the due date on your Kohl's bill!

Effective immediately, gift cards for Limited are no longer available.  

Effective 1/19/17, the rebate for Hyatt Hotels is decreasing from 9% to 8%.

Thanks for taking care when filling out your T.R.I.P. envelope.  Things have been running smoothly and we are over the $2 million mark for 2016!

Marcus, Amazon, & Dominos
12/7/2016

While supplies last, for every $10 Marcus Theatres gift card you order, you will receive a $5 Snack Cash card that is valid January 15 through March 31.  This $5 Snack Voucher can be used towards any food or beverage item at your local Marcus Theatre.

Effective December 19, Amazon's rebate is decreasing to 1.5%.  :(

For the weeks of December 12 and 19, Domino's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

Two more ordering weeks until our two week Christmas break!  Thanks for taking extra care when filling out your orders this week.  We only had to fix a few!

BONUSES GALORE & HELP!
11/30/2016

On top of the other bonuses announced last week, the following merchants are also offering bonuses from 12/5-12/12:

  • AMC Theatres is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • American Eagle Outfitters is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • Bass Pro Shops is offering a 4% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • Bob Evans is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • CVS Pharmacy is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.
  • Dave & Busters is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.
  • Groupon is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • JCPenney is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • L.L. Bean is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 16%.
  • Landry's is offering a 4% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • Red Robin is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • Home Depot is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.

We need your help:  PLEASE take care when filling out your order.  Our order was $92,000+ this week and we expect that to be the average over the next three weeks.  Yep, that's more than 1/4 million dollars by the end of the year.  We are under ordering deadlines with the multiple brokers we work with.  Those deadlines are tough to meet when orders are difficult to read, do not balance, checks are not signed, account numbers are not on checks, wrong denominations are ordered, etc.  For the next three weeks we will not be able to make phone calls when there is a problem with your order.  We will do our best to "fix" it by changing your order.  If it can't easily be fixed, it will be returned unprocessed.  Please take the time to triple check your order before submitting it -- the Trip Ladies truly appreciate it!  :)

SCHEDULE, BONUSES & DICKS SPORTING GOODS
11/24/2016

T.R.I.P. is back on for next week.  Orders will be processed on Monday, November 28, and will be distributed on Thursday, December 1.  Only four more ordering weeks until our Christmas break!  

The following merchants are offering bonuses from 11/28 through 12/5:

  • Bed Bath & Beyond is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • Carter's/OshKosh is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 10%
  • Hallmark is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • Journeys is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • Meijer is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • Papa John's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • TGI Fridays is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.

From 11/28 through 12/19 Petsmart is offering a 4% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.

Dicks Sporting Goods gift cards can now also be used at Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream.  They are available in $25 denominations at a 6% bonus.

Tinley Parents:  Please encourage your children to drop their T.R.I.P. orders off as soon as they get to school, rather than waiting until the bell rings.  This helps us tremendously at this very busy time of the year.  Drop off boxes are located at the main entrance as well as the east entrance in the middle school.  Thanks!

IMPORTANT SCHEDULE INFORMATION & THANKS!
11/16/2016

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday, November 17.

SCHOOL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18.  HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS -- BE SURE TO REMIND YOUR CHILDREN TO GET YOUR ORDER ON THURSDAY SO THAT IT IS NOT LOCKED UP OVER THE LONG WEEKEND. 

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of November 21 due to Thanksgiving and the shortened school week.

Thanks to everyone who ordered Chili's this week.  Our order shipped for free!  :)

Only 4 more ordering Monday's until Christmas!!  Please be sure when submitting your order that you double check your totals and checks. 

SCHEDULE, FREE SHIPPING, BATH & BODY WORKS REBATE INCREASE, & SHUTTERFLY
11/9/2016

Orders will be distributed on Thursday, November 10.  Our next processing date is Monday, November 14, with distribution on Thursday, November 17.

THERE IS NO T.R.I.P. THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 21ST DUE TO THANKSGIVING AND THE SHORTENED SCHOOL WEEK.  Be sure to keep this is mind when placing your order on Monday, November 14.  Double up on gas and groceries and be sure to check the due date on your Kohl's bill!

HELP T.R.I.P. EARN FREE SHIPPING: If the order we place on Monday, November 14, contains at least $150 in Chili's gift cards, our order will ship for free!

Effective immediately and until further notice, the rebate for Bath & Body Works is increasing to 15%.

For the weeks of 11/4-11/28, Shutterfly is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

ONLY FIVE MORE ORDERING MONDAY'S UNTIL CHRISTMAS!  :)

Schedule + More
11/2/2016

Orders will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday, November 3.

Our next processing date is Monday, November 7, with distribution on Thursday, November 10.

If you placed an order this week, some of you (depends on what you ordered) may be receiving a larger rebate than anticipated.  One of the brokers I work with was having a "flash" sale in honor of their anniversary.  The stores offering bonuses were not released until Monday morning so I could not let you know ahead of time what they were.  Bit disappointed they ran the sale this way because I like to give everyone a heads up.  But, still sweet to earn some extra credit!

One last thing . . . . . GO CUBS!!!!!

SCHEDULE AND JEWEL/SHELL
10/26/2016

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday, October 27.

Our next processing date is Monday, October 31, with distribution on Thursday, November 3.

Jewel is pairing up with Shell with a new gas rewards program.  You can earn points on prescription and grocery purchases and save up to $0.20 per gallon at paricipating Shell stations.  What's even better is you can earn even more by using T.R.I.P. gift cards at both Jewel and Shell.  To learn more about this gas rewards program, go to www.jewelosco.com.  Not all locations are participating.  You can check to see if your favorite location is on their web page.

SCHEDULE
10/21/2016

T.R.I.P. is back on next week.  Orders will be processed on Monday, October 24, and distributed on Thursday, October 27.

Don't like bringing this up . . . . . but there are only 8 more T.R.I.P. ordering weeks until Christmas!  :)

Schedule & Reminders
10/12/2016

THERE IS NO T.R.I.P. NEXT WEEK DUE TO TEACHERS' CONVENTION AND THE SHORTENED SCHOOL WEEK!  Our next processing date is Monday, October 24, with distribution on Thursday, October 27.

We have started to see that families are already planning ahead for Christmas.  Besides your normal gas and groceries, there is a "little of this" and a "little of that" being ordered.  Think ahead for gifts, stocking stuffers, etc.

Along with this busier season comes a few reminders for when you fill out your ordering envelope:

  • Be sure to total your order.
  • Be sure checks inside your envelope total your balance on the front of your envelope.
  • Be sure your check is signed and that your T.R.I.P. account number is on all checks.
  • Be sure to seal your envelope from end to end, not just in the middle.  We don't want your cards to fall out.
  • Be sure you are ordering in the proper denomination and on the right line.  Remember, we cannot take returns for any reason.  So, if you order on the wrong line, those gift cards are yours!
  • Most importantly -- PLEASE WRITE CLEARLY AND NEATLY.  The lines are small and it is a tremendous help if you plainly write 100, not $100, $100.00, or 100.00.  Do not circle or highlight the items you are ordering.  It actually makes it harder for us to read your order.
  • And last -- double check your addition one more time and be sure your checks total your order.

The T.R.I.P. team thanks you so much for helping Monday mornings run smoothly!

Important Schedule Information, Statements, and Bonuses
10/5/2016

Orders will be processed on Monday, October 10, and distributed on Thursday, October 13.  There is no T.R.I.P. the week of October 17 due to Teachers' Convention and the shortened school week.  Plan ahead for gas and groceries when placing your order on the 10th and be sure to check the due date on your Kohl's bill!

Statements are going home with orders placed on Monday.  Look for it in your new envelope.  If you did not order this week, it will go in your order next week.  Any remaining statements will be sent home with your youngest elementary child, put in your church mailbox (if you are a member of PHCRC, OPCRC, or Faith) or will be mailed.

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the week of October 10:

  • RED ROBIN is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • GROUPON is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
KMart, Bonuses & Statements
9/28/2016

KMart is closing a number of their stores, which includes the Tinley Park location.  As of now, gift cards can still be used for payment, but we are not sure if that will change.  Please keep this in mind when purchasing KMart gift cards as they cannot be returned to us should their policy change.

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the weeks of October 3 and 10:

  • Bath & Body Works is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 15%.
  • Domino's Pizza is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Cabela's is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.

This week marked the end of this six-month statement period which runs from 4/1/16 through 9/26/16.  Statements will be going out with orders placed the next two weeks.  If you do not order either of those weeks, it will be sent home with your youngest elementary child, put in your church mailbox (if you are a member of OPCRC, PHCRC, or Faith CRC) or sent by U.S. mail.

Statements & Shutterfly
9/21/2016

Next week marks the end of this six-month statement period.  Statements will be going out the week of October 3rd.  If you're newly registered with T.R.I.P. but have not yet placed an order, next week would be the perfect time to do so as a statement will then be generated for you.

Shutterfly has a 2% bonus going for one more week.  The total rebate earned is 10%, not 11% as stated last week.

Statements, New Merchant & Bonus
9/14/2016

There are two more ordering weeks for this statement period which runs from 4/1/16 through 9/26/16.  If you have registered for the first time, but have not yet placed an order, I encourage you to do so in the next two weeks.  You will then have a statement generated for you which will giv you a better understanding on how the program works.  Statements will be going out the week of October 2.  Instructions will be included as to how your T.R.I.P. rebate is applied to your account.

We are excited to add Potbelly Sandwich Shop to our growing list of merchants.  Gift cards are available in $10 denominations at a 7% rebate.

From 9/19 through 9/26, Shutterfly is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.

Bonuses, Mariano's, TRIP Checks & Campbells
9/8/2016

For the weeks of September 12 and 19, Boston Market is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.

For the weeks of September 12 through the 26th, Journeys is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.\

Gift cards are now available in $100's for Mariano's along with $25's.

When writing out your check to T.R.I.P. , please write it to T.R.I.P., not Southwest Chicago Christian School.  Also, please be sure to put your account number on all checks you submit.

Good news!  Campbell's has decided to extend their Labels for Education program.  For your convenience, you may turn in labels with your T.R.I.P. order and we'll get them to the right place.  Keep saving General Mills Boxtops, too!

Distribution & Box Tops/Campbells
8/31/2016

Orders will be distributed on Thursday, September 1, at the campus you designated on your registration form.  If you have an elementary age child and signed the disclaimer, it will be delivered to their classroom.  If you have a high school student, it will be available for pick up after last period at a table by the main entrance.  Please remind them to pick it up immediately after last period.  For those who pick up their order, it will be available from 2:45-3:15 p.m.

SCCS collects General Mills Box Tops as a fundraiser.  For you convenience, you may turn them in with your TRIP order.  We will be sure to get them to the office for you.

The Campbell's soup label program has ended and we are no longer collecting them.

Schedule and Registration
8/25/2016

We are back to our regular weekly schedule starting next week.

Orders will be processed on Monday, August 29.  They need to be turned in at any campus by 8:30 a.m. 

Orders will be distributed on Thursday, September 1.  If you signed the disclaimer for your elementary student to take it home, it will be delivered to the classroom.  Parents of high school students -- your child can pick your order from the table by the main entrance after last period.  They will not be delivered to them.  Please be sure to remind them.  Parent pick up is from 2:45-3:15 p.m.

Still haven't registered??? It's not too late.  You can still complete and send in your registration form and start earning your own rebate!

 

Registration, Schedule, and Sunglass Hut
8/17/2016

REGISTRATION FORMS FOR 2016/17 WERE DUE ON AUGUST 10.  YOU CAN STILL SUBMIT YOURS, BUT THERE IS A $5 LATE FEE.  IF YOU CANNOT FIND YOUR FORM THAT WAS SENT TO YOU THE END OF JUNE, YOU CAN DOWNLOAD ANOTHER ONE FROM THE T.R.I.P. LINK AT www.swchristian.org.  I AM STILL WAITING FOR APPROXIMATELY 100 MORE OF THEM!!

T.R.I.P. orders placed on Monday, August 15, will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday, August 18, at CCHS from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of August 22.  

Our regular weekly schedule starts on Monday, August 29.  Orders need to be turned in to any campus by 8:30 a.m.  Your order will be distributed at the campus you designated on your 2016/17 registration form.

Gift cards for Sunglass Hut/Watch World are no longer available effective immediately.

 

 

SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION
8/11/2016

T.R.I.P. is on for next week.  Orders will be processed on Monday, August 15, and distributed on Thursday, August 18.

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of August 22.  Plan ahead (check your Kohl's bill due date!) when placing your order on August 15.

T.R.I.P. registration forms for the 2016/17 school year were due on August 10.  There is now a $5 late fee.  Please do not wait until the first day of school to turn it in.  Fill it out and mail it NOW!  Thanks!

REGISTRATION, SCHEDULE, AND BONUSES
8/3/2016

REGISTRATION FORMS FOR THE 2016/17 SCHOOL YEAR ARE DUE BY AUGUST 10.  IF IT IS NOT IN BY THEN, THERE IS A $5.00 LATE FEE.  IF YOU HAVE MISPLACED YOURS, YOU CAN DOWNLOAD ANOTHER ONE FROM THE T.R.I.P. LINK AT www.swchristian.org.   I HAVE ONLY RECEIVED ABOUT 1/2 OF THEM!  PLEASE --- IF YOU HAVEN'T SENT YOURS IN, DO SO TODAY.  YOU'LL AVOID THE LATE FEE AND MAKE CHRIS VERY HAPPY!  :)

Orders will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday, August 4.  There is no T.R.I.P. the week of August 8.  Our next processing date is Monday, August 15, with distribution on Thursday, August 18.

The following merchants are offering bonuses the week of August 15:

  • Petsmart:  2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • Meijer:  1% bonus for a total rebate of 3%.

My apologizies to everyone who ordered Target this week.  Their bonus expired on July 29, not August 1, when all of the other back-to-school bonuses did.

Schedule and Bonus Reminder
7/31/2016


T.R.I.P. is on tomorrow.  Orders will be processed on Monday, August 1, and distributed on Thursday, August 4.

Just a reminder that there are some great bonuses being offered for orders placed on August 1.

  • Old Navy/Gap/Banana/Republic:  5% bonus for a total rebate of 17%.
  • Payless Shoes:  2% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.
  • Target:  2% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • Staples:  2% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.
  • American Eagle Outfitters:  2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • Bed Bath & Beyond:  1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • Bath & Body Works:  5% bonus for a total rebate of 15%.
  • iTunes:  5% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • Best Buy:  1% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • Carson's:  2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Boston Market:  2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • CVS Pharmacy:  2% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • Cabela's:  3% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • Carter's/OshKosh:  1% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • Dave & Buster's:  2% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.
  • Groupon:  2% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • Chili's:  5% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.
  • JCPenney:  1% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • Jiffy Lube:  2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Landry's:  4% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • Build-A-Bear:  2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.

Registrations forms for 2016/17 are due by August 10.  You can turn yours in with your order tomorrow.  Just be sure to write a separate $10 check for the yearly operational fee.

 

Schedule, Mega Bonuses, & More
7/19/2016

Pick up is this Thursday, July 21, at CCHS from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of July 25.  Our next processing date is Monday, August 1, with distribution on Thursday, August 4.

I don't like saying these three little words . . . . Back To School!  But, to soften the blow that summer break is more than half over, the following merchants are offering some great back to school bonuses the week of August 1.

  • Old Navy/Gap/Banana/Republic:  5% bonus for a total rebate of 17%.
  • Payless Shoes:  2% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.
  • Target:  2% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • Staples:  2% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.
  • American Eagle Outfitters:  2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • Bed Bath & Beyond:  1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • Bath & Body Works:  5% bonus for a total rebate of 15%.
  • iTunes:  5% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • Best Buy:  1% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • Carson's:  2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Boston Market:  2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • CVS Pharmacy:  2% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • Cabela's:  3% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • Carter's/OshKosh:  1% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • Dave & Buster's:  2% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.
  • Groupon:  2% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • Chili's:  5% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.
  • JCPenney:  1% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • Jiffy Lube:  2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Landry's:  4% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • Build-A-Bear:  2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.

Thanks to all of you who have sent in your registration form.  Over 100 in, only about 300 to go!  Please send yours in today!

I will be out of town next week, but will be checking email once a day.  Please email me at cschutt@swchristian.org if you have any questions that can't wait.  If you are having a problem with a gift card, please try the toll free number on the back to check the balance and get a card history.  Chances are you will be able to resolve the issue yourself!

SCHEDULE, BONUS, AND REGISTRATION
7/11/2016

T.R.I.P. is on for next week.  Orders will be processed on Monday, July 18, and distributed on Thursday, July 21.

For the week of July 18, AMC Theatres is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.

Registration packets for the 2016/17 school year are out and registration forms are due by August 10.  IT IS SO HELPFUL FOR US TO GET THEM BACK BEFORE THE DEADLINE.  PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO FILL IT OUT AND RETURN IT NOW!!

Schedule and Registration
7/6/2016

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of July 11.

Our next processing date is Monday, July 18, with distribution on Thursday, July 21.

Registration packets for the 2016/17 school year have gone out.  Even though they are not due until August 10, PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN IT NOW!  Thank you in advance for making the T.R.I.P. ladies lives a little bit easier by getting it in early!  If you have not yet received your packet, please email Chris at cschutt@swchristian.org or you can download a registration form from the T.R.I.P. link at www.swchristian.org.

T.R.I.P. PICK-UP AND BREAK
6/29/2016

T.R.I.P. pick-up is tomorrow, Thursday, June 30, at CCHS from 9:00-10:00 a.m.  If you cannot get there to pick up your order, any adult can sign for you.  Please try to make arrangements as the campus will be closed Friday and Monday.  Office hours at CCHS next week are Tuesday through Thursday from 8:00-11:00.

There is no T.R.I.P. the weeks of July 4 and 11.  Our next processing date is Monday, July 18, with distribution on Thursday, July 21.

