Monthly Archives: July 2010

Give your unused or expired coupons to military families overseas

Give your unused or expired grocery coupons to military families overseas

I came across this program recently and thought I’d share it with as many people as I can. I’m not sure why this is such a well kept secret and everybody really should know about this.

Did you know that millions of dollars in coupons are unused every year? If you get the Sunday paper, you probably clip manufacturers’ coupons for your grocery shopping.  Often, you’ll throw away the coupons you’ll never use, and sometimes a coupon will expire before you actually get to use it. Gosh, I hate it when the register clerk seems to take pleasure in telling me that my $5 coupon expired the day before I meant to use it!

Now, you can STOP throwing away unused or expired coupons and instead give them away to military families through the Overseas Coupon Program. Military families stationed overseas don’t get the paper and therefore don’t get grocery coupons. However, the commissionaries will accept manufacturers’ coupons, up to six months after expiration date.

This program only applies to press printed coupons (not coupons printed on your home computer, which the families can do while overseas) and to national brands (as opposed to local). Here’s what you need to do to start your coupon donation program, by yourself, or as part of a group at work, school, church, etc:

  • Collect unused or expired coupons (no more than one to two months expired, as they take time to reach the overseas bases). Clip coupons to their exact size, to reduce the paper weight when shipping.
  • Sort coupons by “food” (i.e. human food) and “non-food” items (including diapers, cleaning supplies, pet supplies, medications, etc)
  • Total the batch of coupons in dollar amount and write that on a piece of paper. This helps the base keep track of how many dollars in coupons they receive.
  • Put each pile of coupons into a separate ziplock plastic bag and label them “food” and “non-food”.
  • Find a participating military base on the Overseas Coupon program website (http://ocpnet.org/Base%20List/BaseList1.htm). This list gets updated on a regular basis. Only mail coupons to bases who still accept donations as indicated on that page.
  • Mail your coupons through the post office using Parcel Post (cheaper but also slower). On the USPS custom’s form, list the contents as “manufacturers’ coupons” and the value of the package at “$0.00”, and check the “Gift” box. If you have a lot of coupons to send out, it may be best to choose Priority Mail as you can fit as much as you can in a specific envelope for one designated fee.

That’s it! This is a very simple way to help out our troops in a way you may not have heard of before. Please help me get the word out by directing people to this post(https://perfectingmotherhood.wordpress.com/2010/07/26/give-your-unused-or-expired-coupons-to-military-families-overseas) for instructions on how to donate their coupons to overseas military families! Thanks for sharing the good word, and happy clipping!

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Original Pepsi vs Coke commercial and Coca Cola ringtone commercial

Here we go! For those of you who’d like to take a trip down memory lane, here’s the original version of the Pepsi vs Coke commercial (1995) that was just remade as the Pepsi MAX vs Coke Zero commercial (2010), which I posted yesterday on this blog. Ironically, sometime in between these two commercials, Pepsi obviously had a change of heart and didn’t have the nerve to show its own driver have a sip of the Coke this time around. Hmm, if you think your soda tastes so much better, why chicken out?

If you wonder why Coca Cola hasn’t started its own soda wars commercials after being teased so many times, the answer is plain and simple: Coke is Number 1. Marketing 101 lesson: when you’re the challenger, you often compare yourself to the leader. When you’re the leader, you never compare yourself to the competition or you’ll appear weak. Coke is #1 and doesn’t have to prove it.

 By the way, while I’m at it, I’ll take this opportunity to showcase one of my FAVORITE Coca Cola commercials. Two words: very cute!

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New Pepsi MAX Coke Zero Commercial – very funny!

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I’m a Coke addict. OK, that sounds pretty bad, so let me rephrase it – I’m a Diet Coke addict. I usually don’t drink it every day, mostly on the weekends when we go out to eat. Ah, the taste of those sweet tingly tiny bubbles on my tongue as I sip the yummy caramel color soda through my straw… Diet Coke is one of my little pleasures in life. Diet Pepsi? Not so much. Actually I can’t stand the taste of it (is that what antifreeze tastes like?) and I hate being stuck in a restaurant where it’s their only diet cola choice.

Now, being a marketing professional, I enjoy watching good commercials. Since we don’t have cable TV (more of that topic in the near future), I watch commercials on the internet, so I have to thank YouTube for bridging the communications gap for me. Here’s the very latest on the Coke / Pepsi war as a remake of the original Pepsi vs Coke commercial from 1995 – today it’s Pepsi MAX versus Coke Zero. Pepsi has done a great job at integrating technology advances in this version and the clip ends with a funny twist. Enjoy and let me know what you think.

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Happy birthday, little man!

Buzz Lightyear birthday cupcake

I need to thank Food4Less for making huge cupcakes with Toy Story decorations! You’re going to make a birthday boy very happy until his official birthday party next Saturday.

My son is turning four tomorrow, and I honestly have no idea where the past four years have gone. Everything has happened so quickly that it could easily look like a blur. And yet, in the middle of it all, some events are so clearly imprinted in my mind, they could have happened just yesterday…

The first sonogram and heartbeat sound, the first kick, hearing my son catch his first breath and seeing him out of my womb for the first time, the first time holding him and helping him latch, the day we took him home, the first weeks bonding as a new family, his first smile, the first day I left him at daycare to go back to work full of guilt, his first laugh, his first taste of rice cereal, his cute army crawl, the first time he called me (and his dad) “mama”, his first real hug and kiss, his first hand sign (“more”), his ever-expanding hand signs and spoken vocabulary, his first step (run, baby, run!), his first pretend-play with a phone, his first jet airplane ride, the day he met his little brother in the hospital, his first day at preschool, his first friends, his first jokes, his first dip in the pool, his first time on local TV, his first big boy bike ride, and even today, his first day at a new preschool… And there’s so much more to come in the years ahead of us!

Gosh, time flies when you’re having fun, so it’s important to notice and enjoy those special moments as they are kind enough to appear in time. As Mr/Ms Anonymous said it so well years ago, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

Carpe diem and happy birthday, little man!

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