Where to Send those Expired Coupons? Overseas!

There was much discussion at the SCS Strategic Shopping Seminar about where to send those expired coupons. Did you know that the military families that live overseas on military bases, can use those? They can use expired coupons up to 6 months after they have expired!!

Many of you wanted suggestions on where to send them so after much research I have been able to get you some places to send them to!

You can start by picking a base. Then Follow the instructions to how to adopt a base to send your coupons to

Reader Kim emailed me with a woman who actually sorts through the coupons that are sent overseas that lives in England. Here are some helpful hints that she included if you decide to send over your coupons:

Vicky Forehand
PSC 37 Box 3867
APO AE 09459

1. Must say Manufacturer Coupon – Please no store brand coupons (Target, Walgreens, or brands that are specific to such stores)
2. Must be able to see Expiration Date – If the coupon expires March 1st, we can use it until Sept 1st. Please try not to hold on to coupons too long. Some groups hold onto them until they have a full box, but then alot of the coupons at the bottom are already past the 6 months and can not be used.
3. Must have entire bar code and must be able to read barcode.
4. Sorting and cutting are NOT required, but do help – We do have some volunteers that help sort coupons, but if you would like to help, we sort them by month. We do this for two reasons. One is that it makes “cleaning house” each month easier and each family can grab a bag of coupons and get a variety of items.
5. If you work with a group and have a lot of coupons, I would encourage you to check and see if a flat rate envelope or box would be in your best interest.
6. On average a box or large envelope will take about 7-10 days to get here. Letter and Business envelopes take about 3-4 days. During peak mailing times (such as Christmas) or a natural disaster (Icelandic volcano) times can increase.
7. If you would like an email confirmation that we received the coupons, please put a small note with your name and email address in the box/envelope. When I pick up the coupons at the Post Office, I take some of the boxes/envelopes to our AFRC for other volunteers.
8. Please DO NOT use staples or post it notes directly on coupons. Some post its have a very strong glue and will rip the coupon when trying to remove it.

We can accept internet coupons, as long as they meet the same guidelines.

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Comments

  1. Shay says

    This is great news as I am new to couponing and have been very sad to have to throw away coupons that I don’t plan to use. This is great info !!! Thanks

  2. says

    Flat rate shipping boxes/envelopes are definitely the way to go. If you plan to do this frequently, you can go to the USPS website and they will deliver them for you free. It is best to wait until you have a full box, but only if you get your hands on lots of inserts per week. The medium size flat rate box is $14 and it holds at least 40 inserts if not more.

  3. says

    PS- I prefer to offer my coupons to someone I ‘meet’ through a forum. Many of the organizations ask for coupons to be cut and sorted into food and non food before sending. That’s a little more effort than I can do with the amount of inserts send. I do try to go through my inserts right when I get them and pull out all the pages with no coupons on them. It saves space and you’re not mailing ‘junk.’

  4. says

    CouponstoTroops is another program that can help you get your coupons overseas, although we recommend sending directly to a military family and not just a generic address on base. By sending them direct, you know that the coupons are getting into the hands of the families who will be using them (and sharing them with others). Coupons To Troops will even help put you in touch with a military family. Check out our Facebook welcome page at http://www.Facebook.com/CouponstoTroops for more info

  5. says

    Also wanted to mention, the USPS does have a large flatrate box specifically for shipping to a APO/FPO military address. Generally that size box is $14.95 but if you use the one that says America Supports You – APO/FPO Flat Rate Box it’s only $12.95 to mail. That size box holds a lot of coupons.

    That is the box that I use to send coupons overseas and it can hold between 16 and 18 lbs of coupons!!!

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