The Washington Times-Herald

Food

November 10, 2011

Recycle with Class: Coupons for Our Troops!

WASHINGTON — What do you do with expired coupons? Are your outdated coupon inserts lining the bottom of a birdcage or filling up the recycle bin? There is a more productive way of using those expired little slips of paper.

Many of us take coupons for granted. The newspaper arrives every week with a new supply of coupons for us to use, match up to sales and save some money with. But it’s a different story for our military families stationed overseas on U.S. bases. It’s difficult for these families to obtain manufacturer coupons via the paper, yet they are able to use coupons to shop at military commissaries.

We all want to save money. The current economy is difficult no matter where you happen to live. Luckily, there’s a great, easy way to help military families save money – by sharing our unused coupons with them.

Did you know that overseas military commissaries accept coupons up to six months past the expiration date? Months after you’ve recycled unused coupons, a family halfway around the world could be using them to save money on their groceries and other household expenses.

It’s been quite some time since I mentioned sharing your unused or expired coupons with military families, but these emails from a reader made me realize it was worth a mention again.

 

Question:

“Over a year ago, my newspaper ran your column about donating unused coupons to military families overseas. I convinced my Sons of the American Revolution chapter, a small 25-member group, to undertake such a service project. We recently sent our 11th package for a total of $191,810.25 in coupons! Even a small group can make a difference. Even when only a third of our coupons get used, it’s still a lot of money the sailors and Marines don’t have to take from their pockets.”

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