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Remember your commissary to save on holiday meals

FORT LEE, Va. (Dec. 8, 2016) Somewhere between the holiday decorations, the ripping of wrapping paper, the college bowl games and the hopeful New Year's resolutions, there are a few holiday meals in the mix.

If you're a commissary patron, you'll have plenty to cheer about over the holidays as you count your savings while shopping for your festive menus, said Defense Commissary Agency Sales Director Tracie L. Russ.

"We encourage our patrons to use their commissary benefit to save their hard-earned pay when planning holiday meals," Russ said. "And whether you need snacks for the bowl games or munchies for the children while they're out of school, your commissary has what you need without breaking your festive budget in the process."

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

Commissary patrons can maximize their shopping trip simply by visiting the Sales and Events page, where they can find the "Deals for the Holidays" flyer featuring savings through Dec. 25 on the following items: various cooking and baking ingredients, smoked hams, dinner rolls, coffees, candies, cookies, juices, aluminum foil, storage and garbage bags, plastic dinnerware, paper plates, cake and pie pans, batteries and wrapping tape. The website also has recipes and cooking tips.

Although Thanksgiving has come and gone, one of the commissary's largest worldwide promotions, the Free Turkey Coupon Booklet, continues through Dec. 31 allowing patrons to save on their holiday turkey dinners.

These industry partners have combined their efforts to help patrons earn a free fresh or frozen whole turkey when they buy holiday meal items: Kraft Heinz Company, Kellogg's, General Mills, P&G, Heinz, Nabisco, Hefty/Reynolds Wrap, Fresh Express, Johnsonville, Ocean Spray, Pepperidge Farms, Chinet, Quaker, Del Monte, College Inn, Persil, French's, Entemann's, Nexium, Kimberly-Clark and Frito Lay. This coupon booklet also includes preparation tips and holiday recipes.

Commissary patrons will see another holiday promotion, "Celebrate the Holidays with General Mills – Time to cook and bake!" supported by store displays throughout December highlighting deeply discounted items with high value, in-store coupons.

And patrons with a Commissary Rewards Card have a special deal: With any purchase of four Campbell's Chunky soup or chili can items, they can enter for a chance to win a $100 NFL Gift Card when they use their rewards card. This worldwide promotion runs through Jan. 3.

"There are plenty of things to worry about as you plan to celebrate the holidays, but saving money on your groceries won't be one of them when you shop the commissary," Russ said. "As always, we wish everyone a peaceful, festive holiday season, especially our men and women in uniform serving overseas."

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 save thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to commercial prices when shopping regularly at a commissary. The discounted prices include a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. 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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