I’ll admit, I was a skeptic on the savings the commissary provides. I thought off-post stores would take the edge over the commissary, because while each offers its own off-brand, the commissary only sells name-brand products. As the Washington Post wrote, the commissary is “stocked with seemingly every brand of every food product available in America.”

And it is true; the commissary offers the same variety of brands of ketchup as Walmart — five to be specific — but could the discount of the Great Value store brand be enough to pull civilian stores into the lead for budget shopping?

Contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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Great article, it is nice to see a neutral piece covering comparitive local shopping. A larger shopping trip piece would be appreciated as it could get the snapshot of buying laundry detergent/dish soap and a few other items folks must buy every month. I'm strongly opinionated as to which venue is the best (cost and service combined) and it is nice to see reporting excluding personal opinion and just presenting facts.


It would have been nice to have been informed that our picture was taken and put in the paper and online...was a lil creeped out when my friends told me.


I would try the commissary if I could..so I do most of my shopping at Walmart.
I hear lots of stories about how employees are mistreated, and I do consider that until I go to HEB. At HEB I am overcharged almost everytime. HEB's prices that I'm charged do not match the posted price. And in order to get a refund, I have to look like an A.. to get my money back. I have told the checkers at times, and they ignore what I tell them. I have talked to others and some say the same about HEB. They lost a large part of my shopping a long time ago.

Mamma Griz

Shopping in the commissary is fine if you can drive to it. I'm not able to drive that distance. I live about a mile from an HEB, just a little further from a Walmart. Why should I shop at the commissary when it is just me, I don't buy in bulk-- and I'm perfectly happy with my stores nearby.

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