The Ultimate Guide of REAL Discounts – Save Money Today!

Learn how you can literally save a significant amount of cash each month by simply asking for a discount.

It seems like many Americans have lost the art of the haggle - what has happened to this common practice that is used daily in many other countries around the world? Travel abroad and you will almost be considered a sucker if you do not try to negotiate a lower price.

The simple practice of asking for a discount or better price does not have to be reserved to only large ticket items such as jewelry, vehicles or a home. If you ask for a discount every time you reach for your wallet you may be extremely surprised with the savings you will receive.

By asking for a discount, one of three things will happen:

-          You won’t receive one (BOO)

-          Yow will receive one (YES)

-          Or you won’t receive one for the particular item you want but they may offer alternatives that are cheaper, on sale or have a discount (YES)

The great thing about asking for a discount is that it challenges the clerk to think of how they can help you as you have not committed to a purchase yet and they want to make the sale.

It all comes down to the old saying “Ask and You Shall Receive”

Tips on getting a discount

-          Simply ask, “Is this the best price you can offer”

-          Pay in cash (maybe not as important these days)

-          Ask about sales or coupons

-          With perishables, bring up the expiry date

-          Always be polite and friendly

-          Comparison shop and ask for price matching (even better, ask if they can beat a lower price you find)

Below is a list of know discounts for seniors, military and students…but as mentioned above Just Ask

Please share with family, friends or anyone who could benefit from saving money

Senior Discounts

Restaurants

Applebee's: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)
Arby's: 10% off ( 55 +)
Ben & Jerry's: 10% off (60+)
Bennigan's: discount varies by location (60+)
Bob's Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)
Boston Market: 10% off (65+)
Burger King: 10% off (60+)
Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee ( 55+)
Chili's: 10% off ( 55+)
CiCi's Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Culver's: 10% off
Denny's: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members ( 55 +)
Dunkin' Donuts: 10% off or free coffee ( 55+)
Einstein's Bagels: 10% off baker's dozen of bagels (60+)
Fuddrucker's: 10% off any senior platter ( 55+)
Gatti's Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)
Hardee's: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)
IHOP: 10% off ( 55+)
Jack in the Box: up to 20% off ( 55+)
KFC: free small drink with any meal ( 55+)
Krispy Kreme: 10% off ( 50+)
Long John Silver's: various discounts at locations ( 55+)
McDonald's: discounts on coffee everyday ( 55+)
Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)
Shoney's: 10% off
Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)
Steak 'n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday ( 50+)
Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (62+)
Taco Bell : 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
TCBY: 10% off ( 55+)
Tea Room Cafe: 10% off ( 50+)
Village Inn: 10% off (60+)
Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
White Castle: 10% off (62+)

Clothing

Banana Republic: 30% off ( 50 +)
Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month ( 50 +)
Belk's: 15% off first Tuesday of every month ( 55 +)
Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days ( 55 +)
C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (50+)
Clarks : 10% off (62+)
Dress Barn: 20% off ( 55+)
Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kohl's: 15% off (60+)
Modell's Sporting Goods: 30% off
Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions
Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday ( 55+)
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off ( 55+)
Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month ( 55 +)

Groceries

Albertson's: 10% off first Wednesday of each month ( 55 +)
American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday ( 50 +)
Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60+)
Food Lion: 6% off every Monday (60+)
Fry's Supermarket: free Fry's VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday ( 55 +)
Great Valu Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+)
Harris Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location)
Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday ( 50 +)
Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+)
Uncle Guiseppe's Marketplace: 15% off (62+)

Travel

Airlines:
Alaska Airlines: 50% off (65+)
American Airlines: various discounts for 50% off non-peak periods (Tuesdays - Thursdays) (62+)and up (call before booking for discount)
Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
Rail:
Amtrak: 15% off (62+)

Bus:
Greyhound: 15% off (62+)
Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages 50+

Car Rental:
Alamo Car Rental: up to 25% off for AARP members
Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members
Budget Rental Cars: 40% off; up to 50% off for AARP members ( 50+)
Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off ( 50+) Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members Hertz: up to 25% off for AARP members
National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members

