Saturday, September 3, 2011

What to Do with Expired Coupons

I used to get upset every time I found an expired coupon that I didn't use, especially if it was a great coupon. But recently I found out that our US military can use expired coupons up to 6 months after the expiration date. Now when I see an expired coupon and it's a really good one I don't get upset because I know that someone else more deserving may use it. Please pay it forward to our troops who sacrifice so much for us. This is one of the easiest things that anybody can do.

Following are 2 addresses to which you can mail your coupons to. Please pay attention to the rules such as separating them into 2 stacks of foods and non-foods. Each organization has their own rules.

Furthermore, if you are serving in the military overseas and would like to receive coupons please contact coupsfortroops.

Being strong supporters of the US military, we wanted a way to assist those that serve.  Our desire is to help make those families' lives a little easier while stationed abroad. 

Commissaries overseas accept expired coupons up to six months old.  You can help by sending us your expired or non-expired coupons.  We will organize and send them to our contacts at military bases overseas.

Send your coupons to:
Coups For Troops
PO Box 147
Winnabow NC 28479


From Krazy Coupon Lady:

If you would like to donate your coupons to one our adopted bases, please send your coupons to our volunteer, Amanda Brumbaugh, currently heading up our donations!  Amanda packages many boxes each month for shipment overseas and takes care of the customs forms so you don’t have to.

KCL Overseas Coupon Program
Amanda Brumbaugh
10960 W Bridgetower Dr
Boise, ID 83709

Unfortunately, due to the mass number of packages received each month, those sent with insufficient postage must be returned to sender.

Did you know that overseas military members can use expired coupons up to six months past their expiration date?  Military families stationed overseas are often living on one income and money can be scarce. Let’s support our military by showing them some coupon love! The readers of are coming together each month to send our unused and expired coupons overseas.  Please join us in sending in your coupons to one of our many adopted bases.
  • Overseas military members can use expired coupons up to six months past their expiration date at the base’s grocery store and department store.
  • Only send CLIPPED manufacturer coupons that are 30 days expired or less. Do NOT send store or restaurant coupons.
  • Sort coupons into Food and Non-Food categories. If humans eat it for calories (including gum, beverages, mints, and diet shakes), it is in the Food category. If humans do not eat it (toiletries, pet food, vitamins/ medicine), it is Non-Food.
  • Large volume shipments are best received in zipped baggies. Label the clipped coupons on the outside of the baggie or a piece of paper at the front.
  • For smaller shipments, you may use a standard size envelope. Make sure the envelopes are not too thick (or they run the risk of getting damaged in the automated post system). Consider using snack size zipper baggies to divide the Food and Non-Food coupons.
  • Avoid sticky notes which can tear the coupon it is attached to. Simply divide the Food and Non-Food coupons by writing on the zipped bags or a scrap piece of paper.
  • No paper clips or rubber bands– these can also catch and tear the coupons during shipment.
  • Please clip and sort coupons– this saves our volunteer time, and they get to our troops faster!

How do I sort the coupons?
Separate your clipped coupons into two categories: Food and Non-Food
Most military bases have 2 stores. One is called the “Commissary” which is a grocery store and the other is the PX or BX which is a department store. We therefore ask you to sort the coupons into “food” and “non-food” bundles so that they can more easily be placed in the correct venue once they arrive at the base.
Label the Bundles
Try to use a baggie to separate your coupons instead of paper clips or rubber bands.
Is there a minimum donation?
No! Please send any coupons you may have. We only ask that you mail them only once a month. It will just be easier business this way!
May my family or community organization adopt our own base?
Yes!  If you prefer to send your coupons directly to the overseas military base of your choice, you can read all the details on how to do this at

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  1. This is a great idea! Most of the Sunday coupons I get is unused and go straight to the recycle bin. This is a better way to 'recycle' them! Thanks for the tip!

  2. This is a great post, thank you now I know where to send my expired coupons!

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