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Is Using an Expired Coupon Fraud?

This is a question I get asked a lot. It’s hard to spend your time clipping and sorting coupons and then have to turn around and toss them out when a certain date comes. For some, it can be really tempting to try and slip in expired coupons to help save even more. But is it right to do so? Read on to find out what you should be doing!

1. Some stores DO accept expired coupons to be competitive with other stores in their area. There are none local to mid-Michigan that do. To find out if stores in your area accept expired coupons, call and speak to the store manager. If your store does not specifically state that they accept expired coupons, you should not use them. It is fraud to do so! The store will not be reimbursed for them if they are expired and therefore they will be losing money, which in turn could make them change their coupon policy negatively. To me this falls into the category of a few people ruining a good thing for everyone else following the rules!

2. I send all my expired and even unused coupons to Coups for Troops. Military families abroad can use expired coupons at their commissaries  for up to six months past their expiration date. I think it’s a small way that my family can show our support to families making a huge sacrifice for our us. Make sure to visit their site for lots more info!

3. Use expired coupons as a learning tool for your kids! I am getting our seven-year old son more and more involved in my coupons and basically learning how to be fiscally responsible. He has been helping me cut coupons for quite a while, but I’m now having him do math problems with them too. And he loves it! I’m not exaggerating, he actually asks to play with them and do math. Anything that can help him learn, I’m all for!

I want to hear back from you now! Do you live in an area that accepts expired coupons? Do you send them overseas?

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  1. couponswithq.com

    That’s great! I have had Bed, Bath & Beyond take their expired $5 and 20% off coupons 🙂

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