Saturday, February 18, 2017

Jason's Deli - 10% Military Discount

I went to Jason's Deli for the first time this week. Overall I was impressed. The location I went to is in San Antonio. They had crayons and paper for kids, unlimited free ice cream, and great customer service.


I was also happy to find out they offered a 10% military discount. This isn't a hard set rule, but most Jason Deli's offer the 10% off so just make sure to ask.


You can join their mailing list and get a $5 coupon every year for your birthday if looking for additional savings. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Free Tickets to Pebble Beach Pro-Am and Other Golf Tournaments


Birdies for the Brave was created by Phil Mickelson and is part of the PGA Tour Charities. It has raised and saved millions of dollars for military families and wounded warriors. They offer FREE or discounted tickets year round to many of their tournaments. 


The Pebble Beach Pro-Am begins February 9 and military families can get FREE admission using Birdies for the Brave. This tournament includes professional golfers, as well as celebrities and athletes (This year includes Toby Keith, Peyton Manning, Bill Murray, Aaron Rogers, Justin Timberlake, and many more!)

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am



How To Get Your Tickets:
2. Click the event you're looking to attend
3. Verify your military status
4. Redeem your voucher





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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

My 2.5% CashBack Card from USAA Arrived Today

I recently applied for USAA's new "LIMITLESS CASHBACK" Card and was approved. I'm excited for this card because it gives 2.5% cash back on all purchases as long as you have a monthly direct deposit into your USAA checking/savings account.


Previously I was either using my Barclay Gold or the Fidelity Rewards card to get 2% back but this will now be my default card

Currently the card is still under a PILOT program. Its been released to 20 states now. Here is the current list: AL, AZ, CO, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, KS, LA, MI, NM, NV, NY, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, WA.

To apply you need to go to the USAA Credit Card Page - Click Here
1.) They may ask you to enter in your state to see which offers are available
2.) The LIMITLESS CASHBACK card should be the first credit card offer that appears
3.) If your in a state that doesn't offer the card yet, be patient it seems like it will come to all states soon. If you have a family member in a state that is available, you could try switching your checking home address to theirs and then apply. There are reports online of that working fine.

USAA has a couple of other good credit cards. I personally like their AMEX Cashback rewards PLUS that gives 5% back on gas and most on-base purchases.

Something else I like about USAA that most people don't know about is that you can pay your Auto Insurance with them with a Credit Card. It automatically defaults to your checking account but is easy to change.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Does Costco have a Military Discount for Membership Renewals?


Costco offers military (active, retired and family) over $50 in savings when you join Costco as a new member. 
After you sign up online HERE with proof of your military status, Costco will mail you $50 worth of coupons and an activation code.
See THIS POST of ours for more information on new member sign up.

We took advantage of the military discount at sign up, and when it came time for renewal (and/or upgrading your membership) we asked about more military discounts. Unfortunately, Costco only offers a military discount on the first initial new member sign up.
Make sure to take advantage of this deal when you first sign up for a membership!
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Sam's club on the other hand offers a military discount for initial sign ups and renewals.
Click here for full details on Sam's Clubs Military Discount


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Friday, December 23, 2016

2017 BAH and BAS changes

It's almost 2017 which means BAH and BAS will be updated for everyone.

Summary
  • BAS will not change for 2017
    • The rates will be the same as 2016 (Officers: $253.63,   Enlisted: $368.29)
  • BAH WILL CHANGE for most service members in 2017. On Average the rate will increase 2.4% or $41/month for most servicemembers
    • For example in San Antonio, my BAH rate increased 6% or $100/month
To see your new BAH rate for 2017, click here or enter in your information below


YEAR:DUTY ZIP CODE:PAY GRADE:



According to an article on Military.com, certain locations near Atlanta, GA will see increases up to 19% whereas certain locations near Minot, ND will experience an average drop of 11%. 

If you notice that your rates are going to decrease, don't panic!!! If you live in an area where the rate is getting lowered for 2017, you will be grandfathered into your old, higher rate until you leave the area or change rank. Also, if you get promoted and your new rank receives a lower rate, you will continue to receive your old, higher rate.

