COMMISSARY FAST FACTS – ISSUE 149 – March 2014 

3/3/2014 

 

Frozen food savings highlight commissaries in March

March is Frozen Food Month and the NCAA basketball tournament time, which means great savings on frozen foods and more for commissary shoppers. “Your commissary is ‘Chillin’ in March’ with cool pricing in their frozen food section and plenty of savings on goodies, which comes at a great time for those who watch the annual NCAA basketball tournament,” said Randy Chandler, DeCA sales director. Throughout March, DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. For more, go to http://www.commissaries.com/press_room/press_release/2014/DeCA_10_14.cfm.

 

‘Saves Week’ is every day for commissaries

The annual Military Saves Week campaign, set for Feb. 24 through March 1, aims to encourage military members and their families to save, reflecting the theme: “Set a goal, make a plan, save automatically.”

As a campaign partner, the Defense Commissary Agency offers savings every day, said Randy Chandler, DeCA’s director of sales. “We sell at cost since we provide a nonpay benefit earned through military service. Shopping consistently at your commissary saves you money without the hassle and expense of driving all over town looking for items on sale.” Commissary customers can always go to the DeCA website, http://www.commissaries.com, to find information about what’s on sale at their local commissary through the Shopping Aisle tab, and they can also access the Exclusive Savings link to find more coupons, specials, promotions, sales and healthy recipes. The Military Saves website offers tips on saving money, living well and spending less. Customers can join Military Saves via Facebook, Twitter, Web page and monthly newsletter. Visit http://www.militarysaves.org for more information.

 

Clean audit confirms commissaries’ fiscal excellence

The Defense Commissary Agency’s fiscal 2013 financial statements have received a clean audit opinion from independent auditors, an evaluation that certifies the credibility of the benefit for its patrons, the agency’s director said. “Receiving a clean audit opinion validates the hard work of our DeCA team in delivering a commissary benefit while being responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars,” said Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA director and CEO. “This is the 12th straight year that DeCA’s financial statements have received this level of certification.” A clean or “unqualified” audit opinion is the highest possible ruling and reflects the agency’s use of appropriated funds to deliver the commissary benefit. The agency generates nearly $6 billion in annual sales and receives $1.4 billion in appropriated funding. During fiscal 2013, DeCA processed nearly 94 million transactions in its stores and delivered nearly $2.6 billion in savings to its customers. Commissaries also redeemed nearly 100 million coupons in fiscal 2013 for customer savings of about $91 million.