Saturday, June 26, 2010

Fort Hood AAFES PX


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Fort Hood, being the largest Army base in the world, actually has two big PXs; along with about 6 or 7 shoppettes. A lot of people get a little excited about the big PX when they find out they're coming here. For us though, it was actually a bit of a let down ...

We came here from Hawaii in 2009. And among many other things that Hawaii has, there is an (over) abundance of military shopping facilities. There was a big BX at Hickam, an only slightly smaller PX at Schofield, and a huge Navy Exchange at Pearl Harbor. Needless to say, we didn't do a whole lot of shopping off base when we lived in paradise.

Here in Texas, it's a bit more of a toss-up as to where we go when we need something. On the one hand, the main PX is almost right across the street from our house, so it's really convenient. But some things, like clothes, they carry mostly name brand/designer stuff, so for a family with a lot of kids, Walmart is actually a little easier on the budget.

Not only that, but remember up above where I said that we have two big PXs here on post? Well, there's a caveat; even though they are on opposite sides of Fort Hood (about a 15-20 minute drive apart), they are not identical stores. The Clear Creek store, which is over by us, has things like clothes, lawn and garden, kitchen ware, and books. If we want electronics, furniture or sporting goods, you have to go over the Warrior Way PX on the other side of the post. (Ana is actually over there right now looking for a bicycle).

Even if it is a bit of a hassle sometimes, all-in-all the military exchange is a really good deal (tax free, and generally very competitive prices). It one of the better benefits that comes along with serving.

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3 comments:

  1. Aloha Todd my name is Alan and my family and I currently live in Mililani HI. My wife and I are prior military and are thinking of relocating to the mainland.

    Waco TX. is the #1 spot for military retirement as rated by USAA. We were wondering if you would be willing to offer a little more information on Waco. We love the NEX at PH and also shop at Schofield. I live HI but am begining to wonder if we will be able to own a house here.
    If you have time I would love to hear from you.

    Thank you for your service.

    Alan Long

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  2. Hi Alan,

    I know exactly how you feel about trying to own a house in Hawaii. At one point I had an idea that I might like to retire there .. then I realized that my retirement pay would be less than the housing allowance I was getting at the time.

    I can definitely tell you that Texas is much more affordable .. especially on the housing front. I don't really know a lot about Waco, to be honest. When we need a bigger city than Killeen/Copperas Cove/Harker Heights, we usually head south to Austin. That being said, I also can't say that I've heard anything bad about Waco.

    I'm actually down in Florida for about 2 more weeks. Once I get home though, if there's something specific that you'd like to know about, I can do some investigating for you. Just let me know.

    Talk to you again soon,
    Todd

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  3. I live in Killeen, just outside of Ft Hood. I don't recommend Waco. Too much crime - though I don't know what information you read on it. I've been in the Killeen area for over 15 years - I retired out of Ft Hood 10 years ago. If I were going to relocate somewhere in the area I'd chose Salado. It's a beautiful small town about 20 minutes from Ft Hood. Nice houses, quiet, picturesque. Maybe Marble Falls which is about an hour from Ft Hood. Waco is also an hour from Ft Hood but the major road - I35 is like a dragway, sometimes averaging 85 mph. Houses are decently priced. My current home was 78K when I bought it in 1996 but is now valued at 101 even with the downturn in the housing market. It's a 1600 sq ft 3 bedroom 2 bath 2 car garage home in a decent neighborhood about 5 minutes from Ft Hood. Downfall in this area is that it gets stinking hot - 100 degrees the last few days - and vegetation generally dies out July Aug - Ft Hood area looks pretty brown in August.

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