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Remember your commissary to save on holiday meals

The holiday season brings lots of cheer, spirit and, of course, the holiday celebrations and food. Because of this, it can be easy to get off track with your healthy eating habits.

The holiday season brings lots of cheer, spirit and, of course, the holiday celebrations and food. Because of this, it can be easy to get off track with your healthy eating habits. (Courtesy photo)

FORT LEE, Va. -- Somewhere between the holiday decorations, the ripping of wrapping paper, the college bowl games and the hopeful New Year’s resolutions, there are a few holiday meals in the mix.

If you’re a commissary patron, you’ll have plenty to cheer about over the holidays as you count your savings while shopping for your festive menus, said Tracie L. Russ Defense Commissary agency sales director.

“We encourage our patrons to use their commissary benefit to save their hard-earned pay when planning holiday meals,” Russ said. “And whether you need snacks for the bowl games or munchies for the children while they’re out of school, your commissary has what you need without breaking your festive budget in the process.”

Throughout December and into the new year, commissary industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with stores to offer promotional discounts beyond everyday savings for the holidays.

Commissary patrons can maximize their shopping trip simply by visiting www.commissaries.com. Under the Sales and Events link they can find the “Deals for the Holidays” flyer featuring savings through Dec. 25 on the following items: various cooking and baking ingredients, smoked hams, dinner rolls, coffees, candies, cookies, juices, aluminum foil, storage and garbage bags, plastic dinnerware, paper plates, cake and pie pans, batteries and wrapping tape. The website also has recipes and cooking tips.

Although Thanksgiving has come and gone, one of the commissary’s largest worldwide promotions, the Free Turkey Coupon Booklet, continues through Dec. 31 allowing patrons to save on their holiday turkey dinners.

These industry partners have combined their efforts to help patrons earn a free fresh or frozen whole turkey when they buy holiday meal items. This coupon booklet also includes preparation tips and holiday recipes.

Commissary patrons will see another holiday promotion supported by store displays throughout December highlighting deeply discounted items with high value, in-store coupons.

“There are plenty of things to worry about as you plan to celebrate the holidays, but saving money on your groceries won’t be one of them when you shop the commissary,” Russ said. “As always, we wish everyone a peaceful, festive holiday season, especially our men and women in uniform serving overseas.”