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Our Reduced Holiday Hours are as follows:

May 29, 2017 (Memorial Day) Early Closure 0900-1700

July 4, 2017 (Independence Day) Early Closure 0900-1700

September 4, 2017 (Labor Day) Early Closure 0900-1700


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Sales Store Checker GS-2091-03
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The Ramstein Commissary has a Consumer Corner/ Coupon Cabinet! Coupons are provided by individuals and organizations in the United States. This is their way of supporting the military families overseas. Feel free to stop by and go through the coupons. The Consumer Corner is located just to the left as you enter the commissary. All coupons used in the commissary are valid for up to six months past the expiration date.


2017 brings more Savings

FORT LEE, Va.  As the calendar flips to 2017, commissary shoppers can easily resolve to save more and eat healthier by not only taking advantage of special in-store promotions and coupons, but also checking out the Defense Commissary Agencys new Nutrition Guide Program.
Your commissary is always here to help you eat healthier and also save even more on all your favorite name-brand products, said Tracie Russ, DeCAs director of sales. Speaking of healthy, football parties can easily take a healthy twist: try tacos with ground turkey or white chicken chili thats just as hearty and spicy as any recipe your mom passed along, Russ said.
Shoppers can find these ideas on DeCAs website,, along with the commissary sales flyer, which features discounted items and healthy recipe ideas.
Throughout January, DeCAs industry partners  vendors, suppliers and brokers  are collaborating with commissaries to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substituted events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:
" Nutrition Guide Program. Kicking off DeCA-wide this month, the NGP highlights five key nutritional attributes: low sodium, no-added sugar, whole grain, low fat and great source of fiber, and whether the item is organic. The programs catch phrase, Dietitian Approved! We Did the Work for You! aptly describes it. The color-coded shelf tags  some with Thumbs Up designations  make it easier for customers to choose products that are right for them and their families. For more information on the Nutrition Guide Program, visit
" Changing the Game Together. From Jan. 2-29, shoppers worldwide can buy $30 of participating P&G products and get $5 off of P&G products on their next shopping trip, when they use their Commissary Rewards Card. Qualifying purchases must be made in a single transaction Jan. 2-29. The $5 off digital coupon will be added to your Rewards Card and must be redeemed by Feb. 28. Participating name brands include Bounty, Charmin, Tide, Pampers, Pantene, Oil of Olay, Swiffer, Crest, Gillette and more.
" The Special Olympics. Procter & Gambles 37th annual Special Olympics promotion runs worldwide Jan. 2-29. Look for the high-value coupon booklets in stores and the colorful Special Olympics displays promoting the specially marked P&G products. P&G will make a donation to local Special Olympics Chapters through this promotion.
" Kelloggs Right Start. Commissary patrons visiting stateside stores Jan. 2-15 should look for the Kelloggs TEXT TO WIN mass display for a chance win an Xbox One with its new personal fitness feature. There will also be an Xbox One free offer on specially marked promotional packaging. Key Brands in this event include Special K, Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Pop-Tarts and Nutri-Grain.
" Big Game Big Deals Giveaway! Kraft Heinz Company is ready for the big game. Theyre offering coupon deals and increased incentives for patrons during the Super Bowl timeframe (Jan. 16  Feb. 12). Nineteen prizes of $500 in commissary gift cards will be given away stateside, and there will be two $500 winners overseas. The online sweepstakes runs Jan. 2  Feb. 5. In-store displays will have entry forms, and no purchase is necessary. Participating brands: Heinz, Ore-Ida, Bagel Bites, Kraft Natural Cheese, Jell-O Puddings and Gelatins, Breakstones and Knudsen Sour Cream, Kraft Dinners, Kraft Salad Dressings, Kraft BBQ Sauce, Oscar Mayer Bacon and Hot Dogs, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Maxwell House Coffee, Planters Peanuts, Taco Bell, Cool Whip and Grey Poupon.
" Snickers and Skittles Candy Bowl. The Super Bowl is a top-selling snack occasion  second only to Thanksgiving. Commissary patrons can join Team Snickers or Team Skittles. Entrants can win prizes instantly with online activation as they text a picture of their favorite product. There will be a grand prize drawing for season tickets and swag of your favorite NFL team. See in-store displays for more details.
" Warming Up America. General Mills Progresso presents their annual souper soup sale offering discounts and high-value coupons on Progresso soups in addition to online Rewards Card coupons worldwide. The promotion runs through Jan. 24.
The Defense Commissary Agency sends out New Years wishes to all of our military shoppers to have a healthy, safe and prosperous 2017, Russ said. Your commissary is always there for the military and their families year-round, providing the very best savings possible. Your commissary is always worth the trip!



By DeCA Corporate Communications

FORT LEE, Va.  Commissary savings will be reported more often and better reflect the cost of living where patrons shop, said the director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency.

We have updated how we measure patron savings at the commissary, Joseph H. Jeu said. This enhanced way of calculating savings doesnt change the actual dollars that patrons save, but it will give patrons a better understanding of price comparisons in their local area.

Historically, DeCA measured savings globally, by comparing national prices at commissaries against average market prices for the whole country. However, the cost of living varies by region. To account for these geographic differences, Congress now requires DeCA to report on savings regionally, comparing prices with two-to-three commercial grocers, including super centers, in the local area of each commissary in the United States.

Through this updated measurement, DeCA is also expanding the range of items on which it measures savings. Besides continuing to compare approximately 38,000 branded items at a national level, DeCA will also be comparing local prices on approximately 1,000 products, which are representative of a shoppers typical market basket.

What we did before was good for showing a worldwide, annual savings average, Jeu said. However, now we are diving deeper into our patrons shopping experience to better reflect regional differences in cost of living and actual shopping patterns.

Since the savings rate is calculated from local price comparisons, it will vary by region due to differences in the cost of living, even when commissary prices remain uniform and constant.

For example: Imagine the price of macaroni is $1.25 at all commissaries, but the comparison price at local commercial retailers varies by region. In Hawaii, where the cost of living is higher, the price of macaroni in commercial retailers is $2, but in Georgia, where the cost of living is lower, the price outside the gate is $1.50. This would mean even though customers pay $1.25 for macaroni at commissaries worldwide, customers in Hawaii save 37.5 percent by using their commissary benefit, whereas customers in Georgia save 16.7 percent.

Congress requires that DeCA maintain savings at current levels, even as the commissary system transforms its business operations and improves the shopping experience. The new savings rate provides an accurate baseline that will allow DeCA and Congress to monitor and protect patron savings.

I am pleased that DeCA can offer significant savings to our patrons on products they frequently purchase, said Jeu, The enhanced savings calculation will allow us to measure the benefit more specifically and more often, protecting it at current levels for years to come. The value of a patron's market basket should not change because of the new savings calculation. Although market fluctuations will cause prices of grocery products to increase and decrease  as they do today  commissary patron savings levels will remain constant.

For information on savings by region, see the table below:

Commissaries Savings %*

New England 36 21.4%

South Atlantic 30 19.9%

South Central 33 18.1%

Pacific 31 20.9%

Mountain 20 17.6%

North Central 18 20.2%

Alaska / Hawaii 9 32.6%

US Average 177 20.2%

Overseas 61 44.2%

Global Average 238 23.7%

For more details on the commissarys new business model, visit the transformation page on DeCAs website, for FAQs.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for Americas military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

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