New Commissaries Rewards Card

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The registration page is located here:  https://deca.couponselectionpage.com/account/register

Do you still have room in your wallet or on your keychain?  You’re in luck – the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) has just rolled out their new Commissary Rewards card program.  In my local commissary today, I was handed a brochure that includes a Commissary Rewards card and instructions for online program registration.

The idea is fairly simple:  you can go online and put electronic coupons on your Commissary Rewards card, and instead of handing paper coupons to the cashier, you’ll just hand the cashier your commissary rewards card.  The cashier will scan the card and the coupons will automatically be deducted from your shopping total.  Sounds great, doesn’t it?

I admit that I have some reservations about how great this program is going to be, but I’m willing to give it a try.  I went to the Commissaries.com website and clicked through to the external company who is handling the program.  I registered my card and tried to load some coupons onto it.  There weren’t any coupons that interested me at this time.  However, I understand that this is a new program and that the number of available coupons will increase as the program expands.

One upside is that you can load every coupon on there, do your regular shopping, and scan the card and see if you have any coupons that match the items that you are buying.  Easy-peasy.

Anyone had any savings from the new Commissary Rewards card yet?  Share your frustrations and successes in the comments!

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61 Comments on "New Commissaries Rewards Card"

  1. Enjoyed and wanted to enlist in the commissary rewards card.
    Understood the benefits.
    But could not find an address for where to actually enroll.

  2. Got my card registered and like you found nothing, there were literally 6 coupons, mostly air scented items. I'm hoping they will set it up to where we can include the e-coupons from sites that offer them onto this card also.

  3. Can you tell this Grandma HOW you put the coupons on the card please. Do you need a phone. I only use my phone for calling and texting (new yet) so 'scanning with a phone is worthless for me probably for many years. Thank you. MMD

  4. sounds interesting, I do use coupons in the commissary, just last week saved about $20.00, will try the system after it has been set up for a few weeks. Great idea:) Will there ever be a system for "No Label" Items? sometimes, it is cheaper at Wal-Mart for some canned items. Will try it later.

  5. I don't like that I have to enter the card number everytime I log in. As to coupons I really have not seen much that I use maybe 3 so far. Also, after you scan the card before check out you can not override it and use a paper coupon that has a higher value. I like the concept and hopefully we will see a bigger selection soon.

  6. This method is crazy. If you don't have a computer, or knowledge of how to go through this lon, involved process, you are screwed. Why not give everyone the coupon you give at check-out. Not ONLY for those with money, a computer. I am 69 yrs old and we did not have computers when I was in school. Why is the commisaryso bias????

  7. One downside is that your purchases can be tracked. Similar to a Safeway savings card (or some other store). And of course once you register, one more company has your information…..

  8. I've used coupons for years, but lately it's been a real pain. At our commissary, now, if the coupon won't scan, they don't want to have to enter the number by hand. Well, it costs me for the paper, printer ink and the time it takes to search and print. But there's a terrific savings if only all the coupons would scan. Anyone else have this problem? Maybe the com store needs new scanners??

  9. OK, now tell me how in the world you can put the stuff on the card using a computer. My PC computer has no way to do that. It looks like you need some kind of IPHONE or something like that. Am I missing something??

  10. How I get my New Commissaries Rewards Card

  11. Is the reward card available in Fort Hood yet?

  12. HEY, I HAVE A GOOD ONE…….CAN U USE THE CARD AT ANY STORE OR WILL IT BE ONLY FOR THE COMMISARY????

  13. I,d rather see them start accepting the STAR CARD. They use the VISA,M/C etc. Why not the Star Card?

  14. Why have to go to the commisary to get the card. Why not offer it to retierees via mail.

  15. I am retired also. Send me a card in the mail.

  16. I am also retired. The closest commissary to me is 80 miles away. I was just there a week ago and did not see anything that indicated the card. I don't go very often. If I could get the card in the mail I could start loading coupons and be ready to save when I go the next time.

  17. Registered on the website last week and Can Not load Coupons..
    Besides there was only One coupon I wanted out of @ 60…
    maybe it is Growing pains .. Will try in about 2 weeks when they
    get the Bugs worked out.
    Mike

  18. I agree with using the military star card for commissary. I think that would be great. I shop and usually spend over a hundred dollars up to >$500.00 at a time every two to three weeks. The star card can have rewards, too or load the coupons there instead of getting another card that will add more to the cards you have to track.

