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    Shopping on Base(00:47)

    Service members can save lots of money by shopping at the Base Exchange or Commissary. Both are on-base stores that sell goods to service members at close to cost. Merchandise is generally marked up just 5 percent to cover facility upkeep and labor. Exchanges and commissaries sell everything a civilian department or grocery store does: clothing, food, appliances, cosmetics and toiletries, etc. The discounts can really add up, especially for people with families.

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