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Your Expired Coupons Can Help the Troops

Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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American FlagWhy do you use coupons? It is probably because you realize that coupons are a great way to save some money. What can you do with coupons that are past their expiration date? Many people recycle them. Did you know that your expired coupons can help the troops? Here’s what you need to know to about how to make that happen.

Armed Forces Day is May 18. There are many ways that people show their appreciation for the men and women who are in the military. One great way to do that is to send your expired coupons to Support Our Troops. They can take those coupons and send them out to military families who are stationed overseas.

These families cannot access coupons in the same way that you I would, here in the United States. They aren’t getting the newspaper inserts that you can get here, and may be limited in terms of what stores they can access.

Fortunately, they can use expired coupons at the Commissary (which provides groceries) and at the PX or BX (which is like a department store). They will accept coupons that are up to 6 months past the expiration date. Your expired coupons can be a big help to a military family who is trying to survive on one income! Those expired coupons can help them to save money.

The coupons you send must be manufacturer coupons only. Store coupons cannot be used. Send coupons that have been expired for less than 30 days. This gives the people who help at time to sort them out and send them to military families.

Clip the coupons. Sort them into two categories: food, and non-food. This will help ensure that the correct type of coupons end in the right place, either at the Commissary or the PX or BX. Please calculate the value of the coupons that you are sending.

There are some types of coupons that you should not send. Don’t send assistance vouchers, food stamps, store coupons (like ones from Target or CVS for example), or coupons that are for restaurants or fast food places. Those are not going to be accepted. Don’t send coupons that are ripped or damaged.

When you are ready, send your prepared expired coupons to:
Support Our Troops
P.O. Box 70
Daytona Beach, FL 32115-0070


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