Thursday, October 6, 2016


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

Here are your options:

  • 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.

  • 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 account. 

How to Stream Online:

Register for an account HERE

Steps outlined by
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:

Wet'n'Wild Phoenix
Discounted tickets available on post

Big Surf Water Park
$8 off at gate

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

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

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

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)

Kalahari Waterpark
Military discounts offered, rates change with season

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

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

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

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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Friday, June 17, 2016

Honda's $500 Military Discount

We recently bought a new 2016 Honda Odyssey. With two kids (10 months + 2 years) it was time to upgrade from our 2001 Honda Civic.

There were several discounts I got on the car, but the one I want to focus on here is the $500 military discount. 

Honda's $500 Military Discount is only eligable on new cars that are within the last two years (2015 and 2016 models). 

In order to get the discount there are a couple of requirements
  1. You must use their financing. This is not the end of the world given that they normally have pretty good offers. When I bought the minivan two months ago, it had a 5 year 0.9% APR rate which I was happy with. 
  2. You must be Active Military or Retired Military. So basically this is eligible for everyone! (including spouses of current military or retired military)
Best Strategy
I was able to get our minivan at a great deal. Here are a couple of suggestions
  • Call multiple dealerships in multiple cities. For example, Fresno (CA) and Seattle (WA) are on average 8% higher then the national average. It may be worth driving 40 miles in order to save $1500. Here is a list of the 10 cheapest and most expensive cities to buy a car in
  • Once you have a price from one dealership, ask the next dealership if they will BEAT the price. Dont just say they offered me "20k" will you match it, SAY they offered me "20k" I need you to beat it by $500 for it to be worth my time. Be specific with them. If they beat it ask the next dealership or the original one to beat it by $200, etc. I contacted/negotiated with 7 different dealerships.
  • TrueCar is okay, but Costco pricing is even better. Costco will often have specific incentitives like an extra $1000 off. 
  • HOWEVER, Dont settle for the TrueCar or Costco estimate, I got an additional $1400 off the Costco pricing and $2400 off the TrueCar estimate by asking for additional money off. 
  • When using TrueCars estimate, don't include your $500 Military Discount or Graduation bonuses in the cost because you are just cheating yourself. 
  • I don't recommend telling them about the Military Discount or Graduation Discount until the last second when you have already come up with a final price. At that time then say "Okay and i'm Active Duty Military so that will be an extra $500 off". They don't lose any money on the military discount but if you tell them about it at the beginning they will try and use it to their advantage saying they are giving you $500 off when they really aren't doing anything
  • 99% of the crap they say are lies. After this recent experience I am convinced Car Salesman are one of the most dishonest professions out there. They all say they exact same crap. "We'll throw in tinted windows and nitrogen in your tires. We are the only dealship that will do that". What they don't tell you is that comes pre--installed on every new minivan. Evey dealership has that in 100% of their cars. When you try and negotiate with them and say the other dealership gave you a better deal, they say crap like we'll thats what they said now..but when you get there they will tack on $1000 of dollars of extra fees. Not true. Salesman just love to lie.
  • When you negotiate talk about "price out the door". Thats the price you want to be comparing between all the dealerships. All cars have Title/Tax/License fees. Taxes can be a ton, depending on what state you live in. I live in Texas so the tax is 6.25% which his riduculously high. 
  • I made a google spreadsheat so I could keep track of all the different offers and update it when they gave me a lower price
  • If you call them on the phone to get a quote, give them your email and ask them to email you their total quote out the door. Don't fall for their trick of saying you have to come into their store to get a quote. Just another sales tactic. 
  • If looking specifically for a Honda - use this webpage ( for what your goal should be to get the car for (the list includes - Odyssey, Accura, and CRV models)

There are alot of other companies that offer military discoutnts (Here are a few examples)
Crystler - $500 off (link)
Ford - $750 off (link)
GM - discount varies (link)
Hyundai - $500 off (link)
Toyota - $500 off (link)

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Free Antivirus Software (McAfee and Norton)

Protect your computer and data for free thanks to the military! 

Subscriptions last for several years. For example I downloaded McAfee Security in 2015 and it lasts til December 31, 2019. Thats 4.5 years of free awesome protection!!! Normally a yearly subscription can be over $50 so that is a savings of $200!!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Best Credit Cards for Being Deployed

I recently returned from a military field training exercise in San Antonio. While there I met several dentists that were about to deploy to Japan, Korea, etc. We got to talking about getting a credit card with ZERO foreign transaction fees.

Below are some examples these cards so that if you are deployed, will be getting deployed soon or stationed overseas you don't have to pay extra money to use your credit card

What are Foreign Transaction Fees?  This is a fee that credit card companies tack on to every purchase you make with their credit card overseas. Most credit cards have a foreign transaction fee of 3%.

Cards with ZERO Foreign Transaction fees

  • BankAmericard Travel Rewards
  • Chase Sapphire Preffered
  • Capital One Venture Card
  • Capital One Quicksilver
  • Barclay Arrival Plus
  • Discover It Miles
  • American Express Gold Card
  • Citi Prestige
  • Chase IHG
  • Penfed Platinum Rewards
  • USAA Cash Back Rewards Plus AMEX
  • USAA Cash Rewards Visa Signature
There are a ton more, This Post is just to remind you to get a credit card with 0% foreign transaction fees if you are going to be deployed anytime in the near future
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Memorial Day 2016

2016 Memorial Day's Military Discounts.

Here's a list of discounts I was able to find online

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

U-Haul Military Discount (10-15%)

This post focuses on U-Hauls Military Discount. To view our post on all truck rental companies, click here: Military Discounts - Rental Truck Companies

UPDATE (JUNE 20, 2016) - Multiple readers have been commenting that U-Haul is currently NOT offering any type of discount. They have done this in the past when there has been high demand and no need to offer a discount. I wouldn't waste your time calling the number below given all the reports that no discounts are being given. I would still go online and check U-Haul, Budget, and Penske's price and compare them to make sure you get the best deal. In my past experience Budget has typically had the best price between the three companies.

U-Haul does not offer an "official" military discount. However, you can call the Sales Department at 800-468-4285 and they will often work out some type of discount. Their sales department is allowed to offer 10-15% off some reservations. Some of their representatives will give you that discount and some will not. Others have said that they will give you the discount but you must make the reservation at that moment. This 10-15% discount only applies if you are traveling one way (for example Phoenix to San Antonio). It typically doesn't work for "in-town" moves.

Sometimes this number (800-468-4285) will not directly connect to the sales department so always ask to be transferred to the sales department. They are the ONLY ones that can hook you up with a 10-15% discount. I used this a couple months ago when moving from West Phoenix to East Phoenix. It saved me about $15 last time on a $100 reservation.