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Airmen getting the most ‘Cluck for Their Buck’

Tonya Shorter, 375th Force Support Squadron Airmen and Family Readiness Center, brief Airmen receiving basic allowance for subsistence about saving May 5, 2011 at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.  Airmen living in the dorms are receiving BAS due to the renovation of the dining facility. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Divine Cox)

Tonya Shorter, 375th Force Support Squadron Airmen and Family Readiness Center, brief Airmen receiving basic allowance for subsistence about saving May 5, 2011, at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Airmen living in the dorms are receiving BAS due to the renovation of the dining facility. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Divine Cox)

Tonya Shorter, 375th Force Support Squadron Airmen and Family Readiness Center, tell Airmen how using coupons can help them save money May 5, 2011 at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.  Airmen living in the dorms are receiving BAS due to the renovation of the dining facility. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Divine Cox)

Tonya Shorter, 375th Force Support Squadron Airmen and Family Readiness Center, tell Airmen how using coupons can help them save money May 5, 2011 at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Divine Cox)

Airmen from Team Scott taste some recipes that are cost efficient to their budget May 5, 2011 at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.  Airmen receiving BAS are taught how to make their money last the entire month. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Divine Cox)

Airmen from Team Scott taste some recipes that are cost efficient to their budget May 5, 2011, at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Airmen receiving BAS are taught how to make their money last the entire month. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Divine Cox)

Lona Berndt, 375th Force Support Squadron Airmen and Family Readiness Center, brief Airmen receiving basic allowance for subsistence bout saving May 5, 2011 at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.  Airmen can save money by printing off coupons for restaurants if their eating out. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Divine Cox)

Lona Berndt, 375th Force Support Squadron Airmen and Family Readiness Center, brief Airmen receiving basic allowance for subsistence bout saving May 5, 2011, at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Airmen can save money by printing off coupons for restaurants if their eating out. (U.S. Air Force Photo/ Airman 1st Class Divine Cox)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Team Scott Airmen on meal cards have been temporarily receiving Basic Allowance for Subsistence as a result of renovations to the Scott dining facility.

To help Airmen budget, the 375th Medical Group and the Airman and Family Readiness Center came out with a plan called "Cluck For Your Buck."

"The 375th MDG contacted the A&FRC and asked if they could put something together to educate Airman on how to effectively manage the $323 a month that they are getting as a result of the DFAC being closed," said Lona Berndt, community readiness consultant.
The 375th MDG had two concerns.

One being if Airmen don't manage the money sufficiently, they will run out of resources to purchase food or possibly compromise other financial obligations like car payments in order to eat, and two, being if they choose to eat fast food several times daily then there may be health and performance issues along with the financial concern.

"So we developed a plan to combat both of these concerns," said Mrs. Berndt. "The goal of our event is to educate Airmen on the savings associated with using the commissary, how to do some meal planning, how to get the most 'Cluck for Your Buck,' and how to ensure that they are making healthy choices."

To help Airmen get the most out of their BAS, the A&FRC conducted a tour of the commissary and a financial presentation.

"The commissary portion of the event lasted more than an hour," said Mrs. Berndt. "There, Airmen got three recipes and had to shop to acquire the ingredients to make the recipes. Toward the end of the aisles there was three taste testing displays that were prepared recipes for the Airmen to sample."

Along with picking up the needed ingredients, Airmen talked about marketing, reading labels, cost comparisons and shopping strategies.

After they finished there, they returned to the A&FRC for a 30 minute presentation on "How to make your BAS last a full month, and then some."