No matter what coupon organization method you use, you will eventually have to clear out the expired coupons. The end of the month is a great time to do this as most coupons typically expire around the last day of each month.
Did you know that military families overseas can use expired coupons up to 6 months past the expiration date? The commissaries have an agreement that allows them an extended grace period to redeem them. I have been sending my coupons to a military base in Germany and you can too. Simply ship your expired coupons to:
SPANGDAHLEM FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER
Unit 3655 Box 65
APO AE 09126-5565
Here are some tips for preparing your coupons for shipment.
- Manufacturer's coupons only.
- No store coupons allowed (i.e. Publix, Walgreens, ect.)
- No printables are accepted.
- No local brands (i.e. Purity, Lays Chips, ect.)
- Coupons need to be sorted into Food & Non-Food categories (I use a Ziploc bag for each)
- Do not use paper clips or rubber bands.
- Coupons need to have an expiration date of no more than 2 months.
If you are interested in doing this, I want to encourage you to buddy up with some friends. This could be a project for your Sunday school class or even church wide. You could start this with your mom's group or just a few friends and take turns mailing off the envelope each time. Either way, just know that your expired coupons will help another family.
I hate to see a good coupon go to waste and this program buys it extra time. :)
On Monday, I'm gonna give you some pointers for purging expired coupon inserts.