Overseas Exchange Locations Now Accepting Expired Coupons

Sometimes the most interesting things happen.  Just this morning, I was sorting coupons and explaining to my daughter that we throw away the ones for things that they don’t sell at the commissary, because our overseas AAFES exchange doesn’t accept expired coupons.  Overseas Commissaries accept coupons for six months past their expiration.  As a result, there are entire volunteer groups who send expired coupons to overseas military bases.  This is a tremendous help to those of us who don’t have any other access to coupons and are trying to save on our food bills.  Since these lovely volunteers don’t know what the commissaries carry, and often don’t have much information about the program as a whole, we get a good number of coupons for things that we can’t get or items not stocked at the commissary, such as makeup and other non-food items.

In the past, there has been confusion and misinformation about whether overseas Exchanges accepted expired coupons in the same way as overseas Commissary stores.  The clear answer was that neither the Navy Exchange (NEX) or AAFES accepted expired coupons.  Well, not anymore!  I was sitting in the bowling alley today, eating a sandwich before doing my shopping, and the Armed Forces Network station playing had a commercial for the AAFES coupon policy.  It clearly stated that overseas AAFES locations could accept coupons for six months past their expiration date.

As soon as I got home, I hopped on the internet and discovered that the AAFES policy has changed since I last wrote about it in June 2011Overseas AAFES stores can now accept coupons up to six months past their expiration dates.  Then, just in case, I checked the NEX website, too, and guess what? Overseas NEX locations are now accepting coupons up to six months past their expiration date, too.  (You have to scroll down quite a bit to get to the coupon part of the customer service policies.)

Look, you can see them here:



Shazaam!  I actually went to my recycling bin and dug out some coupons that I can use at the Exchange.  This is great news for all overseas military folks who shop at AAFES or the NEX.  Spread the word to all your couponing friends!

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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • Denise

    Do you know of any places to mail the coupons to in an effort to help out the military families?

  • Janice Black

    My DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Chapter saves coupons and sends them overseas. We have adopted the Vicenza, Italy Army Base and last year we sent them $36,000.00 plus in coupons. This years our goal is $50,000.00. As a career Marine wife for 25 years this is a great program (we could not use coupons way back then).

    You can go to http://www.ocpnet.org and find a list of bases to send coupons to. The ocp stands for Overseas Coupon Program.

    This is a great program and I hope more people and organizations will get involved………..heaven knows we need to save every penny we can now!


    • Thanks for the site

  • auralee

    On Facebook I am part of a group (Expired Coupons for Overseas Military),
    that sends coupons to overseas military families. You can adopt a family by sending a email to Celeste at ecommail2011@gmail.com or send directly to a base. The administrator then distributes the coupons to base families.