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Doodlebug939
08-06-2005, 09:06 PM
I was just posting on another thread that Cingular offers a military discount on their plans. And it got me thinking about how I often dont ask for a military discount and I should. What about you? Where have you found deals?

I have found out that Cingular offers a military discount of 10 or 12% each month. Not bad for a simple question. The worst that they could say is No we dont. No harm done! And I save.

USAA is my insurance company and it is designed for military and let me tell you I have always done better with them then anyone else. If you want their number send me a PM. Really their customer service has been great and they are only for military. And currently I live in Lousiana and USAA started a deal that they give ACTIVE duty military stationed here an additional discount of about 12%. It is about $80 dollars or so every six months. So that is $160 in my pocket each year. But what I like is that because USAA started this now all insurances are following suit. But remember it is only for Active Duty stationed in Lousiana.

So come on and lets share some money savers!

Oh and lastly, our Chevy's (mexican resturaunt) gives a 10% discount off of our meals as well.

Maestro'sApprentice
08-06-2005, 11:29 PM
Many hotels around here offer them. I found out when me and my friend went all over town looking for a place to throw his going away to boot camp party.

powellrj
08-06-2005, 11:38 PM
My DS found a lot of places in the mall give military discounts if you ask! He was amazed how much he saved buying clothes when he got back!

Doodlebug939
08-07-2005, 09:23 AM
I thought of another place that gives a military discount. Around here we have outlet malls that include the store Mikasa and I remember that they give a military discount of 10-15%.

katerkat
08-07-2005, 09:30 AM
The Jockey outlet stores also give a 10% discount with ID. (Don't know if it's only active - I tend to only pay attention to what's offered to active!)

We don't usually ask, though.

powellrj
08-07-2005, 10:04 AM
The Jockey outlet stores also give a 10% discount with ID. (Don't know if it's only active - I tend to only pay attention to what's offered to active!)

We don't usually ask, though.

When DS was home he never thought about asking until an employee overheard him talking to friend and told him most stores in the mall offered discounts to military with an ID. He had never asked before, but was really suprised how many places offered one. We aren't in a military area and he was home on leave, so I wonder if its pretty standard?

Rafiki Rafiki Rafiki
08-07-2005, 10:41 PM
Regal Cinemas in San Antonio offers one...I don't know if it's national or not...10% or so

Goody's Clothing stores--15%

I don't use many of the discounts offered, but those two I have used often!

NeverlandClub23
08-08-2005, 06:57 PM
Dollywood gives 30 or 40 % off of admission prices for military. My DFi asks everywhere we go. A lot of places we go to eat around here (Cincinnati) either give us our meals free or people from other tables ask to pay for our meal. That happens almost everytime we go out to eat. It's so nice and really makes me emotional how much people appreciate what the military does (whether or not they agree with the war). :wizard:

ClarabelleCowFan
08-08-2005, 09:58 PM
Another hooray here for USAA. They are the BEST and their customer service reps are always very helpful.

BibbidiBobbidiBOO
08-09-2005, 03:24 PM
Just found out Verizon offers 23% off!! Have to get it changed to DH's name first as he was in Iraq when I switched from Alltel to Verizon(and of course no one in the store knew of discounts-had to call for that and put if off).

We have had USAA forever. :)

Many hotels have great military rates. Beats AAA if they offer them. Marriott is particularly good about this.

Doodlebug939
08-10-2005, 07:48 AM
Just found out Verizon offers 23% off!! Have to get it changed to DH's name first as he was in Iraq when I switched from Alltel to Verizon(and of course no one in the store knew of discounts-had to call for that and put if off).

We have had USAA forever. :)

Many hotels have great military rates. Beats AAA if they offer them. Marriott is particularly good about this.


Wow I thought that I did great with my Cigular Discount. Verizon at 23% that is awesome. :earseek:

BabyTigger99
08-10-2005, 10:31 AM
I just got my stuff to get my discount from Verizon!!! I love this thread!

kindredspirit
08-20-2005, 10:51 PM
Just wanted to share a few discounts I have found:
Visible Changes 10%
New York and Company (Lerner) 15%
Ron Jon Surf Shop 15%

When we returned from our Disney Cruise this summer it was tax free shopping weekend in Fl so we had to make a quick stop at Ron Jon for my son and we found out about the discount when my husband pulled out his military ID card. That was a great way to end our vacation before heading back home to Japan, 15% off and no tax.

PA DISNEYLOVER
08-31-2005, 07:06 AM
Hot Topic gives 10% off.

Sleepy
09-26-2005, 03:55 AM
Regal Cinemas in San Antonio offers one...I don't know if it's national or not...10% or so

AMC theaters gives a discount. However, they only discount the ticket price of the military member....not the dependents.

va32h
10-10-2005, 02:04 PM
Payless Shoes..at least they used to, I haven't been there in awhile.

