Thursday, October 1, 2009

Operation: Coupons!

Please join The Bargain Buggy & Eastern Shore Mom in the adoption of the U.S. Air Force base in SPANGDAHLEM, GERMANY.

The sacrifices that our overseas American soldiers and their families make for our country is huge. There is a simple way for couponers to show their appreciation for what all of the soldiers and their families sacrifice by simply mailing them our EXPIRED coupons. You heard me right! Do not toss those old coupons in the trash or into the recycling bin yet!

American soldiers and their families stationed overseas can use coupons up to 6 months after the expiration date to save at the commissary.

As I was checking into this I decided to ask a friend who is stationed overseas(Germany) if she had ever seen the coupons there and did she use them? Check out her response.

Yes, we use them here. They have a place at the commissary that has them just loosely in a bin where you can go through them. And, at the post office, they have them in zip lock bags. I've never really been a big coupon person because the food at the commissary is so cheap compared. But, being over here, it is WAY different. It is still on base, but the prices of food are crazy. I don't know if it has something to do with having to get the food shipped here from the states or what. Thanks for the thought. I don't think people realize how much the small things help us when we're over here and don't have access to the things we're used to. -Christina

The Bargain Buggy & Eastern Shore Mom are adopting the Spangdahlem, Germany-US Air Force Base. This is the base where my dear friend and her family are stationed. Please join us in this effort and mail your expired coupons to the address below.

Guidelines for Mailing Expired Coupons:

U.S. Mailing Address:

Unit 3655 Box 65
APO AE 09126-5565

* Manufacturer coupons only.

* Do not send coupons that are more than 2 months expired.

* Sort coupon into "Food" and "Non Food". Place the divided coupon bundles in bags or envelopes so they do not get mixed up when shipping. Do NOT use rubber bands or paper clips (they come undone). Label the bag/envelope "Food" or "Non Food". You are now ready to package and ship.

* No Internet printables!

*The cheapest way to mail the coupons is parcel post. You are mailing to a U.S. address so the shipping rates are the same. Due to the amount of travel time do not send coupons that are more than 2 months past the expiration date using parcel post.
The quickest way to ship coupons is priority mail. The post office has a standard envelope that has a flat shipping fee if you pick this method.

*The post office staff will be more than helpful with your efforts.


Anonymous said...

Shannon, do we need to clip the coupons before sending??

SCG said...

Yes, clip and sort them into food and non-food groups.

Anonymous said...

As an airforce military mom, I think this is great and I will start sending expireds here. Thanks for posting

Staci said...

Just shipped my 1st package to them today after having a coupon swap at my church this weekend. Feels good to do something with the expired ones. A couponer hates for ANY good coupon to go to waste. Thanks for sharing the info!