If you have access to a military commissary and do not take advantage of it, you are wasting money. With commissary prices running 30% cheaper than most grocery stores, it is a waste not to shop there. The commissary offers so many opportunities to save money on your grocery bill. You just have to know how to do it.
First, you need to know what is on sale at your commissary so you can plan your shopping trip around that. Since the commissary does not put out regular sales flyers, like most grocery stores do, most people do not know when an item is on sale. In order to find this information, you need to go to the commissary’s website and look on the “Savings Aisle”. This part of the site will allow you to find what is on sale at your local commissary. It will list the sale items, the sale price, and the percentage off. Take advantage of this resource and plan your list around this information.
Like shopping at any other grocery store, using coupons is the best way to reduce how much you spend. The commissary accepts printable coupons, manufacturer’s coupons, and military coupons. With all of these sources of coupons, you are bound to find a coupon for something that you need. I would highly suggest looking for the coupon tear pads at your local commissary. These tear pads have military coupons that typically coordinate with up coming sales. If you find a good coupon, pick up a few extra so you have them when that item goes on sale. If you do not know how to pair coupons with sales, be sure to look into the next tip.
You want to make sure to check out the military commissary forum at HotCouponWorld.com. This is the best place to find deals that are not listed on the commissary’s website. Military shoppers that have found great deals are constantly posting the best deals available at their local commissary. They will tell you what item is on sale, the coupon that corresponds with that sale, the price of the item after all discounts, and when that sale expires. This makes it easy to pair up the coupons you have with the sales that are going on. For those of you that really want to save money at the commissary, this site is a must.
Finally, items like milk, cheese, bread, and meat that do not typically have coupons, are usually still cheaper to buy at your local commissary. Compare the prices on these items to your local supermarket. Often the price and quality is much better than anything you will find in the civilian sector.
Make sure to take advantage of your local commissary for the best grocery savings. You can apply these tips to your next shopping trip and get the most for you money. Remember, you can save 30% off your grocery bill just by changing where you shop. Just think of the savings if you used these tips.