Military Saves Week is every day at the commissary

| February 28, 2014 | 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.

Cherie Huntington
Defense Commissary Agency

FORT LEE, Va. — The annual Military Saves Week campaign that began Monday and ends Saturday aims to encourage military members and their families to save, reflecting the theme “Set a goal, make a plan, save automatically.”

As a campaign partner, the Defense Commissary Agency offers savings every day by delivering 30 percent or more savings on groceries.

“We sell at cost since we provide a non-pay benefit earned through military service,” said Randy Chandler, DeCA’s director of sales. “Shopping consistently at your commissary saves you money without the hassle and expense of driving all over town looking for items on sale.”

Danielle Manintin chooses her selection of local vegetables from the produce section at the Schofield Barracks Commissary, recently. (Lacey Justinger | U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs)

Danielle Manintin chooses her selection of local vegetables from the produce section at the Schofield Barracks Commissary, recently. (Lacey Justinger | U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs)

Commissary shoppers also use coupons to achieve even higher savings, he said. Last year, they redeemed nearly 100 million coupons for customer savings of about $91 million.

“Our customers know coupons equate to cash,” Chandler said, “and the Commissary Rewards Card delivers even more savings via paperless coupons to download onto your card.”

In addition to digital coupons, patrons can also find special commissary promotions offered through the rewards card program.

The Military Saves website offers tips on saving money, living well and spending less. Not surprisingly, many ideas call for more meals made at home and brown bag lunches for work and school, and the commissary can simplify those efforts.

Easy, economical meals at home save money, but leftovers compound the value by providing future ready-to-heat meals, especially when chili or hearty soups grace the menu. This practice can turn a $25 meal out on the town into a $5 meal made with good health in mind.

Mauna Loa displays its selection of macadamia nuts, candies and specialty items that are available at the Commissary during the ALA Food Show, in Honolulu, Aug. 22.

A local producer displays its selection of macadamia nuts, candies and specialty items that are available at the Commissary during the ALA Food Show, in Honolulu, Aug. 22.

Toting lunch to work doesn’t have to be boring, and the commissary can help keep the lunch box interesting, as well as economical. Not only during Military Saves Week but also year-round, commissaries worldwide support the campaign by providing information on personal financial awareness and preparing nutritious meals for less.

Military Saves is part of the Department of Defense’s Financial Readiness Campaign to encourage military families to save money every month.

Learn More
For more information or to register for a rewards card, visit https://deca.
couponselectionpage.com/offers/all.
Commissary customers can always go to the DeCA website, www.commis
saries.com, to find information about what’s on sale at their local commissary through the “Shopping Aisle” tab, and they can also access the “Exclusive Savings” link to find more coupons, specials, promotions, sales and healthy recipes.
Customers can join “Military Saves” via Facebook, Twitter, the Web page and monthly newsletter. Visit www.militarysaves.org for more information.

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