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Remember your commissary for Thanksgiving savings

FORT LEE, Va. (Nov. 10, 2016) Turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, candied yams, greens, macaroni and cheese, rolls and sweet potato pie or pumpkin pie – depending on where you're from, of course.

These are some of the core items for many a traditional Thanksgiving menu. And if you're a commissary patron, you'll find sweet savings on these and more at your local store, said Defense Commissary Agency Sales Director Tracie L. Russ.

"There's enough anxiety surrounding the Thanksgiving meal – how many people are coming to dinner, and how do we plan time to eat around the football games?" Russ said. "Well, if you remember to shop your commissary, stretching the holiday meal dollar will not be a concern.

"We have reduced prices on high-quality, name-brand ingredients for the perfect holiday meal plus we even offer recipes and tips on our website, www.commissaries.com, for preparing that big ol' bird."

Throughout November, commissary industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with stores to offer promotional discounts beyond everyday savings for the Thanksgiving holidays.

One of the largest promotions is the worldwide "Your Turkey Could Be Free" recipe/coupon booklet. Available in commissaries, this 24-page recipe booklet has coupons valued at more than $59, and they're good through Dec. 31. The coupons provide commissary shoppers significant savings or free turkeys when purchasing holiday meal essentials. Vendors include Kraft Foods, Kellogg's, Campbell's, Pepperidge Farms, Frito Lay, Chinet, General Mills, Hefty/Reynolds Wrap, Fresh Express, Nabisco, Quaker, Del Monte, College Inn, Persil, French's, Entenmann's, Nexium, Kimberly-Clark, Ocean Spray, P&G, Heinz and Johnsonville.

Beginning Nov. 19, stateside commissaries will be offering fresh turkeys at low prices while supplies last. Patrons can go to the Sales & Events page for more details on fresh turkeys in the latest Sales Flyer and for discounted items in "Deals for the Holidays" and "Exclusive Savings." Shoppers can also get a Sales Flyer at their store.

Commissaries are also offering a "Celebrate the Holidays" promotion with General Mills that features high value in-store coupons related to holiday cooking and baking.

And for anyone facing the prospect of preparing their first turkey, go to our Cooking Tips page. Patrons can also check out the website's Recipes page and browse through the Main Courses section for traditional fare such as basted turkey, unstuffed oven roasted turkey, collard greens, macaroni and cheese; visit the Sides and Garnishes page for dishes like corn bread and bacon dressing, classic potato salad, sweet potato casserole; Vegetables for recipes on classic herb stuffing, zesty holiday stuffing, oven candied sweet potatoes and more; and Desserts for ideas to make sweets such as pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, pecan pie, peach and apple cobbler.

"Whatever your taste is for Thanksgiving – traditional roast turkey and potatoes or a vegetarian meal with organic fruits and vegetables – we have it at your commissary," Russ said. "And, remember, 'it's worth the trip' to pocket those savings."

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

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