Donate Expired Coupons to Military Families!

by Clippin' with Carie on April 30, 2011. This post may contain affiliate links.Affiliate Link

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What do you do with your expired coupons?
Recycle?
Throw them out?
Decoupage into an art piece to give away at Christmas?

HERE’S WHAT I DO WITH MINE!!!

Did you know that you can send your expired coupons to U.S. military bases around the world?

The coupons are placed in various common areas throughout each base and families can use them for up to 6 months after expiration date!

I’m getting ready to clean out my binder and gather all my coupons that are expiring today, there’s a lot of them for sure! (Include your older children and make it a family learning time, it can help them with math as well as teach them about giving to others)

I put my coupons into two separate envelopes marked “FOOD” and “NON FOOD ITEMS” and then put both of those envelopes into a larger envelope, and they are ready to go.

The envelope ships to an APO/AFO address so the cost to mail the coupons is the same as sending a large envelope to my mom or sister in Oregon.

If you are interested in this program, you can adopt a military base, visit the Overseas Coupon Program website. This program has facilitated the transfer of coupons to U.S. military bases for more than 17 years.

Go HERE to browse the list of bases that WANT your coupons!
Go HERE to get more information on the program!!

It’s a great way to help our wonderful service men and women and their families

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1 Becky April 30, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Thanks for posting this. I was actually thinking about this today when I was leaving Walmart and thought I would check your website to see if this program is mentioned on here anywhere.

I grew up in the military, and I can tell you, that it was difficult for my parents to be sent overseas and live in a higher cost of living when the pay is not increased. I think this is a FABULOUS program with a huge opportunity to make excellent use of all of our efforts of accumulate coupons…even if we don’t get to use them ourselves!!!

DONATE, DONATE, DONATE!!! :)

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2 Elizabeth Church April 30, 2011 at 8:43 pm

That’s a cool idea. Here at Scott AFB they are super strict about coupon redemption at the commissary. They must state “military coupon” or “manufacturer coupon”. The other day I did self-checkout and the lady checked every coupon I scanned. I’m not sure of the restrictions overseas. Anyway, thanks for all you do.

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3 Lori April 30, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Carie,
You never cease to amaze me! I was just going through my coupons tonight and sad about the number I was tossing. Well, those babies will be pulled out of the recycle bin and be sent to one of these military bases!!! Thank you and your timing…it was PERFECT! :)

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4 jill April 30, 2011 at 9:26 pm

What a great idea! Gonna dig mine out of the recycle bin in the morning. Thanks for this :)

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5 Lynette April 30, 2011 at 11:44 pm

I have been wanting to do this for a very long time, I just didnt know where to go about doing them.. I knew they had the program out there, but couldnt find it.. Thanks alot.. I will be cleaning all 6 of my holders out in the next few days and I will put them aside.. Thanks so much for everything you do..

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6 Lori May 1, 2011 at 9:21 am

Hope this is not duplicated, but my question is will they take store-specific (ie..Target) coupons or JUST manufacturer? I’m assuming printables are okay but I have a lot of printables from Target.
Website didn’t specify or I wasn’t reading the right stuff! Thanks Carie

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7 Clippin' with Carie May 1, 2011 at 10:08 am

I do not send store specific coupons

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8 len May 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm

anyone pls. PM me :) willing to send me there expired coupons me and my husband are stationed in guam The military commissaries overseas accept manufacturer’s cents-off coupons for up to six months past their printed expiration dates
we are in need of coupons
reddragonaif@hotmail.com

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9 Shelia June 24, 2011 at 11:30 am

Carrie,
Could you have Ien post her address so we can send expired coupons to them?

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10 Lesley June 26, 2011 at 7:28 am

CouponsToTroops is another site that has information on sending coupons overseas, but they recommend sending directly to a miitary family, rather than to a generic address on base. That way you know the coupons are getting right into the hands of the families who will use them and share them with others.

Their facebook page (www.facebook.com/CouponstoTroops) has all the information you need to get started and they’ll even put you in touch with one of the military families on their contact list!

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11 Tammy August 10, 2011 at 11:20 am

I just adopted Okinawa, Japan (USA) Super excited to start sending them!!! THank you for giving me all the info I need to do this!!! YOU ROCK!

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12 len December 7, 2011 at 10:47 am

we are stationed in guam and sure could use coupons we donate the rest to the airmans attic to give out to other families as well

Len Fedele
PMB 274
111 Chalan Balako St.
Dededo , GUAM
96929

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