Military wife Toni Anderson, also known as the HappyHousewife blogger, wanted to help out other military families, so in 2008 she began the Coupons for Troops campaign to provide expired and non-expired coupons to military families stationed around the world.
From personal experience, she writes on her blog "prices in overseas commissaries are significantly higher than those in the United States but military families don't always have access to coupons in newspapers and inserts. Happily, military commissaries overseas accept coupons up to six months past the expiration date, so why not share the wealth?"
Anderson matches up each Coupons for Troops participant with an overseas military family. Each contributor then sends unsorted coupons directly to the assigned family via their FPO or APO address, which costs no more than mailing a packet stateside. Participants can send as many or as few coupons as they like but should only send coupons that expired within three months, so families have time to sort and use them.
Military commissaries accept manufacturer coupons as well as online coupons. The commissary is a grocery store, so only grocery coupons are needed. Families can't use such store specific coupons as Target, Walgreens and Kroger.
If you would like to participate in the program, either to receive or send coupons, you'll find specific details and a contact form here.
Here are some other ways Anderson recommends supporting our troops for the holidays.
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