How to know when it’s time to recycle expired inserts

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Many people have been writing and asking a simple question — how do you know when everything inside a coupon insert is expired?

There’s never been a better time to be a coupon shopper, as there’s a coupon tool online for just about everything.

Here’s a great link for determining what you need to keep and what you don’t — CouponTom’s Current Inserts. (Note that this link also shows which issues of All You magazine have unexpired coupons inside too, if your coupon arsenal also consists of a subscription to All You.)

Browse to that page and look at the green box on the left. If an insert’s name and date appears in the list, it has unexpired coupons inside. If it doesn’t, everything inside is expired, and it’s safe to get rid of it.

(Click the box to see the entire list — I’m showing only a sample portion of it.)

You can also click the date/name abbreviation for that insert to see an entire list of the coupons the insert contains, as well as which ones are still unexpired.

What to do with expired coupons (other than recycle them):

If you would like to help military families living overseas, the Overseas Coupon Project is a great way to help them save money. Military families living on U.S. bases outside of the country can use expired manufacturer coupons up to six months after the date. Because it does take time to ship and sort the coupons once they’re received, they ask that you not send coupons that are more than two or three months past their expiration dates. They also do not want whole inserts — they want clipped coupons sorted into two groups: grocery, and non-grocery.


  • creativecoupons22. Feb, 2011

    Thanks, Jill. Your timing is perfect, I have been going through coupons, Dominick’s/Store books, etc. and weeding out expired. I have to say it is the only good thing that has come out of the Dominck’s feasco…while I will miss the expired coupon deals it is really cathartic to shed all those old coupons/books and inserts. You migh say a “tummy tuck” of my coupon physcial database…just kidding :)

  • sjw131422. Feb, 2011

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  • Yukipr23. Feb, 2011

    Thanks Jill for caring for others while teaching about Super Couponing (that’s what sets you appart). I checked out the site and I will be sending a shipment early next week.

    To your readers, please continue to support Food Pantries around your area. There is so much people in need. If you are already stacked up for toothpaste (for example), but it is again on sale and you are paying less than $0.50, consider buying it and donating it to the Pantry (yes, they take personal care items as well, at least the one I used to volunteer). If you do not have a pet (dog or cat) and there is a nice deal posted on Jill’s site, consider buying and donating to the shelters. One person can make a little difference.

  • jmdetz26. Feb, 2011

    This is really helpful!

  • milwkeesbest26. Feb, 2011

    Thanks, this is very helpful.

  • CarynK27. Feb, 2011

    There is a .75 cents off one for Bays English Muffins that does not have an expiration date. Should I toss this coupon or is it still valid?

  • crazy4s6527. Feb, 2011

    SOOOOO THANKFUL that you posted this!!!! after the Dominicks debackle I have almost a years worth of inserts to get rid of….this is a great thing as we will be moving in a 5 months and moving those would have been a pain in the keester….Thank you for all you do Jill to keep us all informed

  • jemismom26. Jun, 2011

    I use coupon cleanout. i think it’s a little easier than coupon toms. just select your state and it lists all the inserts safe to toss.
    just sharing :-)

  • johntravis0225. Aug, 2011

    Thank you for another fantastic posting. Where else could anyone get that kind of information?

  • Coupon Maven21. May, 2012

    Bumping UP!