Thursday, June 16, 2016

4 Reasons Why Everyone Should Use FundScrip Gift Cards

Unlike most fundraising programs that ask you to peddle products of dubious value, with FundScrip, supporters simply need to buy gift cards for the stores they already visit. It’s simply a question of getting into the habit of changing their payment method. Despite the obvious advantages of using gift cards in this manner for fundraising, some people are still reluctant to embrace them. For that reason, we’ve compiled a list of the main reasons why everyone should use gift cards as their payment method!

1. Gift Cards Help You Stick to Your Budget

In order to use gift cards for the majority of your purchases, you need to do a little advance planning by creating monthly budget. Plan in advance how much you’d like to spend in each category (groceries, gas, restaurants, home maintenance, clothing, recreation, etc.). By using gift cards for these purchases, you’ll be far more likely to stick to your budget than otherwise!

We’ve created a sample budget excel file for download to help you get started. You can customize it for your current needs!

2. Gift Cards Reduce Your Risk of Identity Theft

Some people don’t like to use their credit cards when buying online, but these days, identity theft can occur when paying in person at a checkout terminal as easily as on a website. By using gift cards online or in person, you can avoid many of the risks of identity theft. Even better, FundScrip supports secure payment methods such as Electronic Funds Transfer, and Online Bill Payment!

3. FundScrip Gift Card Donations Are Higher Than Any Credit Card

We often hear people say they don’t want to use gift cards because that means they won’t be able to accumulate points with their credit card. However, the percentage of donations from FundScrip retailers is much higher than donations from any credit card program. Credit cards typically only offer from 0.5% to 1.5% whereas the FundScrip donations are usually from 3.5% to 5%!

4. Gift Cards From FundScrip Help Support a Good Cause

It might seem obvious to say it, but this is after all the whole purpose of using gift cards. Instead of feeling bad about spending too much when you go shopping, you can feel good about it because you’re helping to support your family, community, or cause that is close to your heart.

Changing your payment method to use gift cards is a fantastic way to pay for your daily purchases, all while being a positive force for your community. It’s amazing what a simple change in behavior can accomplish. Since 2004, many FundScrip groups have succeeded in raising funds to pay for school trips, renovations, travel to sports tournaments, and many more, all thanks to using gift cards!