Overnight Accommodations:
Holiday Inn: 20-40% off depending on location (62+)
Best Western: 10% off (55+)
Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Waldorf Astoria - NYC $5,000 off nightly rate for Presidential Suite (55 +)
Clarion Motels: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Econo Lodge: 40% off (60+)
Hampton Inns & Suites: Up to 20% off, depending on location
Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+)
InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+)
Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler's Discount (50+); 20%-30% off (60+)
Marriott Hotels: 25% off (62+)
Motel 6: Stay Free Sunday nights (60+)
Myrtle Beach Resort: 30% off ( 55 +)
Quality Inn: 40%-50% off (60+)
Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Sleep Inn: 40% off (60+)

Entertainment

AMC Theaters: up to 30% off ( 55 +)
Bally Total Fitness: $100 off memberships (62+)
Busch Gardens Tampa, FL: $13 off one-day tickets ( 50 +)
Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+)
Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off
U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+)
Regal Cinemas: 50% off Ripley's Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket ( 55 +)

Cell phone

Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service ( 50 +)
Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+).

Miscellaneous

Great Clips: $8 off haircuts (60+)

The list above can actually be much much larger as most businesses provide some form of a senior discount. The opportunities for seniors to receive a discount are far greater than other age groups.

 

Military Discounts

(police, firefighters and paramedics may also fall into this category)

24 Hour Fitness Military Membership: Active duty military members do not have to pay an initiation fee. They only have to pay the first and last months’ dues, in order to open a membership.

1st in Flowers: Get a 15% military discount.

ACE Rent a Car Military Discount: At select ACE Rent-A-Car offices, get 15% off on car rentals.

AC Lens: Active duty military members and veterans receive 10% off contact lenses purchased through AC Lens. Use the promo code MILITARY during checkout in order to receive the discount.

ACU Army: 5% Discount for all. Click on the ACU Army link, and then use Discount Code “ARMYACU10″.

Aeropostale: In any Aeropostale store nationwide, you can get 10% off on all purchases.

Alamo Car Rental: Members of the military and their families receive discounted rates through Alamo Car Rental. Those traveling on military orders also receive a Collision Damage Waiver and no additional driver fees.

Alfred Angelo Bridal Gown Discount for Military Brides: Save 15% on a bridal gown at any Alfred Angelo Bridal Boutique.  Many locations throughout the U.S.

American Airlines Cargo: Ship your pets for 50% less than the regular published rates. Active members of the US military forces as well as their dependents may avail of this discount, which applies to animal shipping for personal use only.

American Car Craft: Enter promo code HERO-20 to receive 20% off custom stainless steel auto accessories, online only.

American Family Insurance: Active duty service members and veterans who have faced a lapse in insurance due to a deployment are eligible to apply for coverage through American Family Insurance as continuous customers or as having prior insurance. This distinction allows military members to qualify for lower premiums.

AmericInn: Get discounted hotel rates in any of 220 branches nationwide. Simply present a valid US military ID upon check-in.

Amtrak: Active duty military personnel and their families save 10% when traveling with Amtrak. The discount only applies to regular fares and may not be combined with other discounts.

AmunWave Tactical Optics: 10% off total purchase for all Active Duty Service Members. AmunWave Tactical Optics LLC is a distributor of Numa Sunglasses. AmunWave specializes in tactical, ballistic and sport eyewear.

Anna’s Linens: Get 10% off on purchased items by calling 1-866-266-2728 before ordering online, or by presenting a valid military ID for in-store purchases.

Antique Jewelry Mall: With a valid military ID or military e-mail address, military members receive 5% off all jewelry purchases. You must place your order by phone, Skype or e-mail to receive the discount.

Apple: The Apple Federal Government and Military Employee Purchase programs is available to Military personnel, National Guard and Reserve, and their families, along with employees of the federal government.   You can get a military discount on iPhones, iPads, iPods and Macs through Apple’s Military/Government Purchase Program.

Applebees: Applebees offers 10% discounts and free meals on Veterans day at participating locations. Must present valid military ID.

Armed Forces Eyewear: Discounts are offered on eyeglasses, sunglasses and contact lenses for active duty and retired military members and their families.

