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Commissary 101: How to Shop at the Commissary

  Whether you're new to military life or not, we’ve got everything you need to know about how to shop at the commissary.

One of the many benefits of military life is discounted shopping on base. While the on-base department store is known as the "exchange," the on-base grocery store is known as the commissary. And like most things in military life, it comes with its own quirks and rules. You can make the most of your commissary trip and feel like an old pro whether it's your first time or 50th, by reading our handy guide. Here's everything you need to know... more

TRICARE Patients Curb Rising Phamacy Costs by Switching to Home Delivery

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TRICARE patients are making the switch to Home Delivery.  In record numbers, patients with regular prescription medications are getting their 90-day supplies through the mail-order option – TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery. That’s made a dent in use of more expensive retail pharmacy options. Retail pharmacy growth slowed from an annual rate of about 7 percent in 2010 to less than 2 percent through July 2011.  “This success is due in large ... more

Budgeting for Baby


You may have to spend your money in different ways once your new bundle of joy comes along. But a little planning can help you maintain financial security as your family grows. Denise Dorman has a two-word explanation for why she didn't do much financial planning before the birth of her son, Jack, and it's not "morning sickness." "Hurricane Ivan," she says. Denise and her husband, Dave, had half of their home destroyed in September 2004, a m... more

10 Back-to-School Deals for Military Families

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As summer camps wind to a close and kids make their final splashes at the pool, parents have one thing on their minds: back-to-school shopping. But when you add up the cost of all the items on your kids’ classroom supply lists, backpacks, clothes and shoes, back-to-school is expensive! The following is a list of discounts to help military families get the kids off to school in style while staying within your budget. Make sure to visit the Mi... more

Summer Activities for Families on a Budget


Military families are always looking for fun things to do, especially during the summer months when the kids are out of school and the weather is too nice to be cooped up at home watching television. But we’re also on a tight budget, which means we’re on the lookout for affordable summer activities that the whole family will enjoy. So how can we keep ourselves entertained this summer without breaking the bank? Here are some tips to point you ... more

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