What do you do with the small mountain of your unused and expired coupons every month? The answer for me is simple. I donate them!
Don’t Throw Away Your Expired Coupons
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. 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.
Overseas 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.
- No food stamps or the like.
- 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.
Coupons For Troops
Click on the spreadsheet listed and donate directly to those families in need
Expired Coupons for Overseas Military
PO Box 261
Glen Mills, PA 19342
Support Our Troops®
P.O. Box 70
Daytona Beach, FL 32115-007
PO Box 70
Daytona Beach, FL 32115-0070
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 an adequate processing, delivery, and use 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!