If you are eligible to use the military commissaries, but don't live near one, you need to keep your eyes open for what the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) calls Guard/Reserve On-Site Sales. I call them remote sales, because they are taking commissary products and prices to a location that is remote from regular bricks and mortar stores.
These sales are open to all eligible commissary patrons with a valid military ID. This includes National Guard and families, reservists and families, retirees, and active duty families who just happen to live nowhere near a base.
Upcoming remote sales include:
March 20-21, Yakima Training Center, Yakima, Washington 98903
March 26 – 29, 75th Battle Group Training Div, Houston, Texas 77034
April 9 – 11, 482nd Fighter Wing, Homestead ARB, Bldg 920, Homestead, Florida 33030
April 10 – 11, Air Force Labs, Rome Labs, Bldg 2, 148 Electronics Pkwy, Rome, New York 13441-4516
April 10 – 12, 190th CSSB, Guard and Reserve Center, 2915 Gable Road, Billings, Montana 59102
April 17 – 18, Camp Mabry, 2200 W 35th St, Bldg 58, Austin, Texas 78703
April 23 – 25, HQ 1015 Maintenance Co, 5015 N 34th St, Bldg 900, Forest Park, Georgia 30297-5122
April 23 – 25, Chappell Armory, Camp Robinson, Bldg 3000, N. Little Rock, AR 72199
The links in each listing will take you to the webpage for the sponsoring commissary store. I strongly recommend you call them and double-check dates, time and locations for each sale, especially if you will be travelling any distance and/or there has been bad weather in your area. Things change, and it would be a bummer for you to make a special trip just to discover that the truck was stuck somewhere or the location had a power failure or whatever craziness can happen in life.
Have you ever attended one of these sales? I'd love to hear about them - selection, prices, etc. I'm curious if they are worth the effort. I know I save a lot by buying at the commissary, but I have no experience with these sales.