Saturday, November 12, 2011

An Easy Way to Reach Out to Military Families


As you all know, yesterday was Veteran's Day. I suspect that pretty much everyone knows a military family, or is related to a veteran, or a current service member or is personally connected somehow, even tangentially, to our armed forces.There are so many ways we as civilians can be supportive of our troops and their families, and flags, cards, applause and everything else are great. But I'm a more action based mom and I wanted to look into something tangible.

I never read the paper during the week but for whatever reason I did Wednesday night and was thrilled to run across an article about couponing for our military families. Maybe I'm late to the party and you guys already know about this, but apparently you can use expired coupons on bases around the world! I had no idea about this until just the other day, but you can mail your coupons that you don't want or that have expired to military families to use. I mean, think about it - the basic issue coupon clipper simply gets coupons from the Sunday paper. But on our bases around the world, the families don't have that luxury and could use the coupons that you and I are throwing in the trash.

At http://www.supportourtroops.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1435, you can find out more information about "Troopons" (love it). The options are so simple - all you do is mail the expired ones to one address and the current ones to another.

 This website has formed a partnership with major coupon househttp://www.couponcabin.com/ who has very generously agreed to handle the shipping and processing for your unwanted coupons! Think about how excited we get about a great deal, and how clipping coupons has made such an impact on the way we shop for everything, but especially on groceries and toiletries, and how easy it would be to do this for our military families. Some of these folks live on very lean paychecks, especially when having both parents working is not an option, so dropping coupons into their mailboxes could make a very real difference to their bottom lines.

Personally, I think this is such an easy way to make a difference in someones life. And Coupons for Troops is certainly not the only way to do this. There are a host of sites, including http://www.ocpnet.org/, http://thehappyhousewife.com/real-life/coupons-for-troops-2/ and also at my personal favorite coupon site, http://www.southernsavers.com/2011/05/expired-coupons-send-coupons-to-the-troops/.

If you clip coupon already, then it shouldn't take a minute to put some of yours into an envelope and send them on. And if you don't, then maybe you could make this a personal project for the holidays. I'm excited about this and have started sorting mine already! Let me know if you have any other ideas or insight about this awesome idea - I'm always interested in other people's perspective.  Happy clipping!




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