Tuesday, December 31, 2013

SCRA Military Benefits (Lower interest rates to 4%)

Many banks offer SCRA (Servicemember Civil Relief Act) benefits for Military personnel. These include lower interest rates 4-6%, waived fee's, and many other benefits. This allows Active Military personnel and those serving oversees to focus on their missions and not have to worry as much about their finances at home. 
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

Here is a list of banks that offer SCRA benefits:
  • American Express
    • Read our post on how to waive annual fees here
  • Chase
    • View our post on how to waive your chase credit card fees here
    • Interest rate to 4% while on active duty, Foreclosure protection
  • USAA
    • Lower interest rate of 4% on pre-existing USAA credit card and loan debt
  • Bank of America
    • Reduction or limits on interest rates, Reduced payments, Protection from foreclosure
  • Capital One
    • Maximum interest rate of 4% on your loan or extension of credit, No fees assessed on your loan or credit product
    • Get your annual fee's waived. Read The Military Frequent Flyers Post here
  • Wells Fargo
    • 4% interest rate on SCRA eligible loans that are serviced and owned by Wells Fargo, Foreclosure protection
  • US Bank
    • A Cap on Interest Rates, Auto Lease Termination, Help with Foreclosures
  • Citi
    • CitiMortgage Benefit Program, CitiMortgage Relocation Program
  • Sallie Mae
    • While you are serving in a hostile area that qualifies you for special pay, you do not have to pay interest on Direct Loans made on or after October 1, 2008, for up to 60 months.
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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus

We are working on an awesome post about 
MILITARY DISCOUNTS AT SKI RESORTS
but we want to notify our followers about an awesome limited-time discount ending soon.

The Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus gives you unlimited skiing and riding at Copper and Winter Park / Mary Jane, six days at Steamboat, and three days at Monarch. Zero blackout dates.
The regular adult pass is $539 but they are offering a military discount of $299 to active duty, retired and their dependents ($179 for a child).


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Ice! Attractions - Military Discount

Have you heard of Ice!?
It's a fun Christmas attraction of 2 million pounds of ice carved into Christmas stories, the nativity and kid-sized slides along with other attractions such as fountain shows, gingerbread house decorating and more.

Here's a clip of the Nashville location:

Open from November until January 5th
For more information, visit http://www.marriott.com/hotel-promotions/ice-at-gaylord-hotels.mi


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Military Discounts - Restaurants

OUTBACK has a Military Discount at all their restaurants until Dec 31. Its 10% off. 

*The Military Mates® 10% OFF discount is open to Military Personnel who have Valid ID information. Visit http://outback.com/troops for more details

Dont forget to check out our list of Year-round Military Restaurant Discounts HERE

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Free Christmas Trees

Hundreds of nurseries around the US participate in the Christmas SPIRIT foundation and FexEd's...


Monday, December 9, 2013

Military - Free Access to Nursing Hotline 24/7

Did you know that Military members have access to a registered nurse via the telephone 24/7?
The nursing advice line is FREE to healthcare beneficiaries and can aid families make informed healthcare decisions and reduce unnecessary trips to the ER. This would be great in scenarios that aren't emergent but rather urgent.

The #: 254-553-3695

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Cell Phone - Military/Veteran Wireless Discounts

Here's an update on the major wireless carriers and their respective Military discounts. 
The easiest way to enjoy these discounts is just to go to a local store and show them a form of Military/Veterans ID, DD form 214, Military Orders, or a Paystub. If you cant visit the store, you can always contact Customer Support and Email/Fax a copy of your Identification. Many of the companies allow you to apply online. I have provided the links below. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Save an additional 5% on your USAA Auto Insurance (AZ, ID, TX, VA, WA)

USAA is rolling out a discount for participating in their driving research program. If you've ever heard of Progressive's "Snapshot", its very similar to that. It collects data on your vehicle. As a reward for participating they will give you a 5% discount on your auto insurance.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Sears Heroes at Home Gift Card sent today!

Sears Heroes at Home Program has sent out emails to all those Active Military members that registered for their gift card promotion this year. If you have not received it, check your junk mail. The amount given this year is $28.75. Thank you Sears!!!

Sears Heroes at Home Wish Registry

You may use your e-gift card toward purchases online at sears.comkmart.com and landsend.com or in-store at any Sears, Kmart, or Lands' End location or by phone. You can check your Sears egift card balance at sears.com at any time.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Upgrade to a Drivers Licence with Veteran Designation

If you are Active Military or a Veteran, the next time you go to get your license renewed you can now get it with "Veteran" designation. Check out the example images below.


