First of all, I want to say a great big, heart-felt “THANK YOU!” to all of you in the military and to those who have served in the past. And to all of the military families out there. In your own way, you are serving too. You don’t get half the recognition and thanks each and every one of you deserves.
As my tiny way of saluting you for all you do, today’s post is devoted to helping you save $$$ on products and services, even vacations. Hey, who couldn’t use a vacation? Especially if it doesn’t cost a bundle.
If you’re serving in the military, are retired from the service, or are a veteran, there are some pretty great deals out there for you. That’s right, Darlin’. Lots of businesses know the sacrifices you and your families make and want to say, “Thank You for Your Service!”
The trick is knowing where to find them and how to get your well-deserved share of the savings. It’s easy if you know how, so stick around, Cupcake. I’ve got lots of ways for you to save some moola.
Some businesses say, “Simply ask and have a valid military ID with you” to be eligible. Discounts vary from 5% to 25%. Some discounts apply only to active duty, while others are for retirees and veterans. Others are for online orders only, are location-specific, or have an expiration date for the deals. Not all locations participate either, so the key is to ASK.
My husband (retired Army) always asks and often gets some really nice discounts from our locally-owned retailers too, not just the national chains. So ASK!
Here are some links to stores and services that offer military discounts:
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Love Disneyland? Get your discounts to Disney cruises, theme parks, hotels, and more. http://www.wdwinfo.com/discounts/discounts-military.htm
Hotel stays can be pretty dang pricey, but there are ways to cut costs. Here’s a link to help you do just that. http://4militaryfamilies.com/travel.htm (Be sure to compare prices, especially on hotel deals because the military discounts aren’t always the cheapest way to go.)
A number of schools offer military discounts so if you’re heading back to the classroom, be sure to check this link. And for children of military members, there are quite a few scholarships available too. http://4militaryfamilies.com/education.htm
Want to save money on a new car? (discount applies to retirees too) https://www.gmmilitarydiscount.com/ip-vpp/
More ways to save on vehicles, electronics, sports, and other goodies: http://www.afcrossroads.com/popups/special_offers.cfm
Do your kids love horses? Horses4Heroes is a network of kid-friendly, family- friendly places that make horseback riding affordable for the families of the heroes in our country. Not all communities have this program, but it’s worth checking to see if it’s available in your area. http://horses4heroes.org/join/programs/
Here’s a link to find veterans discounts in your area. They also have a job search component.
Be prepared to do a little digging with this website because there are pages and pages of links to discounts for veterans:
Looking to save on prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses? Or gift baskets? Thomas Kinkade artwork? Cell phone service? Computers? Here’s a link to businesses offering substantial discounts for those in the military, retirees, and federal employees. http://www.govexec.com/discount/
How does a week’s stay in a luxury condo for under $400 sound for your next vacation? Check out The Armed Forces Vacation Club. http://www.afvclub.com/ There are listings for all 50 states, Europe, Australia, Mexico, the Caribbean — just about anywhere in the world you might want to go. With the cold and rain we’re having in Tennessee, a tropical vacation sounds pretty sweet to me right now. And for less than 400 bucks? Oh yeah, I’m in. Such a deal!
Veterans Day is November 11 and lots of businesses are offering goodies to our military and veterans. Free restaurant meals, free park admissions,discounts at B & Bs, even free car washes.
Take a look at what’s available near you.
Red Roof Inn is thanking America’s service members and veterans by offering a 15% discount for the whole month of November, plus another 11% if you stay on Veterans Day. That’s 26%, Cupcake! Woo Hoo! Here’s how to take advantage of this offer:
You serve our country, make enormous sacrifices, and I know you don’t get huge paychecks every month. You’ve earned every freebie and discount, so take advantage of them.
Most businesses don’t have great big ol’ Military Discount posters slapped up all over the place, but they’ll give you your discounts if you ask for them. So. . . open your mouth and politely request your discounts. Who doesn’t want to have more money in their pockets these days?
And please take a minute to pass this list on to anyone you know who’s a service member, military retiree, or veteran. Thanks!
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