So I was doing some research trying to figure out where to send my expired coupons. I came across this site called Grocery Saving Tip
s who has a list of military bases of where to send your old coupons. They must be manufactured and keep in mind that these bases can only use them for up to 6 months after they expired. Since Michelle keeps this list updated regularly, please go to her page HERE
to see it.
When sending your expired grocery coupons keep in mind the time it takes to mail your coupons internationally--usually many weeks--so do try to get them sent off quickly.Â Of course if you know a military family personally you should probably send your coupons directly to them--if you do not you are welcome to send them to the bases we list on our site.Â When the coupons are received someone at the base will either distribute the coupon donations to needy families or place them in an area where they can be picked up by families at the PX or Commissary.Â Â (Note: They can only accept regular manufacturer`s coupons like from the newspaper inserts--no special "in store" coupons or Internet printed coupons--in some cases they may be able to use Internet coupons but they will be able to print them on their own.Â A few of our military families have also asked us to pass along this request, if you have time, it`s also very helpful to separate the coupons into two categories, one for FOOD and one for NON-FOOD, then place them in plastic bags.Â This will help them with sorting for the families when they arrive at the base.)
Addressing your package... The post office may request a specific contact name when you go to mail your coupons.Â Just explain to them that we cannot maintain a list of personal contact names because they CHANGE constantly and that we are a volunteer group donating grocery coupons to help our military families stationed overseas. The postal worker can also open and inspect the package if that will help and verify that the contents are grocery coupons being sent to our U.S. commissaries overseas.Â Addressing the package directly to the Commissary or "Family Services" should also help.
Also, the USPS requests, "Do not include the country or the base camp`s city, as it might be routed through the host country`s mail system."Â We have include this extra information in our address list below so you will know where they are located, but when you mail your envelopes you will address them like this...Â Â Â
Family Services (or Information We Have Listed)
Unit Number, Box Number
APO AE 00000
*Â *Â *Â *Â *Â *Â *
In addition... we would like to suggest that you contact the base first if you are sending a large amount of coupons as a group to make sure they are still accepting coupons.Â Their circumstances can change on a monthly basis and we are doing the best we can to keep our mailing list current for everyone.Â
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