Military families are the backbone of our national defense, but their financial strength is often tested by rising grocery bills, clothing costs, and everyday expenses.

Thankfully, there’s a powerful duo in their corner: military commissaries and exchanges.

In 2024, these essential benefits are receiving a significant upgrade, offering deeper savings, expanded eligibility, and increased convenience for service members, veterans, and their families.

Commissaries: Your Discounted Grocery Gateway

Imagine this: You walk into a store stocked with all the essentials – milk, bread, eggs, meat, produce – and the prices are consistently lower than what you’d find at your local supermarket.

That’s the reality of shopping at a commissary, a benefit exclusive to authorized patrons. And in 2024, the Department of Defense (DoD) is making these savings even sweeter.

Supercharged Savings

The average commissary shopper already enjoys a 22 percent discount on groceries compared to civilian stores. But this year, the DoD is investing heavily to bring those savings even higher, targeting a 3-5 percent additional price reduction on essential items. Stock up on bread, milk, eggs, and other staples, knowing you’re getting the absolute best deal.

Click2Go for the Busy Family

Don’t have time for a leisurely shopping trip? No problem! The innovative Click2Go program, now available at all commissaries worldwide, lets you order groceries online, select a convenient pick-up time, and then simply pull up curbside. Commissary staff will load your groceries directly into your car, saving you valuable time and effort.

Doorstep Delivery on the Rise

The future of grocery shopping for military families might involve staying in your pajamas! A pilot program in select locations is testing doorstep delivery within a 20-mile radius of participating commissaries. While the long-term availability remains to be seen, the potential for added convenience, especially for families with young children or those stationed far from the base, is a game-changer.