Defense Commissary Agency supports “Military Saves Week” Feb. 27 – March 4

FORT LEE, Va., 2017-Feb-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commissary shoppers tend to be savvy shoppers – they know the best grocery deals in town are found on their commissary store’s shelves. That’s been true for almost 150 years, since commissaries began offering groceries to all service members in July of 1867.

Today (Feb. 16, 2017), the Defense Commissary Agency is tasked with safeguarding that tradition of savings for the military – active duty, guard and reserve, military retirees, and their families. It’s no surprise then that DeCA supports “Military Saves Week,” held this year Feb. 27 – March 4.

Military Saves is one part of the nonprofit America Saves, and a partner in the Department of Defense’s Financial Readiness Campaign. According to their website, the organization “seeks to motivate, support, and encourage military families to save money, reduce debt and build wealth.”

The organization’s website offers financial planning tools, encouragement and advice for both military consumers and their DOD civilian counterparts. The site offers advice on everything from basic financial planning, to taxes, avoiding scams, and even investment tips.

The commissary benefit is fundamental to many service members’ budgetary planning. Best in town everyday savings throughout the store means not having to make multiple stops to ensure you’re saving all you can. And by adding the Commissary Rewards Card digital coupon program to their savings strategy, commissary shoppers stretch their grocery dollars even further.

Patrons use a mobile device app to select and “save” coupons to the card, redeeming them automatically at the register. The app is available for both Android and Apple devices and also offers store location information for patrons, as well as highlighting promotions and contests tied to the Rewards Cards. Authorized shoppers who prefer to load coupons to their cards from a computer can go to the Rewards Card page where they can also find program information and register their cards.

“The Commissary Rewards Card goes that extra step and saves patrons even more on top of their commissary benefit,” said Marye Dobson, manager of DeCA’s Commissary Rewards Card program. “We work with our industry partners to provide our patrons with the type of digital coupons they want most.

Here are just a few of the ways shopping at commissaries helps balance your budget:

  • Commissaries provide a one-stop-shopping experience, with pricing that is consistently best-in-town, across their entire line of goods.
  • Commissaries offer better-for-you food choices, at easy on your budget prices, including organics and a growing number of specialty items, such as gluten-free alternatives, low sodium, sugar-free and reduced-calorie products.
  • Commissaries strongly support use of coupons for additional savings, and the Commissary Rewards Card banks electronic coupons for automatic savings at checkout. Rewards Card users are now approaching 1.5 million, who’ve saved an additional $11.5 million on their grocery bills.

Military Saves is a great source for financial planning tools, ideas and encouragement, not only during Military Saves Week, but year-round,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA’s director of sales. “Military members and their families can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, through their website and their newsletter. And be sure to take advantage of your commissary benefit when planning your budget. As we like to say, ‘it’s worth the trip!'”

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Source: Defense Commissary Agency

Defense Commissary Agency: Military Saves Week, Feb. 23-28

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-2-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Maybe there are times when you envy friends or colleagues for the buying power they apparently command. After all, how do they spring for that popular but expensive specialty coffee, that premier movie everyone wants to see or that e-book on the bestseller list?

Seems like your budget can’t handle such splurges, no matter how rare.

For military members and their families, the Military Saves organization at Military Saves provides the tools you need to set goals and make a plan for your savings.

Military Saves Week, Feb. 23-28, would be the perfect time to get started. The site even offers support via “Take the Pledge,” a tool to kick-start your efforts.

This year, the Defense Commissary Agency is once again helping to spread the word on responsible financial planning. With its overall savings of 30 percent or more, the commissary can help you make the most of every dollar and stick to a budget. Better yet, it can help you afford healthier eating, because fresh alternatives there are both plentiful and economical.

Commissaries also promote healthy cooking at home by hosting cooking demonstrations and promoting simple meal recipes even the busiest family can accommodate.

Here are some benefits of shopping at the commissary that can help preserve your budget:

  • Though savings average 30 percent or more, produce delivers savings of 44 percent, and meat, 32 percent.
  • Commissaries offer better-for-you food choices, including organics and a growing number of “specialty” items rapidly becoming mainstream, such as gluten-free alternatives, low sodium, sugar-free and reduced-calorie products.
  • Around 400 Commissary Value Brand items in 33 categories offer savings of about 25 percent when compared to the store brand and private label items found in commercial retail stores. In some instances, savings could be as much as 50 percent.
  • Commissaries strongly support use of coupons for additional savings, and the Commissary Rewards Card banks electronic coupons for automatic savings at checkout. Card users recently topped 350,000 and more than 5.3 million digital coupons have been redeemed, saving customers nearly $6 million on their groceries. For more information, visit the Rewards Card page.

So whether your budget allows for little indulgences or sticks to essentials only, let the commissary serve as your partner in savings, not only during Military Saves Week but 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.

Customers can join Military Saves via Facebook, Twitter, Web page and monthly newsletter. Visit Military Saves for more information.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

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Defense Commissary Agency: Military Saves Week, Feb. 23-28

Defense Commissary Agency: Military Saves Week, Feb. 23-28