Schedule, Meijer, and Registration
6/20/2016

T.R.I.P. is "on" next week.  Orders will be processed on Monday, June 27, and distributed on Friday, June 30.

There is no T.R.I.P. the weeks of July 4 and 11.  Keep this two week break in mind when placing your order on June 27.

For the week of June 27 only, Meijer is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.

Registration packets for the 2016/17 school year are going out the week of June 27.  Be sure to complete and return it right away.

 

SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION FOR 2016/17
6/15/2016

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed on Thursday, June 15, at CCHS from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of June 20.  Our next processing week is Monday, June 27, with distribution on Thursday, June 30.

The T.R.I.P. office is closed the weeks of July 4 and July 11.  Keep this two week break in mind when placing your order on June 27.  Be sure to check the due date on your Kohl's bill!

Registration packets for the 2016/17 school year will be going out the week of June 27.  They are due back by August 10, but please do not wait until then to complete and return it.  JJJ

 

Schedule & Bonuses
6/2/2016

T.R.I.P.ORDERS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TOMORROW, JUNE 3, at CCHS ONLY FROM 9:00-10:00 A.M.

If you do not make it for pick-up tomorrow, orders may be picked up from CCHS during regular summer hours, which is Monday through Thursday from 8:00-11:00 a.m.

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of June 6.  The next processing date is Monday, June 13, with distribution on Thursday, June 16.

The following merchants are offering bonuses the week of June 13.  Think "Father's Day!"

  • Bass Pro Shops is offering a 4% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • Cabela's is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • American Eagle Outfitters is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
Bonus, Schedule, & Registration Packets
5/25/2016

For the week of May 31 only, AMC Theatres is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.

School is closed on Monday, May 30, due to Memorial Day.  Orders will be processed on Tuesday, May 31, and distributed on Friday, June 3, at CCHS only from 9:00-10:00 a.m.  This marks the start of our summer schedule.

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of June 6.

Registration packets for the 2016/17 school year will be going out the week of June 27.

If you do not plan to order over the summer, please hang onto your envelope.  We do not send out new ones when you register for the new school year.

 

Carpools, Schedule, & Campbell's
5/18/2016

Last chance to get your carpool list to me!  I need your names by May 22.  Groups of 5 or more can be bundled together for quick and easy pick up.  Please submit the full family name and account number.

Next week is the last full week of school.  Orders will be processed on Monday, May 23, and distributed on Thursday, May 26.

School is closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day.  Orders will be processed on Tuesday, May 31, and will be distributed on Friday, June 3, at CCHS only from 9:00-10:00 a.m.  That marks the start of our summer schedule.

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of June 6.  Keep this in mind when placing your order on May 30 and be sure to check the due date on your Kohl's bill!

The Campbell's Soup Label program is ending. Please be sure to turn in any labels by June 1.  For you convenience, you can put them in your T.R.I.P. envelope.  We are still collecting General Mills Box Tops.  Those, too, can be sent in with your T.R.I.P. order.

 

Aeropostale, Bonuses and Schedule
5/11/2016

Gift cards for Aeropostale are no longer available as they have filed for bankruptcy.  If you have any on hand, please use them right away as they cannot be returned.

For the weeks of May 16 and 23 the following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • Dave & Busters -- 2% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.
  • Red Robin -- 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

There are only 2-1/2 weeks left of school!  We will be processing as usual on Monday May 16 and 23.

School ends on Wednesday, June 1.  Because school is closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day, orders will be processed on Tuesday, May 31.  Our summer schedule starts on June 3. Orders will be distributed on Friday, June 3 AT CCHS ONLY FROM 9:00-10:00 A.M. 

IF YOU DO NOT PLAN TO ORDER OVER THE SUMMER, PLEASE HANG ON TO YOUR ENVELOPE.  WE DO NOT SEND OUT NEW ONES WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR THE 2016/17 SCHOOL YEAR.

Bonus and Carpools
5/4/2016

For the weeks of May 9 and 16, Shutterfly is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

Just a reminder that if you are setting up a summer carpool for T.R.I.P. orders, I need your information by May 22.  Orders will be bundled together for quick and easy pick up.   Please submit the full family name and account number as well as the name of your carpool.  Also, there must be at least five families in your group in order for them to be bundled together. 

Bonuses & More
4/27/2016

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the weeks of May 2 and 9:

  • Boston Market -- 2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • PetSmart -- 3% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.

The bonus for Home Depot expired on April 22, not April 25, as posted last week.  My apologies for this error.

 

Bonuses & Statements
4/20/2016

The following merchants are offering springtime bonuses for the weeks of April 25 and May 2:

  • Bath & Body Works is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 15%.
  • Bob Evans is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • L.L. Bean is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 15%.
  • Landry's is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • Papa John's Pizza is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.

All T.R.I.P. statements have gone out via orders, your youngest elementary child, church mailboxes, or by mail.  If you do not receive yours by April 28, please contact the T.R.I.P. office.

Bonuses & More
4/13/2016

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the weeks of April 18 and 25:

  • Bed Bath & Beyond -- 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • Carsons -- 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Carter's/OshKosh -- 1% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • Home Depot -- 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • TGI Fridays -- 1% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.

As stated in T.R.I.P. policies (under 7.3) certificates/gift cards cannot be returned to T.R.I.P. for exchange or refund for any reason.  Please be careful that you are ordering on the proper line.  In the past I have put out emails when someone has accidentally ordered the wrong item and have helped to sell them to someone else.  While I was happy to do that, I am now getting requests from people to take back gift cards because they have changed their mind, ordered more than what was needed, etc. and they would like me to help them get rid of them.  Because of this, we have to be firm about our policy and will no longer be the "go between" to help you make an exchange of cards.  Again, please be careful when filling out your envelope and be sure to write clearly on the ordering line.

Bonuses, Statements, and Campbell Soup Labels
4/6/2016

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • For the week of April 11 ONLY, Meijer is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • For the weeks of April 11 and 18, JCPenney is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.

If you placed an order this week, your T.R.I.P. statement is in your new ordering envelope.  Remaining statements will go home with orders placed next week.  If you do not order, it will be sent home with your youngest elementary student, put in your church mailbox (if you are a member of OPCRC, PHCRC, or Faith) or sent by mail.

For your convenience, we collect General Mills Boxtops and Campbell's soup labels.  I've been asked to let you know that after 42 years the Campbell's Labels for Education Program is ending.  If you have any labels, please turn them all in to the school office (or in your T.R.I.P. order and I will get them there) before the end of the school year.  Don't miss out on more points for school!   You may continue to send General Mills Boxtops to the T.R.I.P. office.

 

SCHEDULE, ULTRA FOODS & MORE
3/30/2016

Orders will be processed on Monday, April 4, and distributed on Thursday, April 7.

For anyone who ordered Ultra Food gift cards on March 21:  There was an issue with activation on corporate Ultra Food's end.  The problem has been resolved and the cards are now fully activated.  Ultra Food apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused you!

T.R.I.P. statements will be going out with orders the weeks of April 4 and 11.  If you do not order either of those weeks, it will be sent home the week of April 18 with your youngest elementary child, put in your church mailbox (if you are a member of PHCRC, OPCRC, or Faith) or sent by mail.  If you do not receive yours by April 25, please contact the T.R.I.P. office at 708-429-5952.

SCHEDULE, BEST BUY CHANGE & STATEMENTS
3/23/2016

School is closed on Good Friday as well as the week of March 28 for spring break.  High school parents, please remind your child to get your order.  For those who pick up themselves -- don't forget to get it on Thursday.  Any orders not picked up will be unavailable until Monday, April 4.

Our next processing date is Monday, April 4, with distribution on Thursday, April 7.

March 21 marked the end of this six-month statement period which covers 10/1/15-3/21/16.  Statements will be going out with orders the week of April 4.

Effective April 4, the rebate for Best Buy is increasing from 2% to 3%.

Have a blessed Easter and a great week off!

Schedule & Statements
3/16/2016

T.R.I.P. orders will be processed on Monday, March 21, and distributed on Thursday, March 24.  This marks the end of this six-month statement period which runs from October 1, 2016 through March 21, 2016.  Statements will be going out after spring break.

THERE IS NO T.R.I.P. THE WEEK OF MARCH 28TH DUE TO SPRING BREAK.  PLAN AHEAD WHEN PLACING YOUR ORDER ON MARCH 21!

 

Thursday's Distribution, Bonuses, Spring Break & More
3/9/2016

IMPORTANT INFORMATION!!!!  The bulk of this week's order is stuck in Memphis (FedEx's main hub) due to severe weather issues and we will not have our package delivered today.  Orders should be at each campus tomorrow (Thursday, March 10) in time for distribution at the end of the school day.  HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE A PRESCHOOL OR 1/2 DAY KINDERGARTEN FAMILY, ORDERS WILL NOT BE READY BEFORE YOUR LITTLE ONES ARE DISMISSED!!  You may come back at the end of the day between 2:45-3:15 p.m. or get it on Friday. 

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the weeks of 3/14 and 3/21:

  • AMC Theatres is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • Build-A-Bear is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Home Depot is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 3%.
  • PetSmart is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.
  • Red Robin is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • Shutterfly is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

School is closed the week of March 28 due to spring break.  Plan ahead when placing your orders the weeks of March 14 and 21.  Be sure to check the due date on your Kohl's bill, stock up on gas and groceries, and order what is needed for vacation plans.

March 21 also marks the end of this six-month statement period which covers 10/1/15-3/21/16.  Statements will be going out after spring break.

Sports Authority
3/2/2016

Effective immediately, gift cards are no longer available for Sports Authority.  They have filed for bankruptcy protection.  If you have any Sports Authority gift cards on hand, please use them right away.  They cannot be returned to T.R.I.P.

Bonuses & More
3/2/2016

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the weeks of March 7 and 14:

  • Bed Bath & Beyond is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • Boston Market is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • Cabela's is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • Carters/Oshkosh is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • Express is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • Journey's is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • Ulta is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.

I have some coupons for Gymboree that are for 20% off your entire purchase.  They are good through May 31.  I will put one in your envelope if you order Gymboree.  First come, first served!

The end of this six-month statement period is near!  There are three more ordering weeks where rebates will be applied to your statement which covers the period 10/1/15-3/21/16.  Rebate statements will be going out the week after spring break.

Men's Wearhouse & Weather Alert
2/24/2016

A family ordered $25 in Men's Wearhouse in error.  If you would be willing to purchase it directly from them, please email me and I will make the arrangements.  As the tuition credit has been posted to their account, the card cost is $23.25, which is 7% less than face value.  Along with great suits and ties, Men's Wearhouse does tux rentals, so think prom or wedding!

Not sure what today's snowfall will be (hoping we miss the bulk of it!) but if by chance school is cancelled tomorrow, pick-up will be moved to Friday, February 26, at the regular time.  Watch your email and "What's New" for an update if needed.

 

Schedule
2/18/2016

T.R.I.P. pick-up is tomorrow (Friday) at the regular time.  High school parents -- please text your kids and remind them to get your order so they are not locked up over the weekend.

We're back on our regular schedule next week.  Orders will be processed on Monday, February 22, and distributed on Thursday, February 25.

Presidents' Day Schedule & Thanks!
2/10/2016

School is closed on Monday, February 15 for Presidents' Day.  ORDERS WILL BE PROCESSED ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, AND DISTRIBUTED ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19.

School is also closed this Friday, February 12, for teacher in-service day.  If you pick up your order, please be sure to get it on Thursday so that it is not stuck in the vault over the long weekend.  High school parents:  Be sure to text your kids on Thursday to remind them.

Thank you to everyone who ordered iTunes this week.  Our order shipped for free!

iTunes and Referrals
2/3/2016

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping!  If our order placed on Monday, February 8, contains at least $150 in gift cards for iTunes our order will ship for free.  Think Valentine's gifts!

Do you know someone new who will be sending a child to SCCS next year or down the road?  Encourage them to join T.R.I.P. now and start building tuition rebates.  If they register, you will earn a $10 incentive certificate for the gift card of your choice after they place their first order.  Registration forms are available on the T.R.I.P. link at www.swchristian.org.  Or, contact Chris to have one mailed to them.

Bonuses, Discontinued Cards, and CCHS Pick-up
1/27/2016

For the weeks of February 2 and 8, the following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • L.L. Bean is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 16%.
  • Landry's is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.  For a complete listing of Landry's locations (which includes Morton's Steakhouse, Claim Jumper, and Rainforest Café) go to www.landrysinc.com.

Effective immediately, gift cards are no longer available for Hard Rock Cafe and Motherhood Maternity/Pea in a Pod/Destination Marternity.

The office is short-handed this week at CCHS.  For those who pick up their own order, please try to come at the normal pick-up time of 2:45-3:15 p.m. instead of sneaking in early!

Running for Kicks, Bonus, TRIP Phone, and Winner!
1/21/2016

I have heard from a few people who made a purchase at Running for Kicks during the last statement period (the purchase would have been made prior to September 30, 2015) but I know there are still some out there.  If you made a purchase from Running for Kicks and did not see a credit on your last statement, please contact me before January 25 (even if you no longer have the pink copy of your form) so that I can apply your rebate.  Any remaining balance will be applied to the general tuition assistance fund.  Please see the January 6 post on "What's New" on the T.R.I.P. link at www.swchristian.org for more information.

For the weeks of 1/25-2/1, TGI Fridays is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.

While the T.R.I.P. phone line is working, SCCS is having a problem with the system and it is not possible to leave me a voice message.  If you need to get a hold of me, please email me at cschutt@swchristian.org or leave a message on my home phone at 708-235-0154.

DRUM ROLL, PLEASE -- The winner of the $10 gift card from this week's drawing is LISA CAVANAUGH!  Please email me what gift card you would like.  Treat yourself -- I suggest lunch or a couple of lattes!

SCHEDULE, BONUS & ???
1/11/2016

School is closed on Monday, January 18, for Martin Luther King Day.  Orders will be processed on Tuesday, January 19, and distributed on Friday, January 22.

From January 19 through January 25, Shutterfly is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

We're holding a little contest next week.  When school is closed on a Monday, many people think there is no T.R.I.P. that week.  Even though you are reminded that we ARE on, I still get comments from people saying they didn't know there was T.R.I.P. on a Tuesday.  So, to encourage you to order (and to see if people actually read my emails to the end!) you will entered in a drawing to win a $10 gift card of your choice if you order on Tuesday, January 19.  The size of your order doesn't matter.  Everyone who orders will have an equal chance of winning!

I will be out of town the rest of the week, but will have access to email.  Please message me at cschutt@swchristian.org with any questions, and I will respond just as soon as I get the sand washed off my feet.  :) 

 

 

Running for Kicks & Bonus
1/6/2016

I received a check from Running for Kicks, but no vouchers.  And, they cannot supply me with new copies.  I know where to apply the rebate that is due for two vouchers, but not the rest.  If you made a purchase from Running for Kicks between 4/1/15 and 10/31/15 please contact Chris at 708-429-5952 or cschutt@swchristian.org by January 25 and let me know what your purchase amount was so that you receive your rebate.  If I do not hear from anyone by that date, the funds will be given to the general tuition assistance fund.

For the weeks of 1/11-1/19, PetSmart is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.

 

Schedule & Resolution!
12/30/2015

T.R.I.P. is back on our regular weekly schedule starting next week.  Orders will be processed on Monday, January 4, and distributed on Thursday, January 7.

If you are going to make any resolutions for the new year, make one to do T.R.I.P. on a weekly basis.  Many families ordered for the first time this school year during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas break.  Don't make that the only time you order!  Groceries and gas are needed on a weekly basis.  The rebates can really add up just by using gift cards for your regular weekly shopping.  Start the year off right by placing an order on January 4!

Schedule and Totals
12/14/2015

This week's email is earlier than usual.  Things will be very hectic here on Wednesday filling our biggest order of the year.  I will be out of the office from late Wednesday afternoon through Christmas break.  My husband is having surgery (yep, third one since June!) on Thursday and I would love it if you kept us in your prayers.  If you have any T.R.I.P. questions, please email me at cschutt@swchristian.org .  My response may not be as quick as usual, but I will get back to you.

Our order this week topped $104,000.  Since Thanksgiving T.R.I.P. families have reduced their tuition by $13,164.74!  Gift card totals for 2015 were $2.3+ million!!

Barring any weather issues (not worried about snow, but the fog may delay our packages getting in on time) orders will be out on time on Thursday.  For those who pick their order up at CCHS -- orders will be there at 10:00 a.m. so your child may pick it up from the office any time after first exam.  For those families who pick up themselves at CCHS, you can get them any time between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  For OL and TP, distribution will be at the normal time.

PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO PICK UP YOUR ORDER.  THERE IS EARLY DISMISSAL ON FRIDAY AND ALL CAMPUSES WILL BE CLOSING AT NOON.  IF YOU CANNOT GET YOUR ORDER ON THURSDAY, PLEASE SEND ANOTHER ADULT TO GET IT BEFORE 4:00 P.M. ON THURSDAY OR BY NOON ON FRIDAY.  IF YOU DO NOT GET IT, IT WILL BE SAFELY LOCKED UP UNTIL CHRISTMAS BREAK IS OVER.

Our next processing date is Monday, January 4, with distribution on Thursday, January 7.

Merry Christmas from the T.R.I.P. staff!!

NEW MERCHANT, BONUSES & SCHEDULE
12/9/2015

We are pleased to announce the addition of HOULIHAN'S to our merchant list.  Gift cards are available in $25 denominations at a 7% discount.  If you would like to order Houlihan's next week, please write it in on the blank line at the bottom of your envelope.

For the week of December 14, the following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic are offering a 6% bonus for a total rebate of 18%.
  • AMC Theatres is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • Carson's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Domino's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.

One more week!  High school parents -- provided there are no weather issues that would delays things -- T.R.I.P. orders will be available for pick up after first exam.

There will be no T.R.I.P. the weeks of December 21 and 28.  Be sure to plan ahead (check the due date on your Kohl's bill!) when placing your order next week.

