Savings in store for sailors, Marines


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    The Navy Exchange in San Diego is a discount department store just for military members and their families.

    - Tess Vigeland / Marketplace

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    The Navy Exchange in San Diego carries everything from designer handbags to beef jerky.

    - Tess Vigeland / Marketplace

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    At the barber shop on the San Diego Naval Base, sailors and Marines get groomed on the cheap.

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    Roland Santos, manager of the Navy Exchange store at the San Diego Naval Base.

    - Tess Vigeland / Marketplace

Roland Santos, manager of the Navy Exchange store at the San Diego Naval Base.

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TESS VIGELAND: Counselors in San Diego also tell sailors to be sure they shop on base. Discounts are available on everything from gas to haircuts. The Navy Exchange is a discount store.

Roland Santos is the manager.

ROLAND SANTOS: So, here's the manufacturer's suggested retail price for this shirt: $138. Our price: $109.99. Average savings at the NEX are 20 percent versus private-sector retail stores, and no tax included.

We carry Victoria Secret and Estee Lauder and Tommy Bahama right here. There'll be certain items that the young sailors really key on when a ship comes in -- beef jerky, sleeping bags -- because they take those on the ships and put them on their bunks. You know, there are just certain things that you know what the demographics are.

About the author

Tess Vigeland is the host of Marketplace Money, where she takes a deep dive into why we do what we do with our money.

Roland Santos, manager of the Navy Exchange store at the San Diego Naval Base.

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