Have you been to Sam's?

Thursday, October 3, 2013

With the government shutdown, and for military/DoD, the loss of commissary use, we have to find other means to get groceries. For some, this can be devastating, but for others, it's a little easier to look to the next grocery store down the road since you live in town. I realize that there are many military families who live with next to nothing based on pay, rank, etc, and I know from personal experience that many others may not have to be as careful- couponing and calculating every expense down to the penny. I'm not here to get into an argument on paygrades or anything, just to offer an alternative --- for those milso's out there who live on base and only shop at the commissary, and know no other alternative.

Here is something I found which may ease the situation:

While the military commissaries are closed due to the government shutdown, Sam's Club is allowing all military members with a valid military ID card to shop without a Sam's Club membership. This includes ALL military members, active, Guard, Reserve AND retired! All you need to do is go to the customer service counter with a valid military ID card, and you will be provided a number to use while shopping. This is a great gesture on the part of Sam's Club while military members and families are unable to shop at military commissaries.

I found this here, and have also received confirmation from other military spouses that have already taken to this and found on location that this is true. Sam's Club looks like a great alternative to the commissary right now, right? I remember growing up we had a membership for maybe a year or so, and though everything is generally in bulk, there are some prices you can't beat, and some items you can't find anywhere else. I realize that produce and meat especially at the commissary are premium/choice - you can't find that quality for that price anywhere else - but hey, let's give it a shot!

Having the commissaries and many other offices on base close down because of this isn't the end of the world...Though I have seen pictures from commissaries around the country which look like an apocalypse just hit. Really, though, we just have to stretch our resources - don't fret! Stay safe, and be mindful out there ladies!


  1. Wow, thank you for the information!

  2. Our base informed us about this. I am so thankful! I was just telling my husband that we should take advantage of buying in bulk while we can. Thanks for spreading the word!


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