Schedule, Running for Kicks, & Bonuses
12/2/2015
Two more ordering Mondays!  Our order this week was over $100,000 and T.R.I.P. families reduced their tuition by $4,372.05! 

I received a voucher check from Running for Kicks but did not receive the white copies of the vouchers.  I do not know who to give this credit to and they are having trouble locating their copies of the vouchers to resend to me.  If you have made a purchase at Running for Kicks during the time frame of 4/1/15 through 10/1/15, please make a photocopy of your pink voucher and send it in to the T.R.I.P. office.  Your credit will appear on your next T.R.I.P. statement.

The following merchants are offering holiday bonuses for the weeks of December 7 and 14:
  • American Eagle -- 2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • JCPenney -- 1% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • Landry's -- 4% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • Payless Shoes -- 2% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.
  • Ulta -- 1% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
To review all bonuses (there we a ton last week that are good through next week) check out "What's New" at www.swchristian.org.

Schedule, Bonuses Galore, & Important Information!
11/25/2015
There are three more ordering weeks before our two-week Christmas break.  Orders will be processed on Monday, November 30, and December 7 and 14.  Orders need to be at any campus BY 8:30 a.m.

The following merchants are offering holiday bonuses:

  • From 11/30-12/14 Starbucks is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • From 11/30-12/14 Bass Pro Shops is offering a 4% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • From 11/30-12/7 Bed Bath & Beyond is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • From 11/30-12/7 Bob Evans is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • From 11/30-12/7 Carters/Osh Kosh B'gosh is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • From 11/30-12/7 CVS is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.
  • From 11/30-12/7 Express is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • From 11/30-12/7 Journey is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • From 11/30-12/7 Lane Bryant/Catherines is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • From 11/30-12/7 L.L. Bean is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.
  • From 11/30-12/7 Red Robin is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • From 11/30-12/7 SpaFinder is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • From 11/30-12/7 TGI Fridays is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
Just a reminder:  If you ever have trouble with a gift card that you KNOW FOR SURE has funds on it, resolve the issue BEFORE leaving the store.  99% of the time it's the clerk, not the card.  Ask to see a manager and have them call the number on the back of the card for a card history. While you may feel like you're holding the line up (and may get a few dirty looks!) the problem is much easier to resolve on the spot rather than after the fact.  Be sure to hand the clerks one card at a time so that they don't scan one card twice and another not at all.  Many stores hire temporary help for the holidays, and not all clerks are properly trained.  They may need a little help from their managers.  
Schedule, Meijers, and More
11/18/2015
THERE IS NO T.R.I.P. THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 23RD DUE TO THANKSGIVING AND THE SHORTENED SCHOOL WEEK.  The next processing date will be Monday, November 30, with distribution on Thursday, December 3.

There are only three more ordering weeks before Christmas break!  The "Christmas Crunch" is definitely on.  Tinley parents, please have your kids bring your TRIP orders in as soon as they get to school rather than waiting until the bell rings. This helps us get a jump on things this busy time of year.  Also, please take care when submitting your order that your checks balance to your envelope total, it is neat, your account number is on your check and it is signed, your envelope is sealed from end-to-end, and that you double check everything!

From 11/30-12/14, Meijer is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 3%.

Just a reminder when using multiple gift cards for a single purchase . . . . . always hand the clerk ONE card at a time.  This will help eliminate errors where they may accidentally scan one card twice and another not at all.  When this happens, they think the card has a $0 balance on it (which is correct as it has already been scanned) when the other card has not been scanned at all and could possibly be thrown away unused.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving and enjoy your extra time with family!

Schedule, Shutterfly and L.L. Bean
11/11/2015

High school parents and parents who pick up themselves:  There is no school this Friday, November 13, so be sure to remind/text your high school children to get your order on Thursday.  For those parents who pick up themselves, this reminder is for you, too!

Orders will be processed on Monday, November 16, and distributed on Thursday, November 19.  THERE IS NO T.R.I.P. THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 23 DUE TO THANKSGIVING AND THE SHORTENED SCHOOL WEEK.  Be sure to plan ahead (check the due date on your Kohl's bill) when placing your order on Monday.

From 11/16-11/30 Shutterfly is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

If our order placed on Monday, November 16, contains at least $200 in L.L. BEAN gift cards, our order will ship for free.  So, if you were thinking of ordering something from them, next week would be a great time to do it!  :)

Schedule, Bonuses, Holiday Gift Wrappers and Thanks!
11/4/2015
Upcoming Schedule:   Orders will be processed on Monday November 9 and 16.  There is no T.R.I.P. the week of November 23 due to Thanksgiving and the shortened school week.  PLAN AHEAD WHEN PLACING YOUR ORDER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS!  And be sure to check the date on your Kohl's bill.  :)

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • From 11/9-11/16 Bath & Body Works is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 15%.
  • From11/9-11/16 Boston Market is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • From 11/9-11/16 Cabela's is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • For the week of 11/9 only Domino's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.

Gift Card Holiday Wrappers Back in Stock:  It's that time of year again! The broker has a colorful collection of gift card holiday wrappers back in stock and available for ordering. These colorful pre-cut glossy wrappers fold up to wrap your gift card in a fun, festive package. It even gives you space to leave a name, gift card amount, and a little note!

GLSC Holiday Gift Card Wrappers
 
The wrappers are available in a pack of 10 for $2, with a 10% rebate, and each pack includes 10 different seasonal designs.  They generally sell out fast, so if you want some order soon!  If they run out, you will be supplied with regular gift card wrappers.

Thank you to everyone who ordered Old Navy/Gap gift cards.  Our order shipped for free!.
Free Shipping, Amazon, Journeys, Prime Choice and Dykstra Home Services
10/28/2015
HELP T.R.I.P. EARN FREE SHIPPING:  If our order placed on Monday, November 2, contains at least $150 in Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic gift cards, our order will ship for free!

Amazon $100 denomination gift certificates are now available along with the $25's.

For the weeks of 11/2-11/9, Journeys is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.

Gift certificates for Prime Choice are no longer available.

Our voucher merchant, D.M. Dykstra, is now Dykstra Home Services and is back to being a family owned company.  Effective November 1, their rebate is 2%.  They are located at 13450 S. Cicero Ave. in Crestwood and their phone number is 1-800-421-3220.  Dykstra Home Services can take care of all of your heating, air conditioning, and plumbing needs.  (Vouchers may not be used with financing/charge payments.)

Schedule, Statements and More
10/21/2015
T.R.I.P. is back on next week.  Orders will be processed on Monday, October 26, and distributed on Thursday, October 29.

All statements have gone out.  If you have not received yours by October 26, please contact the T.R.I.P. office.

After convention, we generally see families ordering a "little of this and a little of that" in anticipation of the holidays.  To help things run smoothly on Monday mornings please help us by:

  • Writing your account number on every check in your envelope.  Checks should be made payable to T.R.I.P.  We cannot take cash!
  • Using your prelabelled T.R.I.P. envelope.  It helps us to process and sort your envelope more efficiently.
  • Totaling your order on the outside of your envelope and being sure your checks balance to that total.
  • Sealing your envelope from end to end, not just in the middle.  This saves us from having to tape it and lessens the risk of your gift cards falling out.
  • Writing neatly.  This is HUGE since becoming tri-focal age!
  • Making sure you are ordering on the right line.  If you order something in error, we cannot take it back!
Thanks so much for your help!
Schedule, Statements, and Discover Gift Cards
10/14/2015
JUST A REMINDER:  THERE IS NO T.R.I.P. THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 19TH DUE TO CONVENTION AND THE SHORTENED SCHOOL WEEK.  Our next processing date is Monday, October 26, with distribution on Thursday, October 29.

All statements are going out this week.  If you ordered last week or this week, your statement is in your new ordering envelope.  If you did not order it will be sent home with your youngest elementary child, put in your church mailbox (if you are a member of OPCRC, PHCRC, or Faith) or sent by mail.

If you are registered with T.R.I.P. but have not yet placed an order, you also will be receiving an envelope this week.  If you have a credit, but are not registered, your statement will be going out this week along with a registration form.  Please be sure to check your elementary child's backpack for your envelope!

If you do not get your T.R.I.P. statement  by October 26, please contact the T.R.I.P. office.

I've had a few questions about the new Discover Universal gift cards:
  • IS THERE AN ACTIVIATION FEE WITH THE CARD?  No, there is not an activation fee.  The cards are fully activated when you receive it.
  • CAN THEY BE USED ON-LINE?  Yes, they can be used on-line.  For safety and security reasons, you do have to register your card at MyPrepaidCenter.com before making on-line purchases.
  • CAN THEY BE USED ANYWHERE?  They can be used everywhere Discover cards are accepted in the U.S. except at gas pumps and ATM's.
  • CAN YOU USE MULTIPLE CARDS IN ONE TRANSACTION?  Yes, I tried this out last week.  I used the balance off one and then started a new card to finish the transaction. 
  • DOES THE REMAINING BALANCE SHOW ON MY RECEIPT?  No, it does not.  But, if you register your card, you can instantly see your balance on your phone or website.  Not only does it give you your balance, but it lists every transaction.  It is not necessary to register it, but it does make it easier to know what is left on it.

You will get complete usage instructions with your Discover Universal gift card.  They make it sound more complicated than it is.  I have just been handing it to the clerk or swiping it myself.  No need to say credit or debit.  No need to know the balance.  No need to use it as your last form of payment if you are using it along with cash/credit card to finish a transaction.  They are extremely easy to use!

SCHEDULE, BONUSES & STATEMENTS
10/7/2015
There is no T.R.I.P. the week of October 19 due to Teachers' Convention and the shortened school week.  Plan ahead when placing your order on Monday, October 12.  Be sure to check the due date on your Kohl's bill and double up on gas and groceries!

For the week of October 12 only, the following merchants are offering bonuses:
  • L.L. Bean is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 16%.
  • Aeropostale is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
If you placed an order this week, your T.R.I.P. statement showing your rebate will be inside your new ordering envelope.  If you did not order, they will go out with orders placed next week.
Bonuses, Statements and Schedule
9/30/2015
For the weeks of October 5 and 12 the following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • Bed Bath & Beyond is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • Cabela's is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
T.R.I.P. statements for the period covering 4/1/15 through 9/28/15 will be going out with orders the weeks of October 5 and 12.

Just a heads up that there will not be T.R.I.P. the week of October 19 due to Teachers' Convention and the shortened school week.  Please plan accordingly when placing your order the next two weeks.
Statements & Bonus
9/23/2015

Next week marks the end of this six-month statement period which runs from 4/1/15-9/28/15.  If you are new to T.R.I.P. and have not yet ordered, this would be the perfect time to get one in so that a statement is generated for you.  Statements will be going out with orders the weeks of  October 5 and 12.

From 9/28-10/5, Hallmark is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.

MORE NEW MERCHANTS, DISCONTINUED STORES, BONUS & STATEMENTS
9/16/2015

We are pleased to announce the following new merchants -- please write them in on the bottom line of your envelope until you receive an updated one. 

  • Gift cards are now available  for Bakers Square in $25 denominations at a 12% rebate.
  • Gift certificates are now available for Pete's Fresh Market in $20 denominations at a 3% rebate.


Gift cards are no longer available for AT&T, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Jamba Juice.

For the weeks of September 21 and 28, Shutterfly is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

We are nearing the end of the six-month statement period that runs from April 1, 2015 through September 28, 2015.  Statements will be going out the first week of October.  If you are new to the program and have not yet ordered, try to order in the next two weeks so that a statement is generated for you.  It will help to give you a better understanding on how the T.R.I.P. program works!

DISCOVER What's New, Bonuses, and Schedule
9/10/2015

We are pleased to announce the following additions to the T.R.I.P. program:

  • Carter's/Oshkosh B'Gosh gift cards are now available in $25 denominations at a 9% discount.
  • Ultra Foods gift cards can also be used at Strack & VanTil's.  They are available in $25 and $100 denominations at a 2% discount.
  • Discover Universal Gift Cards are now available in $50, $100, and $250 denominations at a 1% discount and are accepted anywhere Discover is!  There is no activation fee.  While the percentage is low, this means you can pretty much use T.R.I.P. anywhere you shop, including those places we would love to have on the program but can't get  on -- such as Trader Joe's and McDonald's!  In addition, you can earn 5% back on the gift card when you use it at participating retailers including:  Golfsmith, Neiman Marcus and more.  A complete list is included with your gift card.  You can register and track your purchases on your Discover Universal Gift Card (hey, no spying on your college kids you send them to!) and see what rebates you have earned back, check your balance, etc.  They may not be used to pay your Discover charge bill, for recurring payments, and there is no cash access.  Complete instructions are included with each card.  I have tried one of the cards.  While the instructions sound complicated, I used the card with ease.  Just hand it to the clerk and have them swipe.  It's easy! The funds do not expire, so you can work the card down to a $0 balance.

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • From 9/14-9/21, The Limited is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • From 9/14-9/21, Landry's is offering a 4% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • From 9/14-9/28, Journeys is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.

T.R.I.P. pick up is tomorrow, Friday, September 11.  HIGH SCHOOL PARENT'S:  PLEASE REMIND YOUR CHILD TO PICK YOUR ORDER UP SO THAT IT IS NOT STUCK IN THE VAULT OVER THE WEEKEND! 

T.R.I.P. orders will be processed on Monday, September 14, and distributed on Friday, September 17.

Schedule & Bonuses
9/2/2015

This week's T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday, September 3.  High school parents:  Please remind/text your child to pick up your order after school at the table by the office.  For those who have signed the disclaimer for elementary students, your order will be sent directly to his/her classroom.  Parent pick-up for all campus is from 2:45-3:15 p.m.

School is closed on Monday, September 7, for Labor Day.  Orders will be processed on Tuesday, September 8, and distributed on Friday, September 11.

For the weeks of 9/8 through 9/14, the following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • Ulta Beauty is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • Stein Mart is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.

 

Schedule, Bonus, & Bath & Body Works
8/27/2015

T.R.I.P. resumes our regular weekly schedule starting next week.  Orders will be processed on Monday, August 31, and need to be at any campus by 8:30 a.m.  They will be distributed on Thursday, September 3, at the campus you designated on your 2015/16 registration form. They will be delivered to your elementary student's classroom if you signed the disclaimer.  High school students can pick your order up at the table by the main office.  If you are picking up your own order, pick up time is 2:45-3:15 p.m.

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping:  If our order placed on Monday, August 31, contains at least $150 in Bath & Body Works gift cards our order will ship for free!

For the week of August 31 only, Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.

Schedule, Registration, Bonuses, & More
8/19/2015

Pick up for this week's order is tomorrow, August 20, at CCHS from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of August 24.

Our next processing date is Monday, August 31.  Orders must be at any campus by 8:30 a.m.  Pick-up is Thursday, September 3, at the campus you designated on your 2015/16 registration form.  If you signed the disclaimer, it will be sent to your elementary child's classroom.  If you have a high school student, orders can be picked up at the table by the main entrance.  Pick-up for parents is from 2:45-3:15 p.m. at your campus office.

Registration forms for returning T.R.I.P. families were due on August 10.  I am still waiting on about 75 of them.  It is not too late for you to send yours in, but there is a $5 late fee.  PLEASE SEND IT IN TODAY!!!  You cannot place an order until the week after your form is received.  So, if you do it now you can place an order on August 31.

Thank you to everyone who ordered CVS this week.  Our order shipped for free!

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the week of August 31:

  • TGI Fridays is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • Boston Market is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • JCPenney is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
REGISTRATION, CVS, SCHEDULE, & BONUSES
8/11/2015

REGISTRATION FORMS FOR 2015/16 WERE DUE YESTERDAY!!  If you have not yet sent yours in, PLEASE do it today!!!

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping . . . if our August 17 order contains at least $150 in CVS gift cards, our order will ship for free.

T.R.I.P. is on next week.  Orders will be processed on Monday, August 17, and distributed on Thursday, August 20.

For the week of August 17 only, the following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • IHOP is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • AutoZone is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.

 

Schedule
8/7/2015

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of August.

Our next processing date is Monday, August 17, with distribution on Thursday, August 20.

Schedule
8/3/2015

Orders placed today, Monday, August 3, will be distributed at CCHS on Thursday, August 6, from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Registration forms for the 2015/16 school year are due by next Monday, August 10.  Those received after the 10th will incur a $5.00 late fee.

If you have any T.R.I.P. questions, please email me at cschutt@swchristian.org and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  My husband is having surgery on Tuesday, so it may take a few days to get back to you.     Chris

Schedule, Dominos and Registration
8/1/2015

T.R.I.P. orders will be processed on Monday, August 3, and distributed on Thursday, August 6.  

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping -- if our August 3 order contains $150 or more in Domino's Pizza gift cards, our order will ship for free!

Registration forms for the 2015/16 school year are due by August 10.  Avoid a late fee and get your form in now!

Schedule
7/22/2015

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed tomorrow, July 23, at CCHS from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Our next processing date is Monday, August 3, with distribution on Thursday, August 6.

I will be out of town part of next week but will have access to email.  If you have any questions that cannot wait until August 3, please email me at cschutt@swchristian.org or click on the "Contact T.R.I.P." tab on the T.R.I.P. link at www.swchristian.org.  I will respond as quickly as possible. 

Schedule, Big Time Bonuses, and Registration Help
7/15/2015

T.R.I.P. is ON for next week.  Orders will be processed on Monday, July 20, and distributed on Thursday, July 23.

I don't like saying it . . . but summer vacation is half over.  There are, however, some great back-to-school bonuses being offered!  For the week of July 20 only, the following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.
  • Target is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 3%.
  • Payless is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • Aeropostale is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • AMC Theatres is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • Bath & Body Works is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 15%.
  • Carson's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Cabela's is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • The Children's Place is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • CVS/Pharmacy is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • iTunes is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • JCPenney is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • TGI Friday is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • L.L. Bean is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 15%.
  • Landry's is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • Dave & Buster's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.

