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Using Gift Cards to Save On AAFES Food

I've moved back into the world of the Army and Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES), and they have an interesting deal going on in their food courts.  If you pay for your purchase with your Star Card, an AAFES gift card, or an AAFES food court gift card, they will give you 10% off your purchase.  Now, I am seriously against using a Star Card to buy food, but a gift card?  Sure, if it will save me 10%.

The process is simple.  Go into the Exchange and purchase a gift card.  You can purchase a card for any amount, but I went ahead a put $50 on it.  Hey, we are still mid-PCS.  There will be some bad AAFES food consumed.  Then, I went to the food court to purchase our food.  Four kids, plus me, times pizza at Pizza Hut, $2.50 saved.  By the time I use all of the money on that gift card, I will have saved $5.  Not a lot, but well worth the 5 minutes it took me to purchase the gift card.

If you ever make food purchases at an AAFES run vendor, consider purchasing a gift card to buy your food.  10% off is not to shabby for basically no work.

Find more great deals and discounts at the Military.com Discounts Center.

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