    

In order to get the updated card you will need to fill out a form and show proof of current or past military service (often they require a copy of DD Form 214). You can add the "Veteran" Designation for free, however you may have to pay the cost of a new license.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

USO Review - Chicago - O'Hare Airport

The Chicago O'Hare airport (ORD) has 2 USO lounges. One is inside security and the other is outside of security. This is actually really nice to have one inside and outside of security. I didn't want to have to go outside of security and I heard that the one inside security was better, so of course I went there.

Read the whole post below!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Random Military Discounts

Here are some additional Military Discounts. These are offered by The Military Link, a company that works with companies to get exclusive deals for Military. I've only used one of these discounts before so I can't post our normal step by step article on how to take advantage. Its a great list however! Hope you find one you like!

LifeLock - 30 Days FREE + 15% OFF

Art.com - 35% OFF purchases of $30

Guitar Center - 10% OFF Your Entire Purchase

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Free Military Welcome Home Banner

BuildASign has a Military Discount Promotion going on right now where any Military Family can create a FREE Welcome Home Banner or Jumbo Card. They only charge a shipping fee to send it anywhere in the US. Their Promotion includes the following free items (see picture for examples):
  • Free 3'x6' or 2'x4' Welcome Home Banner
  • Free Single Sided 18"x24" Jumbo Card
  • Free 18"x24" Corrugated Plastic Yard Sign
This promotion allows one free item per customer. Shipping can take up to 8 weeks so it might be a good idea to plan ahead. I've used BuildASign for other non-military projects and they said it would take up to 4 weeks to ship but both items actually got shipped in less than 5 days. Shipping is anywhere from $9-14 depending on which Free product you choose

Monday, November 18, 2013

Doughnut Shops - Military Discount (Krispy Kreme, Dunkin, etc)


We recently stopped by Krispy Kreme for some of their hot original glazed doughnuts. I asked about their Military Discount program. They said they offered 10% off for Military/Veterans. Awesome!


3 Additional Ways to Save on Black Friday

This is non-military related but can hopefully save you money! (Exception: Using Ibotta to double coupon at Military Commissaries-See #2 Below)

Soo while saving a bunch of money this Black Friday, save a couple more bucks by using these 3 resources. 


Saturday, November 16, 2013

2x points until Jan 15 with USAA Mastercard

When you sign into USAA you can click on the "My Offers" tab. This opens up several offers for loans, credit cards, insurance, etc.

The best offers are always the credit card bonuses. For example I've signed up for 5% cash back on gas for a year, 2x points on gas and groceries. These compounded so I was getting 8% back on gasoline for awhile.

The latest offer is "Get double rewards points on all your purchases when you spend $2000 or more by Jan 15" (see image below) These offers are targeted so you might have different offers in your account.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Parenting for Service Members and Veterans

As a parent, I realize that no military or personal success can compensate for failure in the home. Recently the Department of Defense  in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs came out with a FREE program designed for parents in the Military. The program is called Parenting for Service Members & Veterans and is a free online course providing military & veteran parents with strategies to improve their parenting skills. 
There are six modules online at their site militaryparenting.org. I looked through one of them this morning and I was impressed. They have interactive tools for military and veteran parents that will help them reconnect with their families and build closer relationships with their children. They use stories and videos from real veteran and military families. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Cafe Rio Military Mondays


For a limited time. 
Virgina and Maryland locations only :(

But Costa Vida always offers 10% off! See our full list of restaurant deals HERE

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Chase Bank - Waives all fees for Active Duty Military

Chase is my second favorite bank after USAA. I recently found out that Chase Bank will waive all credit card fees, late fees, and all other fees for Military members on Active Duty. It is very easy to apply and their customer service is excellent from my past experience.
Here's what you need to do:
  1. Call Chase Military Banking at 1-877-469-0110. This is a Military only line and takes calls 24/7. Awesome!
  2. Tell them you are Active Military. They will ask you to send them proof like a copy of your orders. Send them your information via fax or email.
  3. Wait a couple of weeks and they will send you a letter in the mail. (I have posted the letter they sent me in the mail below)
  4. Enjoy FEE FREE service. I have the IHG Priority Club Credit Card and the $49 annual fee was reimbursed immediately once they verified military status. They also have their Military Banking that waives all checking and savings account fees.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Veterans Day Military Freebies and Discounts 2014

Veterans Day is a special day for Military Deals and Discounts. Its amazing how generous businesses and restaurants are on this day. I for one really appreciate it. My wife and I rarely go out to eat because we are pinching our pennies so its always a fun treat to get to go out on Veterans Day.


