Sunday, May 1, 2011

Happy May Day! Time for some good-deed doing!

I have recently found some really great money saving/Mom blogs that are specific to the Pacific NW area. Many of them are featured some neat ways to give back, so I have compiled a few of my favorites for you!

Send Your Expired Coupons to Military Overseas!
From Happy Money Saver (

Did you know military families stationed overseas can use your expired coupons in their commissary’s (military grocery stores) for up to 6 months after their expiration date? YES they do! You see, unfortunately they don’t have access to a Sunday newspaper all nicely filled with coupons like we do.

So this is where you come in. Happymoneysaver readers can all come together and help help out the military while at the same time making use of our expired coupons. You can adopt a military base yourself or drop off your coupons at one of the locations of our specialists in the Pacific Northwest.

Acceptable Coupons: You can only send MANUFACTURER’S COUPONS, no store couponsDo not send coupons that are over 30 days expired

Sorting the Coupons: The coupons that you are sending need to be separated into FOOD and NON-FOOD in plastic zipcloc style bags. Label them with a pen or marker as well.

If you or your family want to adopt a military base you can do so directly. Package up your coupons into Food and Non-Food and mail them to the military base of your choice. My favorite website with bases you can adopt is Grocery Saving Tips. They seem to keep updated lists going of military bases accepting coupons. Please try not to send coupons expired past 30 days because of shipping time, sorting time and other time factors.

Purchase Coffee For a Cause
From Money Saving Mom (
If you’re a coffee lover, be sure to check out For every $11 in coffee you purchase, $11 will be donated to help humanitarian aid work in Africa.

In addition, Doughnut Girl Coffee provides an opportunity to get coffee and help another. Pay $9 for coffee and 100% of profits go to Salvation Army.

Read a Book. Give a Book.
From Money Saving Mom (
At, you choose a book to read online. You then select a charity to donate a free book to a child in need.


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