  19. The Rewards Card is in its infancy…brand new and just being introduced. It will be refined, more coupons added, etc. as time goes on. As we all know, the government moves slowly. Give it time. And most of all, be patient. All new programs have glitches in the beginning stages. It will improve. Send your suggestions to DeCA headquarters on the commissaries.com website. I know from personal experience that they do listen.

  20. Most published coupons are for items I never buy. I like the occasional shelf tear-off coupons for things I actually want. I have the card, registered it and searched the list for items I wanted. There was nothing, or it wasn't carried at our local commissary.

  21. Got multiple coupons for the same item that you want to purchase quantity over multiple purchases? Betting money that this program LIMITS those multi-coupons savings that have been attractive to commissary consumers.. Bean counters way of making it look attractive but limiting your purchasing power..

  22. I like using coupons and think this would be a good idea if only we can consolidate. The suggestion of using the Military Star Card seems very reasonable to me. After all, the base Exchange and the base Commissary should be joined at the hip instead of being totally separate. If not then the other idea of using a Smart Phone (i.e., iPhone and Android) would be good too. Never understood why everyone has to try and invent something new instead of just trying to improve what already exists. We don't need more gadgets or more cards we just need more capability on less numbers of gadgets and less cards using what we already have to use. Thanks

  23. I'll get the card and see how it matures. Like anything new, it may take awhile to grow up.

  24. Registering was easy, but I have no idea how to download a coupon onto my card. All I have been able to do is make a shopping list that I don't need. I know what I want and don't need a paper reminder. How do you put coupons on your card?

  25. For those wondering how to get coupons on your card. Here is how it happens: When you register your card, the card number belongs to you. When you select the coupons you want to use, they are assigned to your card number in the system. When you present your card at the Commissary, it is scanned. The scanning process recognizes the coupons that have been assigned to your account number in the system. The coupons are not actually added to your card, only to your card number in the system.

  26. Would like to receive commissary card in the mail. Send answer to E-Mail address and I will mail my address. Let me know where to send my address.

  27. After registering your Rewards card, you need to log out, then log back in to see more coupon offers and ten coupons will appear in your "wallet".

  28. I am almost 80 and using a computer and if I could so can you. I have progressed to using almost 4 fingers to type now. As for the card I have been using the Safeway card and soon will be using the Kroger one too. Also got some literature this week where even Walgreens has come up with something called points. The best part of these pgms is that once you use them a couple of times they become pretty simple. A question was posed about finding a paper coupon for more than the e version and if it could be removed from the card. Not sure but I would wait till your weekly coupon ads come out and then compare waht is offered on the e cards. BTW Safeway even throws in a FREE item periodically in their Just 4 U site. I also have a Mil Star Gold that I use for fuel since it gets you a 5 cent discount and once in a while (not lately however) a 10 cent off offer.

  29. Star Card belongs to the Exchange system; DeCA is a different company.

  30. Can the nexcom minimart use this card also.

  31. Kroger Company, the largest food chain in the US, has been doing this for quite some time. I personally think it works very well. It will take some time for the new program to build up a good selection of coupons that are attractive to everyone.

  32. Testing for the new card began Aug. 8 at the Fort Lee, Va., store, kicking off the first of three pilot phases that will culminate in 30 stores worldwide testing the new cards. During this time, only customers at these stores may use the card. Once our stores are finished with testing, the cards will be available for customers to use at all of our 247 commissaries worldwide. When that happens, we will make another announcement

  33. where do u the the card?

  34. where do u get the card?

  35. Willie D. Horton | September 25, 2012 at 6:55 pm |

    Where do you get this Rewards Card? Please let me know.

    Willie D. Horton US NAVY

  36. Ater receiving the email i went to our Commissary and they had not even heard of the program yet. So we do not get to benefit from this program yet.

  37. I wish everyone would see this for what it is…collecting data about you. This will not be like the civilian Reward Card where you don't even have to complete the form to receive the discount. Instead all everyone wants to look at is the good side.

    The Reward-Card way will require you to provide name and email at a minimum. They will then collect data on which coupons you load to the card and use. The data may include all purchases on the receipt, not just the items coupons applied to. May even require ALL sponsor info to get registered, something similar to AAFES online access.

