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Savings Salute: Military Discounts and Freebies

Attention, military families! A world of savings awaits at some of the nation’s largest restaurants and retailers. A wide variety of popular companies across the nation offer discounts and freebies to active duty military members and sometimes military reservists, retirees, veterans, dependents, and family members. Generally, you must show your valid military/veteran/dependent identification card in order to receive the discount. Discounts may vary with store locations, so inquire with the local store’s management before making a purchase.

Clothing:

  • Aeropostale: Aeropostale offers a 20% discount at all stores nationwide for active duty military, military reservists, military retirees, and military dependents.
  • Gap/Old Navy/Banana Republic: The Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy provide a 10% military discount for active duty personnel, retirees, reservists and veterans with a valid ID the first Monday of each month.
  • Lady Foot Locker: Lady Foot Locker offers 20% off with valid military ID.
  • Macy’s: Macy’s offers 10% off with military ID on the first Tuesday of every month (15% off with a Macy’s card).
  • Rack Room Shoes: Rack Room Shoes offers 15% off with valid military ID.

Food:

  • Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s: Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s give military personnel, their dependents and their families a 10% military discount at corporate stores.
  • Chili’s: Chili’s offers a 10% off discount to active duty military in uniform.
  • Outback Steakhouse: Outback offers a free Bloomin’ Onion appetizer to active duty military with valid ID.
  • Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes: Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes offers 10% off with valid military ID.
  • Zaxby’s: Zaxby’s offers 10% off with valid military ID.

Electronics and Technology:

  • Apple:The Apple military discount is designed for current, former, and retired members and family members of the U.S. Military, the National Guard and Reserve. The Military Purchase Program offers these individuals special pricing of up to 15% off selected products. For more information, call 877-EPP-MEMBER.
  • AT&T: Military members and veterans (who present a valid military ID or VA ID) can receive 15% off selected cell phone plans through the AT&T government discount program.
  • Best Buy: Best Buy’s Military Appreciation Plan gives eligible service members a 50% discount on Geek Squad technical support and a discounted monthly support plan.
  • Hewlett Packard: HP offers a military discount program, which offers military members up to 10% off computers and other special military promotions. Military members must sign up for the HP military discount program in order to receive discounts and special promotions.
  • Sprint: Sprint offers a 15% discount for active duty military and veterans who make purchases online using a valid .mil or .gov email address. For in-store purchases, a valid military or VA ID must be presented.

Travel and Attractions:

  • Air Travel: To learn about military discounts on major airlines including American, Delta, and Southwest, check out this Krazy Coupon Lady article.
  • Amtrak: Active-duty US military personnel, their spouses and their dependents are eligible to receive a 10% discount on the lowest available rail fare on most Amtrak trains, including for travel on the Auto Train.
  • Busch Gardens/Sea World/Sesame Place: Under Anheuser Busch’s Here’s to the Heroes program, any active duty, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman is entitled to free admission. He or she need only to register, either by clicking here and submitting his or her information or by showing a Department of Defense photo ID at the  entrance plaza of participating parks. As many as three direct dependents of military personnel also are entitled to free admission. Dependents may take advantage of the offer without their service member, though an adult must accompany minor dependents, and dependent ages 10 and over must present valid dependent ID. This deal is valid for one complimentary single-day admission per person, per year, during the regular operating schedules at one of the following: SeaWorld Orlando, San Diego, or San Antonio; Busch Gardens Tampa Bay or Williamsburg; Sesame Place; Water Country USA; and Adventure Island.
  • Greyhound: Active duty and retired military personnel and their dependent family members may receive a 10-percent discount off the Greyhound walk-up (unrestricted) fare. Another option for military personnel is to travel on Greyhound for a maximum fare of $209 round trip anywhere in the continental United States.
  • Hertz Rental Car: Hertz offers military members a variety of benefits including: discounted rates, unlimited mileage, free upgrades (when an upgraded vehicle is available), no additional charge for under age (under 25) drivers ages 18 and above, no additional charge for additional drivers, Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) included, liability insurance included, and complimentary membership in Hertz Gold Plus Rewards.
  • KOA Campgrounds: Most KOA campgrounds offer a military discount between 5% and 15% off the regular price.
  • Vettix Event Tickets: Vettix is a non profit organization started where people can donate tickets to events (concerts, sporting events, and etc.) to the organization. Military service members and veterans can then obtain these tickets for free. Instruction on how to obtain tickets is available at www.vettix.org.

