Thursday, April 21, 2011

Send your expired coupons to our Nation's Military

Coupons are MONEY, folks. Personally, Ya Ya feels that our Nation's Military are grossly underpaid. Just ask the families they leave behind to fight for our rights.

One super huge way to help our military families is to send them coupons!

Did you know that our military can use coupons expired up to 6 months??

They can!! So, why not take some time to gather the coupons you won't be using, and/or some of them that have expired and send them off for a great cause!

Read on to find out how:

First, gather your coupons.

Military bases can and will accept manufacturer's coupons, again, expired up to 6 months from the expiration date.
  • DO send manufacturer's coupons.
  • DO NOT send "store only coupons, or internet printable. 
  • The Store Only coupons can not be accepted.
  • The internet printables are able to be printed by families on base, so no need to print them for them.
Sort your coupons.

In an effort to help the military volunteers who receive the coupons, sort them into two piles:

  • FOOD
Some even sort them further, by coupon amount, and do so to keep track of the amount they have sent to the cause. You do not need to do this unless you really want to.

Place the sorted categories into two different zip lock baggies. This is so that the coupons do not get damaged during the shipment or opening of the package. Plus, again, it helps the volunteers to keep things in order.

Now that you have your coupons sorted, you need to send them...but where??

Ya Ya recommends visiting: Grocery Saving Tips
They keep an UPDATED list of military bases that accept coupons. Their list is sorted by Service, and base location. Visit their page, and "adopt" a base. Basically, you choose the base you want, and use the address that is listed on their site.
Send the coupons:
Since the military bases use US addresses, it is recommended that you utilize a Flat Rate Envelope through the US Postal Service to send your coupons.

 For more information on how to send and address the envelope, visit: Grocery Saving Tips has a great HOW TO that you can reference.

One thing to keep in mind that it can take several weeks for our military bases to receive your envelope. Because of this, Ya Ya recommends that you do not send coupons that are over 3 months expired so that they arrive in time for our military families use.

I'm getting a package ready for our military this week....when will you send yours?