Just a reminder, too, that the 1% bonus for Meijer runs through August 17.

All registration packets for the 2015/16 school year have gone out.  They are due back by August 10.  My husband is having his second spinal fusion, this time on his lower back, on August 4.   It would help me TREMENDOUSLY if you can get your form in NOW rather than waiting until August to do it.  I would love to get a jump on them knowing that August is going to be hectic for my household.  Thanks in advance for your help.

Schedule & Registration Packets
7/1/2015

T.R.I.P pick up is tomorrow, July 2, at CCHS from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

There is no T.R.I.P. the weeks of July 6 and July 13.

Our next processing date is Monday, July 20, with distribution on Thursday, July 23.  There will NOT be a Market Day pick up  as originally planned.

Registration packets for the 2015/16 school year are going out this week.  They are due back by August 10.  Please fill it out and return it as soon as possible rather than waiting until the deadline.

Schedule & Registration Packets
6/24/2015

T.R.I.P. is ON the week of June 29.  Orders will be processed on Monday, June 29, and will be distributed on Thursday, July 2.

THERE IS NO T.R.I.P. THE WEEKS OF JULY 6 AND 13.  PLEASE PLAN AHEAD WHEN PLACING YOUR ORDER ON JUNE 29.

Registration packets for the 2015/16 school year will be going out the week of June 29.  The registration form needs to be completed and returned before August 10.

Thank You, Schedule & Registration Packets
6/17/2015

Thanks to all who ordered iTunes this week.  Our order was shipped for free!

Please take note of our upcoming schedule -- in particular, our two week break coming up:

  • Pick up for this week's order is Thursday, June 18, at CCHS from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • There is no T.R.I.P. the week of June 22
  • The next processing date is Monday, June 29, with distribution on Thursday, July 2.  Plan ahead for our two week break by stocking up on gas, groceries, etc., as well as checking the due date on your Kohl's bill!
  • THERE IS NO T.R.I.P. THE WEEKS OF JULY 6 AND JULY 13.  Plan ahead!!!!!!

Registration packets for the 2015/16 school year will be going out the week of June 29.  Look for it in your new ordering envelope.  You can help T.R.I.P. save on postage if you place an order that week!

 

Schedule, iTunes, and Bonus
6/10/2015

T.R.I.P. is on for next week.  Orders will be processed on Monday, June 15, and distributed on Thursday, June 18.

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of June 22.  Plan ahead when placing next week's orders.

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping:  If our order placed on Monday, June 15, includes at least $150 in iTunes gift cards, it will ship for free!  iTunes gift cards would make a great Father's Day or graduation gift!

For the week of June 15 only, Domino's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.

Thank you for all of the prayers for my husband's surgery last week.  Everything went very smoothly and he is doing great!

Schedule & More
6/1/2015

The T.R.I.P. summer schedule is as follows:

  • Orders placed today (June 1) will be available for pick up at CCHS ONLY on Thursday, June 4, from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • There is no T.R.I.P. the week of June 8
  • Our next processing date is Monday, June 15, with distribution at CCHS on Thursday, June 18.

I will be out of the office the rest of the week as my husband is having a spinal fusion on his neck tomorrow.  I covet your prayers that all goes smoothly!   Doreen will be covering for me and orders will be ready to go out on schedule.  If you have any questions, please email them to me at cschutt@swchristian.org.  It may take me a bit longer to get back to you, but I will as soon as possible.

Bonuses, Schedule & More
5/28/2015

For the week of June 1 only, the following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • Bass Pro Shops is offering a 4% bonus for a total rebate of 12%
  • AMC Theatres is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • Cabela's is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.

Take advantage of these bonuses and think FATHER'S DAY when placing your order next week.

Next week starts our summer schedule.  Order can be dropped off at any campus by 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 1.  Distribution will be at CCHS only on Thursday, June 4, from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

THERE IS NO T.R.I.P. THE WEEK OF JUNE 8.  PLAN AHEAD WHEN PLACING YOUR ORDER NEXT WEEK!  Be sure to check the balance and due date on your Kohl's bill.

If you do not plan to order over the summer, please hang on to your ordering envelope.  We do not send out new ones when you register for the 2015/16 school year.

Please be careful when writing out your checks to T.R.I.P.  We have had issues in the past month where they are not legible and are then scanned for the wrong amount.  Twice it was to T.R.I.P.'s disadvantage and we had to get another check from the parties who wrote it, and once it went against a family and their checking account was debited more than it should have been.  While they were refunded, it takes time for this to be corrected.  I don't want anyone to possibly overdraw their account because their check is not legible.  Please take the time to write neatly. 

 

Calendar and Six Flags
5/20/2015

School is closed on Monday, May 25, for Memorial Day.  Orders will be processed on Tuesday, May 26, and distributed on Friday, May 29.

Orders placed on Monday, June 1, can still be dropped off at any campus.  School ends on Wednesday, June 3.  Our summer operating schedule then starts.  Orders will be distributed on Thursday, June 4, at CCHS ONLY from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

THERE IS NO T.R.I.P. THE WEEK OF JUNE 8.  PLAN AHEAD!!!  You can check your Kohl's balance by calling the number on the back of your credit card if your bill is not yet in your hand.  Plan ahead for what you need for summer vacations, groceries and gas, too!

Just a reminder:  Gift cards for Six Flags are no longer available.

 

Meijer, Carpools, and Market Day
5/13/2015

Meijer is celebrating the opening of two more stores in Illinois.  Because of this, Meijer is offering a 1% bonus from May 18 until August 17 to Illinois schools only.  The total rebate will be 3%.

Just a reminder, if you plan on getting a carpool together for the summer, please submit your names and account numbers by May 22.

CCHS was hoping to coordinate a Market Day pick up on Thursday, July 23, along with T.R.I.P. pick up.  They were not able to work this out with Market Day, so there will not be Market Day pick up on July 23.

Bonuses and Carpools
5/6/2015

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • From 5/11-5/18, Jo-An Fabric is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • From 5/11-5/18, Shutterfly is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

Are you working on your summer carpools?  Groups of five or more can have their orders bundled together for quick and easy pick-up on Thursdays.  Lists must be submitted to me no later than May 22.  Be sure to include the full family name and account number and let me know what you would like your group called.  You may email it to me at cschutt@swchristian.org or submit it in writing.

 

Six Flags & Boston Market
4/29/2015

Effective immediately, gift certificates are no longer available for SIX FLAGS/GREAT AMERICA.

For the weeks of May 4 and 11, Boston Market is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.

Just a reminder that gift cards are now available in $100 denominations, as well as $25,  for Menards.

All T.R.I.P. statements have gone out.  If you have not yet received yours, please email Chris at cschutt@swchristian.org.

 

BONUSES & MORE!
4/22/2015

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the weeks of 4/27-5/4.

  • Bed Bath & Beyond is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • Buca di Beppo is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Spafinder is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.

All T.R.I.P. statements will have gone out by Friday, April 24.  If you do not receive yours by April 30, please email Chris at cschutt@swchristian.org

Free Shipping, New Denomination, Bonuses, Talbots Help and More!
4/15/2015

Help T.R.I.P. Earn Free Shipping:  If our order next week (April 20) contains at least $150 in JCPenney, our order will ship for free from our broker!

Gift cards are now available for Menards in $100 denominations.  If you would like the $100 card, please write it in on your ordering envelope.  Envelopes were just printed, so it will be a while before your new envelope is updated.

The following merchants are offering spring-time bonuses:

  • From 4/20-4/27 Bath & Body Works is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 15%.
  • From 4/20-4/27 Home Depot is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • From 4/20-4/27 Express is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • From 4/20-4/27 Carson's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • From 4/20-4/27 TGI Fridays is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • From 4/20-4/27 L.L. Bean is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 15%.
  • From 4/20-4/27 Landry's is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • From 4/20-5/4 Lane Bryant/Catherine's is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.

Help!  A family ordered $50 in Talbot's in error.  If anyone is interested in purchasing one or both of the gift cards, please contact Chris at cschutt@swchristian.org.  Because the 10% rebate has been posted to their account, the $50 cards will be sold to you for $45.

If you ordered this week, your T.R.I.P. statement is in your new ordering envelope.  If you did not order this week, it will be put with orders placed next week.  Any remaining statements will be going out via your youngest elementary child or by mail.

 

Schedule & Statements
4/9/2015

T.R.I.P. will be back on it's normal weekly schedule starting next week.  Orders will be processed on Monday, April 13, and distributed on Thursday, April 16.

Statements covering the period 10/1/14 through 3/23/15 will be going out with orders the next two weeks. It will be in your new ordering envelope.  If you do not order in the next two weeks, it will be sent home with your youngest grade school child, put in your church mailbox (if you are a member of OPCRC, PHCRC, or Faith) or sent by mail.  If you do not receive yours by the end of the month, please contact the T.R.I.P. office.

Schedule Reminder, Statements, and More
3/25/2015

There is no T.R.I.P. the weeks of March 30 and April 6 .  The next ordering date will be Monday, April 13, with distribution on Thursday, April 16.  I will be out of town starting today until April 2.  I will have access to email so if you have any questions, please email me at cschutt@swchristian.org and I will get back to you ASAP.

PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO GET YOUR ORDER THIS WEEK!  HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS -- REMIND YOUR KIDS.  Orders not picked up on Thursday or Friday of this week will be locked up until school resumes on Tuesday, April 7.  All three campuses will be closed for spring break, so PLEASE do not forget to stop in.

March 23rd marked the end of this six-month statement period.  Statements will be going out with orders the week of April 13 and 20.  If you do not order either of those weeks, it will be sent home with your youngest grade school child, put in your church mailbox (if you are a member of OPCRC, PHCRC, or Faith) or sent by mail.

Thanks to everyone who ordered Staples this week.  Our order shipped for free!

Easter blessings, everyone.  Enjoy your spring break!!

Bonuses, Staples, & More
3/18/2015

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the week of March 23:

  • AMC Theatres is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • Meijer is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 3%.
  • Shutterfly is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping:  If our order on March 23 contains at least $150 in Staples gift cards, our order will ship for free!

March 23 marks the end of this six-month statement period.  Statements will be going out with orders when we return from our break.

There is no T.R.I.P. the weeks of March 30 and April 6.  Plan ahead when placing your order next week!!!

I recently received this email from one of our Moms:  "Perk of T.R.I.P. -- My debit card has been cancelled because the # was stolen, but I can still buy gas and groceries!"  It's harder to have your identity stolen when you are paying with gift cards.

Bonuses & Reminders!
3/11/2015

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the weeks of March 16 and 23:

  • American Eagle Outfitters is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • Build-A-Bear is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Home Depot is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • Journeys is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.

There are two more weeks for the statement period of October 1, 2014-March 23, 2015.  Statements will be going out in April.

There is no T.R.I.P. the weeks of March 30 and April 6.  Please plan ahead when placing your orders for the next two weeks.

Family Christian Stores, Bonuses, and More
3/4/2015

Effective immediately, gift cards for Family Christian Stores are no longer available as they have filed for bankruptcy protection.  It is the broker's policy to stop selling gift cards for any retailer who has filed for bankruptcy protection and they recommend you use any remaining Family Christian Stores gift cards as soon as possible.  We cannot take returns, so please use them now.  According to news reports, they do not plan to close any stores and feel that, after reorganization, they will emerge from this.

For the weeks of March 9 and March 16, Bed Bath & Beyond is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.  And, Cabela's is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.

Advance Reminder:  There will be a two week break coming up.  T.R.I.P. orders will not be processed the weeks of March 30 and April 6.  Start planning now to get ahead over the next three weeks!

 

Winner & More!
2/25/2015

The end of this six-month statement period is March 23.  There are four more ordering weeks to be counted toward your spring tuition!  Statements will be going out in April.

Congratulations to Matt/Kristen Darling.  They are the winner of the $10 gift card drawing held this week.  Enjoy your Dunkin Donut gift card!  The Darlings are one of our "Future Families."  While they do not anticipate sending a child to SCCS until 2017, they already have a nice "savings" account set up for when their little one starts kindergarten. 

If you know someone who plans on sending a child to SCCS down the road, encourage them to start T.R.I.P. now as the Darlings and so many others have.  If they register, you will earn a $10 incentive certificate after they place their first order.  Registration forms can be downloaded from the T.R.I.P. link at www.swchristian.org or a packet can be mailed out.

 

 

Schedule & Drawing
2/19/2015

School was closed today, but the T.R.I.P. office wasn't!  Orders will be delivered to all campuses tomorrow as scheduled.

It was very quiet and dull working today with no students in the building.  Decided to spice things up by holding a little contest next week.  Anyone who places an order on Monday, February 23, will have their name put in a hat.  One name will be pulled out and that person will win a $10 gift card of their choice.  It doesn't matter if your order is for $10 or $1,000.  Anyone placing an order will have an equal chance of winning!

A few reminders when placing your order:  Please be sure to total your order, write your account number on all checks in your envelope, and seal your envelope from end to end -- not just in the middle.  Thanks!

Schedule and Gift Card Tips
2/11/2015

This is a lengthier than usual post.  Please be sure to read it all of the way to the end.

School is closed on Monday, February 16, due to Presidents' Day.  Orders will be processed on Tuesday, February 17, and distributed on Friday, February 20.

School is also closed this Friday (February 13) for In-Service day.  High school parents ~ please text and remind your children to get your order on Thursday so it is not stuck there over the 4 day weekend. 

Important Gift Card Usage TipOne of our teachers had a situation at Ultra Foods last week where they used a card just taken from their order, but was told there was $0.00 on it.  She paid the balance in cash and emailed me about the situation when she got home.  I called her to see if multiple cards had been used and had her check the card they said had $0.00 against her receipt to see if the gift card number was on it.  It was!  She went back to Ultra and the clerk she had checked out with was still there.  She retrieved the "empty" cards from her garbage can and was sent to customer service.  When they checked, one of the cards that had been thrown away still had $100.00 on it!  The clerk had scanned one card twice (which is why it said $0.00) and one not at all.  Fortunately, there was a happy ending to this story.

If you run into an issue with a card at a store, 99.9% of the time it is NOT the card -- it's the clerk or problems with their register.  It is best to resolve the issue BEFORE leaving the store.  First, if using multiple cards, hand them to the clerk one at a time.  Second, watch what they are doing.  Third, if you have a card with a balance remaining, be sure you get the right card back.  If they say there is nothing on it, compare the card to your receipt.  You should be able to catch it on the spot.  It is much easier to resolve the issue right away rather than telling me about it after the fact.  It may be too late and I won't be able to do anything about it.

If you have a card with a balance, write your balance on the front of the card (a Sharpie works great for this) or wrap your receipt around it.  I sometimes have people call saying they had a zero balance on a card, only to find they had thrown it back in their purse or car and the card they were trying had already been used.  For the majority of cards, you can call a toll free number on the back of the card to get balances and, if you stay on the line, you can get a full card history on it.

So . . . hand the clerks the cards one at a time, check the receipt against the "problem" card, and resolve the issue on the spot ~ even if it makes the person waiting in line behind you a bit grumbly!

 

Schedule, CVS, Box Tops & Campbell Labels
2/5/2015

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed tomorrow, Friday, February 6, at the regular time.

CVS Pharmacy gift cards are now available in $100 denominations.  If you would like $100 cards, please write it on your envelope.  Because envelopes were printed last week, it will be some time before envelopes are updated.

Did you know SCCS collects General Mills Box Tops and Campbell Soup labels as fundraisers?  For your convenience, box tops and labels can be turned in with your T.R.I.P. orders.  We'll be sure to get them in the right boxes.

SCHOOL IS CLOSED!
2/1/2015

SCCS will be closed on Monday, February 2, due to the weather.

T.R.I.P. ORDERS WILL BE PROCESSED ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, AND DISTRIBUTED ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6!

 

Office Max/Office Depot and Bonuses
1/28/2015

Office Max and Office Depot have merged.  Any cards you have on hand for Office Max or Office Depot can be used at any of their locations.

For the weeks of February 2 and February 9, Boston Market is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 13% and L.L. Bean is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 16%. 

Wet Seal and Bonuses
1/22/2015

Effective immediately, gift cards for Wet Seal are no longer available.

For the weeks of January 26 and February 1, TGI Fridays is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 8% and Landry's is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.  For a complete list of Landry's restaurants go to www.landrysinc.com.

Distribution is tomorrow, Friday the 23.  High School Parents:  Don't forget to remind your children to pick up your order so that you have it for the weekend.

Schedule Reminder, Subway, and Shutterfly
1/14/2015

School is closed on Monday, January 19 for Martin Luther King Day.  Orders will be processed on Tuesday, January 20, and distributed on Friday, January 23.

Effective January 12, the rebate for Subway has permanently increased to 5%.

For the weeks of January 20 and 26, Shutterfly is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

T.R.I.P. DISTRIBUTION
1/9/2015

T.R.I.P. orders are out the door and to their respective campuses.  They made it out on time for pick up for preschool and 1/2 day kindergarten parents. 

Pick up is normal time (2:45-3:15) for families who come in for their orders.  The rest will go home with students.  High School Parents:  Text your kids to remind them to get it so it is not stuck in the safe over the weekend!

 

 

School Closed
1/7/2015

School will be closed on Thursday, January 8, due to the extreme cold.

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed on Friday, January 9.  They will be at campuses in time for pick up for preschoolers and half-day kindergartners.

Please email Chris (cschutt@swchristian.org) with any questions.

P.S.  All "extra" Dairy Queen gift cards have been purchased.  I love how our SCCS family helps each other out!

Cold Alert and Dairy Queen
1/7/2015

School is closed today (Wednesday, January 7) due to the weather.  The T.R.I.P. ladies, however, will be working!  Our package is on it's way, so orders will be distributed tomorrow (Thursday, January 8) at the usual time. 

