Military and Food Stamps

February 18, 2014 | Kate Horrell

CNN Money reported yesterday that the use of federal food benefits, also called Food Stamps or SNAP benefits, has increased at military commissaries.  It was an interesting article, but it missed a … [Read more...]

Commissaries Closing?

January 23, 2014 | Kate Horrell

My friend and colleague Amy Bushatz posted yesterday about the possibility of commissaries being closed.  In Pentagon Proposes Plan To Gut Commissary's Budget, Amy explains the Department of Defense … [Read more...]

When Will 2014 Military Pay Be Announced?

December 07, 2013 | Kate Horrell

Update 28 December 2013:  The President has signed the National Defense Authorization Act and it is now law.  The NDAA includes provisions for a 1.0% increase in military pay.  Read more here: … [Read more...]

Veterans Day Discounts 2013

October 29, 2013 | Kate Horrell
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Every year, my Veterans Day discount post is super-popular.  I hope that many of you will find it useful again this year.  Not all venues have announced their plans for 2013, so I will be updating … [Read more...]

Learning How To Coupon

October 10, 2013 | Kate Horrell

In almost every budget, food is the second or third largest cost.  (Housing is almost always number 1, and transportation is two or three for most people.)  There are a variety of ways to save money … [Read more...]

Commissaries in Shutdown: Stateside Closed, Overseas Open

September 29, 2013 | Kate Horrell

The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) has announced their plans in the event of a government shutdown. Stores located in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, would be open on 1 October … [Read more...]

Five Government Shutdown Questions

September 26, 2013 | Kate Horrell

Well, we still don't know if a government shutdown will happen, but you know that I like to be prepared.  Several questions keep coming up over and over again, so I thought that would address them … [Read more...]

School Lunches That Won’t Break The Budget

August 26, 2013 | Kate Horrell

Kids are heading back to school, and parents are trying to figure out the best way to feed their children healthy lunches without spending their entire food budget.  For most of us, the first choice … [Read more...]

It’s Hard To Know Your Prices

July 26, 2013 | Kate Horrell

I've just come home from my first US grocery store trip in almost two years, and it reminded me how hard it is to keep track of grocery store prices when there are so many shopping options. In my … [Read more...]

Curbside Shopping: Coming To You?

July 23, 2013 | Kate Horrell

The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) is trying out a new curbside pickup program at three commissaries.  Like civilian grocery store programs, you can order your groceries online and pick them up at … [Read more...]

No More Commissary Remote Location Sales

July 01, 2013 | Kate Horrell

It's internet official:  the special remote location sales offered by the Defense Commissary Agency have been suspended until further notice.  These sales, which brought commissary products and … [Read more...]

Free Meals on 4 July

June 28, 2013 | Kate Horrell

Traveling over Independence Day?  Truck stop chains TA Travel Centers and Petro Truck Stops are offering free meals to active duty, reserve and veteran military members.  Eligible patrons may … [Read more...]

Commissary Survey – Have Your Say

June 25, 2013 | Kate Horrell

If you are Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) shopper, you've probably got some opinions on the commissaries.  DeCA wants to know your thoughts!  They have an online survey up now and they are hoping … [Read more...]

June DeCA Remote Sales

May 31, 2013 | Kate Horrell

Each month, the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) brings commissary products and prices to various locations that are located away from regular commissary stores.  DeCA calls them Guard and … [Read more...]