    The reason there are so few coupons available is the companies do not want to incur extra cost to support this. And the person pushing the initiative will get extremely rich once the program spreads through DECA. Imagine how valuable YOUR information will be to the companies…a database with complete identity and family information verified.

  38. How can you remember what coupons were scanned once the system is up and running. Sometimes the products in the same category are a better buy without coupons than the coupon product. So the idea of price comparing is lost? Enlighten me. I also like the coupons right infront of the product.

  39. DONALD F. PACHECO | September 28, 2012 at 2:02 am |

    BE THANKFUL YOUR BEING OFFERED AN OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE. IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE NEW CARD SYSTEM, THEN CONTINUE USING PAPER COUPONS YOU HAND TO THE CASHIER WHEN YOU CHECK OUT.
    PRETTY SIMPLE, ISN'T IT? AGAIN, IF YOU CARE TO PURSUE THE CARD SYSTEM, LEARN ALL ABOUT IT AND SAVE. THE BOTTOM LINE IS YOU'RE BEING GIVEN ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE MONEY. CHEERS TO WHOEVER THOUGHT OF IT. CMSGT DON PACHECO, RETIRED.

  40. Regina Shuey | October 4, 2012 at 7:38 pm |

    I was VERY disappointed when I went online and loaded my coupons It seems that none of the available coupons were items I would buy… still I loaded all the coupons to my card. And when I went to the commissary this week for a full restock I got ONE $0.25 savings. Im still unsure what the savings was on, but I’m happy for even the tiniest savings! Hopefully the coupons will get better!

  41. Is this available at Ft. Buchanan, Puerto Rico?

  42. Can i het the reward card at Ft. Buchanan, Puerto Rico commissary

  43. Does Buchanan commissary offer the reward card

  44. Shopped at NB San Diego this morn (and do NOT get me started on how awful it was!!) and I now have a card. Haven't done anything with it yet. Just wanted to post that I wouldn't have it had I not seen a stack of them by the register and grabbed one. They were not being offered or handed out anywhere in the store. So, they ARE out here and we spouses of retirees who apparently mean nothing to anyone (I have trouble walking, so I get a regular cart and lean on it, but when people walk in front of me and I have to make quick moves, it's very painful. So, "salutes" to all of you active duty young folks who can shop during working hours who, today, acted as if I was invisible!!!!

  45. Just one more way for the gov't. to track your activities.

  46. You need a "smartphone" to load the coupons?? What if you don't have one?
    Why not post a list of the commissaries NOW using this ??–Or is there one that I am not aware of?

  47. Myong Boatwright | October 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm |

    Commissary Reward card system is good way to save some money and easy way to use coupons.

  48. Amber Creech | October 10, 2012 at 9:50 pm |

    To see what we eat and buy wow ithought only the civilvan life did that.

  49. Harold C. Lamm | October 14, 2012 at 3:17 pm |

    I have the REWARDS CARD…distributed at the Ft. Belvoir, VA Commissary.

    I have attemptexd to register on my computer…NO LUCK..

    What is the secret…what happened to a "friendly computer SIGN_UP

  50. Lillisn Turner | October 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm |

    Most companies are having you to print out your coupons, I was told by a cashier at the Navy Commissary in Pensacola,FL that they did not take Printed coupons. I was not pleased since all of the stores off base take these coupons.
    Can anyone tell me why the commissary don't.

  51. Grest idea…. poor enrollment format. Why make it so difficult to enroll ?
    Still haven't figured out how to enroll !

  52. Will not let me register the card The page keeps restarting. Need to work out the bugs.

    Good Idea if you can get it to work

  53. How do I register my new coupon card

  54. OK , I registered my reward card – now how does one go about locating the coupons?

  55. Good deal.

  56. disappointedokie | November 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm |

    regestered card–can't get back on without multiple tries. Then would not load coupons.. So far, BIG dud.

  57. have had the new card for several weeks unable to load coupons, problems logging on at times, what about that large surge charge at the end of your receipt it is a maintenance fee never saw this before, since when did they start this fee….not really impressed ….

  58. I've never used this coupon card. Does it limit the number of coupons you can use? If it does, then I don't like it. I save more with paper coupons. I can't believe some commissaries are not allowing printable coupons like some people said here…bring the coupon policy with you or contact headquarters.

  59. How do you replace a lost card?

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