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Free Oil Change on Veterans Day

There are several auto companies that are offering their services to Vets and Active Military Members.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Military Moms Consignment Sales

Attention military moms!

Have you considered shopping at a children's consignment sale? If you get there early enough, you can find great sales on second hand kid's clothing, maternity clothing, furniture, toys, strollers, etc. And great news!!! Did you know that many seasonal consignment sales will let military moms in early for pre-sale?


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Free LinkedIn Premium Membership for Military ($250 value)



Recently I joined LinkedIn and came in contact with Tyrell Jenkins, a military veteran with a strong background in business and finance, I asked him if he would be willing to share his experience with LinkedIn and how it could help Veterans make new connections in order to find a job or a better job. 

His response and advice was very informative and useful! Here is what he had to say:

Walgreens 20% Discount - Veterans Day


Walgreens is offering a Veterans Day discount to all veterans and active duty military personnel. Valid ID required.
  • 20% off Walgreens brand products
  • 15% off eligible store items

Monday, November 4, 2013

Discounted Military Medals

For generations, Veterans and Service members have displayed their Medals that our Nation has given them. I've always thought this is pretty cool when Vets show off their awards. It think it helps remind younger generations of their countries rich history and the values of Honor, Duty, and Country. Here are a couple sites I've found that offer discounts on Military Medals:


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Military - 20% off Entire Purchase - J.C. Penney

JCPenney is giving all Military (Active, Reserve, Veterans, etc) 20% off for the entire week. In order to receive this deal you must print this coupon. This deal is valid from November 6-11. Must show valid ID of proof of military service. 


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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Military - 20% off Entire Purchase - Bed Bath & Beyond

This upcoming weekend, Bed Bath & Beyond is celebrating Veterans Day by offering 20% off your ENTIRE purchase. This special is available November 9-11th. 

20% off bed bath and beyond entire purchase

No coupon is required, all you have to do is show a form of Military ID. 

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Phoenix Sky Harbor USO

The Phoenix USO is one of my favorites.

Here's why:

  • Out of all the USO's I've been to, this one has the most free stuff. LOTS of food, lots of candy, lots of drinks, not to mention toiletry items, keepsakes and other random misc. stuff
  • The USO workers are SO friendly and helpful
  • Lots of space, I've never felt crammed like I sometimes do at other USO's. I've visited about 5 times and I'm always pretty much the only one there.
  • Brand new!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Military Couponing

Recently Couponsdaily asked us to write an article on Military Discounts and Couponing. I don't feel We tried our best to answer some of their users most common questions. In the article we try and address the topics of:

  • Coupons and the Commissaries
  • Combining Military Discounts and Coupons
  • How to get military discounts online
To view the article click HERE

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Grace for Vets - Free Car Wash for Military/Veterans



On November 11 (Veterans Day) over two thousand locations will be offering free Car Washes to Military and Veterans. Grace for Vets was started in 2004 to "Honor Veterans and Service Members for their past and present service to their country"


Friday, October 18, 2013

How I ALWAYS get 20% off at HOME DEPOT

For our latest update (May 10, 2014) on Home Improvement Stores like Home Depot and Lowe's visit our Home Improvement Stores (Lowe's & Home Depot): Military Discount Page

Many of you already know and use the 10% military discount at Home Depot. It's great and can be used any day of the year (just show your ID). Thanks Home Depot for supporting the military!

However, I always get 20% off at Home Depot. Here's how:

Thursday, October 17, 2013

$100 Gift Card Opportunity for those recently returned from Afghanistan or Iraq

This is a cool opportunity to help in a very important study and get reimbursed for it. Basically they want to learn more about deployments so that they aren't as difficult on the relationships of soldiers and their spouses. It is funded by the DoD and the reimbursement for taking the survey is $50 per person ($100 per couple)


Monday, October 14, 2013

While in San Diego...

Make sure to visit Sea World for free (Blog post about that HERE)

Also check out these other military-friendly attractions in SAN DIEGO...

Free 1-Day Pass at the Zoo and Africa Tram Safari at Safari Park. This offer is valid for U.S. active duty military, and other military like cadets, reservists who can present valid military ID. Military Bases may have additional offers for military dependents and family.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

USO Review - Charlotte, NC Airport

I recently returned from a TDY at Fort Bragg during September. On the way there I had a nice 3 hour layover at the Charlotte, NC Airport and got to spend some time at the USO.


