By Rachel Preen
Military Spouse Guest Writer and founder of bootbandbudget.com
Love it or hate it all of us in the Milspouse world have our own opinions about the commissary. I LOVE the commissary!
For me, the "make or break" issue - what deems a commissary good or bad - is their attitude towards coupons; from providing coupons in store to the cashiers knowing their coupon policy and enforcing it correctly. Do not get discouraged if you have had a bad experience with one commissary. I have gone from being treated awfully (I was a HUGE inconvenience and doing something dishonest by using coupons) to being treated wonderfully (I was being congratulated on my use of coupons). After extensive price comparisons with superstores and grocery stores the commissary has worked out, for my family, as the cheapest at all three duty stations.
The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) has an active Facebook page on which you can find their full coupon policy. I have a copy printed off and in my coupon binder for quick reference or to pull out in the commissary if I get a cashier who is not well versed in the policy. The commissary coupon policy is standard across all commissaries. That's right, each commissary has to follow the same coupon policy - no exceptions. A coupon that is good at MCAS Miramar is good at Fort Bragg and RAF Lakehurst as well.
Quick Overview of the Commissary Coupon Policy
Things to Remember
I encourage all of you to take advantage of shopping at the Commissary, as I find it a beneficial in stretching our dollar a little further.
Rachel Preen is a USMC Wife of 6 years who has been the full throttle career woman & gave it up to be a stay at home mom. Started Living on a Bootband Budget in to help military families save money using coupons, discounts and programs as well as all sorts of other milspouse related topics. Living on a Bootband Budget has a community on facebook with over 1100 members from all over the world.
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