For additional reading, see the following links

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Nike's Military Discount

A family member was interested if I knew of any nike discounts going around so I thought I would repost this article because with the military discounts and other discounts you can get around 50% off all nike's. In november I bought the Nike Cortez Basic Leather shoes for $20. Normally $70 but on clearance for $40, plus all the discounts (25% nike clearance discount, 20% jet cash back, and 10% military discount)



I recently bought some basketball shoes from Nike.com. They were the new Lebron XIII's. They normally sell for $200+, however they have a couple of the pairs on clearance for $169 and using a couple of the discounts below I was able to get it more than 50% off the clearance price.

I'll tell you how I got them for around $80

1.) First apply Nike.com promotional codes (use a coupon website like Ebates, RetailMeNot, SlickDeals.net to find current codes). The code I found was 25% off clearance. These codes aren't always around, usually about once a month though
***This made the shoes $42 cheaper

2.) Use a cash back website (Ebates, TopCashBack.com, Jet.com). I used Jet.com which is giving 20% back on any purchase at Nike.com right now. DiscoverDeals gives like 15% back
***This made the shoes $25 cheaper

3.) Use Nike's Military Discount. Per Nike's Website:
"Active, retired and reservist US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard personnel are eligible to receive a 10% Nike military discount on Nike.com and at US Nike retail stores (excluding Nike Company/Employee Stores)."
To get the discount, call 1-800-344-6453. Tell them you are active military and they will send you a 10% off code to your email. I'm pretty sure you can only apply one coupon code to your order. In my case, I would have had the option to apply the 25% off clearance code or the 10% military discount code. SOLUTION - I recommend doing this: apply your non-military discount code during checkout. Complete check out and then call Nike.com and tell them your order number and they will add the military discount code to your order and credit your credit card back 10%. In my case they credited me back more like 14.5%. I'm not sure why but i'll take it!! This way you can take advantage of BOTH discounts!
***This saved me an additional $20

The total price for the Shoes came out to be $169-42-25-20 = $82. Still expensive for a pair of shoes but hopefully they last me 5 years like my old pair.

Nike's Military Discount (Key Points)

  • It can be used online or in-store
  • Applies to family members as well
  • All military branches are eligible
Also if you like Under Armour, They offer 10% off for military members as well!


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Sunday, November 6, 2016

10% off Newegg.com for Military Members



Newegg.com is offering 10% off for military members.

Link - https://promotions.newegg.com/sheerID/16-7106/

Details
- Max discount $20
- Expires Nov 19th

This could be combined with the $25 off $200 deal if you have an AMEX credit card as well for a 20%+ discount

Military members also get a free Newegg Premier account - details here (link)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Veterans Day 2016 Free Meals for Military


2016 Veterans Day List (Updated Nov 8th, 2016)


We'll continue to post new restaurants as they come out with their official offers. Most all the offers are always the same every year, so check out the list from 2015 below

View the full 2015 list here


Thursday, October 6, 2016

DISNEYLAND & DISNEYWORLD'S MILITARY DISCOUNT 2017

Disneyland and Disneyworld have renewed and updated their military discount for admission tickets in 2017!!! 


Here are your options:

DISNEYLAND
  • 3 Day Park Hopper for $156
  • 4 Day Park Hopper for $181
Sale begins Nov. 1 2016 and expires Dec. 16 2017. Blackout dates include 4/9/17-4/23/17.


DISNEYWORLD
  • 4 Day Park Hopper for $209
  • 5 Day Park Hopper for $224
  • 4 Day Park Hopper and Water Parks Fun for $246
  • 5 Day Park Hopper and Water Parks Fun for $261
Tickets can be bought now through Dec 16 2017, but can only be used Jan 1-Dec 19 2017. Blackout dates include 4/9/17-4/23/17.

Tickets are basically 50% off when it comes down to it.


Who's Eligible?
  • Active or retired members of the U.S. Military (this includes the National Guard, Reservists, and the U.S. Coast Guard)
How many tickets can I get?
  • You may purchase up to 6 Military Promotional Tickets. The tickets may be purchased by the service member or their spouse. This means if the husband/wife was deployed, the spouse could still take their family for example. 

Where can I buy tickets?
  • You can buy tickets form your base ticket office if you have one or you can purchase them from the official Disney ticket windows. The advantage of buying them from your base would be that they would be tax free.




My wife and I and our kids recently went to Disneyland. Check out our experience below!

1.) Find your closest Military Base Ticket Office
You can go to any branches ticket office. I am Army and I went to the Air Force Academy's Ticket Office. If you are not near a military base you can actually order them over the phone but that is a complicated process and takes several weeks. You can also buy them at Disneyland but you may have to pay additional taxes where as the tickets are tax free on base.

