One of the perks of military life that helps offset such things as moving every two years and deployments is the tax-free shopping service members and their families enjoy at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES).
This summer, depending on where you live, you might be able to double those savings as AAFES has announced it will offer an additional discount to match local tax savings around back-to-school, tax-free weekends.
To date, the Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Navy Exchanges have not announced similar offers.
Currently, AAFES plans to match tax holidays in 17 states and offer a percentage off certain back-to-school items (discounts valid in store only, sorry!). The savings is equivalent to the local tax rate and will apply to items such as clothing, shoes, computers and school supplies.
That's right: Your never-ending list of markers, pencils, glue sticks and more will be a little easier on the wallet this school year if you can take advantage of the special discounts.
"As military kids gear up for a new school year, the Exchange is all in to support their success with military-exclusive savings," Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Osby, the Exchange's senior enlisted advisor said in a statement. "The tax-free holiday bonus discount gives families added value on items their students need without breaking their budgets."
Don't wait to see if your state is participating and when. The first tax holidays begin the weekend of July 21-23 in Alabama.
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