Military Coupon Clipping

March 11th, 2008 by Karen

I just came across a really wonderful article about Seniors helping overseas military families by clipping coupons. What a phenominal idea! I’ve known for a few years that military families were able to use expired coupons overseas, but never knew there was an organized effort. Also, I was never really certain where to send them.

Here’s the low down: military families overseas can use expired coupons at their base PX and Commissary for up to SIX MONTHS past the expiration date. This helps the families of our brave servicemen and women make ends meet. There’s even a non-profit organization called the Overseas Coupon Program that encourages you to “adopt” a military base to send your expired coupons. If you figure that the average Sunday newspaper contains $125 worth of coupons, even if you take out $25 for your own family use, that adds up to $5,200 of unused coupons every year! That’s just from the Sunday paper too, not the rest of the week or the ones that come in the mail.

Here’s the steps to get involved:

  • Clip the coupons – send only manufacturer coupons that are expired by 2 months or less and clipping them will save on postage.
  • Sort the coupons – sort into two piles; one for food coupons that can be used at the commissary and one for everything else for the PX. Food coupons should only be for “people” food. Pet food coupons belong in the PX pile. Place each pile in Ziploc baggies as other bundling methods aren’t reliable.
  • Total the coupons – if you want to participate in OCP’s tallys, add up the value of your coupons and email the amount to OCP. This helps them determine which bases may need additional assistance and they keep a running total of the coupon value people have contributed.
  • Mail the coupons – follow the simple directions available on the OCP website for mailing the coupons to a base in need. Be sure to follow all the directions to ensure they get received at the base you select.

That’s it! Pretty simple! While our family no longer receives the paper, we do have family members that do and we also get coupons every week in the insert in the regular mail. I’ve always hated tossing good coupons for products we don’t personally need or use, but now I know where to send them!

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  1. Kim Rowley said,
    on August 22nd, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Great suggestion! Next time I weed out my coupon box, I know where to send my expired coupons. And I’ll have to blog about it giving you credit – thanks!

  2. Happy Labor Day! said,
    on September 1st, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    […] Don’t throw away your expired coupons – donate them to overseas military families as my friend Karen details here.  Thanks for the info, […]

  3. Nadie said,
    on October 22nd, 2008 at 9:45 am

    Good for people to know.

  4. Carrie (Navy Vet Wive) said,
    on November 19th, 2008 at 3:22 am

    I am a member of our local American Legion Post Women’s Auxilary. We recently heard of active duty over seas service men and women being able to use coupons!

    Is there a list of available items that are available in the commissary and PX. I know you don’t have the selection that per say Walmart has.

    Thanks!

  5. Karen said,
    on November 19th, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Hi Carrie,
    Thanks for your note, but honestly I have no idea what is available in commissaries and PXs. Your best bet is to contact the fine folks at OCPNet.org and ask them. I’m just a civilian with extra coupons. Sorry!
    ~Karen

  6. Mona Elsea said,
    on February 23rd, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Where can we find the addresses of the commissaries to send coupons to? I have lots of
    volunteers that would be willing to clip coupons for our military families. Thank you,
    Mona Elsea, RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) Director

  7. Karen said,
    on February 26th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Hi Mona,
    Addresses for bases needing coupons can be found here: http://www.ocpnet.org/base_list.htm
    Be sure to follow the instructions here: http://www.ocpnet.org/participation.htm and here: http://www.ocpnet.org/mailing_coupons.htm to make sure that your coupons arrive at the base ok.
    Best of luck!
    Karen

  8. Maxine Scott said,
    on April 2nd, 2009 at 1:17 am

    Hi Karen,

    Thank you so much for having a website about expired coupons. I ran into a eldery lady a couple
    months ago and she told me about the program but
    didn’t have the address with her. I have been adding coupons to my stack each month while trying to find the information.

    Thanks again for taking the time to let everyone know about it.

  9. Eileen Glanzel said,
    on October 21st, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I am a Sister of the DUVCW (Daufghters of Veterans of Civil War) out tent would like to be coupon clippers and would like further information about where to send these coupons. Nancy Nebilizer haas been doing this for over 10 years from the American Legion. We feel it’s omportant to remember our soldiers everywhere. Can you direct me to the bases that are in need?

    Thank You Very Much.
    Eileen

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