Monday, November 18, 2013

Commissary Rewards?!?

*disclaimer:  I was not paid by the commissary rewards program to promote this service.  These experiences and opinions are entirely my own.*

As if there could ever actually be a reward for going to the commissary, right?  Unless you feel rewarded when standing in long lines, weaving through aisles jam-packed with carts, hearing the occasional screaming child (no judgement to all my parents out there...I'll feel your pain one day), or standing in a check out line that resembles Best Buy on black Friday.   We never used the commissary at Ft. Campbell as much as we do now.  I never felt like going through the hassle of driving 20 minutes when Kroger was five minutes from our house.    Now that we are living in Germany the commissary has become my new best friend.  One day when I was spending some quality time with my new BFF in the self check out line, I noticed the Commissary Rewards Cards sitting in a stack.  I had seen a couple of commercials on AFN about the card, so I went home to do some research and see if there were any coupons I would actually use. 

I'm such a bad Army wife.  Am I the last person to find out about this card?

A while back I attempted to play the whole coupon game, but I gave up when I realized I was just buying random things that I never actually would have purchased.  I also didn't have enough dedication to put a whole binder together like some of those savvy couponers out there.  Luckily, the commissary rewards card is so easy to use and has coupons for items you would normally buy. 

I have to admit this is a pretty rewarding view from our commissary.

It's all done online, so you don't have to keep folders for all of your coupons and fumble through them at the check out line.  The card actually stores all of your coupons.  I've seen a few reviews on the card saying that it didn't work when they were in the check out line, so I was a bit reluctant when I used it for the first time.  I asked the cashier to see if it always worked, and he said he has never seen it not work.  Just remember this isn't like other grocery store cards because you have to actually go online and load the coupons you want on your card.

It's pretty amazing.  I even found that one of the items had a paper coupon next to it in the aisle.  I wasn't sure if it would work at check out, but I decided to pick it up and see what happened.  The cashier said sometimes it accepts the coupons and sometimes it doesn't.  It must have been my lucky day because it did! 

The mobile app for this is really well put together.  You can even add coupons to your card while you're shopping.  For example, I remembered I needed batteries while I was shopping.  The mobile app allows you to search for coupons using a brand name, so I tried a few names and found a coupon for $0.50 off.  Score, so easy! 

A few of my commissary rewards:
Fabric freshner:  $0.75 off
Batteries:  $0.50 off
Frozen pie crusts:  Save $1 on 2 
Refrigerated baked goods (because my cookies from scratch suck):  Save $1 on 2 

My favorite reward so far:
Body wash:  Originally $2.99.  CRC coupon $2.  Coupon in aisle $0.50.  I paid $0.49!!!

So, it turns out there is actually something that can give you a rewarding feeling after you make it through the lines.  So, go and pick up your card at your local commissary. Register it online here.   Click all of the coupons that are useful to you.  Then download the mobile app because it's so useful and almost makes it more like a game, not to mention it's something else to do besides check your IG for the 10th time that day (or is that just me? #waytoomuchtimeonmyhands). Good luck friends!  

Did the card work for you?  I'd love to hear your favorite deal and experiences. 


  1. I'm with you on the HIKE it is to the commissary. I don't go often because it feels like so much work, but whenever I do I'm always proud of myself for saving money. So that's where I'll be tomorrow between the hours of 9:30-11 (the hours I have deemed least horrific). When I'm about to lose it between the olives and the rice I'll tell myself to stop by Dunkin Donuts as a reward. Speaking of, are there DD in Germany???

    1. I was about to respond no, since I haven't seen any around here. I just googled it, and apparently they do have locations in Frankfurt! I'll have to check it out when I finally make it to Chipotle. Thanks for bringing it up!


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