If you spend any time looking around my blog, you may get the idea that I am a thrifty queen. Call me what you want; cheap, chintzy, frugal, stingy….whatever, but I’m a proud penny-pinching parent! I mean, my dollars are made of elastic! They stretch and stretch and stretch! And in today’s world, our messed up economy and less than ideal job market, a person has to work diligently to save money everywhere they can.
Along with scavenging thrift stores, shopping sales, and clearing clearance racks, I also coupon. I don’t mean, I get my Sunday paper, clip a few things and save a couple bucks. I work at this on a grander scale. I collect as many coupon inserts as possible, spend countless hours organizing them, stack a humungous binder of money saving madness and tediously plan every shopping trip. It’s A LOT of work, but so worth it when I walk away saving 40%, 50% or more on items my family uses.
I also use coupons to gain FREE items! Granted, these freebies may not be something my family uses or really needs, and seriously, why would anyone need to get 100 bottles of mustard even if it is free?! But, when those fortuitous freebies arise, I collect all that I can and donate the majority. I’m more than happy to give these useful items to others. My most recent donation was about 40 containers of dog food (that I got for FREE) that went to some homeless folks here in our city. Many have dogs that live with them on the streets, and after all, the animals need to eat too!
Recently I learned that our wonderful and amazing military families can use EXPIRED coupons on base for their shopping needs! I can’t believe I didn’t know about this. Our military families, stationed overseas, do NOT receive manufacturer coupons. Here, we are spoiled with the Sunday delivery, but manufacturers do not send coupons to the bases. Because of this, our troops can use coupons up to 6 past their expiration date! Wow! These coupons can mean a world of difference to a military family. After all of the sacrifice these families make for the freedoms we enjoy here, I am more than happy to share my expired coupons with them.
- Only manufactured coupons (no coupons for restaurants or stores)
- Coupons must be clipped individually and sorted into “food” and “non-food” items
- Do not send coupons more than 30 days past the expiration date (remember these will have to travel around the globe and may take a long while to reach their destination)
- See the links below for more information
Where to Send Coupons:
There are many organizations, with countless options, out there that will collect coupons for troops. You can even adopt a base and send your coupons directly to them. You also have the option of donating to a centralized location in the U.S. and the good folks will send the coupons to the bases that need them most. Below are links to some of the sites I found.
Overseas Coupon Program– (Allows you to adopt a military base)
Expired Coupons for Overseas Military (Facebook Page)
I hope and pray that they will bless our military families around the world! For more information on how you can help, please see one of the links above!