Armed Forces Vacation Club: The Armed Forces Vacation Club allows active duty and retired military members to book 7-night accommodations for only $349 a week to help them reconnect with family members after a deployment or long stint in the military.

A Story Before Bed: Military members facing deployment are eligible to receive a free recordable storybook.

AT&T Wireless Discount: Active Duty, Reserves and Veterans get 15% off on mobile phone services. Just present identification or proof veteran status to any AT&T store. Mention FAN code 4085530.

Audi of America: Get special offers and benefits exclusively available to overseas US military personnel via Audi’s Military Sales Program. Visit their website for more info.

Audio Geeks: Active Duty, Veterans, Retirees, Reservists and Dependents receive a 15% discount. Use promo code USMIL15 at checkout.

Avis Car Rental: U.S. Military and Federal Government employees get free collision/LDW insurance coverage, no underage driver fees, unlimited mileage and competitive rates on official business or personal.

Award Tech Remote PC Specialist: 10% discount on computer support servies for Active Duty, Veterans, Retirees and Reservists. Acceptable ID includes a .mil email address or honor system. No military discount website information available, submitted by business to Military Benefits.

Bass Pro Shops: For one week, beginning the 15th of every month, active duty and retired military members receive a 10% discount. Some items, such as reels and firearms, are not included.

BaseOps.Net: Nothing is as comforting as a conversation with loved ones while overseas. Forget about expensive overseas calls and save up to 80% on your phone bill with these affordable military phone cards you can use when calling to and from locations as far as Iraq or Afghanistan.

Beaches by Sandals: U.S and Canada Military members and their families save an extra 10% at Beaches resorts.

Bell Bicycling and Motorcycle Helmets: Get VIP status through an exclusive “Pro Deal Program” for powersports industry professionals, active military and public service officials including police and fire. The program offers an exclusive discount on Bell products, apparel and accessories to outdoor industry professionals who includes shop employees, retails sales associates, shop owners, mechanics, manufacturers, athletes, media and more.

Berklee School of Music: Get a world-class musical education at a lower price and a more flexible schedule. Active duty and veteran military personnel get a 20% tuition fee discount, on top of available tuition assistance program for military students or GI Bill benefits for veterans. For more details, send an email to registrar@berkleemusic.com or call 1-866-BERKLEE.

Best Bully Sticks: Get discounts on cat and dog supplies by sending an email to bbinfo@bestbullysticks.com from your US military email address. You will be sent a promo code which you can use to get discounted rates.

Best Buy: Best Buy offers half off Geek Squad services for military families. Click on the Best Buy link for any new offer updates.

Best Western: Provides hotel rates based on the u.s. government per diem. Available to military personnel or civilian and government employees on official business or leisure.

Blue Star Museums: Members of the Blue Star Museum program offer free admission to military members and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Visitors must present a military ID for free admission.

Boston Market: Veterans Advantage members to receive 20% discount at all Boston Market® locations.

Brides Across America Military Bride Wedding Gown Giveaway: Multiple bridal retailers and wedding dress designers work with this organization to provide free wedding dresses to military brides. Special wedding dress events are held throughout the year where they giveaway wedding dresses.  Check out their site for a listing of the next free wedding dress event in a city near you.

BuildASign.com: Get a free banner or jumbo card to show some big love for troops at home and overseas.

Budget Car Rental: With the offer code BCD U088801, military members receive discounted rates when booking a rental car online.

Buffalo Wild Wings: Many Buffalo Wild Wings offer 10% discounts based on franchise location. Check with your local store first. Typically you must present a valid military ID.

Burger King: Some participating locations offer 10% discounts, check with the store first. Typically, you must present a valid military ID.

California Southern University: Spouses and children of active-duty and retired military service members can get 10% off on tuition fees for online degree programs in business, psychology and law.

CAM Solar: Reduce your carbon footprint, save energy and save on your electric bill by having solar panels installed in your home. Military discounts are available. Contact 210-227-3456 for details.

Central Michigan University: National Guard and reserve; active duty military spouses and dependent children; military retirees; honorably discharged veterans; and Department of Defense (DoD) employees may be eligible for discounted tuition fees for undergraduate or graduate degree programs. This applies to both on-campus and online courses.

