Donate Your Expired Coupons to the Troops!!
If you’re like me, you love coupons but inevitably many of them expire before you can use them. Or, maybe they’re for products you’re just not interested in buying. Either way, the lingering question remains – what can I do with my expired coupons? Donate them to the military!
First, you should know that some stores take coupons past their expiration date. Yes, it’s true! I’ve seen a few attempts to put together lists of stores that accept expired coupons, but frankly it’s best to ask at your local store. And, don’t take your cashier’s word for it, ask to speak to the manager. Feel free to comment here with your findings!! 🙂 Some will accept a few days/weeks past the expiration date and some will accept up to a year or more!
If you have manufacturer coupons and would like to donate them, check out the list below. Of course, you can send any you won’t use too (even if they haven’t yet expired)! In some cases, you’ll need to sort them into two categories: “food” and “non-food.” These coupons will be distributed to military and their families to use at military commissary stores. Donated coupons can be expired up to TWO MONTHS and the military commissary will still take them!! *Actually, they’ll take them 6 months or more, but you have to figure time in for shipping so 2 months is their rule of thumb.
Here’s how to donate:
- Overseas Coupon Project and click “Base List” to find a military base to adopt, then click “Adoption Form” to apply. Clip & sort your coupons into two categories: “food” and “non food” [note: they mean “human” food], place into two baggies, and put into an envelope. Keep in mind food and baby coupons are in high demand
- Check out Troopons – Coupons for Troops which is another way to donate. Simply mail your coupons to them in Florida and they’ll do the rest.
- Send your coupons to our heroes overseas. In some cases you may be able to bring them to your local VFW post, so check with them! (Thanks for the tip, Earlene!)