Before I became coupon savvy, I went to the commissary weekly thinking I was getting the very best prices on everything. I’ve since learned a thing or two about how to best take advantage of my commissary privileges, and they are all right here on this week’s:
First, the commissary prohibits publication of any of its prices to the public. That is why you can’t (or shouldn’t!) find coupon match-ups online.
But, there is a way to plan out your commissary trip to maximize your savings.
If you have commissary privileges, you’ll want to go to Commissaries.com. You’ll need to log-in with the sponsor’s social security number, but you’ll be able to see what items are on sale, so you can plan what coupons you’ll want to bring. This site even allows you to search by installation!
By keeping a Price List, you’ll soon be able to recognize what sale items are true bargains and good buys!
One of the best benefits to commissary shopping? By far, the commissary has one of the best coupon policies out there because it allows OVERAGE! What is overage? If you have a coupon that is for MORE than the cost of the item, the commissary gives you the full value of the coupon! Therefore, if you have a $2 coupon, and can find the item for less than $2 – you still get the full $2 off your purchases! No adjusting coupons down!
I always look for high value coupons that I can use at the commissary. For example, look at this coupon:
First, it is worth $2! That is what I mean by high value.
Next, notice I circled the word ANY. That means you can apply this coupon to ANY size Pad or Cleansing Cloth. Look for the smallest size, and there is a good chance with a coupon worth $2 that you can find a product that will give you OVERAGE!
Another great part of the commissary? Many companies issue Military Store coupons for exclusive use in the commissary!
As you can see, this coupon can only be spent at the commissary. Want to find more commissary exclusive coupons? Head to MaxiSaver.com. These coupons can usually be found at the front of your commissary.The same couponing principles apply to these coupons. Hold on to them and wait for a sale!
Another site you’ll want to head to is MilitaryShoppers.com. Right now, Kraft Foods is offering a $2/2 Kraft/Nabisco printable coupon for military shoppers! You should be able to print this coupon twice! This should net you something incredibly cheap, if not FREE!
Finally, if you are looking to buy more organics and natural foods, I’d definitely start at the commissary! We can buy things there on a regular basis that are considered FANTASTIC buys in a regular grocer. For the best evidence of that – check prices on Organic Maple Syrup. I do a little happy dance in the aisle each time I get to buy it at the commissary – the price is that good!
Are you a commissary shopper? Is there anything I missed that other commissary shoppers should know about this great military benefit?
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