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Anyone have a binder, drawer or countertop full of expired manufacturer’s coupons?!

Before you toss them in the trash, consider sending them to U.S. military families stationed overseas! Did you know that U.S. military families stationed overseas are able to use coupons on base for up to SIX MONTHS after the manufacturer’s expiration date?!

In fact, check out this email that Hip2Save reader, Diane, sent over…

Hi Collin! I’ve seen you post many times about being able to send expired coupons to military families overseas. I’ve never participated because I didn’t really know how to do it! Well now I’m over in Korea and see that there is no way to get inserts here and I am desperate for coupons! I saw this Facebook group on one of the local pages and of course had to join! It’s been great getting coupons from the US and I’m so thankful for everyone using their own money to send out coupons! I wanted to raise awareness of how to actually send coupons overseas. This is a Facebook group that connects US couponers to overseas families so they can send them coupons! They are a little short on US senders so it would be great if you could put the word out on how to do it! Thank you!

Here are a few other sites to check out:

* Military Family Coupon Project
* Overseas Coupon Program
* Expired Coupons for Overseas Military (Facebook)
* Support Our Troops – Troopons
* Coupons for Military Families

Do you have any other sites to recommend or tips to offer regarding mailing expired coupons to military families?!

Join The Discussion

Comments 63

  1. monterosomom

    I’ve been doing this since I started coupon in 4 years ago. I personally follow Expired Coupons for Overseas Military on facebook. They are great matching you up with other families and helping you get in contact with them 🙂

  2. GA

    Does this only apply to newspaper coupons? Or can I send ones I printed from home and manufacturer catalinas? Thank you!

    • Erinjr

      I believe the coupon must be a manufacturer coupon, typically not one printed as overseas military have access to those.

    • Katie

      You can send printed coupons and Catalina however it really depends on their commissary (grocery store) or PX/BX store if they take them. The coupons have to be manufacturer coupons, I very rarely ever had issues with them rejecting a manufacturer/Catalina coupon with another store logo. The people I was matched with always asked if I could use those type of coupons before they sent them.

      • GA

        Thanks Katie! I plan to start doing this. I didn’t know about this type of thing. Plus I usually have lots of coupons I never even clip from the newspaper… now I will. 🙂

  3. Lisa

    My husband was in the Army for seven years and I had no idea we could do this. How wonderful!

  4. heidi

    THANK YOU SOOO MUCH FOR POSTING!! My local grocery store accepts manufacturer coupons up to 30 days past the expiration date so I hold onto my expired coupons for an extra month anyway. I am VERY THANKFUL that they do, BUT, I always dislike adding them to my recycling bin when that month is up!! Now I know that they still have some life and could benefit others and help them save more and/or spend less too! Pay (SAVE) it forward!

    • Ben

      Which store accepts them up to 30 past? I only know two and that is strack and van Til and ultra foods (sister stores).

      • heidi

        It’s a SuperValu store called Cub. Minnesota.

  5. Erinjr

    My church collects expired coupons for military so check around your town! Saves on postage but still allows me to help others. Win-win!

  6. navywife

    can anybody tell me where to send them?? Im military wife, I would love to send coupons. I dont use facebook 😪

  7. Tracy

    Coups for troops is also another organization.

  8. D.J.

    Thanks for posting .♡♡ I been sending mine about 3 yrs. I buy snack bags at dollar tree or dollar General to separate them by category. ✂✂

  9. asha singla

    i sent them twice 2nd time the whole package came back to me and it was not because of shortage of postage (i used flat rate envelope) then i stopped doing it because i didn’t know if it would come back to me or not.

    • ert

      Was the address in America or an APO? You might have been using an improper flat rate.

  10. CandiceG

    Ive been wanting to do this! most of my coupons are printed from coupons.com though. I have not found anything about printed coupons. Does anyone know if they accept them also ?

    • monterosomom

      They accept all manufactures coupons. Even of they have a store logo. Just make sure they don’t say “store coupon” or “redeemable at”

      • CandiceG

        Thank u!

  11. tia

    I’ve been saving all of my expired coupons for free items that I forgot to use or couldn’t find the item. Been meaning to look for the military info and here it is! Thanks!

    • laura

      Oh man! That would be an awesome package to get! If you’re not on FB or don’t want to join a group, I’d take them!

        • laura

          i sent you an email!

  12. D

    Just wondered who paid the shipping for this. It would be pricey to ship several expired whole coupon inserts and I don’t have time to clip them all first!

  13. Cristen

    I went to do this and they informed me that all the coupons have to be cut out, organized and bound by type/group, and in ascending order by date. That’s a lot of work! I ended up just sending them all to a family directly stationed in Japan.

    • monterosomom

      I’ve never done that. I clip all mine since it’s cheaper to ship them that way and just divide them into food and non food. I can fit about 100 in each regular envelope. Non of the people I send to have ever complained

    • laura

      I think if you send them to someone who is going to bring them to the Commissary they would want you to do this because there is a large bin setup with tons of boxes for different categories. If you send them to a family which is what the first group is, you wouldn’t have to do that.