If school is closed again tomorrow due to more predicted cold, orders will be distributed on Friday.  I will send another message later today if that is the case.

I have a family who ordered $100 in Dairy Queen by mistake.  If anyone is interested in purchasing any or all  of it, please message me to make arrangements.  The gift cards come in $10 increments and will be sold with a 2% discount as that has already been posted to their account.  Tough sell when we are experiencing 0 degree weather, but think "hot fudge!"

Schedule
12/31/2014

Happy New Year (almost) everyone!  T.R.I.P. resumes its' normal weekly schedule next week.  Orders will be processed on on Monday, January 5, and distributed on Thursday, January 8.

Many of you had multiple checks from other people in with your order over the past month.  I encourage you to ask those who ordered through you for Christmas to continue to do so.  If they order just gas and groceries, your rebate can increase significantly!

Do you know someone who is planning on sending their child to SCCS down the road?  Encourage them to start T.R.I.P. now to start saving for future tuition payments.  If a family registers because of you, you will earn a $10 incentive certificate for the gift card of your choice after they place their first order.

Thanks, Taco Bell, CCHS Distribution, Totals
12/17/2014

Thanks to everyone who ordered Outback this week.  Our main order was shipped for free!

Anyone who ordered Taco Bell this week will be receiving a refund.  The broker was out of stock and could not fill that portion of our order.

CCHS Pick-Up:  Orders will be at CCHS in time for distribution after exams.  Orders for students, as well as those in the parent pick-up box, may be picked up from 11:45 a.m.-12:30p.m.  If you can't make it during that time slot you may pick your order up during regular distribution time which is 2:45-3:15 p.m.

2014 went out with a bang!  This weeks' order was $118,836 and participating families earned $4,778.43 in rebates.  Year end totals were $2.5+ MILLION in gift cards!

T.R.I.P. is off for the next two weeks.  Orders will be processed after Christmas break on Monday, January 5, with distribution on Thursday, January 8.

Merry Christmas!!!  Blessings, Chris

 

Free Shipping, Bonuses and More!
12/10/2014

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping:  If our order placed on Monday, December 15 contains at least $200 in Outback Steakhouse, our order will ship for free!

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the week of December 15.

  • Applebee's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Domino's Pizza is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.
  • Hallmark is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • iTunes is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.

Over the past three ordering weeks we have processed $303,973 in gift cards.  Families have received tuition rebates in the amount of $12,508.99!  One more week to go!!  Be sure to plan ahead when placing your order next week to prepare for our two week break.  Get ahead on gas and groceries and be sure to check the due date on your Kohl's charge!

 

Bonuses & More!
12/3/2014

The following merchants are offering holiday bonuses for the weeks of December 8 and 15:

  • AMC Theatres is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Carson's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Jiffy Lube is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • L.L. Bean is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 16%.
  • Lowe's is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • Outback is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • Red Robin is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • Spafinder is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • Stein Mart is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • Subway is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • Landry's is offering a 4% bonus for a total rebate of 12%. (For a complete list of their restaurants go to www.landrysinc.com)

Thanks to everyone who ordered Applebee's.  Because of you our order shipped for free!

Thanks too, Tinley parents, for bringing your orders in early.  It helps tremendously!

We did $102,861 in gift cards this week.  WOW!!  Two more weeks before Christmas break!

Schedule, Bonuses and More!
11/26/2014

T.R.I.P. orders will be processed on Monday, December 1, and distributed on Thursday, December 4.

Gift cards are now available for Famous Footware in $25 denominations at a 7% discount.

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping:  If our order placed on December 1 contains $200 in Applebee's gift cards, our order will ship for free!

The following merchants are offering holiday bonuses:

  • From 12/1-12/8, Autozone is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • From 12/1-12/8, Bed, Bath & Beyond is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • From 12/1-12/8, CVS is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.
  • From 12/1-12/8, Express is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • For the week of 12/1 only, Home Depot is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • From 12/1-12/8, JoAnn Fabrics is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • From 12/1-12/8, Journeys is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • From 12/1-12/8, Lord & Taylors is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • For the week of 12/1 only, Panera is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • From 12/1-12/8, PetSmart is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.
  • From 12/1-12/8, Pottery Barn/Wm. Sonoma is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • From 12/1-12/15, Starbucks is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • From 12/1-12/8, TGI Fridays is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • From 12/1-12/15, The Childrens' Place is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.

Tinley parents ~ please remind your children to turn your order in as soon as they get to school rather than waiting for the bell to ring.  This helps us to meet our deadlines.

Everyone ~ please take care when placing your order that you write neatly, sign your check, order in the correct denominations, total your order, recheck your order, and be sure your checks inside of your envelope balance to your order total.  If you make an error, we will do our best to "fix" it.  Because of the volume of orders we are pushing through and the deadlines we have to meet, we cannot take the time to call you.  If we cannot easily adjust your order, it will be returned unprocessed.  Thanks for your help in helping Monday mornings to run smoothly!

 

Schedule, Program Changes and More
11/19/2014

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of November 24th due to Thanksgiving and the shortened school week.  Our next processing date is Monday, December 1, with distribution on Thursday, December 4.

From 12/1-12/15, Bass Pro Shops is offering a 4% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.

Effective 11/17, the rebate for Aeropostale has permanently increased to 9%.

Effective 11/17, Radio Shack is no longer available.  (Even though I told you last week they were in stock!)

Tinley Park Parents:  Please have your child bring your order in as soon as they get to school, rather than when the bell rings.  It helps tremendously for us to get a "jump" on things during this very busy time.  There are boxes by the main (west) entrance as well as the middle school (east) entrance.

Wow!  T.R.I.P. families knocked $4,150.66 off of their tuition this week!  Three more ordering weeks before Christmas break!

Schedule, Free Shipping & Bonuses!
11/12/2014

T.R.I.P. is on next week (orders due by 8:30 a.m. on November 17 and distributed November 20) but we are off the week of November 24 due to Thanksgiving and the shortened school week.  Plan ahead with next week's order when doubling up on groceries and gas.  Be sure to check your balance and due date on your Kohl's bill so that you don't miss out on that rebate, too!

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping.  If our November 17 order contains $150 in iTunes gift cards, our order will ship for free from the broker!

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • For the week of November 17 only, Walgreens is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • From 11/17 through 12/1, Shutterfly is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

Please take care when filling out your envelope.  We had a ton of errors this week.  Because of our increased volume and the deadlines imposed by the brokers we work with, we cannot take the time to call you during this very busy time.  If we can, we will "fix" any errors by adjusting your order to make it work.  Please double check your order before submitting it.  Thanks!

Schedule, Bonuses and More
11/5/2014

T.R.I.P. is on for the weeks of November 10 and November 17.  We are off the week of November 24 due to Thanksgiving and the shortened school week.  Please plan ahead when placing your orders the next two weeks.  Be sure to check the due date on your Kohl's bill, too!

For the weeks of November 10 and November 17, the following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • Bath & Body is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 15%.
  • Carsons is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Boston Market is offering a 2% bonus for 13%.
  • Cabela's is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • Hallmark is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • Payless Shoes is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.

Take advantage of these seasonal bonuses while planning for your holiday gift-giving.

Radio Shack gift cards are back in stock and available to order once again.

Holiday Gift Wrappers are available once again.  You will receive 10 different seasonal designs for $2.00 at a 10% rebate.

GLSC Holiday Gift Card Wrappers

Schedule and Bonuses
10/29/2014

THERE IS NO T.R.I.P. THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 3RD.  School is closed on Monday and Tuesday for Records Day and Teachers-In-Service.  Our next processing date is Monday, November 10, with distribution on Thursday, November 13.

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • For the week of November 10 only, Red Robin is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • For the week of November 10 only, Journeys is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • For the week of November 10 only, Stein Mart is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • From 11/10 through 11/17, Meijer is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 3%.

The Christmas "crunch" has started!  We're seeing "a little of this" and a "little of that" as families are planning ahead for the holidays.  Did you know there are only FIVE more ordering weeks until Christmas??!!

Schedule and Home Depot
10/23/2014

T.R.I.P. is ON next week.  Orders will be processed on Monday, October 27, and distributed on Thursday, October 30.

T.R.I.P. is OFF the week of November 3 due to school being closed on Monday and Tuesday for Records Day and Teachers' In-Service.  Please be sure to plan ahead when placing your order on Monday, October 27.

For the week of 10/27 only, Home Depot is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.

Schedule, Bonuses, Hyatt, and Statements
10/15/2014

JUST A REMINDER THERE IS NO T.R.I.P. NEXT WEEK.  We have a shortened school week due to Teachers' Convention.  Our next processing date is Monday, October 27, with distribution on Thursday, October 30. 

Advance Notice:  School is closed on Monday, November 3, and Tuesday, November 4.  Because of the shortened school week, there will again be no T.R.I.P.  PLEASE PLAN AHEAD WHEN PLACING YOUR ORDER ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 27.

For the week of October 27 only, Domino's Pizza is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.  Also, Jo-Ann Fabric is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.

Effective immediately, the rebate for Hyatt Hotels is increasing to 9%.

All statements will have gone out by the end of the week.  If you do not receive yours before October 27, please contact Chris Schutt via email.

 

 

Lou Malnati's Pizza, Schedule, and Statements
10/8/2014

Our new merchant, Lou Malnati's Pizza, will now be available in $10 denominations, not $25 as announced last week.  The discount remains the same at 7%.  For those who ordered this week, there is a note and $5 refund in your envelope.

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of October 20th due to Teachers' Convention and the shortened school week.  Plan ahead next week (October 13) when placing your order and be sure to double up on gas and groceries.  Also, check the due date on your Kohl's bill so you can take advantage of that rebate, too.

If you ordered this week, your statement is in your new ordering envelope.  They will also go in next week's orders.  Any remaining statements will go out the end of next week via U.S. mail or your church mailbox if you are a member of PHCRC, OPCRC, Calvin or Faith.

New Merchant and Statements
10/1/2014

We are pleased to announce the addition of Lou Malnati's Pizza to the program.  Gift cards are available in $25 denominations at a 6% discount.

Statements will be going out with orders the next two weeks.  Participating families will be knocking close to $53,000 off of their tuition!   Future Families have over $82,000 held in savings for future tuition payments. 

Bonuses, Statements, and Thanks!
9/24/2014

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • From 9/29-10/6 Applebee's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • From 9/29-10/6 Hallmark is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • From 9/29-10/6 Hyatt Hotels is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.

Next week marks the end of this statement period which runs from 4/1/14 through 9/29/14.  Statements will be going out the first week of October.  If you have not yet placed an order in this new school year, now would be the perfect time!

Thanks to those who ordered iTunes this week ~ we received free shipping!

 

 

iTunes, Statements, New Families, and Box Tops
9/17/2014

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping:  If our order placed on Monday, September 22, contains at least $150 in iTunes gift cards, it will ship for free from our main broker!

The end of this six-month statement period (4/1/14-9/30/14) is just two weeks away.  If you are new and haven't placed an order yet this school year, this would be the perfect time to get one in.  If you order on September 22nd or 29th a statement will be generated for you.  Statements will be going out the first week of October.

Do you know of a family new to SCCS or who plans to send a child here in the future?  Participating T.R.I.P. families are our best form of advertising.  If you tell someone aboutT.R.I.P. and they register, you will earn a $10 incentive certificate for the gift card of your choice after they place their first order.  This offer does not include donors who register for current families. 

SCCS collects General Mills Box Tops and Campbell Soup labels.  For your convenience, you may turn in box tops and labels with your T.R.I.P. order and we will be sure they get to the proper boxes in the office.

 

Bonuses and Statements
9/10/2014

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • For the week of 9/15 only, Home Depot is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • From 9/15-9/22, Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic are offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.
  • From 9/15-9/22, Bed Bath & Beyond is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • From 9/15-9/22, AutoZone is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • From 9/15-9/22, Bass Pro Shops is offering a 4% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • From 9/15-9/22, Cabela's is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • From 9/15-9/22, Shutterfly is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • From 9/15-9/22, Landry's is offering a 4% bonus for a total rebate of 12%. 
  • From 9/15-9/26, PetSmart is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.

September 29 marks the end of this six-month statement period.  Statements will be going out the first week of October.  If you are new to T.R.I.P. but have not yet placed an order, try to in the next three weeks.  That way a statement will be generated for you and you can get a better feel for how the program works.

Bonuses
9/4/2014

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • For the week of 9/8 only, Lowe's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • From 9/8 through 9/15, Jo-Ann Fabric is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • From 9/8 through 9/15, Burlington is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • From 9/8 through 9/15, Stein Mart is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • From 9/8 through 9/15, Spafinder is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • From 9/8 through 9/22, Journeys is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.

We are back on our normal weekly schedule.  Orders need to be turned in by 8:30 a.m. at any campus on Mondays and will be distributed on Thursday at the campus you designated on your registration form.

Schedule, Bonuses, and High Schoolers
8/27/2014

School is closed on Monday, September 1, due to Labor Day.  Orders will be processed on Tuesday, September 2, and distributed on Friday, September 5.

From 9/2 through 9/8, Staples is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.

From 9/2 through 9/8, Boston Market is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.

Parents of high school students:  Please remind your child that your order can be picked up from the table by the main entrance/office.  It will not be delivered to their classroom as it was in grade school.

Schedule, Help Needed, Free Shipping, Bonuses, and Registration
8/19/2014

Orders will be processed on Monday, August 25.  They must be to CCHS or TP by 8:30 a.m.  Orders will be distributed on Thursday, August 28, at the campus you designated on your 2014/15 registration form.  Parent pick up is from 2:45-3:15 p.m. in the main office of each campus.

I need a few new volunteers to help distribute orders at CCHS on Thursdays.  If you can help for about 45 minutes 4 or 5 times a year, please email Chris at cschutt@swchristian.org as soon as possible.

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping!  If the order we place on Monday, August 25, contains at least $150 in CVS/Pharmacy gift cards, our order will ship from the broker for free!

From 8/25-9/2, TGI Fridays is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

From 8/25-9/2, Red Robin is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

I'm still waiting for a number of registration forms from "current" families.  You may still register, but you may not place an order until the week AFTER your registration form is received.  Please send your form in NOW.

 

Schedule, Bonus, and Registration
8/13/2014

Distribution is tomorrow, August 14, at CCHS from 9:00-10:00 a.m. 

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of August 18.  Our next processing date is Monday, August 25.  Orders need to be at CCHS or TP by 8:30.  Our regular schedule starts on Thursday, August 28 Orders will be distributed at the campus you designated on your 2014/15 registration form.  If you have not signed the disclaimer and plan on picking your order up, pick-up is from 2:45-3:15 in the main office at each campus.

For the week of August 25 only, JCPenney is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.

Registration forms for current families were due on August 11.  I am still waiting for about 150 of you to get it in.  L If you have not sent yours in yet, please do so TODAY!.  There is a $5 late fee.  Please mail it now (do not wait until school starts) as all accounts will be updated next week.  If you have misplaced your registration form, you can download one from the T.R.I.P. link at www.swchristian.org

Schedule and Registration
8/7/2014

T.R.I.P. is ON next week.  Orders will be processed on Monday, August 11, and distributed on Thursday, August 14.   We are off the week of August 18, so be sure to check the due date on your Kohl's bill.

Registration forms for the 2014/15 school year are due ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 11. If you have not yet turned in your form, please get it in on or before Monday.  You may turn it in with an order, but PLEASE send a separate $10 check for your yearly operational fee.  The fee for forms received after August 11 is $15.  

Schedule, Bonuses, and Registration
7/30/2014

T.R.I.P.pick-up is tomorrow, July 31, at CCHS from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

There is NO T.R.I.P. the week of August 4.  The next processing date is Monday, August 11, with distribution on Thursday, August 14.

For the week of August 11 only, American Eagle Outfitters is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.

From August 11 through August 25, The Children's Place is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.

Registraton forms for the 2014/15 school year are due by August 11.  Over 450 of them went out in June, but only about half of them are back.  All accounts need to be updated (disclaimer information, classroom changes, new emails, addresses, phones numbers, etc.) and this takes time.  If you haven't done so, please return your form NOW.  The operational fee for registration forms received on or before August 11 is $10.  Forms received after August 11 incur a late fee and $15 is due.

 

Schedule, Lots of Bonuses, Market Day & Registration
7/16/2014

Pick up is tomorrow, July 17, at CCHS from  9:00-10:00 a.m.  If you ordered Market Day, you may pick it up at the same time.

There is NO T.R.I.P. the week of July 21.

The next processing date is Monday, July 28, with distribution on Thursday, July 31.

For the week of July 28 only, the following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • Applebee's is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • Bath & Body Works is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 15%.
  • CVS/Pharmacy is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • IHOP is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • L.L. Bean is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • Lowe's is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • TGI Fridays is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Walgreens is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.

If you have not sent your registration form for the 2014/15 school year in, please do so ASAP.

Schedule and Radio Shack
7/9/2014

T.R.I.P. is ON for next week.  Orders will be processed on Monday, July 14, and distributed on Thursday, July 17.  Orders need to be at CCHS or TP BY 8:30 a.m. and pick up is at CCHS only from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Gift cards for RadioShack are temporarily unavailable.  As soon as they are available, we'll let you know.

Schedule, Market Day, New Merchant & Registration Packets
6/25/2014

T.R.I.P. pick-up is tomorrow, June 26, at CCHS from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

There is no T.R.I.P. the weeks of June 30 and July 7.  Our next processing date is Monday, July 14, with distribution on Thursday, July 17.

Do you miss Market Day?  You can order on-line through July 14 or get a paper order to CCHS by July 10.  Orders can be picked up on July 17 when you pick up your T.R.I.P. order.

We are pleased to announce that gift cards are now available for Panda Express in $25 denominations at a 7% rebate.  Please add this to your Merchant List (never fails something changes after making 500 copies of an updated list!) and to your envelope.

