Commissary a prime destination for Thanksgiving savings

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  • By Kathy Milley
  • Defense Commissary Agency Public Affairs


As temperatures and leaves begin to fall, prices on most grocery items in military commissaries are also dropping, just in time for Thanksgiving.

The Defense Commissary Agency is slashing prices on most items to increase overall patron savings to at least 25 percent compared to commercial grocers as part of the Department of Defense initiative to bolster the military community’s economic security and stability.

“Your commissary can help you prepare a delicious and plentiful Thanksgiving meal while keeping the cost at a minimum,” said Bonita Moffett, DECA’s sales director. “In addition to the lower prices, there will also be additional holiday savings you’ll find in your local commissary, making the budget battle virtually won.”

With the following simple tips and money-saving promotions, the commissary will help you lay out a Thanksgiving spread to be proud of while not busting your budget:

  • Use your sales flyer. The DECA sales flyer offers customers many ways to save. Take advantage of the Savvy Shopper Super Saver deals both in the store and online, Rewards Card digital coupons, Pathway to Savings instant rewards card savings and BOGO deals, all featured in the sales flyer. Customers can now plan their next shopping trip or Commissary Click2Go order by accessing the sales flyer at and selecting their region.

  • Exclusive savings on select frozen turkeys. Commissaries worldwide are offering significant savings through Thanksgiving on whole frozen turkeys. Customers can get a head start on the holidays or just pregame their turkey favorites at 68 cents per pound for select brands. Availability and brands will vary by location.

  • Take advantage of Your Everyday Savings (YES!) Program. The commissary is also bringing even more savings for customers through the new and improved Your Everyday Savings (YES!) Program. YES! offers extra savings and value on the products customers buy the most such as milk, eggs, butter, ground beef and baby products. Just look for the orange YES! shelf label.

  • Make a list and stick to it. You can find lots of dietitian-approved meal solutions at Use these recipes to help prepare your grocery list for an abundant and nutritious Thanksgiving meal.

  • Shop your pantry. Plan dishes around ingredients you already have on hand.

  • Shop commissary store brands. Enjoy the quality and value of low-cost equivalents to national brands. Many of DECA’s top-selling commissary store brand items are perfect money-saving components for your Thanksgiving meal. Take a look at

  • Load commissary coupons onto your Commissary Rewards Card before you shop. Don’t have a rewards card yet? Pick one up at your local commissary and register it online at

  • Check out the savings on your commissary website. Head to the Savings Center at to get the best deals for coupons, sales flyers and featured items.

  • Prepared foods: From appetizers to apple pies, the commissary’s deli-bakery can help save you time and money with its prepared foods.

  • Buy produce that’s in season. Using fruits and vegetables in season and readily available will save you money. See a list on the Department of Agriculture website at

“With the commissary on your side, bringing the best to your Thanksgiving table can be easy and affordable, leaving lots of time to focus on the important things like gratitude and celebrating with family and friends,” Moffett said.