Verizon - is that for cell service or all services? We have our residential & cell phones with them.

SplshMtn99
10-10-2005, 07:02 PM
Our vets office offers 20% off. When we found out, we jokingly asked if we could have a refund for the 17 yrs we've been taking our cats there & the thousands we spent on one of them when very sick.

Hmmmm gonna need to go call Verizon & Cingular now.

Wonder if electric co & cable companies do?

I've love one on the gasoline we buy. :goodvibes

mbethel
11-02-2005, 08:28 PM
Sprint gives a 15% discount for our cell phones. Whenever I'm shopping I usually feel bad asking but if they check ID for a credit card I always show my military ID. Last weekend I found out Yankee candles outlets give 10% off by doing that. Also, we've flown on American airlines twice now because of their significant military discount. You have to call for it but it saved us about $50 per ticket. A lot of stores in our town give military discounts on certain days of the week (KMart - the first Wed of the month or something like that and Rugged Wearhouse - every Tuesday) and several local restaurants give 10% off.

One more thing, we are thrilled with USAA!!! I've been a member since the day I turned 18 (my dad was in the military and wanted me to get in while I was still his dependent - so my DH joined USAA through me before he joined the AF:)

If you join the military.com website for free, you can see a huge list of ongoing discounts for military.

jwsqrdplus2
11-02-2005, 08:54 PM
I always ask. The worst that will happen is that they will say no. Around here (military town), a lot of places will throw a 10% discount just because you asked!

My big money saver right now is that the Pre-K/after care program I have DDs (one in pre-K and one in 1st grade) in offers a 10% military discount and a 10% sibling discount. I end up saving about $22 per week thanks to those discounts. It really adds up over time!

And Kate, I cannot believe how big Russ is getting!! What a cutie!

Kimickey
11-06-2005, 07:59 PM
I just wanted to add that
Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker and Kids Foot Locker offer 20% discounts
Franklin Covey offers 15%
Chick Fil A offers 10%
US Airways but you have to call to get the price difference if one is available
Most Car Rental places off some sort of discount
Lowes if you ask

TammyJ
11-30-2005, 09:19 PM
Wow, I'm glad I stayed up late browsing. I often forget to ask about the discount too. Definitely calling Verizon.

Here's my tip. When booking a hotel room, get the best rate offered and THEN ask about military discount. We've found a few times that they'll discount an additional percentage off the best rate for you. If you ask for the military discount first, you may miss out.

BibbidiBobbidiBOO
12-01-2005, 07:47 AM
Verizon turned out to be 15% when all was said and done. The person on the phone said 23%. Maybe it changed or maybe they are as confused as WDW CM's! :rotfl: But 15% is better than nothing! :)

bubbleprincessmom
12-01-2005, 08:47 AM
I always ask as well. Last week I was buying floor tile for a new rental we just bought and asked and the manager said "I've never thought about it well I guess it would be unpatriotic if we didn't, let me take 10 percent off this for you". This was at Color Tile. Like a previous poster said all they can say is no.

BabyTigger99
12-27-2005, 04:24 PM
Verizon turned out to be 15% when all was said and done. The person on the phone said 23%. Maybe it changed or maybe they are as confused as WDW CM's! :rotfl: But 15% is better than nothing! :)


I just talked to Verizon last week, and they told me the discount was only 10%. Oh well, it is better than a sharp stick in the eye!

BibbidiBobbidiBOO
12-28-2005, 07:42 AM
I just talked to Verizon last week, and they told me the discount was only 10%. Oh well, it is better than a sharp stick in the eye!
Hang up and call again! Just like with Disney's CRO! ;)
Goggling, I found that most people are getting 15% off members phone plan with Verizon. http://www.baseops.net/marketplace/ I have read a couple with people getting 20%, does not make sense! :rolleyes:

BabyTigger99
07-07-2006, 02:25 PM
Does anyone know of Alltel offers a discount?

rparmfamily
07-12-2006, 10:00 PM
I forget to ask about discounts honestly, unless it's posted!

I want to ditto USAA, they ROCK. We bought our house thru them, insure w/them, and have our checking/savings and investments with them. They are a true benefit to the military. LOVE that I get ATM fees refuned and my check card earns rebates (along w/being free to begin with!!!)

Shades of Green and the Hale Koa are great deals too, and if you are on R&R you can get special deals.

Doodlebug939
07-13-2006, 09:09 AM
I forget to ask about discounts honestly, unless it's posted!

I want to ditto USAA, they ROCK. We bought our house thru them, insure w/them, and have our checking/savings and investments with them. They are a true benefit to the military. LOVE that I get ATM fees refuned and my check card earns rebates

It is very encouraging to hear about USAA. We are going to try to buy a house when we move depending on the market. And I really want to use USAA for our mortgage.

