Saturday, February 18, 2012

Easy Peasy way to give back...and it's FREE!

So I just learned of this way to give back, which doesn't really affect my budget or my time really. Did you know that military families can use expired coupons up to 6 months after the expiration date. Since I've been cutting coupons lately, I'm a little stressed about the time it takes to cut coupons, and even the ones I am not sure I will use, just to have them go to wast. But now I have hope. There are lots of products I won't even buy for my family bc of food allergies but they are incredible deals. The Coupon Coach explains it all below.

Did you know that overseas military members can use expired coupons up to six months past their expiration date?  Military families stationed overseas are often living on one income and money can be scarce. Let’s support our military by showing them some coupon love!  We are asking the readers of to come together together each month to send our unused and expired coupons overseas.  Please join us in sending in your coupons to your local bases or adopt a base  by going to
Eligible Coupons:
  • Send only Manufacturer Coupons; Do NOT send store or restaurant coupons.
  • Coupons must be Clipped and Sorted into Food and Non-food (explained below).
  • Do NOT send coupons that are over 30 days expired.
How do I sort the coupons?
Separate your clipped coupons into two categories: Food and Non-Food
Most military bases have 2 stores. One is called the “Commissary” which is a grocery store and the other is the PX or BX which is a department store. We therefore ask you to sort the coupons into “food” and “non-food” bundles so that they can more easily be placed in the correct venue once they arrive at the base.
Label the Bundles
Try to use a baggie to separate your coupons instead of paper clips or rubber bands.
What’s Food & Non-Food?
Here’s the rule of thumb: It’s food if it can be eaten by humans, is usually eaten by humans, and is normally eaten to provide calories. For example, dog & cat food would be “Non-Food,” but Ensure or Slim-Fast would be “Food.” Vitamins would be non-food. Chewing Gum and Mints are food.
Is there a minimum donation?
No! Please send any coupons you may have. We only ask that you mail them only once a month. It will just be easier business this way!
May my family or community organization adopt our own base?
Yes!  If you prefer to send your coupons directly to the overseas military base of your choice, you can read all the details on how to do this
If this seems a bit overwhelming to you, then why not ask senior saints at your church to help out, or go to retirement communities to see if they want to get involved? Most people LOVE helping others, and this is such a good cause. Oh, and don’t forget home school groups or Boy/Girl Scouts to help earn their badges.
If you are a military family and you read this blog, will you please email me. I would love to send my extra and unused coupons directly to you! julie(at)delightglutenfree(dot)com.

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