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Monday, December 9, 2013

Expired Coupons

I love watching the shows on TLC (and many other talk shows) that show the crazy ladies paying only a few dollars for an entire grocery cart (or 2!) full of food and household items.  I will never be that person.  I am thrilled when I can save $30. 

Alas, many of my coupons expire before I actually get a chance to use them.  I had heard many times that military families could use them, but had a hard time finding a place that I could send them to.  Not all military bases, or military families here in the USA can use expired coupons.  Then, I found an article on the Krazy coupon ladies website that told me:

Please join us in sending in your coupons to one of our many adopted bases.
Eligible Coupons:
  • Send only Manufacturer Coupons; Do NOT send store or restaurant coupons.
  • Coupons must be Clipped and Sorted into Food and Non-food (explained below).
  • Do NOT send coupons that are over 30 days expired.
How do I sort the coupons?
Separate your clipped coupons into two categories: Food and Non-Food
Most military bases have 2 stores. One is called the “Commissary” which is a grocery store and the other is the PX or BX which is a department store. We therefore ask you to sort the coupons into “food” and “non-food” bundles so that they can more easily be placed in the correct venue once they arrive at the base.
Label the Bundles
Try to use a baggie to separate your coupons instead of paper clips or rubber bands.
What’s Food & Non-Food?
Here’s the rule of thumb: It’s food if it can be eaten by humans, is usually eaten by humans, and is normally eaten to provide calories. For example, dog & cat food would be “Non-Food,” but Ensure or Slim-Fast would be “Food.” Vitamins would be non-food. Chewing Gum and Mints are food.
Is there a minimum donation?
No! Please send any coupons you may have. We only ask that you mail them only once a month. It will just be easier business this way!
May my family or community organization adopt our own base?
Yes! If you prefer to send your coupons directly to the overseas military base of your choice, you can read all the details on how to do this at
If you would like to donate your coupons to one our adopted bases, please send your coupons to our volunteer, Amanda Brumbaugh, currently heading up our donations! Amanda packages many boxes each month for shipment overseas and takes care of the customs forms so you don’t have to!
If you live West of the Mississippi:
KCL Overseas Coupon Program
Amanda Brumbaugh
10960 W Bridgetower Dr
Boise, ID 83709
If you live East of the Mississippi:
KCL Overseas Coupon Program
Brandy McDowell
2930 Aubrey Dr
Paducah, KY 42003
Unfortunately, due to the mass number of packages received each month, those sent with insufficient postage must be returned to sender.

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