What to Do with Expired Coupons

It’s the end of the month and this is a great time to go through your coupon holder and pick out those expired coupons.  If you have been wondering what to do with them, besides putting them in the trash, I have some information to share.

Did you know that members of the military stationed overseas can use expired coupons up to 6 months passed their expiration date at their local Commissaries?  If you have a lot of coupons that you hate to see go to waste, you can put them all into an envelope or box and mail to them.  There are a couple of ways you can do that:

  • You can visit the Overseas Coupon Program and select a base from their base list and “adopt” it.  Follow their instructions as to the steps you need to take to get your coupons to the adopted base of your choice.
  • You can also send your coupons to Coups for Troops a group based in NC that is dedicating their time to this noble cause.

Take time to check these resources and consider gifting military members with coupons you no longer can use.

  • http://hstowe.mymarkstore.com Heather

    wow! thanks for sharing this. I had no idea. will definitely be putting those expired coupons to good use from now on.

  • Darci

    I have sent several envelopes full. They can’t use the store ones though. Just Manufacturers coupons. ☺

  • Heather A

    I am the co-founder of a non-profit and we use valid coupons to buy materials for our volunteers to use while serving and we send our expired coupons to two military bases in Germany. So if you don’t want to adopt a base yourself but want to send them you can mail them to us at:
    Who Cares in PA inc.
    C/O Heather Archuleta
    9 Winding Way
    Lititz, Pa 17543
    Our volunteers sort them but you might want to clip them, as it saves on shipping.

  • LG

    Some Publix stores accept them for up to 6 years past the expiration. It is up to the individual store and is not an official part of their new coupon policy. The Publix on Commercial and Dixie (Oakland Park) accepts them.

  • Morgan

    Wow this is great! I do hate seeing expired coupons go to waste. This is a wonderful way to help the troops, too!

  • Denise

    Thank you for sharing this. This is really great! Way better than throwing them in the trash!

  • Sabrina

    Isn’t there anywhere in the us that can use them??

  • Rose

    I have also started collecting coupons for troops, my husband is USAF. We are just getting started and would love any help. Find us at facebook.com/donatecoupons. I am so excited to start helping overseas military families! :)

  • sarah

    Guess I’ll pass those along to my dad!

  • http://www.moreorlesley.com Lesley

    There is also another option for getting your coupons to overseas military families – sending them directly to a family. http://www.CouponstoTroops.com – they’ll even help put you in touch with a military family if you send them an email at admin@couponstotroops.com

  • http://coupsfortroops.com Coups For Troops

    Thank you so much for spreading the word about our cause. We have almost 200 recipients in need of coupons.
    Send us your expired or unwanted coupons, no sorting necessary! We’ll take care of organizing, packaging, and shipping out to our recipients spread out over six countries.

  • Judy

    Our local Cub Foods accepts expired 3 months in Minnesota. That is good for all of us couponaholics.

  • Beckie

    I had no idea, I’m gonna print off some flyers and hang in the local grocery stores.. I will be sending my expired coupons from now on..

  • Julie

    This website has a current list of all military sites that are accepting coupons. http://www.grocerysavingtips.com/expiredgrocerycoupons.htm They update monthly and I’ve found them to be the most current. There is nothing worse than thinking you’re helping out and finding out that your coupons are thrown out because a base is getting too many.

  • kay

    I love and appreciate the Military personell. I’m a non-military consumer needing to save money also so what can I do with my pile of unused and expired coupouns? I thought there was a way to send them back to the maunfacturer and possibly recieve new ones?