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What is Scrip and how does it work?

Scrip is a term that means "substitute money". When Christ Our Savior members purchase scrip, they're purchasing negotiable gift certificates that are used just like cash. The scrip is issued by the national and local retailers where your families already shop. These merchants want to support non profit organizations and in return ask you to support them by shopping with scrip at their stores. COS members can use scrip to purchase everyday expenses like food, clothing, and other essentials. With every purchase, they earn revenue for Christ Our Savior.

How scrip generates revenue for COS

The Great Lakes Scrip center acts on behalf of COS to purchase large amounts of scrip from grocery stores, department stores, gas stations, and other retailers. Because the scrip is purchased with cash up front, the participating retailers offer a  substantial discount. COS buys the scrip from Great Lakes Scrip Center at a discount then resells the certificates to members for full face value. The bulk of the discount - from two to fifteen percent or more - is retained by COS as an additional ministry revenue stream.

Scrip is "shopping cart fundraising".

The reason for the effectiveness of scrip is simple: families produce revenue by making purchases you could make anyway. For example, 150 COS families easily spends between one and two million dollars per year of food, clothing, and other essentials. If these families use scrip for these purchases, they can raise as much as $40,000 to $80,000 per year for COS - without spending an additional penny!!

Retailers Like Scrip, Too.

Families who use scrip actively support the retailers who participate in this program. The reason is simple...they know that buying from a scrip participating retailer provides a steady source of revenue for our church.

(Click here for a list of ShopWithScrip retailers that can be searched by name or sorted by retailer type as well as retailer usage guidelines.)

How do I order Scrip?

There are currently 2 convenient ways to order scrip:

1. Paper order form:

  • check off the specific retailer(s) you want,
  • how many scrip cards you'd like,
  • in what denomination you'd like,
  • add up the total and submit the order along with a check made out to Christ Our Savior and place them in the scrip lock box located just outside the church office.
  • also available between services, on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, Scrip cards and order forms are available between services.

It's fast, simple and easy.

2. If you have a computer and an email address,  families can register and place their scrip orders on-line at anytime at  Doing so provides your family with these benefits:

  • Convenience - Order scrip from home or office
  • Accuracy - families can only order valid products - no wrong denominations or retailers
  • Better information - families can see their own purchase history, and the status of their orders.

You can create an account with just an email address. To register a new account, Click here.   During the registration process, you'll be asked to  enter COS's enrollment code which is: DEDEB8E415836 (case sensitive).

For more complete information about ordering online, with screen shots, please review the ShopWithScrip Family User Guide.

 Note: While you can conveniently order your scrip cards online, you cannot pay online. You'll need to print out the shopping cart order confirmation page and, along with your check, place them in the scrip lock box located outside the church office.

When Do I Get My Order?

Orders submitted with payment to the church office by 10am Monday will be available the same week Thursday at Noon. (Note: If we do not receive payment, we can not order your cards.) However, you have three methods to choose from to receive your cards:

  1. Office Pickup - Starting that Thursday at Noon, you may pick up your cards in the church office. Cards may ONLY be picked up during normal office hours.  Office hours are Monday through Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-3pm.
  2. Mail - With no additional charge to you, we will happily mail your cards via first class mail.  Note: COS can not be responsible for lost or delayed mail.)
  3. Church Mailbox - In a sealed envelope, we will place your order in your church mailbox. (Note: COS can not be responsible for loss of cards placed in your mailbox.)