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Are you feeling the pain of the commissary closing?

Posted October 2, 2013


As we all know, there is currently a partial government shut down taking place. What you may NOT know is that commissaries at stateside military bases have also shut down. This affects thousands of military families.

Are you a commissary shopper who is affected by the commissary shut down? If so, where are you now shopping?

For more information on the commissary closings, I recommend an article from CouponsintheNews.com.

It looks like the commissary website is still up and running but has not been updated. A call to the Fort Bragg commissary was met with a busy signal today.


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  • 3boys3 Oct 5, 2013

    My brother was one in the military who is now not working...their family is so stressed as others are. They have 2 boys in college and about 10 years ago finally had built their first home. Spoke with him on the phone today and I could hear the stress in his voice. We've put together 2 huge boxes of household items for washing, cleaning, and toiletries along with another one of many of the great deals we scored during HT triples. I haven;t been able to work now for 5 years and felt almost helpless until I saw you Faye on WRAL talking about your couponing. It has been a lifesaver for our family and now I have a better feeling of self worth being able to help out so many family members, friends, and shelters. God bless YOU Faye for everything you to do help not just us...but it trickles down to soooo many others. You Are Loved!

  • scoutmomof2 Oct 3, 2013

    bluebird, why would they close down the mall in Washington where the monuments are and where during every other government shut down or during normal times are always open to the public. Instead this time they barricaded them and even rebarricaded the WWII monument and posted guards to make sure no one except veterans can get in. I think they are trying to make this as difficult as possible so that everyone feels pain.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 3, 2013

    cbray4 - I am so sorry to hear that. This must be so frustrating for those of you with limited shopping options.

    rushbot - I have heard that from a number of commissary shoppers who coupon. They can usually get better prices on coupon items at other stores with the right sale.

    Thanks again to all for sharing.

  • bluebird1075 Oct 2, 2013

    Why would the government shut down a money making business ? Are they trying to make a point by doing it? I'm 100% for the military with 3 generations of Marines! I don't understand why they are shutting down memorials that are free to get into to see. I'm glad the World War 2 memorial was opened for the Veterans!

  • cbray4 Oct 2, 2013

    Families located at bigger bases like Fort Bragg at least have lots of options other than the commissary to shop. Like Walmart, Food Lion, Harris Teeter. Yes its more expensive but at least there are other options. We recently moved from Fort Bragg to Fort Polk and since our commissary is closed, our only option is 1 Walmart and 1 Market Basket. WIC is completely out and here if you cant get even one item, you cant get any items on the voucher. You can imagine the chaos.

  • rushbot Oct 2, 2013

    i occasionally shop down at ft bragg..but to be honest, i can usually beat the commissary pricing at costco for bulk items and local wake county grocery stores by watching out for sales..we are fortunate to have food lion, harris teeter, lowes, kroger, aldi, target, wallyworld, and some others all competing..that may go away when kroger finishes buying harris teeter..but publix is coming...

  • NAVY MOM Oct 2, 2013

    Sorry -can't spell today. Meant to say Camp Lejeune!

  • NAVY MOM Oct 2, 2013

    Meredith - I heard the line was extremely long at Camp Lejuene as well. I didn't get a chance to get down there myself to stock up due to my work schedule. But it is such a shame to waste all that food!

    Faye - I agree -donate to the shelters in the community or at least the VA Hospitals!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 2, 2013

    Meredith - I completely agree. I hope this will be resolved very soon. Thanks for your feedback. I am so disturbed by all the food these grocery stores tossed in the garbage yesterday. There are about 180 commissaries in the US. If everyone of them threw out food, can you imagine how many people that could have fed??

    The least they could have done was mark it down 75% - 90% off or donate it to the homeless shelter. I can't believe that these places think that it is ok to toss perfectly good food when so many people do not have enough to eat.

    Carelesswhisper - I just heard from a good friend today that the company her husband works for will be laying off 900 people between now and March (including my friend's husband) as they shut down an entire division. He is an electrician and this will hit them hard unless he finds something else soon.

  • meredith88 Oct 2, 2013

    I have a lot of friends who are young military wives. They all went out yesterday with babies in tow and tried to stock up as best they could to tide them through what will hopefully be a short closure. Each of them reported they had to stand in line for over an hour to buy their groceries. One of my other friends called her commisary to see what they would do with the leftover produce and perishables when they closed last night and they said it was all going in the dumpster. So sad. I also have a few other friends who work for the government (in and out of the military) who were sent home from work yesterday and will not be allowed to return to work until the shutdown ends and they are receiving no pay. My prayers go out to everyone affected by this event and that it will be resolved as quickly as possible.