What do you do with the small mountain of your unused and expired coupons every month? Donate them. Military families overseas can use coupons up to six months past their expiration date.
Learn How To Donate Your Expired Coupons To Families In Need
You would typically think that if a coupon has passed its expiration date they would be worthless and bound for the recycle bin.
Well, that is not true.
Have you ever heard that you can send expired coupons to military families overseas, for use in their commissaries? You can!!! And Did you know that there are many overseas military coupon programs?
Expired coupons can continue to be used by families for up to six months after their expiration date at overseas military bases (only). I love the thought of an extra bonus, as small as it is for our brave men and women. I believe in these programs full-heartily and hope that maybe I can inspire you to believe and participate in as well.
It is easy for me to make this decision since being raised in a military family. My dad served in the Army for over 20 years. If you think this is an option for you please read on. The only cost to you is a stamp. If shipping to an overseas military address the cost will remain the same as shipping within the United States.
When the end of the month comes around, what do you do with your expired coupons? Do you toss them into the trash or recycling bin? Let’s send them along to military families.
How to Donate Coupons to Military Families
If you use a few coupons or a lot, you know that sinking feeling you get when you realize you went to all the trouble to clip it, but it expired before you used it. Overseas military commissaries will accept manufacturer coupons that are expired. They will accept all coupons that are expired six months after the expiration date.
You can make it easy for others to save money, but clipping coupons you may not use or those you just didn’t utilize. How do you donate? Easy…just clip those coupons and send to one of the following companies (listed below).
Overseas Military Expired Coupon Programs
These programs allow you to ship expired coupons to military personnel who can use them or up to six months after the listed expiration date. Let’s first go over some rules to shipping those expired coupons to our military friends.
Coupons that unfortunately can’t be used:
- No assistance vouchers.
- Food stamps or the like are not accepted
- No store coupons. For example, we can’t use store coupons like Walmart, Price Chopper, Target, Walgreens, etc.
- No restaurant coupons.
- No coupons that have been printed from the Internet.
Yes, there is a six month grace period given for overseas families to use these coupons, from a practical perspective that isn’t really that long. You see it takes time from the point you mail them to their respective programs and then sent over seas.
Current Military Coupon Donation Programs
attn: Expired Coupons for Troops
PO BOX 430
Whiting, IN 46394-0430
If sending currently active coupons – send to the address below.
attn: Active Coupons for Troops
PO BOX 231
Whiting, IN 46394-0231
Overseas Coupon Program
Please Note last activity on this site was 2016 – I am not sure if this is still an active program.
List of all American military bases overseas which currently participate
To Donate to a Family in this program – Fill out this form
P.O. Box 70
Daytona Beach, FL 32115-007
Helpful Hints for Donating Coupons to Military Families
There is no minimum amount of coupons needed to participate in these programs. They only ask that a few little steps be taken to help if you are not paired with a military family. The first being, that coupons be expired no more than 30 days at a time to ensure adequate processing, delivery, and use the time for the recipients.
Coupons should be sorted into food and non-food categories and packages accordingly for delivery. Please see their site for more details about their requirements and to see how you can be of assistance.
Alternately, you can think about adopting your own Military Relatives or Friends. Perhaps they aren’t even aware that these kinds of programs exist and are missing out on this fantastic way to cut down on overseas expenses. I’m sure it will be greatly appreciated. Just reach out to those you know are on a base overseas, or ask your friends and family to connect you with individuals they know that are in the military overseas.
These programs help loosen the tight purse strings of our military families and ensure they can care for and support their loved ones.
It is the least we can do to show our gratitude for all they do to protect and serve our own families. So, next time you have expired coupons, don’t throw them out, send them to someone that can use them!