TheDisneyTraveler06
07-31-2006, 09:15 AM
My nephew is in the military, and I know that his family always asks this. It saves, too! :)

texasthree
08-01-2006, 10:37 AM
Every cell phone company has to give goverment employees a discount. Somewhere I have a list of every company and the numbers you need to call. I will find it today and post it here. Verizons discount is suppose to be 20%, maybe its based on services you have or something. We get a 20% discount. Not thats not going to be off the taxes, line charges, etc, just the plan itself.

I ask pretty much everywhere I go. If your in a military town chances are even little companies will offer a little something. Our local putt putt place give us 20% off, wendys 10%, lerner 15%, even our dollar store has buy 10 get one free for military!

rparmfamily
08-09-2006, 09:54 AM
I have found that some of these discounts vary from place to place. I live in a military town and our Chick-fil-A's don't give a discount. :(

alicia.eod
08-01-2008, 05:55 PM
I know that IHOP everywhere gives a military discount, so does Footlocker! American Eagle gives a military discount but I'm not sure how much.

Again, I have USAA and they are awesome, and the best feature for me is being able to scan a check. I have been stationed overseas for a while now so this is very useful.

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Doodlebug939
08-02-2008, 10:04 AM
It has been a long time since I have since this discussion. Glad it is back. I have found that when we shop at Tanger Outlet malls several of the companies offer military discount. I know that we always get an extra 10% discount on top of all discounts at Van Huesen. And in recent years they have started carrying more fashionable womens clothes.

GJM
08-02-2008, 05:15 PM
Not every IHOP gives a discount, the one by our house doesn't. I have received the discount at other IHOP's.

The clothing store NY & Co will give a discount.

Mickeyistheman
08-05-2008, 11:16 AM
My cousin is in the Navy and last August we went to Memphis to visit him.

It was "Elvis Week" and we went to Tupelo, Mississippi to visit Elvis' birthplace.

Now there were about 13 of us, adults and kids. My cousin went up and asked if they offered a military discount, they said yes...How many in your party haha!

He said that he had 4 in his family, the woman was so nice and they had no air and it was packed. Let us all go in for FREE!! Granted it was only $12 a person but still.

My other cousin went out to the snack stand and got all the ladies that were working soft drinks and sandwiches and chips as a Thank You. They were so thrilled.

It never hurts to ask and you know what, every Military person deserves it!!!!

live4christp1
08-05-2008, 01:29 PM
Sometimes if I think about it. DH does more than I do. We have found that Verizon does military discounts and Aeropostle does as well.

Chipmunk89
08-06-2008, 10:27 PM
I always ask. What can it hurt? :confused3 The worse that can happen is that they say no.

Shelly F - Ohio
08-08-2008, 02:27 PM
C.J. Banks and Christopher Banks give 10% discounts and so does the Shoe Dept

Lanikai
08-09-2008, 10:20 AM
Lots and lots of places do give a service member discount. We do at our shop, since they are serving so we can be free. Never huts to ask.

michellekl
08-12-2008, 03:01 PM
Cold Stone Creamery has been known to offer 10% off.

Almost every movie theater I've been to will honor up to 2 tickets with a military discount, this is usually in military areas though, we went for a movie in Boston a few years ago at a Loews (AMC) and they didn't offer anything, too bad, since tickets were $11.

We get 15% with Sprint, but just to be careful, they just implemented a new policy that they don't offer stackable discounts. We were getting the gov't rate, as well as another 15% off for poor service quality, but that has changed as of this month. Their new system just doesn't allow it, although they made us happy by removing a $ amount instead of the percentage.

We bank with USAA & also have car insurance with them. They had the BEST car insurance rates by far & I shopped around a lot. We would have our home owner's with them if they offered new service in FL, but they don't.

luvfigment
08-13-2008, 12:15 PM
I have been able to get a discount at Under Armour outlets. I think it is 10% and that was one in MA and one in VA.

ginna74
09-03-2008, 09:36 PM
sense hubby has gone back in (army reserves) we ask a lot about discounts. We get them for movies and hot topic so far that I can recall. soon he will be active and I don't think it matters from reserves to active though on what kind of discounts you get.
***oh verizon offers a discount but I would have to change it into his name though


**** just read the thread AFTER I posted, sorry no new info from me

drivencrazy
09-05-2008, 02:17 PM
It NEVER hurts to ask! I had an doctor appt that we were paying for and I asked about a military discount and they gave us 20% off!!!

Some places give you 10% off just for asking even if they don't usually give one!

Auto parts places will sometimes give 10% off as well (not on oil and something else).