Sharing Your Expired Coupons With Others
Even the most avid coupon user may find themselves with a stack of expired coupons at the end of each month. It seems like such a shame to throw them away, almost like tossing cash out with the garbage. Some stores do accept expired coupons, so it pays to speak with your local managers on their coupon policies. But beyond tossing or recycling them, you're probably left wondering if there's another way to extend their usefulness.
Which brings me to this little known tip -- military families overseas can actually use expired coupons for up to six months after their expiration date. What a great way to help our Armed Forces even if we're on a limited budget ourselves.
If you're interested in sending your expired coupons overseas, here are a few rules to follow via Madame Deals:
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.
Complete instructions on how you can share your expired coupons with our troops can be found here. The cost of postage is a small price to pay to maximize the usage of your coupons and help others in the process.