Stop throwing away your expired coupons! Instead send them to military families overseas to use for up to six months after the manufacturer’s expiration date.
You’ll be helping service men and women save money on groceries when they shop at their on base commissionaires. This is not time consuming, difficult, or costly since you’re already clipping coupons.
the Overseas Coupon Program and most veterans groups accept coupons and send them to troops. Coupons to Troops is a directory you can use find persons that collect coupons or military families. You can also mail out the coupons yourself.
Whichever way you decide to help, make sure to follow these four tips to save time and money when sending your unused or expired coupons.
- Cut coupons to size to save money on postage.
- Only send manufacturers coupons like the ones from the Sunday inserts no later than two months after expiration (keep in mind that it takes time to send and process the coupons). Do not send store coupons or online coupons.
- Contact the base or organization where you are sending the coupons to ask how they want you to organize the coupons. They’ll usually have you divide the coupons into food and non-food coupons.
- Make sure to address your envelop correctly and include a name when mailing to military bases as the postal service will not deliver the letter or package without a name.
- If you’re sending a package, use flat rate Priority Mail. It’s only $4.95.
Getting others involved can also help you collect more coupons and you can split the cost of the postage. To further show your appreciation and support to the men and women serving this country, you can also send them military packages.