I finally went to the commissary today. (actually yesterday by the time this posts)
For the first time.
I know. I've heard how much savings there is.. etc. etc...
The closest one is about 80 miles round trip. I need to save quite a bit to make up for the cost of gas, but finally, I had some time that I could go check it out.
I went to Los Angeles AFB... not somewhere I would want to drive to during the week. The traffic on that side of town is horrendous, but it was OK today.
I was surprised to see that it wasn't confusing to shop there. I guess I didn't really know what to expect. It's just a regular-looking grocery store to me. Normal items, and the produce was fine. I didn't check out the meat department, I'm pretty particular about my butcher. The years of working on the farm and caring for cattle, I guess.
Yes, the prices are cheaper than the regular prices at Albertsons or Vons, but I rarely buy anything regular-priced. I stock up on sale items and determine the weeks menu based on the weekly specials. My receipt was lower than it could have been somewhere else, but then adding the surcharge and tip, and gas... I about broke even.
It was a nice adventure, but I don't think I'll make a special trip again.
One thing that I did notice, most of the men shopping there were better looking than average... maybe it's the haircut.
On the way home, we had the fun of driving on the tallest interchange in SoCal. The 170 ft high HOV ramp at the 105/110 interchange. I hold my breath almost the whole way over the thing... the kids think it's cool. I get the heebie jeebies driving over the thing. Was it really necessary to have it so high? I'm sure the model looked great, but did you need to build it?