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Local source for donating coupons to our military

Posted August 29

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Did you know that you can donate your expired and unexpired manufacturer coupons to our U.S. military overseas?

This is a great way to help our military make ends meet and thank them for their service to our country.

Now we have a new local source that accepts those coupons and will make sure they are sent to our troops!

One of our blog readers, Trudy, has been set up as a Mail-in Satellite office for Coups For Troops.

Here is what she had to say about where to send the coupons and why she decided to volunteer to help get coupons in to the hands of our military.

I have been a couponer for many years and I have always shared coupons with anyone and everyone including military families. During the last year, I haven’t been able to concentrate on couponing as much as I would have liked to, but thankfully, I am getting back into the swing of things.

My husband, Robert, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in September of last year and since that time we have been so blessed by the support that we have received from our families, friends, and even strangers. Robert and I have talked many times about wanting to do something to ‘pay forward’ all that has been done for us.  This has become even more important to me recently as we were told that there is nothing more that can be medically done for him.

After looking at several different organizations, I felt that I could best support: Grey Stone Church’s Second Mile Ministry; Phil’s Friends; and Coups for Troops.  My passion for couponing can support all of these great causes in some way!

After you pointed me in the direction of Coups For Troops, I realized that there were not that many Mail-in Satellite offices in NC and none in the Durham/Chapel Hill area. I contacted one of the Direct Mail Volunteers and the rest is history!  I have my PO Box all ready to receive coupons. Coupons that I receive will be mailed to a Military Swap Volunteer who will make sure that the coupons go into hands that can use them.

These are some guidelines:

-      Manufacturer Coupons Only (No store or restaurant coupons)

-      Unexpired Coupons (These are actually needed for families in Canada and Hawaii and will be mailed out quickly.)

-      Expired Coupons (Military families can use coupons up to six months after expiration.)

-      Small games, cards, magazines, puzzle books, etc can be included in the coupon packages as well.

I hope that people will hesitate when throwing coupons out and will remember to mail them in to me so that I can assist in placing them into the homes of those who need them.

You can send your expired (up to 3 months preferably because it takes a little while to get to the troops) and unexpired coupons to:

Coups For Troops

c/o T. Thornton

PO Box 9687

Chapel Hill, NC 27515-9687

You can see more information about the Coups For Troops program on their website.

My thanks to Trudy for volunteering to help our troops save money and for letting us know about this new option for sending coupons. And Trudy - your whole family is in my thoughts.


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  • justbamom2 Aug 30, 1:54 p.m.

    VLYNN - Thanks for the information. I am actually the person (Trudy) that this blog post is written about. We are allowed to accept printables; however, it is up to each individual to do what they are comfortable with doing.

  • vlynn Aug 30, 9:30 a.m.

    JDOUGLAS13 & JUSTBAMOM2 re printables: I do not recommend sending any printable coupons. There is encoded information about your computer on the coupon and it can easily cause a problem for you as the person who printed the coupon. You can end up losing all ability to print coupons, so it's just not worth it to send them. It's much safer to only send the coupons from the newspaper or magazines.

  • justbamom2 Aug 29, 5:26 p.m.

    JDOUGLAS13 - Great questions! We can accept printables.

  • jdouglas13 Aug 29, 5:18 p.m.

    I'm guessing this is for coupons that come in flyers rather than the type we print at home?? I believe there is some type of identifying info on the ones you can print that could become a problem for the coupon donater if used fraudulently? Any thoughts?