The Pentagon proposes slashing the taxpayer subsidy to U.S. military Commissary grocery stores, which could wipe out most of their savings.
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The U.S. military’s Commissary grocery stores highlight their cost savings to customers, just as a debate heats up about their very future.
The U.S. government may be largely closed for business, but taxpayer-supported grocery stores on military bases across the country are open once again. Now all they need is something to sell. The Pentagon decided over the weekend to recall furloughed employees “whose responsibilities contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members.” That included thousands of workers who[Read More…]
(10/7 update: “U.S. Military Grocery Stores Are Back in Business”) There are certainly perks to shopping at a government-run grocery store – you can get big discounts as compared to for-profit chains. The down side? When the government shuts down, so do its grocery stores. You can’t get big discounts if your store’s doors are padlocked. That’s the dilemma facing[Read More…]
Sequestration has arrived – so be prepared to find rotten meat in your grocery store, if you can find any meat at all. Low-income shoppers will starve, supermarket employees will be fired and military grocery stores will padlock their doors. And that’s in addition to prisoners running free, bad guys streaming across the borders and planes falling out of the[Read More…]
Judging by the vocal reaction from military families late last year, any proposal that would affect their commissary benefit is not a popular one. But a new survey suggests that many military families are actually fine with the idea. Really. That word comes from First Command Financial Services, a financial planning company that serves members of the U.S. military. Its[Read More…]
Everyone else does year-end Top 10 lists at this time of year, so how about a look at the top coupon stories of 2012? We’ll even throw in an extra and make it a Top 11 list. Even though Coupons in the News has only been around since July, a look at the most popular posts these past six months[Read More…]
Over the past month, a benefit that’s much-loved by military families and little-known among many civilians has made headlines, as the U.S. Defense Department-operated Commissary grocery stores have been thrust into the middle of a budget-cutting debate. We’ve heard from the U.S. Senator who’s proposed eliminating the commissaries’ taxpayer-funded subsidy, and vocal supporters who have decried any effort to change[Read More…]
If a recent debate over U.S. military commissaries is any indication, the future of the government-subsidized grocery stores is an emotional issue. Many leaped to the commissaries’ defense this week, and some worried their Commissary was effectively getting ready to hold a going-out-of-business sale. You can fault some of the coverage, that may have overly simplified a complex and nuanced[Read More…]
(Dec. 6th update: Read the latest developments here: “No, Your Commissary Is Not Closing. Not Yet, Anyway.”) (Dec. 18th update: And read even more here: “Commissary Comments on Coupons, Customers – and Closing”) If U.S. service members want to save on their groceries, shouldn’t they just clip coupons and shop the sales like the rest of us? That’s the gist[Read More…]