In the last several months, I have begun couponing. Not in the crazy “let’s see how big my stockpile can get in two weeks” way some of the people in the couponing/blogging world do, but in the “let’s see how much money I can save on products my family will actually use” way.
I buy 3 or 4 newspapers and week, pull out the batches of coupons, clip the ones I want, and throw the rest away.
Did you know you could send the coupons you won’t use overseas to military families? They can even used expired coupons! Their newspapers don’t contain coupons, so they rely on people like us to help them stretch their dollars the way we stretch ours.
Here’s a list of FAQs from the Troopons page at supportourtroops.org:
This is patriotic, but not tax deductible.
- You get your benefit by feeling good now, and having more good info when you meet God, not when you file with the tax man.
No Minimum Donation Size.
- A million grains of sand make a big beach.
- Expired Coupons Are Accepted Until They Are Two Months Old.
- Coupons older than two (2) months expired on the date of mailing are no good. People at the base must have time to process them there, and families need time to use them in their budget stream.
Clip Out Your Coupons.
- We can’t do it.
- You save people at the base time.
- You save postage.
- Only “Manufacturer’s Coupons” can be used.
- They can be from the newspaper, dispensers in grocery stores, tear-pads, internet and elsewhere as long as they state “Manufacturer’s Coupon” on them.
- No Assistance Vouchers.
- No Food Stamps or the like.
- No Store Coupons.
- No restaurant coupons.
Sort the Coupons.
- Bases usually have a grocery store, and a department store.
- Put food coupons in one bag and non-food coupons in another bag.
- This helps the base volunteers and personnel send them to the right store.
- Don’t use rubber bands, paper clips, or the like.
Mark the Bags
- Write “food” or “non-food” on the outside of the bag.
- Write the approximate value on the outside of the bag.
- Use the maximum value printed on any “buy one, get one free” offers.
- If none is printed, estimate.
What is “Food”?
- Food can be eaten or drank by humans for nourishment.
- Chewing gum and mints are food.
What is Non-Food?
- Housewares, animal food, vitamins, are not food.
Why Total the Value of Coupons on the Bag?
- We can allocate the amounts among the various bases according to their sizes and needs.
- We can track how much good is happening by all us little people.
When to Send Your Bundles.
Send us coupons you won’t use. We’ll send them over. Just mail them to Support Our Troops®, P. O. Box 70, Daytona Beach, FL 32115-0070 the cheapest way you can.
All those men and women fighting for our country (plus their families) dedicate so much of their time and energy for me and my family to sleep soundly at night. Taking an extra hour out of my week to support them is the least I can do. My baggies are
all set to go just waiting to get tallied.
Invite some friends over. Make some food. Have a coupon clipping and organizing party! Your good deeds will not go unnoticed.
Please share this post with your friends and family to try and get as much support for the troops as possible! Thanks in advance.