  14. Seph

    I’ve been sending mine about 4x a year to Troopons! So about $20 in shipping, and maybe 10-15 hours per year of clipping and calculating. Such a great opportunity to help out the military personnel who do so much for the rest of us.

  15. laura

    Thank you Collin for posting this!

  16. Team Redhead

    We are military and were stationed overseas a couple of years ago. I used expired ones at our commissary all the time. Ours accepted coupons up to 6 months old. The Navy Exchange there did NOT take expired ones however.

    I appreciated all those that sent them for us to use!

  17. Michelle

    Hi Im in Japan and they except manufacturer and printed coupons. They just can’t be store specific unless they say manufacturer. I signed up with expire coupons for military families, was only sent coupons a few times and the family’s just stopped sending then :(. I have a year left here. If anyone has coupons and they want to send them my way let me know thanks 🙂 jmjjhatch145@gmail.com

    • Bambing

      I have coupons I didn’t use. I may not be able to commit to sending to you regularly but if you want the ones I have, I’d be more than willing to send them to you. Please email your address flow3b @ ymail . com

    • Jo Anne

      Send info on how to mail. I’ll be glad to mail some Ty. joannl29@aol.com

  18. cheapcheapgoesthemommy

    I had my kids help me clip and sort the expired coupons into categories this summer. We talked about the gift of serving others and how important it was to help others. Wonderful teaching moment for kids…Please ask your kids to help! We sent our coupons to base in Europe and I received a confirmation email from our recipient and read it to the kids. Super Rewarding!!! Thanks for posting this 🙂

  19. Lesley

    Thank you for including Coupons For Military Families in your post!!! With our program, when you sign up to adopt a military family, you mail directly to them, so there’s no sorting or counting involved. You don’t even have to clip the coupons if you don’t want to. We have military families stationed in 9 different countries, and if you prefer to mail to a family in a particular branch, we can accommodate that as well.

  20. Bory

    I’m also stationed in Japan I signed up for expired coupons but never received any. We get to use the coupons 6 months after exp date I was able to use it at both commissary and exchange without any issues however it’s pretty pricey out here so I would aprreciste it if anyone can send me some my way. My email is boryreynolds@yahoo.com thank you in advance

    • Jen

      Check with your ACS on post. They had boxes and boxes.

      • Bory

        Jen what is Acs?

  21. Jen

    I lived overseas for three years and used the coupons that people sent through this program regularly. It was so nice! Thank you everyone who participates. 🙂

  22. Pharmchick

    This might be a silly question but are all the brands the coupons are for here available overseas?

    • Michelle

      Pharmchick yes the brands are the same we have most everything that is in the states.

  23. Katie

    Would someone be so kind as to send me the list of reps also that I can send coupons too? I’ve never done this before but I would love to be a part of helping our military families as well. My e-mail is katiekoelsch@gmail.com

  24. Lisa

    As a military spouse stationed in the United Kingdom right now I just want to say thank you to everyone who sends in their coupons. I realize it costs you money to save us money but it is very much appreciated. 🙂

  25. Sue Lattuca

    i signed up, love this. thank you

  26. Ehay814

    We had so many awesome people send us coupons thru this program while we were overseas! Love that I can give back now that I am stateside!

  27. Joanna

    Here’s my email address: joannagaskins@yahoo.com. if you are over seas and would like my expired coupons, shoot me an email. I will be happy to send them 🙂

  28. Annie

    I worked at a nursing home a few years ago, and the residents enjoyed doing this as a service project.

  29. Sz

    What’s a great shipping price on these I did it once but it cost me $10 yo send them so I never did it again.

    • JJ

      At USPS there are several choices. The Priority Mail Flat Rate envelope 12.5″ x 9.5″ costs about $5.75 at counter, $5.05 online. USPS can be cranky about stuffing these too full- the flap must close with the adhesive strip provided. They have also been cranky about bulges. I prefer to use the Priority Mail Flat Rate padded envelope for a less hassle risk- I want it delivered without delays. It costs about $6.10 at counter, $5.70 online. For massive amounts of coupons (get together as a group for a service project maybe) the Priority Mail Flat Rate APO/FPO box, 12″x12″x5″, costs about $15.90 at counter, $13.80 online. The envelopes/boxes are free at counter or online with free delivery to your door and have a 70 pound limit. Each will need a customs form- either fill out at counter or print online when you print postage. You can schedule a pick up at your door. The USPS website has more info, especially about the EXACT format for the address. Hope this helps!

  30. Darlene

    Is this a verified organization / project. If I could get some more information… I can possibly get staff at work to support this project. Just leary of the legitimacy.

  31. shan

    I am an assistant cub scout leader and LOVE the idea for my scouts. I am looking forward to presenting this idea to them next month. I am always looking for a good idea to help them help others!!! Thanks

  32. Brandi Fortenberry McKinley

    This may have already been asked, but is there a such thing as “too expired”? I recently ran across one of my coupon binders from last year. Could those be sent?

  33. Gretay16

    I’m a army girlfriend and I would love to send these directly to a family 🙂 just email me! Whitefluffysnowball@gmail.com

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