The government officially shut down on October 1. This will greatly impact military families everywhere. Making matters worse is the news that, beginning October 2, commissaries will close their doors for the duration of the shut down.
Those who were brave enough to head out to the stores on Tuesday were met with long lines and dwindling stock. The stores rushed to unload their stock of perishables including fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and meat products.
What exactly does this mean for military families? Well, it really depends on how much grocery shopping is dependent upon the commissary. Some families only shop there for certain items, typically meat products. There are other families who do all of their shopping at the stores, while some do none of theirs at the commissaries.
Until the shut down is resolved, the best thing for military spouses to do is to coupon. Many stores offer double coupon days and, although their prices may be higher on some items, it isn’t impossible to find a deal. This may not be an easy task for those who are stationed on smaller bases and do not have a lot of options for grocery shopping.
Perhaps the silver lining, though, is that commissaries oversea will remain open during the duration of the shutdown. This is incredibly helpful to families stationed in foreign countries that may have very few options for grocery shopping.
How is your family preparing for the government shut-down and closure of commissaries?