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Commissaries crack down on bulk buying, "coupon abuse"

Military commissaries are setting new limits on coupon use and bulk buying. This comes as the Pentagon is asking Congress to let them essentially remove much of the overall discount at commissaries.

If you shop at commissaries like the one at Corry Station, you'll still be able to use certain coupons. Authorities say this move is meant to regulate bulk buying and cut down on what they call "coupon abuse."

The Defense Commissary Agency recently posted the new rules on Facebook. Under them, you may not order more than three cases or 36 units of any product. The agency also says it will no longer allow returns of "unreasonable quantities".

Commissary shoppers we spoke with are not happy about about the changes.

"I'm on a limited income," said Karen Klos, "My husband was retired Air Force. He passed away almost two years ago, and to limit how much you can buy I think is absolutely terrible."   

"I don't want 'em to crack down on it," said Ron Fortin, a Navy retiree, "I want them to continue what they had before so that people can buy what they want."
Authorities say the new policy is meant to stop coupon-using customers from getting items for free and re-selling them, or making money by splitting transactions to get more cash back.

The move to curb "coupon abuse" and bulk buying is separate from a Pentagon budget request before Congress right now that would reduce the commissary agency's funding by one billion dollars. If that proposal becomes a reality, prices at commissaries throughout the country will go up.

To read all of the Defense Commissary Agency's policy changes, click here.