If you ordered this week, your registration packet for the 2014/15 school year is in your new envelope.  If you did not order, it was put in your church mailbox (if you are a member of PHCRC, OPCRC, Faith or Calvin) or sent by mail.  They are due back by August 11.  Please complete and send it back right away instead of waiting for the August 11 deadline.

 

 

 

Schedule, Program Changes, & Registration Packets
6/19/2014

T.R.I.P. is ON next week.  Orders will be processed on Monday, June 23, and distributed on Thursday, 26.

T.R.I.P. is OFF the weeks of June 30 and July 7.  Please plan ahead for this two week break when placing your order on June 23!

Red Robin is offering a 2% bonus the week of June 23 for a total rebate of 10%.

Gift cards/certificates are no longer available for Marriott and Carnival Cruise Lines.

Registration packets for the 2014/15 school year will be going out the week of June 23.  They are due back by August 11.  Please don't wait until August 11 to return it ~ complete and send it back right away.  Thanks!!!

 

Schedule, Marriott, and Domino's Pizza
6/11/2014

Please review these schedule reminders:

  • There is no T.R.I.P. the week of June 16.
  • Our next processing date is Monday, June 23, with distribution on Thursday, June 26.
  • There is a two week break:  There is no T.R.I.P. the weeks of June 30 and July 7.  Please plan ahead for gas, groceries, and vacation needs, and be sure to check the due date on your Kohl's bill.

Marriott has decided to end their participation in scrip fundraising.  Effective immediately, gift cards are no longer available for Marriott.  Any cards you may have on hand may still be used.

For the week of June 23 only, Domino's Pizza is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.

Registration packets for the 2014/15 school year will be going out the last week of June.  Please be sure to complete and return it ASAP.

Important Message About Speedway Gift Cards
6/5/2014

Due to a computer glitch with corporate Speedway, any gift cards you received for them today, June 5, were not activated.  The problem has been resolved and your gift cards will be activated by midnight tonight.  Speedway apologizes for any inconvenience this has caused!

Pick Up, Schedule Reminder & Bonuses!
6/2/2014

School ends on Wednesday, June 4,  and our summer schedule starts on Thursday, June 5.  PICK UP WILL BE AT C.C.H.S. ONLY (Rte. 83 and Oak Park Ave, Palos Heights) ON THURSDAY FROM 9:00-10:00 A.M.

T.R.I.P. is on for next week.  Orders will be processed on Monday, June 9, and distributed on Thursday, June 12.

There is NO T.R.I.P. the week of June 16.  Plan ahead when placing your order on June 9.  Be sure to check the due date on your Kohl's bill.

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • For the week of June 9 only, Lowe's is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • For the week of June 9 only, Meijer is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 3%.
  • For the week of June 9 only, L.L. Bean is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.

Not ordering over the summer?  Be sure to hang onto your envelope!

Free Shipping, Program Changes, and Schedule
5/29/2014

Help T.R.I.P. earning free shipping -- if our June 2 (next week) order includes at least $150 in iTunes gift cards, our order will ship for free!  They make a nice graduation gift!

Gift cards for Mimi's Cafe are no longer available.  While they can be used nationwide, the two Illinois Mimi's have closed.

Gift cards for Oriental Trading are temporarily unavailable to order.  We'll let you know when they're available once again.

Orders place on Monday, June 2, may be dropped off at any campus.  School ends on Wednesday and the T.R.I.P. Summer Operating Schedule starts!  Orders will be distributed at CCHS ONLY on Thursday, June 5, from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

For your convenience, you may drop your T.R.I.P. orders off at CCHS on "off" weeks.  Summer hours for the main office are Monday through Thursday from 8:30-11:30 a.m.  They may be dropped off on processing days at the TP campus BY 8:30 a.m.

Planning ahead:  T.R.I.P. is ON the week of June 9.  T.R.I.P. is OFF week of June 16.  Be sure to check the date on your Kohl's bill.

IF YOU DO NOT PLAN TO ORDER T.R.I.P. OVER THE SUMMER, HANG ON TO YOUR ENVELOPE.  WE DO NOT SEND NEW ONES OUT WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR THE 2014/15 SCHOOL YEAR.!

 

 

 

Schedule, Carpools, and Bonus
5/21/2014

School is closed on Monday, May 26, for Memorial Day.  Orders will be processed on Tuesday, May 27, and distributed on Friday, May 30.

If you are putting together a carpool, I need your list by Tuesday, May 27.  Carpools must have at least 5 members.  Please submit your list in writing or by email to cschutt@swchristian.org.  I need complete family names as well as T.R.I.P. account numbers.

From 5/27-6/2, Bass Pro Shops is offering a 4% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.

IF YOU DO NOT PLAN TO ORDER OVER THE SUMMER, PLEASE HANG ON TO YOUR ENVELOPE!!!  NEW ONES ARE NOT SENT OUT WHEN YOUR REGISTER FOR THE 2014/15 SCHOOL YEAR.

 

Bonus
5/14/2014

From 5/19-5/27, Red Robin is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

More Bonuses!
5/7/2014

The following merchants are offering spring bonuses:

  • From 5/12-5/19, Lowe's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • From 5/12-5/19, Shutterfly is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • From 5/12-5/19, Jo-Ann Fabric is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
Bonuses and More!
4/30/2014

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • For the week of 5/5/ only, Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic are offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.
  • From 5/5-5/12, TGI Fridays is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • From 5/5-5/12, Cabela's is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • From 5/5-5/12, Subway is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 3%.
  • From 5/5-5/12, L.L. Bean is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.
  • From 5/5-5/12, Boston Market is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.

All statements will have gone out by the end of the week.  If you do not receive yours before May 10, please email Chris at cschutt@swchristian.org

Thinking about a carpool for summer T.R.I.P. orders?  Groups of five (no smaller please) can be bundled together for quick and easy pick up.  Please submit the name of your group, full family name, and T.R.I.P. account number to Chris by May 27. 

Bonuses & More!
4/24/2014

The following merchants are offering springtime bonuses:

  • For the week of 4/28 only, iTunes is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • From 4/28-5/5, Staples is offering a 5% rebate for a total rebate of 9%.
  • From 4/28-5/5, AMC Theatres is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • From 4/28-5/5, Bed Bath & Beyond is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • From 4/28-5/5, Spafinder's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.

Effective April 28, 2014, the rebate for Marriott has decreased to 6%.

Attention Amazon shoppers:  SCCS is now registered with Amazon Smile Foundation.  This program donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization selected by their customers.  To learn more, go to http://smile.amazon.com/about and click on the "Get Started" button in the upper right hand corner.  We are registered under Southwest Chicago Christian School Association.  Thanks for helping SCCS!

Schedule, Bonuses, and Statements
4/16/2014

SCCS is closed on Friday, April 18, and Monday, April 21, for Easter.  Orders will be processed on Tuesday, April 22, and distributed on Friday, April 25.  High school parents -- remind your child to get your order tomorrow.  Friday will not be an option this week!

Land's End gift cards are available in $25 denominations only -- $100's are no longer available.

The following merchants are offering springtime bonuses:

  • From 4/22-4/28 JCPenney is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • From 4/22-4/28 Home Depot is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • From 4/22-4/28 Carson's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • From 4/22-4/28 Sally Beauty Supply is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • From 4/22-4/28 Landry's is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.

If you ordered this week, your T.R.I.P. statement will be in your new order envelope.  They will also go in next week's orders.  Any remaining statements will be sent home the week of April 28 with your youngest elementary child, put in your church mailbox, or sent by mail.

Schedule, Statements, Bonuses, and Program Changes
4/10/2014

We're back to our weekly schedule.  Orders will be processed on Monday, April 14, and distributed on Thursday, April 17. 

Your T.R.I.P. statement covering the period October 1, 2013, through March 24, 2014, will be put in your new ordering envelope the weeks of April 14 and 22.  If you do not order either of those weeks, it will be sent home with your youngest elementary child, put in your church mailbox (if your church is registered with T.R.I.P.) or put in the mail the week of April 28.

The following merchants are offering springtime bonuses:

  • From 4/14-4/28, Bath & Body Works is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 15%.
  • From 4/14-4/22, Build-A-Bear is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • From 4/14-4/22, American Eagle Outfitters is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • From 4/14-4/22, Burlington is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • From 4/14-4/22, Hallmark is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • From 4/14-4/22, Express is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

Gift cards for Lands' End can only be redeemed on-line at www.landsend.com or through their catalog.  Lands' End gift cards can no longer be used at KMart or Sears.

Gift cards for Coldwater Creek are no longer available due to news that they intend to file for bankruptcy.  Please use any cards you may have on hand ASAP as we cannot take them back.

Gift cards for J.Jill are no longer available.  A reason was not given as to why the broker is no longer carrying them.

Statements and Schedule
3/26/2014

This week marked the end of this six-month statement period.  Statements will be going home with orders the weeks of April 14 and 22.  Included with your statement is an updated merchant list, voucher list, and the spring/summer operating schedule.

There is no T.R.I.P. the weeks of March 31 and April 7.  Our next processing date is Monday, April 14, with distribution on Thursday, April 17.

Chris will be out of town part of the two week break.  If you don't catch me at home (708-235-0154) please leave a message for Doreen at 708-614-0963 and she'll get back to you.

Have a great spring break!

 

New Merchants, Quizno's, Bonuses & More
3/19/2014

We are pleased to add two new merchants to the program.  Gift cards are now available for Stein Mart in $25 denominations with a 6% rebate.  Gift cards are also available for Dairy Queen in $10 denominations with a 2% rebate.  If you would like to order them, please write it in on the blank line at the bottom of your ordering envelope until the envelopes are updated.

Quizno's has filed for bankruptcy protection so the broker is no longer offering them.  It is recommended you use any gift cards for Quizno's you have ASAP.  They cannot be returned.

The following merchants are offering spring bonuses:

  • For the week of 3/24, Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.
  • For the week of 3/24, Jo-Ann Fabrics is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • For the week of 3/24, Shutterfly is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • From 3/24 to 4/14, The Children's Place is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.

Next week marks the end of this six-month statement period which runs from October 1, 2013, through March 26, 2014.  Statements will be going out with orders the weeks of April 14 and 22.

JUST A REMINDER THAT THERE IS NO T.R.I.P. THE WEEKS OF MARCH 31 AND APRIL 7 DUE TO SPRING BREAK AND OUR MAIN BROKER BEING CLOSED.  PLAN AHEAD WHEN PLACING NEXT WEEK'S ORDER WITH GAS AND GROCERIES AND CHECK THE DUE DATE ON YOUR KOHL'S BILL! 

Bonuses, Retailer Concerns & Schedule Reminder
3/12/2014

The following stores are offering bonuses:

  • From 4/17-3/24, iTunes is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • From 3/17-3/24, AMC Theatres is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • From 3/17-3/24, Journey's is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.

Recently, Safeway (parent company of Jewel and other grocery chains) came to our main broker with a concern:  some shoppers have been ordering Safeway/Jewel gift cards and using them to buy gift cards from the kiosks in their stores for retailers who don't participate in scrip fundraising or who offer a lower rebate than they do.  This goes against the core principle of this type of fundraising and is considered double-dipping.  Participating retailers provide rebates to encourage you to shop at their stores.  Continuing this misuse of gift cards could potentially damage the great relationships that have been built between our scrip brokers and those stores Southwest purchases from directly.  This is true not only for Safeway/Jewel but also for other retailers that sell gift cards at kiosks in their stores.  Please do not use the gift cards you order through Southwest at any retailers except for the one whose name is on the card.  We would hate to lose any of the retailers currently participating because of the misuse of cards.

There are two weeks left in this statement period which runs from October 1, 2013-March 24, 2014.  Also, remember to plan ahead for our two week break coming up ~ the T.R.I.P. office will be closed the weeks of March 31 and April 7. 

Bonuses & Think Ahead!
3/5/2014

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • For the week of March 10 only, Lowe's is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • From March 10 through March 17, Applebee's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • From March 10 through March 17, Bed, Bath & Beyond is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • From March 10 through March 17, Cabela's is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.

Just a reminder that we have a two week break coming up.  The T.R.I.P. office will be closed the weeks of March 31 and April 7 due to spring break and our main broker being closed.  Start planning ahead by getting a head start on gas and groceries with your next three orders.

Bonus, Statements, and Orland Eye
2/26/2014

From March 3 through March 10, Bass Pro Shops is offering a 4% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.

The end of this six-month statement period, which runs from October 1, 2013, through March 24, 2014, is nearing.  There are four more weeks to earn rebates that will applied to your spring statement.  Orders received from now until March 24 will be on your statement that will be going out in April.

Dr. Patricia Hart has joined Dr. Docherty and is now part of the voucher program through Orland Eye.  Orland Eye has also increased their rebate to 15%. 

Distribution Reminder
2/20/2014

T.R.I.P. pick-up is tomorrow, Friday, February 21.  High school parents ~ reminder you child to pick up your order so you have it for the weekend.

Orders will be processed on Monday, February 24, and distributed on Thursday, February 27.

Marriott Hotels, Schedule Reminder and Distribution
2/12/2014

Effective immediately, $50 Marriott Hotel gift cards are no longer available.  The $100 Marriott gift cards are still available at 7%.

School is closed on Monday, February 17, due to President's Day.  Orders will be processed on Tuesday, February 18 and distributed on Friday, February 21.

School is also closed this Friday, February 14, due to an in-service day.  For those families who pick up their orders, DON'T FORGET to get it on THURSDAY.  Parents of high school students -- remind/text your child to get your order!  Any orders not picked up on Thursday will be safely locked up and available for pick up on Tuesday.

Free Shipping, Distribution, and Email
2/5/2014

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping:  If next week's order, placed on Monday, February 10, includes $150 in iTunes gift cards, our order will be shipped for free.

Despite another week of bad weather, orders will be distributed on time tomorrow, Thursday, February 6.

While I check my email often, both at school and at home, I am having trouble with my home computer and currently do not have email access.  Please feel free to call me at home at 708-235-0154 with any questions if you do not receive a prompt reply via email.  Hoping to have it fixed over the weekend!   Chris

Bonuses, Changes & More
1/30/2014

From February 3 through February 12 the following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • TGI Fridays is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • Boston Market is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • Landry's is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.  To see a complete listing of Landry's restaurants, which includes Rainforest Café and Morton's Steakhouse, go to www.landrysinc.com and click on "Our Locations."

Effective immediately, the rebate for Applebee's is 7%.

Gift cards for Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory are no longer available.  The Orland Square store has closed and it is not known if their other locations will follow suit.  As announced in December, gift cards are no longer available for Champp's Restaurant and DSW.

Thank you for ordering Bath & Body Works ~ our order was shipped overnight free of charge!

ORDERS PROCESSED YESTERDAY, PACKAGE DELIVERED TODAY, ORDERS DISTRIBUTED TOMORROW!  Please pray there are no more crazy weeks like what we just experienced.  Who's ready for spring????

THERE WILL BE T.R.I.P. THIS WEEK!!!
1/27/2014

School is closed on Tuesday, January 28, due to the weather.

WE WILL BE PROCESSING T.R.I.P. ORDERS ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, WITH DELIVERY STILL ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 31.  Special arrangements have been made with our main broker to have our order processed and shipped overnight on Wednesday.  This will give us time to get it back to you on Friday!!!  We are so thankful they are willing to do this!

If school is closed on Wednesday, which is unlikely as things are supposed to improve, we will have to cancel.  In the meantime, get those orders ready!

Feel free to call Chris at home at 708-235-0154 with any questions.

 

 

SCHOOL CLOSED ON MONDAY, JANUARY 27
1/26/2014

DUE TO BAD WEATHER, SCHOOL IS CLOSED ON MONDAY, JANUARY 27.

T.R.I.P. ORDERS WILL BE PROCESSED ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, AND DISTRIBUTED ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 31.

 

Bonus and Bath & Body
1/23/2014

For the week of January 27th only, Home Depot is offering a 1% bonus.  Gift cards purchased next week will be at a 4% rebate.

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping.  If next week's order contains $150 in Bath & Body gift cards, our order will ship for free!

Schedule Reminder and Bonuses
1/15/2014

School is closed on Monday, January 20, in honor of Martin Luther King.  T.R.I.P. orders will be processed on Tuesday, January 21, and distributed on Friday, January 24.

From January 21 through January 27, Subway is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 3%.

From January 21 through February 3, Shutterfly is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

If you know someone who is planning on sending their child to SCCS, refer them to T.R.I.P.  If they register and then place an order, you will earn a $10 incentive certificate for the gift card of your choice!

 

 

SCHOOL CLOSED - NO T.R.I.P. THIS WEEK
1/6/2014

THERE IS NO T.R.I.P. THIS WEEK!  L

School is closed on Tuesday, January 7, due to the weather.  Due to the shortened school week it will be impossible for us to process orders on Wednesday and get them distributed by the end of the day on Friday,

Orders will be processed on Monday, January 13, and distributed on Thursday, January 16. 

So sorry that we are not able to fill orders this week.  I know many of you have been holding off on groceries and waiting to pay your Christmas Kohl's charge.  Hoping you can wait until next week!

If you have any questions, please email Chris at cschutt@swchristian.org.  Or, do not hesitate to give me a call at home at 708-235-0154 . . . I'm stuck here and won't be going anywhere!

 

SCHOOL CLOSED -- T.R.I.P. ON TUESDAY
1/5/2014

School is cancelled on Monday, January 6, due to the weather.

T.R.I.P. ORDERS WILL BE PROCESSED ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, AND DISTRIBUTED ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 10!

 

Normal Schedule Resumes
1/1/2014

Our normal weekly schedule begins next week.  Orders will be processed on Monday, January 6, and distributed on Thursday, January 9.

Start 2014 by making a resolution to order T.R.I.P. on a weekly basis.  Over $2.7 million in gift cards/certificates were purchased through T.R.I.P. in 2013.  Thousands of dollars have been returned to participating families in the form of a tuition rebate.  This program really works to help YOU.  Ask those families who ordered through you for the holidays to continue to do so.  The weekly orders can really add up just on everyday purchase such as groceries and gas!

