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Friday, October 21, 2022

Shopping at a military commissary and some replies

Hello everyone 

My husband needed to go the VA hospital to get his eyeglasses adjusted. 
So while we were near a military base,  we shopped at a commissary.  Commissaries are grocery stores for military.  
Commissaries used to have very low prices compared to civilian stores.   Compared to stores in my town now though,  the commissary is about the same on most prices.  
We go there because their meats are higher quality and a good bit cheaper than I can buy locally.  They also have some brands we can’t get locally and they do have some good sales and coupon matchups.  

I got the  biggest  surprise and laugh when I saw a supply chain problem there. 

The meat was not wrapped on a plastic or styrofoam meat tray but was wrapped on an assortment of disposable plates.  ๐Ÿ˜‚
I’m guessing was did not make the butchers and meat wrappers too happy as the plates are much floppier than meat trays.  

We like to buy these big boxes of meat for $43
The commissary labels them Economy Boxes and I think they are a good economy. 

Our box had 3 packs pork chops, 1 pack of 2 pork tenderloins, 
1 beef roast, 2 trays of beef cube steaks and 4 rolls of 85% ground beef. 
I added up all the price stickers on the wrapped meat and it came to just a few cents away from $43 
I don’t know how much the ground beef rolls sell for but it’s like they were free because all the wrapped meats are things we might of bought individually anyway and they cost the total of the box. 

Our very best bargain today was eggs.  Are eggs really high where you shop?  I think the last carton of 18 eggs from Walmart was $5.89.


I’ve never seen eggs in 24 count cartons and these were $3.39 a carton. 
We bought 3 as we eat lots of eggs with 7 of us living here 

Commissary shopping privileges are now available to veterans rated with any military disability and their dependents  and for reserves, in addition to retirees and active duty. 
I’m not sure how vets without ID cards get that established to shop there but I do think it is worth it, especially if your nearest commissary has a great meat department like Tinker Air Force commissary.  

A few replies 

The White Lily flour made especially nice pizza crust.  It was soft on top and crisp on the bottom. 
The chocolate chip cookies were really good too and had a nice crispness to them too. 

If I am in the Deep South and can purchase this flour, I may get a few more bags but I won’t pay crazy shipping prices to get it any other way.  

About the stuffed peaches,  I used canned peach halves.  
Drain them and turn them all cut side up.
For a 28 ounce of peach halves,  I mix about 4 ounces of softened cream cheese, a little vanilla, maybe 1/4 c finely chopped pecans and 2 or 3 T powdered sugar.  
Then fill each peach half and keep chilled until serving. 

That link is when I blogged about them a few years ago and also contains a link to YouTube video of  a homemaker preparing a very similar recipe.  

Sorry about my infrequent posts.
I am doing a good bit of cooking and cleaning with 7 in our home, but frankly, I just don’t get as much done as I used to.
I keep all the necessary things done but I don’t have the energy right now to do lots of creative or extra stuff.  

Hope you are well and happy 
❤️ Rhonda 


  1. Glad to see you post.
    That is a fantastic price on eggs! WOW! I have never seen 24 packs either.
    The pork prices look to be quite decent to me. Beef is pretty expensive here, but I do get ground beef on sale for 2.79/lb. quite often.
    Take care

  2. Rhonda, thanks so much for posting about the commissary and how they now allow more types of veterans in…my husband has both Purple Heart and VA disability and we never knew we could go, since he didn’t retire from the Army. The closest one is across Phoenix…50 miles, but we will make a big trip to see it. Thanks again!

  3. I am right there with you on energy, and I don't have 7 living with me.

  4. We live 3 hours away from the nearest commissary, so it's been awhile since I've been. I compare the prices as about the same as Walmart, maybe a little cheaper. Except for meat. Definitely cheaper at the commissary. That's kinda funny about the wrapping, but hey - gotta do what ya gotta do and it looks fine to me lol

  5. What a great deal on the meat box.

    The stuffed peaches sound wonderful.

    God bless.

  6. I always enjoy your posts, no matter how infrequent!

  7. I used to shop the commissary as my husband is retired military and service connected disabled. But we moved 14 years ago and we’re too far away - about 250 miles. I too liked their meat.

  8. That is a lot of red meat! Good for you on the price. I paid $4.98 for a dozen eggs.

  9. Nice deal on the meat!
    We have a hog coming this week, so I'll be cooking up some of last year's pork roasts to shred and put back in the freezer. They won't take up as much room that way. Lol.
    I recently purchased 5 dozen fresh eggs from Scott's step-sister's son. He's a young teen and has his own chickens. They were a little more expensive than the store, but a one-time purchase for me to help him out. They are nice eggs, though.
    I think of you often - I know you're busy!


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