2.) Go to the office and pay for the tickets. 


3.) Bring the vouchers to Disneyland and present them at one of the normal ticket lines. They will issue you your official 3-day-pass (see photo below). They take a picture of you and that picture comes up on a screen each time you try and enter the park. The service member or spouse must be present at the gate.

4.) Have a blast at the park. We went on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. You don't have to use the passes on 3 consecutive days. You could go once in May, April, and June if you wanted. 


Other Tips and Suggestions

  • You can bring in any food or drinks that you want, which will save a lot of money if you're at the park all day. But no glass except for baby food in glass jars. 
  • Bring in your own big water bottle. 
  • You can get a pin "first visit" at customer relations just inside the gate. 
  • Visit Is it Packed? to get an idea of good and bad times to visit
  • Disneyland Wait Time App, so you know what the lines look like before you get to them


For more information, visit Disney's official page HERE 

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Unlimited 2.5% Cash Back for USAA members

Check and see if you are targeted for USAA's Limitless 2.5% Cash Back Credit Card. 
This pilot program offers 2.5% cash back on ALL purchases dependent on setting up an $1000 monthly direct deposit in your USAA checking account, and 1.5% cash back without the direct deposit. There is no annual fee.

This is one of the best credit card cash back rewards you can find.

If you are targeted, you may see a screen like this on your account overview page:

It sounds like this offer right now is only available to people that live in LA, KS, ID, NM but will be opening up to everyone on Oct 28th...

To find out if you or your family is eligible for USAA, click HERE

Thanks to Doctor of Credit for the information for this post.


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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Olympic Game Streaming Free for Military Families

Comcast and the Exchange are teaming up to provide 
free coverage of the 2016 Olympics in Rio to all military (retired included) and their families 
who have a shopmyexchange.com account. 

How to Stream Online:




Register for an account HERE



Steps outlined by shopmyexchange.com
Enjoy the Olympics until Aug 21. GO USA!



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Monday, August 1, 2016

Water Park Military Discounts

Looking for ways to stay cool this summer?


Many water parks offer great military discounts including:

Arizona
Wet'n'Wild Phoenix
Discounted tickets available on post

Big Surf Water Park
$8 off at gate


California
SeaWorld
Waves of Honor (HERE) or save $9 on post (HERE)


Florida
Wet'n'Wild Orlando
Buy one day pass, upgrade to a season pass (good for 2016) free (HERE)

Seaworld
Waves of Honor (HERE), or save $14.79 on post


Kansas
Oceans of Fun
$9 off at the gate, or discounted tickets on post (HERE)


North Carolina
Wet'n'Wild Emerald Pointe
$7 off at gate (up to 6 tickets)


Ohio
Kalahari Waterpark
Military discounts offered, rates change with season


Tennessee
Dollywood Water Park
30% off regular price, purchased at gate (HERE)


Texas
Seaworld
Waves of Honor (HERE), or save $22.88 on post


Virginia
Water Country USA
Free admission, free admission for 3 dependents (HERE)


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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

How To Pay Your Tricare Dental Bill with a Credit Card (Save $8)

This post goes over how to switch your Tricare Dental Bill over to your credit card so you can get credit card rewards points instead of having the payment deducted straight from your paycheck.

First lets briefly go over what the Tricare Dental Plan is about.

As an active duty military member, the military gives me free dental coverage that includes basically everything I would need to get done

For your Family/Dependents, you can purchase the Tricare Dental Program for a minimal monthly fee. See table below.
This provides free yearly checkups, and discounts on all dental procedures (see costs here)

When you enroll for payments you can either have them deduct the amount from your paycheck, do an EFT from your bank, and have it put on your credit card.

I would recommend calling and having them set it up so its automatically paid on your credit card. Why? More money in your pocket. You could be getting credit card rewards points

Example
Family Plan would be $34.68/month = $416.16/year. You put this on your 2% cash back credit card and that's an extra $8 bucks a year. Not much but it takes like 5 minutes to set up. I'm going to be in the military at least 7 more years so that's an extra $50 in credit card reward points for making a 5 minute phone call.

How do I switch my payment to credit card?
Call 1-855-638-8371. Give them your credit card number and they will switch it from an EFT from your bank/paycheck to automatically billing your credit card every month instead. (Click here for more information)

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