Commissary, Exchange patrons have budget-saving options

| September 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Hilda Dyson shops at the Schofield Barracks Commissary for specialty gifts from Hawaii to send to her children on the mainland, Aug. 24.

Hilda Dyson shops at the Schofield Barracks Commissary for specialty gifts from Hawaii to send to her children on the mainland, Aug. 24.

Story and photos by Lacey Justinger,
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — The Military Resale System benefits military families, but only if families use it.

“The value the Military Resale System provides for military men and women is very important,” said a representative for Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, during the American Logistics Association, or ALA, Hawaii Show, Aug. 22.

The Schofield Barracks Commissary posts signs designating which fruits and vegetables a “Hawaiian Grown” in the produce section.  The signs contain information about the farmer and the locally grown selection.

The Schofield Barracks Commissary posts signs designating which fruits and vegetables a “Hawaiian Grown” in the produce section. The signs contain information about the farmer and the locally grown selection.

The Defense Commissary Agency, or DeCA, sells items at cost, plus 5 percent, which covers construction, technology and equipment. This value saves Hawaii-based military more than 45 percent when compared to local outlets.

DeCA savings on the mainland are figured at 30 percent when compared to commercial prices.

According to DeCA, a family of four will save more than $4,500 a year if buying from the commissary. A single service member will save more than $1,550.

The Exchange saves shoppers in Hawaii 25.1 percent, according to its October 2011 survey, not including sales tax, which Exchange patrons don’t pay because outlets are on a federal government property.

Plus, the Exchange donates 60 percent of its earning to Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs every year, said Stephen Rossetti Jr., government relations, ALA.

“Patrons need to recognize the benefits and use them,” said Patrick Nixon, president, ALA. “It’s only valuable if you use them.”

Benefits

Patrons of the Defense Commissary Agency, and of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, can find their benefits online:

• DeCA, www.commissaries.com,

• Exchange, www.shopmyexchange.com

• Military Resale System, www.saveourbenefit.org.

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