I am on an adventure to discover the benefits and joy of couponing. I do not plan or expect to become an extreme couponer. I want simple savings for my family in which I can translate that savings into family vacation time each year.

Coupons for overseas military

Before you toss those expired coupons consider sending to military families. There are several sites out there or maybe you have a friend or family member who is in the military stationed overseas. Either way these are still useful. Gather other family and friends who coupon and purge those coupon organizers once a month of expired coupons to send to groups dedicated to distributing coupons to overseas military families.

Commissaries overseas accept expired coupons up to six months old. You can help by sending your expired or non-expired coupons.

Here is one group that will distribute those expired coupons to overseas military families

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

You do not want to send coupons past 2 months expired. These can take time to get sorted, organized, and distributed.

Do not send coupons that are for local brands only. These will not be sold overseas so they cannot be used.

I have seen a few sites recommend not sending printed coupons off the internet due to risk of counterfeits. I do not have a confirmation of this but be aware these may not be something that can be used.

Do not send store specific coupons. These cannot be used at base commissaries.

If you are sending more than a small envelope of coupons be sure to categorize them
  * Food products
  * Health and Beauty products
  * Baby products
  * Pet products
  * Non-Food - anything that does not fit the above categories.

The best way to send coupons is in baggies. They are lightweight and easy to use.I like the sandwich, non-zip bags. You can still keep these organized and they are the most lightweight and least bulky.

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