12/19/13 T.R.I.P. DISTRIBUTION
12/18/2013

T.R.I.P. orders will be at CCHS in time for distribution at noon tomorrow, December 19.  Students may pick them up after exams and parents can also get them early. 

FOR CCHS STUDENTS AND FAMILIES THAT PICK THEIR ORDERS UP . . . . PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO GET YOUR ORDER!  ALL THREE CAMPUS OFFICES WILL BE CLOSING AT NOON ON FRIDAY.  ANY ORDERS NOT PICKED UP BY THEN WILL BE LOCKED UP AND UNAVAILABLE UNTIL MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2014!

Merry Christmas!
12/18/2013

Orders totaled $115,763 this week and parents earned $4,623.91in tuition rebates!  We're off for Christmas break but will resume our normal weekly schedule on Monday, January 6, 2014.

Effective immediately, gift cards for DSW and Champps are no longer available.  Champps has filed for bankruptcy protection.  If you have any cards for them, please use them immediately as I cannot take returns.  I'm not sure why the broker is dropping DSW, as they did not indicate they have filed for bankruptcy protection, but I still suggest using any cards you have for them as soon as possible.

We're still having phone voice messaging issues.  Please email me any questions or leave a message for me at home at 708-235-0154.

BEST WISHES FOR A BLESSED CHRISTMAS SEASON!

P.S. TO T.R.I.P. NEWS
12/11/2013

We're still having trouble with the T.R.I.P. phone line.  Please email me any questions or leave a message for me at home at 708-235-0154.  This problem will, hopefully, be resolved by the end of the week.

Those families who ordered this week knocked $4,791.54 off of their tuition!

Even with weather delays and having to pick up our order from the FedEx sort facility, orders will be out on time tomorrow!

Be sure to look at today's earlier email to see what bonuses are being offered.

 

Bonuses, Free Shipping and Much More!
12/11/2013

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the week of December 16: 

  • Domino's Pizza is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Hallmark is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.

Effective December 16, the price of Six Flags/Great America is increasing to $42.25.  And, yes, this is the second increase in the past month!

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping next week.  If our order contains $200 in Outback, it will be delivered for free!

Effective immediately, the rebate for Vroegh Family Eyecare/Dr. James Vroegh is increasing to 15%.

If we do not have delays due to the weather next week, orders should be to CCHS next week in time for students to pick them up at noon after the last exam of the day. 

 

T.R.I.P. PHONE LINE ISSUES
12/5/2013

The voice messaging system on the T.R.I.P. line is currently not working.  If you call, it will just continue to ring.  If you need to reach me, please send me an email or leave a message for me at home at 708-235-0154.  Sorry for the inconvenience!

COUNTDOWN, BONUSES, NEW VOUCHER MERCHANT
12/4/2013

TWO MORE ORDERING WEEKS!  This week's total was $107,187 and participating families received tuition rebates totaling $4,484.33!  When submitting your orders the next two weeks, be sure to double check them and write neatly.  This helps us so much.

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • For 12/9 only, Home Depot is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • For 12/9 only, Groupon is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • From 12/9-12/16 Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic are offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.
  • From 12/9-12/16, Outback is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.  Outback gift cards can also be used at Bone Fish restaurants.  They have a new location at 15537 S. LaGrange Road in Orland Park.
  • From 12/9-12/16, JCPenney is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.
  • From 12/9-12/16, iTunes is offering a 4% bonus for a total rebate of 7%. 

We are pleased to have Dr. Docherty/Orland Eye join the voucher program at a 12% rebate.  Orland Eye is located at 15410 S. Harlem, Orland Park, IL  60462.  Their phone number is 708-633-0011.

 

3 MORE WEEKS, APPLEBEE'S AND A TON OF BONUSES!!
11/27/2013

There are three more ordering weeks before Christmas break.  To help us get our orders called in before the deadlines imposed by the brokers, we need your help!  First, triple check your order to be sure you have ordered in the proper denominations, have totaled your order correctly, and that the checks inside your envelope (made payable to T.R.I.P.) balance to the order total on your order and has your account number written on it.  Please take care to write neatly and clearly.  Second, Tinley Park parents:  Please have your child bring your order in as soon as they get to school.  It helps us tremendously to get a jump on the orders as they trickle in rather than all at once.  There is a box to drop it in right inside the east and west entrances.  Third, don't want until the last week to order what you need.  While we have not had issues with back orders, it is a possibility this time of the year.

Help us earn free shipping once again.  If our order includes $300 in Applebee's our order will be delivered free of charge!

The following merchants are ordering Christmas bonuses:

  • For 1/2 only, Lowe's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • From 12/2-12/9 AMC Theatres is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • From 12/2-12/9 AutoZone is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • From 12/2-12/9 Carson's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • From 12/2-12/9 Boston Market is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • From 12/2-12/9 The Cheesecake Factory is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.
  • From 12/2-12/9 Chili's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • From 12/2-12/9 Kmart is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • From 12/2-12/9 Landry's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • From 12/2-12/9 L.L. Bean is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 14%.
  • From 12/2-12/9 Sears is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • From 12/2-12/9 Spafinder is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • From 12/2-12/9 Staples is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • From 12/2-12/9 Subway is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 3%.
  • From 12/2-12/9 TGI Fridays is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • From 12/2-12/16 Bass Pro Shops is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • From 12/2-12/16 Coldwater Creek is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • From 12/2-12/16 Jiffy Lube is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
Schedule, Bonuses, and Barnes & Noble Fundraiser
11/20/2013

THERE IS NO T.R.I.P. THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 25 DUE TO THANKSGIVING AND THE SHORTENED SCHOOL WEEK.  Our next processing date is Monday, December 2.  There are only three more ordering weeks before our two week Christmas break!

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • On 12/2 only, Bed, Bath & Beyond is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • On 12/2 only, PetSmart is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.
  • On 12/2 only, J.Jill is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

SCCS is sponsoring a book fair at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, December 7.  BUY BARNES & NOBLE GIFT CARDS ON DECEMBER 2 AND SHOP ON DECEMBER 7 IN THE STORE OR ON-LINE.  YOU WILL EARN AN 8% REBATE ON YOUR GIFT CARDS AND WILL BE HELPING SCHOOL RAISE FUNDS, TOO!  Between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm our children's choir and high school flute choir will be performing and children will be acting out the Christmas story and reading a story about the birth of Christ.  SCCS WILL BE EARNING A PERCENTAGE OF THE SALES ON THAT DAY.  OUR ID NUMBER IS 11115722.  All you have to do is bring in your book fair id paper that will be coming home with your grade school child the week of December 1.  If you forget to bring your slip with you, just tell the cashier you are from Southwest and they'll be sure to give us the credit.  All sales count whether you buy a book, cd, toy or even a cup of coffee in the café.  Volunteers will also be there to do your gift wrapping for a small donation from 3:00-9:00 p.m.!

If you can't make it to Barnes and Noble on December 7, you can still buy on line -- just enter the book fair id (1115722) on the payment page so we get credit.  Tell your family and friends.  The id can be used on line for up to five days after the book fair and we will still get credit for the sale.  Any questions??  Contact Angel Callewaert at 708-478-7313!

This is a "double" opportunity ~ you to earn an 8% tuition rebate on gift cards you purchase and school also benefits from this fundraiser!

 

NO SCHOOL ON NOVEMBER 22
11/14/2013

There is no school tomorrow, Friday, November 22, due to Teachers' In-Service day.  High school parents, please text your kids and remind them to pick you order TODAY.  They will not be available tomorrow!

Schedule Reminder, Dominicks, Target, iTunes, Six Flags, & Bonuses
11/13/2013

Just a reminder that there is no T.R.I.P. the week of November 25 due to Thanksgiving and the short school week.  Be sure to check the due date on your Kohl's bill and try to double up on gas and groceries when placing your order on Monday, November 18.

Our inventory of Dominicks has been depleted and gift cards for Dominicks are no longer available.  I will no longer be purchasing Dominicks due to the fact that they are leaving the Chicago area and all stores will be closing by December 28.  They require us to purchase a large amount (minimum of $15,000) in order to receive the bulk discount and that does not allow me enough time to sell it.  If you have your own "stock" of Dominicks, please be aware that we cannot take gift cards back.  Be sure to use them before your favorite Dominicks store closes.

Effective immediately, the rebate for Target has increased from 1.5% to 2%.

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping:  If next week's order includes at least $200 in iTunes, our order will be shipped at no charge!

Effective immediately, the price for Six Flags one-day admission tickets will be increasing to $38.  The rebate remains the same at 7%.

The following merchants are offering holiday bonuses:

  • For the week of 11/18 only, Meijer is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 3%.
  • From 11/18 through 12/9, Shutterfly is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • From 11/18 through 12/9, Journeys is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • For the week of 11/18 only, L.L. Bean is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 15%.
Bonuses, Holiday Gift Card Wrappers, and Planning Ahead
11/6/2013

The following merchants are offering holiday bonuses:

  • From 11/11-11/18 Bath & Body is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 15%.
  • From 11/11-11/18 JoAnn Fabric is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • From 11/11-11/18 William Sonoma/Pottery Barn is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • From 11/11-11/18 Cabela's is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • From 11/11-11/18 Express is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
  • From 11/11-11/18 Hallmark is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.

Beginning next week Gift Card Holiday Wrappers are available in a pack of 10 for $2.00 with a 10% rebate.  Each pack includes 10 different seasonal designs.  These pre-cut glossy wrappers fold up to wrap your gift card in a fun, festive package.  It gives you space to leave a name, gift card amount, and a little note.  Order early -- available for a limited time.  When the broker runs out of them (which is usually before Christmas) they will no longer be available.

Thank you to those who ordered Bass Pro Shops this week.  Our order was shipped for free!

Just a reminder that there is no T.R.I.P. the week of November 25 due to Thanksgiving.  Keep this in mind when placing your orders on November 11 and 18.  With Thanksgiving being so late this year, there are only three weeks after it to order for your holiday gift giving.  Please start ordering ahead and do not wait until the last week before Christmas break to order the gift cards you need for gift giving!

More Bonuses!
10/30/2013

Christmas bonuses are starting earlier this year ~ take advantage of the following bonus rebates being offered by our merchants and get a head start on your holiday shopping:

  • For the week of 11/4 only, Bass Pro Shops is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.  Also, if next week's order contains at least $150 in Bass Pro Shops gift cards, our order will ship for free!
  • From 11/4 through 11/11, Sears is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.
  • From 11/4 through 11/11, Kmart is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.
  • From 11/4 through 11/11, JCPenney is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • From 11/4 through 11/11, Boston Market is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • From 11/4 through 12/16, Red Robin is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.
  • From 11/4 through 11/11, Spafinder Wellness is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
Schedule, Bonus, and Back In Stock
10/23/2013

T.R.I.P. orders will be processed on Monday, October 28, and distributed on Thursday, October 31.

From October 28 through November 4, iTunes is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.  Take advantage of this bonus and think ahead for Christmas!

Gift cards for Michaels and GNC are back in stock with the broker and available to order once again.

Schedule, Michaels, & Statements
10/16/2013

THERE IS NO T.R.I.P. THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 21st DUE TO TEACHERS' CONVENTION AND THE SHORTENED SCHOOL WEEK.  The next processing date will be Monday, October 28.

The broker is currently out of stock of Michaels gift cards.  They are unavailable to purchase until further notice, as are GNC gift cards.

All T.R.I.P. statements will have gone out by the end of the week.  If you do not receive yours by October 31, please contact the T.R.I.P. office.

SCHEDULE, GNC, STATEMENTS & THANK YOU!
10/9/2013

Just a reminder that there is no T.R.I.P. the week of October 21st due to Teachers' Convention and the shortened school week.  BE SURE TO PLAN AHEAD WHEN PLACING YOUR ORDER ON OCTOBER 14TH.  Check the due date on your Kohl's bill and double up on gas and groceries!

If you ordered this week, your T.R.I.P. statement will be in your new ordering envelope.  They will also go out with next week's orders.  If you do not order, they will be sent home with your youngest grade school child, put in your church mailbox (if you're a member of OPCRC, PHCRC, Calvin or Faith) or sent by mail.

Gift cards for GNC are temporarily out of stock with the broker and unavailable to order until further notice.

Thank you to those who ordered AMC Theatres gift cards.  We earned free shipping for this week's order!

6 Month Totals, Bonus, AMC, and HELP!
10/2/2013

Participating T.R.I.P. families earned $46,431.36.36 in tuition rebates over the past six months.  Future families have $86,993.34 for use down the road!  Statements will be going out with orders over the next two weeks.  Look for it in your new ordering envelope.

From 10/7 through 10/14 Domino's Pizza is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping!  If we place an order for at least $200 in AMC Theatres the week of October 7, our order will ship for free.  A belated "thank you" for helping us achieve this goal a few weeks ago with Bath & Body Works!

HELP:  A family ordered Hard Rock Café in error.  While I can't take it back, I can try to help them sell it.  If interested, please email me and I'll make the arrangements for the swap.  You will pay $22.75 for the $25.00 Hard Rock Café gift card which is the face value of the card less the 9% rebate which has been posted to their account.

Distribution Delays, Bonus, and Statements
9/25/2013

Due to weather issues in Memphis, our FedEx package containing the bulk of our order did not make it to Chicago today.  We will have delivery of it in time tomorrow to still get orders home with students and for Parent Pick-Up (Thursday, September 26) but orders will not be ready for early pick-up for preschoolers and half-day kindergarten students.  You can come back at the end of the school day or pick it up on Friday.

From 9/30 through 10/7 Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic is offering a 2% bonus.  Gift cards purchased these two weeks will have a rebate of 14%!

The end of this six month statement period is Monday, September 30.  Statements will be going home with orders the weeks of October 7 and 14.  If you're new to T.R.I.P. and have not yet placed an order, Monday would be the perfect time to do so.  A statement will be generated for you and you will get a better feel for how the program works.

Bonuses and Statements
9/18/2013

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • For the week of 9/23 only, iTunes is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • From 9/23 through 9/30 Jo-Ann Fabric is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.

Also, for any orders placed from October 1 through November 15, 2013, Creative Carpet & Flooring is doubling their voucher rebate from 3% to 6%!  They are located at 19420 S. LaGrange Road, in Mokena.  Be sure to bring a voucher with you if you plan on going there.

Only two more ordering weeks left in this six-month statement period which runs from April 1, 2013, through September 30, 2013.  Statements will be going out the first week of October.

 

 

New Merchant, More Bonuses & Statements
9/11/2013

We are pleased to add Journeys to the program in $25 denomations at a 9% rebate.  Order Journey gift cards the weeks of September 16 and 23 and you will receive a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.  Journeys offers a wide variety of trendy, relevant brands for teens.  If you would like to order Journeys, please write it in on the bottom of your envelope.  As a box was just printed, it will be a while before it shows on the envelope.

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • From 9/16 through 9/23 Bed Bath & Beyond is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • From 9/16 through 9/23 PetSmart is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • From 9/16 through 9/23 Shutterfly is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%
  • From 9/16 through 9/23 Coldwater Creek is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • From 9/16 through 9/23 J.Jill is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

September 30 marks the end of this six-month statement period.  Statements will be going out the week of October 7.  If you are new and have not ordered yet, try to do so in the next few weeks.  A statement will then be generated for you and you will be able to see even better how T.R.I.P. works.

Phone Issues, Bath & Body, and Bonuses!
9/5/2013

We are having phone issues.  If you have left a voice message, I'm not ignoring you ~ just can't retrieve it right now.  If you can't get through, please leave a message at 708-235-0154 and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Help T.R.I.P. earn free shipping next week!  If we place an order with the broker for $150 or more in Bath & Body Works gift cards on September 9, we will have our order shipped for free!

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • From 9/9 through 9/16 Subway is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 3%.
  • From 9/9 through 9/16, TGI Fridays is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • From 9/9 through 9/16, The Cheesecake Factory is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.
  • From 9/9 through 9/16, JCPenney is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • From 9/9 through 9/16, Best Buy is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 3%.
  • From 9/9 through 9/23, Hallmark is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.

 

Schedule, Bonuses & More!
8/28/2013

T.R.I.P. pick up is tomorrow, August 29, at the campus you designated on your 2013/14 registration form.  Parent pick up is from 2:45-3:15 p.m.  Parents, remind your high schoolers that they have to pick your order up at the table by the main/front entrance.

Due to Labor Day, school is closed on Monday, September 2.  Orders will be processed on Tuesday, September 3 and distributed on Friday, September 6.

Effective September 9, the rebate for Choice Hotels/Comfort Inn is decreasing to 2%.

From September 3 through September 9, Staples is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.

From September 3 through September 9, Carsons is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.

Effective immediately, gift cards for Applebee's are available at a 9% discount.  Please keep in mind when ordering that a few of our local Applebee's have closed.  There are still a number open in our area and they can be used out-of-state as well.

Schedule & Reminders
8/21/2013

T.R.I.P. orders will be processed on Monday, August 26.  They must be at CCHS or TP by 8:30 a.m.  Orders will be distributed on Thursday, August 29, at the campus you designated on your 2013/14 registration form. 

Parents -- if your child is moving from one of the elementary buildings to the high school, please remind them that they can pick your order up at the table by the main/front entrance.  They are not delivered to their classroom.

If you have not sent your registration form in yet, you cannot order on Monday.  You can order the week after I have received your registration form.  Please remit your $15 operational fee (this includes the late fee) along with the form.

Welcome to all of the new families I met at the "New Parent Dinner" last night!  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. 

Schedule and Registration
8/14/2013

T.R.I.P. pick-up is tomorrow, August 15, at CCHS from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of August 19.

Our next processing date is Monday, August 26, and orders need to be at CCHS or TP by 8:30 a.m.  Orders will be distributed on Thursday, August 29, at the campus you designated on your 2013/14 registration form.  This marks the beginning of our regular weekly schedule.

