There are various large supermarkets located close to all the housing areas, the main local shopping area being Sonthofen or Immenstadt. Kempten is the nearest large city with good shopping facilities in a pedestrian area plus a new shopping Mall called the Forum. IKEA is located in Ulm about 1.5 hours away and the nearest US Post Exchange (PX) in in Garmish also 1.5 hours away. An installation pass is now needed for access to US Bases.
A small NAAFI shop is located with the British Forces Post Office in Sonthofen... more information >>
General Food Shops - UK equivalent being Morrisons, Sainsbury's etc
DIY/Garden/Home Store - UK equivalent being B&Q
Health & Beauty - UK equivalent being Boots or Superdrug
Electricals - UK equivalent being Currys
Many British online shops will also send to your civilian German address and/or the BFPO address.
Some German shops have loyalty cards (dm for one - collect points for special offers) and sometimes you will be asked at the checkout if you have such a card.
Tax Free Shopping
If you feel the need to spend your partners wages and benefit from tax free shopping then you must purchase an Auftrag off the NOCG Admin Clerk for 5 Euros (this covers the cost of bank charges and tax free forms) before you go shopping , please note that the supplier is not obliged to operate tax free purchases. The Auftrag states that the OPA (thats NOCG) not you will pay the invoice made out to NOCG with your name underneath as on the form which is translated, you may take the good/services with you which have to be over 50 Euros. The invoice must go to the NOCG Admin Clerk, you pay the Clerk, the Clerk pays them and sends the tax free forms off.
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