Many military retirees are in a similar financial situation as junior enlisted personnel. This means they must cut costs and avoid frivolous spending in order to get by. If you are a military retiree living around the Beale AFB area, you might not be aware that you are entitled to shop from the Airman’s Attic on base once a month.
Retirees and their dependents are allowed to shop from the Airman’s Attic at Beale on the fourth Saturday of the month from 10:00am-12:00pm. If you are a military retiree and you want to make use of the Airman’s Attic, you will need to stop by the Airman’s Attic, currently located at 2459 Robert Nicoletti Way (behind the Omni), and fill in a form on your first visit. Speak to one of the volunteers such as Carolyn (the manager), who will be happy to sign you up. Then list your name together with the names of all your dependents who will be using the Airman’s Attic when you shop and do not forget to sign the disclosure that states you will only shop for items intended for yourself or immediate family members listed on the form.
The Airman’s Attic at Beale AFB has a bulletin board on the right when you first walk through the front door that lists large, bulky items that people are looking for or want to give away. If you are looking for something in particular, such as a bicycle or a fridge, post an ad to the bulletin board and one of the volunteers will contact you whenever one is donated to the Airman’s Attic. Making good use of the bulletin board will save you the time and effort of stopping by once a month and not finding what you are looking for. It will also save you the cost of buying appliances and other items that you are looking for.
Make a List
Making a list for groceries will save your family money. However, the benefit of shopping at the Airman’s Attic is that all items you shop for are completely free of charge. Nevertheless, that does not mean to say that you should forego writing a shopping list. As a retiree or retiree family member, you only have limited access to the Airman’s Attic, which means you must make each visit to the Airman’s Attic count. Look through your wardrobe. Do you need to shop for summer dresses or shorts? Have you been looking for homewares to decorate your living room? If you are not careful, you might end up forgetting to pick up what you have been searching or you could end up with far too much in your basket.
The Airman’s Attic has generously extended the shopping privilege to military retirees and their dependents so that they can get by more comfortably. You can save a lot of money by making the most of your monthly visits. First, stop by the Airman’s Attic to establish eligibility, and then post a wanted advertisement on the bulletin board. Finally, make a list.