Have you sent in your registration form???  The deadline for getting it in has passed, but you can still register.  Please mail it to the Tinley Park campus address listed at the top of the form along with a check for the $15  operational  fee which includes a late fee.  Please do not turn your form in with an order -- send it separately.  You cannot order until a week after I have received your form, so if you get it here by the middle of next week, you can order on August 26.  I'm still waiting for about 175 of you to send it in.  PLEASE DO IT TODAY!!

IF YOU NEED ANOTHER REGISTRATION FORM, YOU CAN DOWNLOAD ONE ON THE T.R.I.P. LINK AT www.swchristian.org

 

SCHEDULE, REGISTRATION, AND BONUS!
8/7/2013

T.R.I.P. is ON for next week.  Orders will be processed on Monday, August 12, and distributed on Thursday, August 15.  There is NO T.R.I.P. the week of August 19.

T.R.I.P. registration forms for the 2013/14 school year are due on Monday, August 12.  You may send it in with an order, but please write a separate check for the $10 operational fee.  The fee increases to $15 for registration forms received AFTER August 12.  If you have not sent yours in yet, please do so!

From August 12 through September 9, Red Robin is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.

 

SCHEDULE, PERCENTAGE CHANGES AND REGISTRATION
7/31/2013

Effective July 29, 2013, the discount for Toys R Us has increased from 1.5% to 2%.  Effective August 12, 2013, the discount for Exxon/Mobil has decreased from 1.5% to 1%.

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of August 5.  Our next processing date is Monday, August 12 with distribution on Thursday, August 15.

REGISTRATION FORMS FOR 2013/14 ARE DUE BY AUGUST 12TH!  PLEASE MAIL YOURS IN TODAY IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO!

Schedule
7/19/2013

There is NO T.R.I.P. the week of July 22.  Our next processing date is Monday, July 29, with distribution on Thursday, August 1.

Applebee's Restaurants
7/10/2013

We just found out that 8 of Applebee's 33 Chicago area restaurants have closed.  They were all owned by one franchisee.  This includes the Tinley Park and Mokena locations. 

If you have Applebee's gift cards, you can still use them at their remaining close by locations which include:

Crestwood, Evergreen Park, Country Club Hills, Hodgkins, Calumet City, Bradley, Elgin,  2 locations in Joliet, 2 locations in Chicago, as well as these Indiana locations:  Munster, Schereville, Merrillville, Portage, and Chesterton as well as in other states.

The broker is not accepting returns of gift cards as it affects only these 8 Chicago area Applebee's  ~ not Applebee's nationwide.  I encourage you to use your gift cards ASAP at one of the above locations (you can find more locations on their website) as I cannot take them back. 

Until I am comfortable that there will not be any more closures in our area, I am suspending the sale of Applebee's gift cards until further notice.

 

Summer Schedule
7/10/2013

T.R.I.P. pick-up is tomorrow, July 11, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at CCHS.

There is NO T.R.I.P. the weeks of July 15 and July 22.

Our next processing date is Monday, July 29, with distribution on Thursday, August 1.

If you have any questions about T.R.I.P. call Chris at 708-235-0154 from now until July 19.  From July 20-27 call Doreen at 708-614-0963.

 

 

Schedule and 2013/14 Registration
7/3/2013

T.R.I.P. is ON for next week.  Orders are due at CCHS or TP by 8:30 a.m. on Monday, July 8, and will be distributed on Thursday, July 11, at CCHS from 9:00-10:00 a.m.  We then have a two week break ~ no T.R.I.P. the weeks of July 15 and 22.  Plan accordingly and be sure to check the due date on your Kohl's bill!

Registration forms for the 2013/14 school year will be going out next week.  They are due back by August 12, but please do not wait until then to return it.  The "tripladies" love and appreciate those who return their forms promptly!

Distribution, Schedule, and New Voucher Merchant!
6/26/2013

T.R.I.P. distribution is tomorrow, June 27, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at CCHS.  As previously noted, CCHS office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00-11:00 a.m.  The office is closed on Fridays and, as previously advised, will also be closed all of next week -- July 1-5.  IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU PICK UP YOUR ORDER DURING THE DESIGNATED TIME!  IF YOU CANNOT GET THERE, PLEASE MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVE SOMEONE ELSE PICK IT UP.  ONCE THE OFFICE CLOSES AT 11:00 A.M. TOMORROW, ORDERS WILL BE LOCKED UP IN THE SAFE AND NO ONE WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THEM UNTIL MONDAY, JULY 8.  PLEASE BE PROMPT!!!

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of July 1.  The next processing date is Monday, July 8, with distribution on Thursday, July 11.  We will then have a two week break as we are off the weeks of July 15 and 22.  Please plan accordingly when placing your July 8 order.

Registration packets for the 2013/14 school year will be going out the week of July 8.

We are thrilled to add Running for Kicks to our list of voucher merchants.  They are located at 7158 W. 127th Street in Palos Heights,and will be offering a 10% rebate.  Running for Kicks was started by marathon runner Mel Diab in 1997.  He had a simple goal -- to promote fitness and create a community of experienced and aspiring runners.  Whether you're a beginning fitness walker or training for your tenth marathon, Running for Kicks is there to help you achieve your goals.  Their phone number is 448-9200 or you can check them out at www.runningforkicks.com.  If you can't make it in to the store, they ship for free.

As with all voucher merchants, you must bring a voucher form with you to submit at the time of your purchase.  Vouchers are available at all three campuses.   Or, if you write it on your envelope that you need one, we will put some in your envelope.

 

Schedule and Registration Packets
6/19/2013

T.R.I.P. is ON next week.  Orders will be processed on Monday, June 24, and distributed on Thursday, June 27.

We are OFF the week of July 1.  Plan ahead when placing your order next week.

Registration packets for the 2013/14 school year will be going out the second week of July.  It will go out with orders placed on July 8, put in your church mailbox, or sent by mail.

Summer Schedule
6/12/2013

T.R.I.P. pick up for this week is June 13 at CCHS ONLY from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of June 17.

For your convenience, T.R.I.P. orders may be dropped off at CCHS during "off" weeks.  Summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00-11:00 a.m.  The office will be closed the first week of July.

 

Summer Schedule
6/5/2013

Orders will be distributed on time for early dismissal tomorrow (June 6) at each campus.  Those adults who pick up their orders themselves can do so from 11:00-12:00.

Next week marks the start of the summer schedule.  Orders are due at CCHS or TP by 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 10 and will be distributed on Thursday at CCHS ONLY from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of June 17.  Plan ahead when placing your order on June 10!

For your convenience, orders may be dropped off at CCHS on "off" weeks.  Summer hours for CCHS are Monday through Thursday from 8:00-11:00 a.m.

 

 

Bonuses & Summer Schedule
5/30/2013

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • From 6/3-6/10 AMC Theatres is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • From 6/3-6/10 AutoZone is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • From 6/3-6/10 Cabela's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.

Summer schedule reminders:

  • Orders processed on Monday, June 3, will be distributed on Thursday, June 6.  They will be ready in time for early dismissal at the elementary buildings and available at the high school after 10:00 a.m.
  • We are ON the week of June 10.  Orders must be to CCHS or TP BY 8:30 a.m. and will be distributed at CCHS ONLY on Thursday, June 13, from 9:00-10:00 a.m.  This starts the beginning of our summer schedule.
  • We are OFF the week of June 17.  Plan ahead the week of June 10 by checking the due date on your Kohl's bill and getting ahead on gas and groceries.

IF YOU DO NOT PLAN TO ORDER OVER THE SUMMER, HANG ON TO YOUR ENVELOPE.  WE DO NOT SEND OUT NEW ONES WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR.

IMPORTANT NEWS
5/20/2013

Please take note of the following schedule reminders:

  • Due to Memorial Day, school is closed on Monday, May 27.  T.R.I.P. orders will be processed on Tuesday, May 28, and distributed on Friday, May 31. 
  • Orders placed on Monday, June 3, will be distributed on the last day of school which is June 6.  They will be at the elementary campuses in time for noon dismissal.  Orders will be at CCHS in time for pick up after first exam.  Families who normally pick up orders from the office in the afternoon may get them from 11:00-12:00 noon.
  • The summer schedule begins with orders placed on Monday, June 10.  They may be dropped off at CCHS or TP ONLY and must be there BY 8:30 a.m..  Pick up will be at CCHS ONLY from 9:00-10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 13. 

Carpool lists are due by May 28.  Be sure to include full names and account numbers when submitting your list.

IF YOU DO NOT PLAN TO ORDER T.R.I.P. OVER THE SUMMER, PLEASE HANG ON TO YOUR ENVELOPE!  WE DO NOT SEND OUT NEW ONES WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR THE 2013/14 SCHOOL YEAR.

More Bonuses!
5/15/2013

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • From 5/20-5/28 Jo-Ann Fabrics is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • From 5/20-5/28 Sears is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • from 5/20-5/28 Kmart is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
Spring Bonuses & Summer Carpools
5/8/2013

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • From 5/13-5/20 Lowe's is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • From 5/13-5/20 The Cheesecake Factory is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 6%.
  • From 5/13-5/20 Shutterfly is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

Just a reminder that if you plan on creating a summer carpool, I need that information by Monday, May 28.  Please submit via email or in writing the complete family name as well as their T.R.I.P. account number.  Groups have to have at least 5 nameson the list.  Your group will be bundled together for quick and easy summer pick-up.

More Spring Bonuses & Chuck E. Cheese
5/1/2013

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • From 5/6-5/13 Carsons is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • From 5/6-5/13 T.G.I. Friday's is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • From 5/6-5/20 iTunes is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • From 5/6-5/13 Subway is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 3%.
  • From 5/6-5/13 Buca di Beppo is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • From 5/6-5/13 Boston Market is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 13%.
  • From 5/6-5/13 Marriott is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • From 5/6-5/29 Spafinders is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.

Chuck E. Cheese is back in stock with the broker and available to order once again.

Chuck E. Cheese
4/25/2013

The broker is currently out of stock of Chuck E Cheese gift cards.  Chuck E. Cheese cards are unavailable to order until further notice.

More Spring Bonuses!
4/24/2013

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • From 4/29-5/6 Bed Bath & Beyond is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.
  • From 4/29-5/6 AMC Theatres is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.
  • From 4/29-5/6 Staples is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • From 4/29-5/6 Express is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.
Bonuses & Statements
4/17/2013

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • From 4/22-5/6 Hallmark is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 4%.
  • From 4/22-5/6 Coldwater Creek is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • From 4/22-4/29 Burlington Coat Factory is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • From 4/22-4/29 Landry's is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.

All statements have gone out!  If you do not receive yours by the end of the month, please call the T.R.I.P. office at 708-429-5952 or email Chris at cschutt@swchristian.org.

Bonuses & 6-Month Totals
4/10/2013

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • From 4/15-4/29 Bath & Body Works is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 15%.
  • From 4/15-4/22 Panera Bread is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • From 4/15-4/22 JCPenney is offering a 1% bonus for a total rebate of 5%.
  • From 4/15-4/22 Lands' End is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 16%.

If you ordered this week your statement will be in your new envelope.  All remaining statements will go out next week.

Participating T.R.I.P. families collectively reduced their tuition payments by $57,865.41 for this six-month statement period.  "Future Families" have $85,499.43 in savings for future tuition payments.  To date, the T.R.I.P. program has returned almost $2.7 million in tuition rebates back to our families!

Shutterfly Bonus, Schedule & Statements
4/4/2013

From 4/8/13 through 4/15/13, Shutterfly will be offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 10%.

We're back on our regular schedule starting next week.  Orders will be processed on Monday, April 8, and distributed on Thursday, April 11. 

T.R.I.P. six-month statements will be placed in your new ordering envelope the weeks of April 8 and 15.  If you do not order either of those two weeks, it will be sent home with your youngest elementary student, put in your church mailbox, or sent by mail.

Spring Break and 6-Month Statements
3/27/2013

There is no T.R.I.P. the week of April 1 due to spring break.  Our next processing date will be Monday, April 8, with distribution on Thursday, April 11.

March 25, 2013, marked the end of this six-month statement period.  Statements will be going home with orders the weeks of April 8 and 15.  If you do not order either of those two weeks, it will be sent home with your youngest elementary child, put in your church mailbox, or sent by mail.  If you do not receive yours by April 25, please contact the T.R.I.P. office.

Easter blessings to everyone!

Bonuses, Statements, Spring Break, and Ultra Foods
3/20/2013

For the week of March 25 only, Jo-Ann Fabrics is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 7%.

From March 25 through May 6, Red Robin is offering a 3% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.

Next week marks the end of this six-month statement period which runs from 10/1/2012-3/25/13.  Statements will be going out after spring break.  Included with your statement will be an updated merchant list as well as the "Spring/Summer Operating Schedule."

THERE IS NO T.R.I.P. THE WEEK OF APRIL 1ST DUE TO SPRING BREAK.  PLAN AHEAD WHEN PLACING YOUR ORDER NEXT WEEK BY DOUBLING UP ON GROCERIES AND GAS AND BE SURE TO CHECK THE DUE DATE ON YOUR KOHL'S BILL.

SCCS received a check from Ultra Foods last week in the amount of $1,329.66 for their recent "Ultra Foods for Education Dollars Program."  Thank you so much for turning in your Ultra receipts and making this such a successful fundraiser!

New Merchant, Bonuses, Statements, and Schedule Reminder
3/13/2013

We are pleased to welcome Mariano's Fresh Market to the program.  Gift cards are available in $25 denominations at a 3% discount.  Mariano's is a grocery chain (originating from Wisconsin) who has recently opened numerous locations in the Chicagoland area.  Their newest is in Frankfort at Route 30 and LaGrange Road.  There are also plans to open a location in Oak Lawn later this year.  They are a full scale store known for their quality meats, produce, organic products, bulk items, and their house brand called Roundy's.

The following merchants are offering bonuses for the weeks of March 18 and 25:

  • Coldwater Creek ~ 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings ~ 2% bonus for a total rebate of 9%.
  • Hard Rock Cafe ~ 2% bonus for a total rebate of 11%.

There are two more ordering weeks for the statement period covering October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2013.  Statements will be going out after spring break.

There will be no T.R.I.P. the week of April 1 due to spring break.  Remember to plan ahead when you are placing your orders the next two weeks!

T.R.I.P. Orders, Bonuses, and Chili's
3/6/2013

Despite school being closed yesterday, T.R.I.P. orders will be going out on time tomorrow.  J

The following merchants are offering bonuses:

  • From 3/11 through 3/18, T.J. Maxx/Home Goods/Marshalls is offering a 2% bonus for a total rebate of 8%.
  • From 3/11 through 3/18, AMC Theatres is offering a 5% bonus for a total rebate of 12%.

Chili's gift cards can also be used at Maggiano's, On the Border, and Macaroni Grill.  The rebate is 9%.

 

Marriott Bonus and Contest Winners
2/27/2013

Just in time for spring break plans, Marriott is offering a 2% bonus.  For the weeks of March 3 and 11, Marriott's rebate will be 9%.

Congratulations to Steve/Carolyn Kamp and Dan/Barb Vree!  They are the "Birthday Celebration" contest winners for the month of February.  Both of these families started doing T.R.I.P. as a "Future Family" back in the '90's.  If you know anyone who anticipates sending a child to SCCS in the future, encourage them to register with T.R.I.P.  They can start a "savings" account for their child's education as the Kamps and Vrees did!  And, you can earn an incentive certificate if a new family registers because of your recommendation.  After they place their first order you can pick a $10 gift card of your choice.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION CONTEST
2/21/2013

Winners will be drawn for "T.R.I.P.'s 20th Birthday Celebration Contest" on February 26.  Two families who ordered during the month of February will each win a $10 gift card of their choice.  Order next week to have your name entered in the contest!

SCHEDULE, JEWEL, ULTRA
2/13/2013

School is closed on Monday, February 18, for Presidents' Day.  Orders will be processed on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, and will be distributed on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22.

There have been questions regarding the sale of Jewel-Osco and how it affects our program.  We have been told it is "business as usual" and no changes will be made in the foreseeable future.  While three underperforming stores up north are slated to be closed, none in our area are on that list.  It is not unusual for grocery chains to be bought out by another parent company.  This is not the first time Jewel-Osco has been sold since we started T.R.I.P. 20 years ago and it probably won't be the last time!

Thank you for sending in your Ultra Food receipts.  We collected $26,593.11 in receipts and anticipate receiving a donation of $1,329.66 from Ultra!

 

Birthday Celebration Contest
2/6/2013

We started over this week with our 20th Birthday Celebration contest.  Each week you order T.R.I.P. during the month of February, your name will be added to the "jar."  On February 27th, two names will be drawn and each winner will receive a $10 gift card of their choice. 

Just a reminder when you complete your T.R.I.P. order, please be sure to seal your envelope from end to end so that your gift cards are secured safely inside.

Merchant Discount Increases and January Contest Winners
1/30/2013

Effective January 28, Applebee's is increasing their rebate by 2%.  Their new discount/rebate will be 9%.  Also effective January 28, Lane Bryant/Catherine's is increasing their rebate by 2%.  Their new discount/rebate will be 7%. 

Thank you to those who ordered Bath & Body Works gift cards this week.  Because of you we earned free shipping for this week's order!

Our first two winners for our "TRIP Birthday Celebration Contest" were pulled from the jar today.  They are:

  • Kevin/Michelle Buikema.  They started doing TRIP as a "Future Family" back in 2007 when their first child was just 6 months old.  He started kindergarten this past fall and they had a nice "savings" account started for his eduation!
  • Chara Garcia.  Chara is new to SCCS and started doing TRIP in December.  She hasn't missed a week since she placed her first order.

Congratulations to these two winners!  The "jar" has been emptied, but we are continuing the contest for the month of February.  Two more names will be pulled on February 27.  Each week that you order, your name will be added to the jar.  The size of your order does not increase your chances of w