Do you just toss your expired coupons? I did. I would toss our expired coupons into the recycle bin after they expired. Then I found out about the Overseas Coupon Program. Did you know overseas military families can use expired manufacturer coupons in their commissaries for up to six months past their expiration dates? Many military families are living on a tight budget, but while living in another country they do not have access to the Sunday coupon inserts. Thank you, Renae and Amy at Madame Deals for this amazing tip!
A few things to keep in mind:
- Only manufacturer coupons can be used by overseas military personnel. Store-specific coupons, like those for Target, cannot be redeemed.
- Food and baby coupons are in much higher demand than pet and medication coupons.
- Overseas Coupon Program has a list of mailing addresses for military bases accepting coupon donations. Also, ask people in your community if they know of someone stationed overseas since sending coupons directly to a family rather to the family center on base may benefit the family more.
- For a list of other organizations that have coupon projects in place refer to Coupons for Troops.
Follow these steps to send coupons overseas:
- Cut the coupons out to reduce weight for shipping and to make the coupons easy to sort.
- Only send coupons that are expired by two months or less. This allows for mail time and sorting once the coupons arrive on base.
- Sort coupons into two categories: food and non-food items. Pet coupons are considered non-food
- Place sorted coupons into zipper plastic bags and label them with food or non-food.
- The Post Office will require you to fill out a customs form. Just ask and they will help you with it!
- Shipping the coupons does not require extra postage for overseas shipping since it will be to an APO or FPO address.