Commissary Usage at Record Level
According to the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) more military members and their families are using their commissary benefit than any time since FY 1997. There were more than 96 million transactions in FY 2011 indicating that this benefit is meeting the needs of its customers. Because commissaries sell at cost and negotiate the best possible prices for the products they sell, commissary shoppers saved almost $2.8 billion on their purchases in FY 2011. In addition, coupon-friendly policies allowed shoppers to earn more than $110 million in additional savings at the commissary, which has been consistently ranked in the top 10 for retailers that redeem the most coupons.