Rummaging through your purse or cleaning out your coupon binder, you come across expired coupons. Ugh!
You might still be able to put your expired coupons to good use.
What to do With Expired Coupons
Your store coupons expired
If your expired coupons are store coupons (meaning they don’t say “manufacturer’s coupon” on them), you might still be able to use them.
Many stores, and even restaurants, will accept their own brand’s expired coupons.
I once had a restaurant owner say to me that he did not want to lose business because of an expiration date.
All businesses are different, so make sure to ask about their policy on expired store coupons before you throw it away.
Your expired coupons are manufacturer coupons
Most retailers don’t accept expired manufacturer coupons, but you can always ask. I’ve heard instances where people have been allowed to use them if they only recently expired, but this is the exception.
If you read the tiny print on the manufacturer’s coupons, they usually include instructions for the retailer on where to submit the coupon back to the manufacturer for a refund PLUS a few cents back for each coupon they redeemed.
After the expiration date, this incentive is no longer available to the retailer. This is why most retailers do not accept expired coupons.
HOWEVER – this is not the case for US military families when shopping on base.
Donate your expired manufacturer coupons to help US military families
Did you know that US military families are able to use expired manufacturer coupons on base?
Through Troopons®, a program by Support Our Troops®, military families can use coupons for up to 6 months after the expiration date when shopping on base.
Because of constant moving and other challenges, military families are more likely to be single income households. This means they can really use any support.
To donate your expired coupons (or any manufacturer coupon), follow these packing instructions carefully and mail them to:
Support Our Troops®
P.O. Box 70
Daytona Beach, FL 32115-0070