Friday, October 11, 2013

"Bed & Breakfast for Vets" Celebration - Free Complimentary Night

Each year, over 250 Bed + Breakfast locations open up their inns free of charge to veterans. This is the 5th Annual "B&Bs for Vets" celebration. This year it takes place on Sunday (Nov 10) and Monday (Nov 11).


Its not too late to sign up for this veterans day, here is how you can participate:

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

BJ's 60 day free membership, Military Discount (30%)

We all know that Costco/Sam's Club have given free passes to military for the duration of the Military Shutdown (while the commissaries are closed). While BJ'S hasn't officially joined the party, they do have a free 60 day trial pass that you can sign up for. To sign up for the 60 day free trial pass click here. This offer is normally invitation only but they have opened it up for the public.

Monday, October 7, 2013

GM Announces a Big Military Discount

On October 5th, GM announced their new and improved discount offered to military families for Chevrolet, Buick and GMC cars and trucks at invoice pricing (much cheaper than paying retail pricing).

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Albertson's 10% military discount


With the effects of the government shutdown, many commissaries have been closed. To help families out, Albertson's is giving a 10% discount on top of any deals, coupons, etc starting TODAY Oct. 6th until tuesday Oct. 8th.

  • Offer good for active, reservists, veterans, just bring in your ID.
  • The offer is for Southern California, but perhaps other Albertson's stores around the country are also willing to give the discount. If there is a store near you give them a call and ask. HERE is a store locator. 
A discount like this at a grocery store is pretty rare, so take advantage if you have the chance! If you are able to use this deal, tell Albertson's "thanks" on their facebook page!

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

COSTCO now offering FREE Military day pass also!

**COSTCO UPDATE** (Oct 5)
  • Costco's should now be honoring free Military passes during the government shutdown. 
  • I spoke with the general manager of Arizona stores and she said that Costco HQ have notified all stores nationally that this offer should be honored everywhere. Some people are still saying that their store has no idea about this so it would be a good idea to call first because you go there. (Thanks BJ)
  • Find the nearest Costco location by visiting Costco.com/WarehouseLocator
  • If they have not heard of this, have them put you on hold and let them call the Corporate office to verify. Then you come into the store with your military ID card and ask for a shopping pass. They call it a 99. (Thanks Patty)
  • MUST bring Military ID or past ID for veterans
To read more about other warehouse military discounts visit our page deals4military.blogspot.com/warehouse discounts

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

United Supermarkets (Texas) - 10% Off - Everyday for Military

Due to the Government Shutdown, United Supermarkets is offering 10% off everyday on grocery purchases. This applies to active and retired military personnel. This 10% discount was previously only on Wednesdays as part of a promo they were running. Read the article HERE

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Sam's Club - Free Membership Privileges to Military During Government Shutdown

Sam's Club is giving all Military Personnel and their families Free entrance into ALL club locations. They are doing this because dozens of commissaries on military bases were closed because of the government shutdown. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

*UPDATED* Heroes at Home Wish Registry (Sears) Acceptance Email

If you registered for this program you should have received an email from Sears today. This is what the email looked like:

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Military Discounts in Park City, Utah

I was searching for something else and I came across this cool page dedicated to discounts in a random ski resort town. The city is Park City, Utah. Check out their page HERE

Monday, September 9, 2013

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Military Discount

From September 9-15th, Military members and their families can visit the Colorado Springs Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for only $5.25 (Military discount prices are normally $11.25 for adults and 7.25 for Children) Remember all children 2 and under get in for FREE

For a list of all our US Military Zoo Discounts visit our page deals4military.blogspot.com/zoo-discounts. Some of the Zoos that offer free admission for military include

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Cartridge Ink (10% Military Discount) + Little Caesars (20% off for Military)


Recently I had to buy a Ink Cartridge for our hp printer. I checked around and found that Cartridge World offers a 10% off discount for Military Members. They required a military ID card at checkout.  Click here to visit their website. For my home printer, the cost there was about $11 for refills or $21 for XL refills.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

American Express - Waives Annual Fees for Active Duty Cardholders


I recently learned that American Express waives all credit card fees for Active Duty Military members. I was informed by a military financial site called MilitaryMoneyManual. Their facebook page gives a couple examples of people getting reimbursed over $2000 for past fees

American Express has some awesome credit cards, like Blue Cash Preferred that gives 6% back on groceries or Airline Credit Cards that have 60,000+ mile sign on bonuses. These cards sometimes have annual fees which can be anywhere from $50-$499.

Take advantage of this great offer if you have an American Express card and free your self of the annual fees!

