The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) faced a tough operating environment in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 as sales fell by 4.3 percent.
Is it a coincidence that their sales dropped right about the time they scared many of the couponers off....
Coupled with the ID scanning...
I live about 20 miles from the Commissary, and if I don't time it right, I hit I-5 traffic.
I've been buying more unprocessed foods, and more organic etc, so I was already shopping those items off-base.
I also have a pretty decent stockpile for our small family, and drug store deals took a bite out of what I used to spend at the Comm.
I was shopping about once a month, and still spending a pretty good chunk of money, buying pet supplies and some random stuff with coupons that was a lot less there than in town.
Last fall, they closed the Commissary, and Costco welcomed us to shop for those few days. I have 2 Costco stores 5-10 miles from here (depends which direction I'm going).
Then they started the ID scanning, which I don't care for one bit.
Then Costco had the Living Social deal in the spring, and I finally joined.
This past year, I've probably been to the Commissary 4 or 5 times, and spent less than I used to on my monthly trip. Now, I'm upgrading cat food, so that won't even draw me back for a stockup. I'm about to the point where driving there is going to cost more than what I'd save by making the drive.
I think I've always had a little bit of a love/hate relationship with the Commissary. I've never really found it to be a pleasant place to shop (it has an atmosphere of unfriendliness to me) but back when we needed it especially, the prices were good. After 22 years, it was sort of a go-to habit. Not so much now.
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