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Coupons for the Troops

on 7.26.2010 at 10:33am
47 Comments

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Looking for something to do with your expired coupons? Send them to the troops!

It’s almost the end of the month and that means we have a ton of expired coupons to get rid of.

american-flag-2aDon’t worry about having expired coupons, it means you played the game right.  You didn’t run out and grab something that wasn’t on sale.  You waited and the sale didn’t come, but we’ll see those coupons again.  In the mean time it’s time to send your coupons onto a better place…

Send them to those who sacrifice for us everyday: our troops around the world.  The military and their families are able to use manufacturer coupons up to 6 months after their expiration dates at their Commissaries if they are stationed abroad. There are a lot of bases that can use these coupons.

How do you get started::
Honestly the easiest way for you to get started is to pick a base.  Then check out their mailing hints and tips.  You send these straight to the base you pick in a priority mail envelope (you don’t have to pay overseas shipping!).

Note:  This site has a great list and tips but you don’t really need to inform them that you are adopting a base or tally anything and send it in.  The more work you put on yourself the least likely you are going to stick with it.  Just shove them in an envelope and head to the post office!!

What are you waiting for::
Grab all your coupons that are expiring 7/30 then round up a few friends and send them over.  This is a great thing to do once a month.  Have coffee together, chat and package coupons!

If in the past you were mailing your coupons straight to me, I have to kindly ask that you now start to send them yourself.  Things got a little out of hand and I don’t really have time to process all of this :)

    • Karen in FL

      This is great. I have a stack of July coupons that I’m not going to use. Didn’t know we could do this. It’s great. I just posted Jenny’s article on my facebook page, giving Southernsavers.com credit of course, so more people could find out about it. All the extra’s that I’ve bought since finding Southernsavers.com are going to good causes also. Children and Ladies items are going to a battered women’s shelter and the men’s items are going to our troops and a homeless shelter. Now the coupons have a home. Thanks Jenny, for allowing me to feel this good while saving money!!!!!!

    • Msuweather

      Also, if you don’t want to make a trip to the post office for the envelope they will mail you a set of 10 for free. I just ordered some on usps.com to be sent to my house. They are APO/FPO approved priority mail envelopes.

      • Can you please tell me which envelope do you get and what is the price for mailing it?

      • Danielle

        Thanks for the tip! I'm going to order mine right now!

    • motherof3nc

      This is great I had posted this info on a few blogs to get the word out!

    • Thewoons

      So we do not need to tally? Just separate by food and non-food, stick it in the envelope and mail???

      • Christie

        I am also wondering this, because that could take a while to add up each coupon!!

      • Jennifer

        The website requests you to total up the $ value you are sending. They also want you to seperate by food and non-food items. They ask this so they can keep up with how much each base it getting and determine which base could use more coupons. I know it takes a bit of time, but it's worth it considering it helps so many people.

    • SDlifer10

      I think this is great! My father is retired Navy. I would like to send my coupons overseas. Does anyone know how much it cost?

      • Alli

        You pay standard shipping, because it's an APO address it's charged as if you are sending within the US!!

    • Tennille

      I wish I had this YESTERDAY!! I just tossed out all of my June left overs!!

    • Greersw

      You will need a customs form that you can get a the post office. Just put coupons on it. I lived in England for 4 years and would have loved to had any coupons. A tip to keep in mind that anything new that comes out in the states it takes it years to get over there if ever. Send coupons like diapers, cleaning supplies or a sure bet. Medicine like preicad or prilose they can get at the pharmancy with a prescription. When you adopt a base and send a package go in and report what you sent. They update the site a few times a year.

    • Thanks for the reminder. I was looking at some expired coupons on Saturday and wondered where to mail them.

    • Greersw

      Forgot to comment about the cost. I sent a package of coupons a few months ago . The coupons totaled $180.00. I'm not sure how many there was but it was a full package. It cost $1.80. Another tip is to cut out a few at a time and put in an envelope until you are ready to send them. If you try and cut all the expired out at one time you will grew tired of doing it and probably want want to do it again.

    • Lil Wen

      Since Jenny hosted a workshop for our company last fall, we (as a company) send approximately 8-10 pounds of coupons each month to a military base of my choice. I try to rotate the branches each month (Army, Navy, Marines, etc.). We are helping our military families and keeping our coupon bags light.

    • Tcorivn2

      funny this gets posted today…THANKS! Am preparing mine to go now for the first time. Package headed to Okinawa, Japan to our U.S. Army.

    • Hey thats a great idea, just got the leftover coupons out and cut cut cut.
      well there are some that dont run out till mid august or september, but that is stuff we wont use so maybe somebody overseas can use it.

    • Tmoore99

      Can you send printed online coupons as well as newspaper q's?

      • Ant0288

        iirc you cant send the printables. the main reasons is one printables have a history of fraud and they want to avoid that overseas (just in case a bad apple spoiled the batch)… and because they already have access to those printables, but not to the print ones.

