The Fort Campbell Exchange is always tax-free, but military shoppers can save even more during Tennessee’s tax-free weekend, July 31-Aug. 2, on back-to-school shopping. During the tax holiday, the Exchange will offer additional savings to equal 9.5% on back-to-school items. Eligible items include clothing, footwear, school supplies, backpacks, computers and other qualifying electronic devices.

“At the Fort Campbell Exchange, every day is a sales tax holiday, and starting off on the right foot for a new school year shouldn’t break the bank,” said Stephen A. Shaw, Fort Campbell Exchange general manager. “Families can make their tax-free Exchange benefit even more valuable by saving extra on school supplies during state tax holiday weekends.”

Exchange discounts are valid in stores only.

Layaway expanded for essential electronics

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is helping military Family members move to the head of the class this school year by extending its layaway program to include electronics essential to help students excel in the classroom.

Through Aug. 31, Fort Campbell Exchange shoppers can use layaway to hold computers, notebooks, tablets and iPads – items that are not typically eligible for the program.

“Having the right computer or tablet can play a large role in academic success,” Shaw said. “The Fort Campbell Exchange has done its homework, and the layaway program is a great choice to not only manage expenses for clothes, shoes and backpacks but computers as well.”

A $3 service fee and a deposit of 15% are required to hold items on layaway. Items must be picked up by Aug. 31. Shoppers can visit customer service at the Fort Campbell Exchange for complete details.

Exchange partners with military relief funds

Soldiers and other authorized shoppers can donate to Army Emergency Relief or the Air Force Assistance Fund at the register at the Fort Campbell Exchange. Shoppers have the option to donate in increments of $1, $5 and $10 or can enter in a custom amount. Online donations can be made in $5 increments during checkout at ShopMyExchange.com.

“AER and AFAF take exceptional care of Soldiers, Airmen and Families navigating difficult times, such as during the recent upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Tom Shull, Exchange director and CEO. “We’ve seen our military community grow stronger by standing together through the pandemic, and now Exchange shoppers can continue to support the important work of these relief funds anytime they shop.”

AER and AFAF provide emergency assistance, sponsor educational programs and offer community programs that make life better for service members and their Families.

Free Friday drawings

Authorized Exchange shoppers can enter each Free Friday drawing by simply replying to the question posed on the Free Friday post at facebook.com/ShopMyExchange.

“Warfighters and military Families are under a tremendous amount of stress right now, so we hope this year’s lineup of Free Friday drawings gives them the chance to take their minds off the uncertainty,” Shaw said. “Exchange shoppers have won $83,611 in Free Friday prizes since we started this program, so it has definitely paid off for our lucky winners.”

Replies must be posted no later than 11:59 p.m. Central time on the same day of the Free Friday post to be entered into the drawing. Drawings are the Monday after each Free Friday giveaway.

125th anniversary celebration

In honor of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service’s 125th anniversary, eligible Exchange shoppers can eat at the Fort Campbell Exchange Subway for a chance at $2 million in prizes, including dream vacations, $10,000 shopping sprees, gift cards and more.

“What better way to celebrate the Exchange’s anniversary than by giving away great prizes to our deserving service members, retirees and their Families?” Shaw said.

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