August is DECA ‘Back to School’ savings month

| August 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
Commissary patrons will see plenty of back-to-school displays, such as this one from Schofield Barracks, in their local commissaries. (Photo by Terry Lau, courtesy of Armstrong Produce)

Commissary patrons will see plenty of back-to-school displays, such as this one from Schofield Barracks, in their local commissaries. (Photo by Terry Lau, courtesy of Armstrong Produce)

Sallie Cauthers, Army News Service

FORT LEE, Virginia — Your commissary is kicking off “Back to School” sales events in August by focusing on healthy family breakfasts, fresh-packed school lunches and after- school snacks that children can prepare themselves.

Commissaries offer lots of healthy products in all categories that fit right into a school day.

Think strategically

“Promoting lean protein, high fiber cereals, low-fat dairy products and fresh fruit can offer our military families great ideas for a healthy, well-rounded breakfast,” said Tracie Russ, the Defense Commissary Agency’s sales director. “Also packing a healthy lunch includes the same categories listed above with some refrigerated, ready-made lunches that make it convenient for the parent who is preparing the school lunches.

“Our produce section is also offering new snack cups that include dairy, protein and fresh fruit for after-school snacks that kids can serve themselves,” she added.

Certain commissaries are also scheduling local farmers’ markets in August. Patrons should check with their local produce manager to see if they have scheduled anything in their area.

Special offers

DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries in August to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Always check what’s on the “end of the aisle” for themed items with extra-low pricing.

The Schofield commissary will hold a case lot sale, Aug. 31-Sept. 5. (Photo courtesy of Defense Commissary Agency)

The Schofield commissary will hold a case lot sale, Aug. 31-Sept. 5. (Photo courtesy of Defense Commissary Agency)

Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers should check with their store manager to verify when they will be offering the following sales events:

  • Commissary Customer Appreciation Sales begin mid-August through Sept. 30, and commissaries will be offering their popular case lot sale events for stores in the continental United States, as well as Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. (Schofield is offering a case lot sale, Aug. 21-Sept. 3.)

These sales will provide shoppers super deals on bulk items, including cereals, breakfast bars, chips, beverages and paper goods. Commissaries will also offer great deals on seasonal produce and provide high-value coupons for products inside the store.

At some locations, the exchanges may also participate with their own sidewalk sales that include back-to-school products, such as school supplies, shoes and apparel.

  • Kellogg’s Fuel Up For School sales will donate 5 cents per box for every Kellogg’s or Keebler item purchased by Aug. 31, up to $50,000. See in-store displays for details.
  • The Backpack of Savings promotion is offered by Kraft through Sept. 6. This promotion is an in-store opportunity for patrons at stateside stores to win a backpack filled with $65 of back-to-school essentials. In-store displays and coupons will be available.

“Waking up just 30 minutes earlier each day allows school children the opportunity to sit down and enjoy the most important meal of the day: breakfast,” Russ said. “Your commissary has it all for your children’s ‘Back to School’ nutritional needs.”

(Note: Cauthers works at the Defense Commissary Agency.)

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