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Old 10-02-2009, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I'm sorry, this caught my eye:

The Federal govt. runs a grocery store?
Yes, DECA [Defense Commissary Agency] is a worldwide chain of 284 grocery stores.

Commissaries.com
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Old 10-02-2009, 09:53 AM
 
Location: New Zealand and Australia
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Interesting discussion, thanks to all that have replied so far.
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Old 10-02-2009, 10:14 AM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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Yes, DECA [Defense Commissary Agency] is a worldwide chain of 284 grocery stores.

Commissaries.com
Oh, yes - the military base stores. Another low caost advantage you have that most of us do not. I never called them grocery stores - just the commissary and PX when we were military dependents and could go to them lo those many years ago.
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Old 10-02-2009, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Oh, yes - the military base stores. Another low caost advantage you have that most of us do not. I never called them grocery stores - just the commissary and PX when we were military dependents and could go to them lo those many years ago.
???

We do not shop at the commissary.

I am an 'authorized' shopper, so we could buy stuff there. But it is far more expensive to buy food on-base.

We price compare and buy things off base.

Let me clarify, meat tends to be cheaper on-base. However we do not buy our meat on-base. We produce meat, so we eat our meat instead. Otherwise most other products that the commissary offers can be purchased for lower prices off base.

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Old 10-02-2009, 05:53 PM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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???

We do not shop at the commissary.

I am an 'authorized' shopper, so we could buy stuff there. But it is far more expensive to buy food on-base.

We price compare and buy things off base.

Let me clarify, meat tends to be cheaper on-base. However we do not buy our meat on-base. We produce meat, so we eat our meat instead. Otherwise most other products that the commissary offers can be purchased for lower prices off base.

Interesting. Back in the 1960's, the commissaries were considerably less expensive. but that was a long time ago and must have changed. I would think your own home raised meat would also be healthier and taste better.
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Old 10-02-2009, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Interesting. Back in the 1960's, the commissaries were considerably less expensive. but that was a long time ago and must have changed. I would think your own home raised meat would also be healthier and taste better.
Yes. When I was a teen, friends of mine were a military family. They swore by the Commissary and PX.

Years later, during my AD career, my Dw was very active with coupon clipping groups at the base 'Family Service Center'. Apparently by clipping coupons you could save a great deal.

DECA sets their prices by the national average of grocery store prices. In expensive areas the local stores set their prices high, so the Commissary has good prices. In depressed areas, the local store chains have better prices.

Also coupons today offer smaller discounts, and core items have no coupons [flour, sugar, pasta, tuna, tomato paste, etc]. Today the coupons are less and focus on prepared meals [which are more expensive anyway].

We are in a depressed area, so the local chains have lower prices. Plus they have generics and store brands; whereas the Commissary only stocks nationwide name brands [no generics and no store brands].

I still visit my old friends [from when I was a teen] they live out in California, and today they no longer shop at the Commissary. They do much better now by shopping off-base.
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Old 10-02-2009, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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At the age of 31 would you? If not why not? and if so what would you get upto with your free time?
Would and did at 53. Never looked back and never did another days work.
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