    • Kellyswynn

      I have coupons as far back as May. How far back can the coupons be expired so that they can still use them over seas?

      • Hello

        Per the article…6 mos.

      • Jmanley521

        I would only send them if they're two months late or less…you've got to allow time for shipping, and then time for the people who get the mail to distribute the coupons…by the time all that is done the coupons would probably be close to 3 or 4 months expired.

    • Mydeere5

      I love this!! What a great project for my kids to participate in…..such a simple way to give back to those who give so much for each of us!!

    • Happy Couponer

      I send coupons every month. You can only send coupons that are up to 2 months expired, but the base is able to use them for up to 6 months. The base has to process the coupons before they are able to distribut them into the coupon bins.

    • Flutterby191

      Thanks! Such an easy way to support our troops and their families- wish I had known about this sooner!

    • Jo Ann

      I love this post! I am a military wife and we were stationed overseas for four years. I volunteered on base and we received these coupons and were grateful because our Sunday papers there don't come with coupons and grocery is more expensive. THANK YOU ALL for sending them to the military families overseas!!!

    • Live2crop

      I am so excited about this. There are a ton of friends that coupon around me so I have already adopted a base in Turkey and sent an email to my friends for help. Such a simple way to thank those who help protect us here. Thanks Jenny for the information!!!

    • Cputman200

      I saw the info that said not send printed coupons but I hate trashing baby supplies like diapers and wipes. Does it cause more harm than good to send printed coupons?

    • BarbJDean

      I'm so glad you added this to your site. I've been trashing coupons as they expire…I'll start saving them now and pass them on!

    • hodges019

      Thanks for adding this. I am wrapping up my 3.5 years tour in Guam and my mom has been sending me coupons the whole time. I have definitely saved some money from them! Thank you for supporting the troops!

    • jhillpot

      Oh, this is awesome!! Thank you!!! I have known for ages about them being able to use the coupons, but never really got into sending them. Here's the information right in front of me now, no excuses not to do it anymore.

    • Cindy Casey001

      I am so going to do this, Just posted it on my FB page as well. Going to try and get as many bases adopted as possible,
      Thanks Jenny

    • Kbsmith0224

      Can you send the whole insert if they are expired or do you have to clip them?

    • Alicia

      I'm so glad you posted this information. My sister-in-law and I were recently discussing how we would like to send our cpns to the military but we didn't how to get the cpns to them. I'll make sure to pass this post on to her and others. Thanks!

    • dianeharrington

      Alot of the American Legion Posts will also take the coupons and send them overseas

    • Naomi

      Thanks Jenny for posting this. :) My dad was retired Air Force and he's the one that got me into couponing.

    • Rebekah

      I am willing to clip, sort, & send any & all expireds that people are willing to donate….

      I know it sounds crazy..but if any wants to send me their expireds I will glady trade my UNexpireds (inserts or printables i am not usually lucky enough to get hang tags, blinkies, or peelies) you are looking for …for you EXpireds.

      I have done this with several people because they want to contribute but don’t have the time to sort them out.
      Please send me an email at darkenmind1326@yahoo.com if you are interested:)

      thanks:)
      ~becca~

    • PD

      Thanks for this info; I will gladly save/donate my extra coupons. What a wonderful idea! And thanks again for including the miitary/commissary info in your newsletter.

      Diane

    • darkenmind1326

      i have a post on the southernsavers trading site under the screenname Becca1326 that i will repost now…:)

      • darkenmind1326

        I cut, sort, & send expireds overseas..i am willing to do all the “leg work”.

        Some people want to contribute but don't really have to time to sort and mail them out.

        I also trade my UNexpireds for your EXpireds. ( I mostly have inserts or printables).

        Please let me know if you are interested. I have traded quite a few with people this way and still am.

        Please email me at darkenmind1326@yahoo.com. thanks:) ~becca~

        • Jody

          Hi Becca,

          I have expired coupons to send. Please let me know how to get them to you.
          Thanks,
          Jody

    • darkenmind1326

      I cut, sort, & send these overseas.

      also i trade my UNexpired coupons for your EXpired coupons. Please email me at darkenmind1326@yahoo.com.

    • Lee

      For anyone in the Jacksonville and St. Augustine, FL, areas – First Coast News participates in this program so you can drop off your coupons to them and they will take care of sending the coupons overseas.

      For more information, contact Rachel at rleitao@firstcoastnews.com, or here is First Coast New's website with more information: http://firstcoast.momslikeme.com/members/Journa

    • Kitt

      I would like to participate. Does anyone know of a drop off site or charity that collects for troops in Columbia, SC?

    • Sharon Gnau

      Does anyone know of a drop off site in Charleston or Columbia? I had never heard of this and would be glad to send coupons!

    • Shirley Stevens

      Please join me in sending your expired coupons (or coupons you had no need for) to our military families overseas. They can use them in military commissaries up to 6 months after expiration.