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Program gathers coupons for military
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Forsyth County News

A coupon isn’t any good if it’s expired — unless it’s used at an overseas military base.

Cumming business owner Kimberly Sadecky recently began collecting those old or unused coupons to send to her adopted base in the United Kingdom.

Sadecky, owner of Southern Woman Resale, said she discovered the program while browsing on a social networking site.

The nonprofit organization she came across, Overseas Coupon Program, fit in with her consignment business.

"We believe in paying it forward," Sadecky said. "We also really believe in the resale business and recycling. That’s what it’s all about, especially in our economy."

Manufacturer coupons that aren’t more than two months expired can be sent to overseas bases, according to the nonprofit’s Web site.

Sadecky, a couponer herself, has been collecting anything she doesn’t need to use or that has passed the expiration date, coupons most would normally "throw in the trash," she said.

Anyone can adopt a base through the site, she said, but some don’t want to pay the postage to ship overseas.

"We can ship them at a flat rate," she said. "If people want to use me as a drop-off point, that’s awesome … I don’t mind paying the postage to do it. The more we can get mailed off, the more money somebody else can save."