Chase Bank also will waive all fees. Read our post about Chase here

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Spartan Race Military Discount (Plus Enter for a Free Entry)

Have you heard of the Spartan Race? If not, its seems pretty rad. You can read the full details at Spartanrace.com or Spartanracemedia.com


Basically they are the global leader in obstacle racing (voted the #1 obstacle race by Outside Magazine every year since 2005). Seems like an awesome idea!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Radio Shack Military Discount (10%)

Radio Shack offers an online and in-store Military discount.


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Heroes at Home Wish Registry (Sears)

FOR THE LATEST NEWS ON THIS PROGRAM CLICK *HERE*

The Wish Registry, a seasonal extension of the Sears Heroes at Home program, gives deployed service members a chance to send their love home by providing the means for them to purchase practical gifts such as clothes, toys and holiday decorations. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Waves of Honor Update 2013

Busch Gardens/Sea World Adventure Parks gives Free admissions to active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman and up to three dependents.  

UPDATE - Now for a limited time, if you are active duty who has ALREADY visited with the Waves of Honor complimentary admission program or are a VETERAN, you can get in for 50% off (up to 6 tickets)

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Free Tutoring for Military Families

Tutor.com is the world’s largest online tutoring service. They have a U.S. Military Families program that is funded by the Department of Defense MWR Library Program, Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program and Navy General Library Program that allows Military Families to Participate for FREE!


Friday, August 23, 2013

Free 2-Day Shipping to Sears/Kmart (Military Special)

Sears/Kmart has partnered with TroopId to offer free 6 month trial membership to "Shop Your Way Max"




Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Pep Boys 10% Military Discount

Pep Boys offers Military a 10% discount on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays


Just present a valid Military ID

Monday, August 19, 2013

Indoor Kart Racing

Now trendy in the Northeast is indoor go-karting, where patrons pay a premium to race in electric karts that top speeds over 50mph!  You can take advantage of a solid discount if you present your valid military ID when you register for a race.  There are many independently-owned facilities popping up and the racing fees may vary by location.  Here is an example using the fees of a track close to me:


FasTrax Raceway
Regular 14-lap adult race $23, with military ID only $18
Membership - includes 2 free races, 1 free birthday race, and a T-shirt for $50, with military ID $30

A quick Google search of other indoor karting facilities shows at least one location in most major cities.  Keep an eye out for a location in your hometown and add it to the comments so we may add facilities as they open!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Free Dental Care - Sept. 11, 2014


On September 11th, 2014 Freedom Day USA has organized and partnered with many businesses to offer free dental care and other services to "members of the military".  This is the first year of this annual event organized by Dr. Martino. Because it's a new event, the following years will have more business partners to benefit more people. It is planned to occur on the 2nd thursday of September every year.


HERE is the link to the interactive map with the businesses that are participating. I hope there is a provider that lives near you!

  • The website doesn't give much guidance as to whether you have to be active duty or not or if family members also qualify. When you call to set your appointment, you can ask them about the qualifications. I think it may vary by location. 
  • Because it is only one day of free dental care, the services that will be provided will be things that can be done in one appointment like cleanings, x-rays, fillings, extractions, etc. 
As a dental student, I think this program is especially cool and I hope to participate as a provider one day. Thanks for all those that are involved in this effort!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Clothing Discounts


Aeropostale

  • 10% off with military ID

Banana Republic

  • Varying by location, receive 10% military discount with ID

Bass Pro Shops

  • 10% off with military ID (15th-22nd each month) 

The Buckle

  • Discounts with valid ID of 10%, only valid in store.

Cabela’s

  • 10% off with military ID

Champs Sports

  • 20% off with military ID
  • Get an extra 10% off using Plink

Friday, August 16, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Shop at Overstock.com? (Military get Free shipping and 5% off on all purchases)

Get a Free Club O Membership at http://www.overstock.com/clubomilitary


When I shop at Overstock.com I use cashback sites like TopCashBack or Ebates to save any extra 7% off my purchase also. Ebates has a free $10 Sign up bonus right now also!


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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Free $10 Gift Card for using USAA Mastercard

If you have a USAA Mastercard Credit Card there is a special offer going on right now. The offer is a free $10 gift card when spending $300 before September 20th. The $300 must be spent at bookstores, clothing stores, office stores, or schools. Easy to do if you have kids and have to buy supplies for them


You can visit the special offer here at www.usaa.com/backtoschool

It will bring you to the information about the offer and direct you to the "My Offers" tab on your USAA homepage. I recommend looking at the My offers page often. Back in June I signed up for two offers. One gave an extra 5% back on gas purchase and the other an extra 2 pts for gas purchases which brought me to a total of 8% back on Gas!!




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