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Serving our military by saving expired coupons

Sunday, May 29, 2011

I recently had the honor of serving the military families at Ft. Campbell, Ky., by bringing a couponing workshop to their base.

I cannot express enough the impact it had on my life to give back a little for all they are doing for our country. We often don't stop to think about the sacrifices they make within their own families to protect ours. This trip opened my eyes with a deep sense of appreciation for their commitment to our country. This article is dedicated to the soldier and their families in appreciation for all they do.

What is a soldier? A soldier is someone who works with dedication for a cause. They are steadfast, focused, and disciplined in their duties. We can learn a lot from the soldier that can be applied to our everyday lives.

A soldier cannot risk being slack in his work, for it could cost him his life. His task is carried out with a well researched plan, equipment to carry out the plan, and a determination that brings success to the plan. A soldier must watch for things that would hinder his plan of success.

"Be on guard, stand firm in the faith, be men of courage, be strong." -- 1 Corinthians 16:13

Are you diligent in planning as if your family depended upon it or do you live life by chance? (thinking, "Maybe I will start a budget after I get this or that accomplished?") Are you preparing in case of unforeseen circumstances that could shake up your stability? (thinking, "Maybe I will start building my stockpile tomorrow?"

Remember, never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. Are you guarding what you have accomplished by keeping your stockpile stocked? Are you taking time to prepare for your plan of attack by developing a researched shopping plan or do you just wing it?

One thing I admired most about visiting the Ft. Campbell base was the organization of every aspect I encountered. Everyone had a job, they knew how to get it done, and no confusion of tasks was ever seen. Things ran smoothly, quickly, and quietly; before I had time to even plan my next step, it was already done. I heard no one say, "What should we do with this, where should we put that, or who should we have do this?" A soldier knows his job and does not try and get someone else to do it. He is not a deal maker.

"A soldier on duty doesn't get caught up in making deals at the marketplace." -- 2 Timothy 2:6

What can we learn from the soldier to help us be successful in our savings:

1. Have a plan- Is this a plan that will fit your lifestyle?

2. Research you plan--Is this plan bigger than your ability to accomplish it?

3. Discipline yourself to diligently and consistently carry out your plan-treat it like your life depended upon it ( a must do)

4. Have the proper organizational products to keep your plan flowing smoothly-binders, pouches, handbooks, resources, etc...

5. Guard your plan-do not let other things cause you to lose sight of your plan

6. Be determined for success-keep your focus, renew your mind with thoughts of " 'Yes, I can, not 'I think I can'". (You must know it and show it)

How can we contribute to the success of the soldier: (military stationed overseas can use manufacture coupons 6 months past expiration date)

1. Set up a collection box at work, church, or organization encouraging people to bring in their expired coupons. Divide the box in 2 categories; one for non-food and one for food items to make distribution easier for the receiving base.

2. Make this a goal oriented project. For example; the office or class to bring in the most value in coupons will receive a work or school party in honor of the military.

Once you have collected the coupons and are ready to send them in, it is important that you know where to send them.

Not all military bases have commissaries, therefore, even though you know someone stationed overseas it might not be in your best interest to send them the coupons. I have heard of people sending packages of coupons only to find out they could not use them at that particular base. Below you will find one address where you can send coupons:

Kristi Seigrist--Family Services Coordinator--48 FSS/FSFR--Unit S200, Box 105--APO, AE 09461

You can check online for other addresses at:

http://couponing.about.com/od/seasonalsa...

Now, here is some news for the military couponer. There are several sites made just for you that offer great deals and news pertaining to the military:

Mymilitarymommy.com -- is a site created by a military mom who has lists of great deals pertaining to the military family. Check out her site for all the deals created just for you.

Troopswap.com -- a site that has deals designed just for the military family. You will have to confirm your military status upon registering to take advantage of these deals.

Commissaries.com -- a site with all the military info including links, recipes, health and safety and more.

Militarywivesaving.com -- a site with coupon matchups and more.

"Free" Upcoming Workshops:

Each workshop below will include 3 giveaways -- 2-$25 grocery gift cards and 1 local restaurant gift certificate valued at $25.

June 1 -- First Assembly of God, 2510 Hwy 231 N, Shelbyville, Tenn. 37160, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Children and youth will have a chance to participate in sports and arts during the coupon clinic)

June 2 -- Shelbyville Housing Authority, 343 Courtland Drive, Shelbyville, Tenn. 37160, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Hope to see you there! Hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day and remember those who have lost their lives in service to our country. Continue to pray for those who are still serving.

Grab next week's paper for two inserts: 1 Proctor & Gamble and 1 Smart Source.



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Ann Haney
Savings Spotter
Ann Haney of Bedford County is a coupon workshop instructor and motivational speaker, wife of over 20 years, mother of 6, writer and author of numerous products. You can view Ann's products and contact her at her website: www.livinginabundancecouponing.com