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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Don't Throw Out Expired Coupons!

The other day my 4 year old was making paper airplanes. He dug through my scratch paper and came to me with a sheet of internet printed coupons, this is the conversation we had.

4 yr old: Mama are these coupons expired?
Me: Yup on 1/31/10.
His eyes light up
4 yr old: Can I make a paper airplane with this paper then?
Me: Sure, thanks for asking.

I was hugely impressed. 

First that he even grasped the concept that an expired coupon was not important to his mom.
Second that he asked to use something.

Did you know there are ways to recycle your expired coupons?

Sometimes I print on the back of my expired coupons, thus the coupons being in the scratch paper pile.

The coolest thing you can do with your expired coupons is send them to the Overseas Coupon Program.
Did you know that you can send them to US Military bases? Yup, they can use them for up to 6 months after expiration dates. It will cost you the same as if you sent them to your neighbor. 

Check out this site Overseas Coupon Program

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ian said...

Wow! Thank you so much for sharing the information about the OCP program. We always sent coupons along with other paper off for recycling. Time to dig through the recycling box for those pockets of expired coupons!

Anyone interested in doing this, read this page: http://www.ocpnet.org/FAQ/FAQ1.htm

You need to separate the coupons into Food and Non-food and should also tally the coupon values so that they can add the total value to their annual statistics.