Military commissaries are the grocery stores located on military installations throughout the world. Currently there are over 284! They provide groceries to military personnel, retirees, & their families. All commissaries are managed by the DeCA (Defense Commissary Agency). Check out the DeCA website: http://www.commissaries.com/ or the DeCA Facebook page linked HERE for further information.
Commissary Coupon Summary:
- The Commissary accepts military store, manufacturer, and internet printed coupons.
- One coupon per purchase (equivalent to an item).
- They DO NOT double or triple coupons.
- If coupon "overage" results in a negative balance to you, the commissary will issue you DeCA gift cards in $25 and $50 increments, until the remaining balance owed to you is $24.99 or less, which you will receive in cash.
- Stacking of coupons at the commissary is NOT allowed. One CANNOT stack military and manufacturer coupons, nor can you use a Buy One Get One (BOGO) coupon in conjunction with a $money off coupon together. You also cannot combine a digital coupon on your rewards card with a printed or paper manufacturer coupon for the same item.
- The commissary does not limit the amount of coupons used per transaction as some other grocery or supercenter stores do. Although they will follow any restrictions printed on the coupons themselves. For example, verbiage such as "Only 4 like coupons allowed per transaction". This is common with Proctor & Gamble's coupons.
- The commissary cannot 'price match' other stores. They sell most items at cost as it is.
- You will not pay taxes at the commissary, however there is a surcharge of 5%. This is used to keep the building running, etc.
- Internet-printed "FREE" product coupons will not be accepted at the commissary. If a FREE coupon is printed by the company, however, it should be accepted.
- They accept coupons with other store logos on them (i.e. such as Kroger or Dollar General) but only if it is a manufacturer coupon (not a store coupon) and states "redeemable at..." not "redeemable ONLY at.."!!!
Below I have included helpful FAQs from their website:
Q: Can you use coupons at the commissary?
A: Yes. Commissaries accept most types of coupons as part of purchase transactions in accordance with the terms and conditions stated on a coupon.
Commissaries CANNOT accept "in-house" coupons issued by commercial grocery stores or supermarkets.
Patrons who wish to use coupons as part of a purchase transaction must buy the item(s) indicated on a coupon, and-except in foreign overseas areas-must use a coupon prior to or on the expiration date stated on a coupon.
Commissaries located in foreign overseas areas accept coupons up to six months after the expiration date stated on a coupon.
Q: Can commissaries double or triple coupons like some chain grocery stores (i.e. Market Basket Louisiana)?
A: No. The "double" or "triple" coupon promotions offered by commercial stores involve doubling, tripling (or otherwise increasing) the face value of a coupon. Commercial stores who offer these types of promotions get paid by the coupon issuer only for the face value of a coupon, and have to absorb the costs of "doubling" or "tripling" coupon face value in their pricing and profit structure.
Because commissaries are required by law to sell goods at prices set only high enough to cover the cost of those goods, commissaries make no profit from which to pay the costs associated with "double" coupon promotions.
Additionally, DeCA cannot use funds provided for the operation of commissaries to support such promotions, because law strictly prescribes the uses of these funds, and "promotional support" is not among the allowable uses of these funds.
Commissaries do occasionally offer a different type of "double coupon" promotion than described above. For these promotions, manufacturers or other coupon issuers agree that commissaries may accept more than one coupon on the purchase of an item, and usually supply large numbers of coupons to patrons in the commissary in support of such promotions. These "double coupon" promotions involve doubling the number of coupons accepted on the purchase of an item, but DO NOT involve doubling (or otherwise increasing) the face value of a coupon.
Q: May I use multiple coupons on the purchase of one item at the commissary?
A: No, customers may use only one coupon per item in DeCA commissaries. Even coupons without "exclusionary language," such as "NOT TO BE USED WITH ANY OTHER COUPON, " "NOT TO BE USED WITH ANY OTHER OFFER," "ONE COUPON PER PURCHASE," etc. , may not be used in combination on the purchase of an item. This policy is in line with the policies of other DoD resale activities and our commercial counterparts.
Q: May I use internet-printed coupons?
A: Yes, commissaries gladly accept Internet or home-printed coupons provided they meet the following requirements - the coupons must have a typical barcode and Product Identification Number (PIN) or GS1 DataBar. A Dot Scan Barcode may appear below the expiration date, but is only required if stated on the coupon, e.g., "Do not accept without a Dot Scan Barcode below the expiration date." Internet coupons cannot be accepted for free products, however, "Buy One Get One Free" coupons are acceptable if they meet all other requirements.
Procter and Gamble (P & G) does not authorize Internet coupons for any of their products.