Local Deals:

To find local military deals in your area and military daily deals, consider signing up for a free account at the online Veterans and Military Discount Center (VDMC). To register, click here and then simply enter your email address and address, city, state or zip code in the designated boxes.

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19 thoughts on “Savings Salute: Military Discounts and Freebies”

  1. pacefour says:

    Oooopppppssss…..forgot Champs, too. They offer 20%

  2. pacefour says:

    Taco Bell, Wendy’s and Arby’s offer military discounts too

  3. Brandy says:

    I know the following stores offer discounts with valid ID-Adidas stores offer 10% (even at outlets), some Coach stores offer 10%, Columbia Sportswear 10%, Timberland 10%, Journey’s 10%, Taco Bell-not sure but it’s either 5% or 10%, 77 Kids 10%, some (not all) Finish Line stores offer 10% but with restrictions.

  4. Kerri says:

    Maurices and Converse offers 10% also, the ones I have shopped at anyway. My local Maurices will give it in addition to any other coupons or sales. At & t also offers a discount but I am not sure if it is 10 or 20%.

  5. Melissa Anderson says:

    I just learned this past weekend that PayLess Shoes offers a 10% military discount. It was in addition to the BOGO 50% off sale they were having.

  6. kim says:

    did old navy change their military policy again? i could swear it was every monday. our local pizza hut gave my husband a military discount. verizon does offer military discount to national guard :)

  7. Amber says:

    Chick-fil-a offers military discounts from 10%-50% off. Our local one does the 50% off on your entire order & not just our Marine’s order!!

  8. Holly Erbert Quinn says:

    Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, and William-Sonoma offer 10% to active and retired military too. Also Eddie Bauer gives 10%. Wendy’s gives 10%. If you have disabled vet plates you also get free entrance to any national park. And our local Albertsons also offer 10% off on Tuesdays.

  9. Linda says:

    T-moblie gives 15% off you cell phone bill and Spencers give 10% or 15% off (with proof of I.D)

  10. Keana says:

    PAC sun offers a discount

  11. Aaddie says:

    Verizon Wireless offers a 15% military discount…i think its only for active duty though, but not 100% sure :)
    Also Geico Insurance offers military discount

  12. Kimmie says:

    I used to work at Hot Topic, and Hot Topic offers a 10% Military Discount to active duty Military with proof of service. They honor the same discount on online orders if you call 1.800.892.8674, including orders shipped to FPO/APO addresses.

  13. Sarah says:

    Express, the Limited, and Aerie also offer a military discount!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Our local Lowe’s and Home Depot offer a 10% discount to active military families and also to those who served our country during war time. So my dad went to each of them at separate times to buy a few things. At both places, he showed his county-issued ID which states that he served during war time and he was denied the discount both times because they don’t accept the “county ones” just the “Federal ones.” Really?! Because there is no Oneida County New York Army, just the “Federal one” in which he served!! Talk about crazy! LOL

    • MrngRainn says:

      I have found that most “veterans” discounts are only for disables vets and medically retired folks with a government ID. That is fine, if that is who they are targeting, I just wish they’d get their terms correct. It is embarrassing.

    • Dawn says:

      This is a national discount. You should contact the HQ for both Lowes and Home Depot to see what they can do. My dh is retired and I have a dependent ID, and we’ve never had a problem getting the discount at either store. It used to be effective only on “patriotic” holidays but now it’s full time.

  15. Anonymous says:

    American Eagle offers a 10% military discount. Some Burger Kings also do a 10% military discount. You just have to ask to see if you store participates. Verizon also does a 10% military discount for active duty with valid id.