Commissary User Savings

Posted: May 3, 2012 in Uncategorized
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When military service members shop their commissary, they save a substantial amount of money, while contributing to the improvement of the commissary system. That’s because for almost 60 years, Congress has required commissaries to collect a surcharge on purchases to make them more self-sustaining. “Every time our customers shop at the commissary, they are not only saving money because we sell at cost, but they are also taking care of their own,” said Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA director and CEO. “Their purchases help improve commissary facilities for their brothers and sisters in uniform.” The surcharge, which has been set at 5 percent for the past 28 years, is used to build replacement stores, renovate and repair existing stores, and purchase equipment such as freezers and cash registers. Even with the surcharge, customers still enjoy an average of 32 percent or more in savings. [Source: AFSA On Call Leg Up 29 Mar 2012 ++]

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