Chevy Fresh Mex: Military members who visit Chevys in uniform and present a valid military ID receive 20% off.

Chick-fil-A: Many Chick-fil-A locations offer 10% discounts, always check with the store first. Typically, you must present a valid military ID.

Choice Hotels: Along with discounted rates at over 2,700 hotels, military members and veterans have the option to join the Choice Privileges program as Elite Gold members. This membership entitles them to exclusive benefits and rewards points.

Chrysler: Get exclusive rebates and affordable financing deals on Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles through the Chrysler Military Program. This offer is available to overseas military personnel.

Cinemark Movie Theaters: Active military members may get discounted rates upon presenting valid active duty military ID at the ticket booth of selected theaters nationwide. Different terms may apply at each location.

Clipper Vacations, Pacific Northwest Travel: Using the promo code HERO while booking online, members of the military and one guest receive discounts on vacation packages in the Pacific Northwest.

Costco Wholesale: Join Costco as a new member and receive over $50 in savings for all Members of the Armed Forces, Veterans and their families.

Cube Smart: Active duty military members receive 20% off storage services for the duration of their military service. A copy of deployment orders and a military ID are required.

Dairy Queen: Most Dairy Queen locations offer military discounts. The amount varies by location, but may be as high as 50% off for members who show up in uniform.

Dell: Dell’s Military Rewards program offers discounts on laptops that are part of Dell’s premier selection. All computers are equipped with webcams to keep military members connected to their families.

Delta Vacations: Plan your next big trip anywhere in the world and save $50 to $200 on your vacation package of choice. All you need is a valid US military email address to get the discount, along with other perks such as discounted flights and bonus mileage points.

Disney Parks: Spend a magical day with your loved ones with discounted rates on rooms and admission tickets in Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort. Active military and spouses, retired military, National Guard and Reservists and their families are eligible for this discount.

Disney Cruise Lines: In honor of the brave men and women who serve this country, Disney Cruise Line is proud to offer special military rates on select Disney cruises through December 2013.

Dollar.com: Veterans, active duty military, National Guard and Reserve and their families may get amazing discounts in car rentals, as well as fee waivers and other membership rewards. This applies to Veterans Advantage card holders.

Door to Door Storage: Military members receive up to 50% off regular rates from Door to Door storage to help military members who are relocating or transitioning back into civilian life.

DreamStone: By entering the code USTROOPS in the discount box when checking out, military members receive discounts on engagement rings.

EarthFare: All active duty and reserve military members and their families receive 10% off.

Eders.com: Active duty, retired or honorably discharged members of the US Military get FREE membership to the Professional Bowhunter Buyer’s Club. Members are entitled to 4-45% when purchasing archery and bowhunting equipment from eders.com or bowhuntingoutlet.com. Call 516-656-0808 for more details.

Fandango: The availability of discounted military tickets is controlled by each individual theater, not by Fandango. To see if any discounts are being offered for your theater for purchases made via Fandango, click on a red show time to begin the purchase process. All available ticket categories will be displayed on the subsequent page. Look for ticket categories labeled “military discount” or similarly named categories which would indicate a specially priced ticket.  Also, not all theaters that offer military discounts make them available through Fandango.

FlowerShop.com: This online florist offers specially designed military care packages that may be shipped to APO/FPO addresses as well.

Ford: Active and reserve overseas military members can get great deals to lease or purchase Ford and Lincoln vehicles through its exclusive Military Appreciation Program.

Fuddruckers: Discounts vary by location, but range from 10-15% off for those who present a military ID.

Geico: Pay 15% less than regular insurance premiums if you are an active duty or retired member of the military, or a member of the National Guard or Reserves.

General Motors: Active Duty members, reserves and retirees, including their spouses, of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard and Coast Guard can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars when purchasing eligible Chevrolet, Buick or GMC vehicles through the GM Military Discount program. There are also regional and dealership incentives available.

Gift Express: 20% discount on fine personalized gifts, personalized stationery gifts & gifts for business. Use code USA for 20% savings with a minimum purchase of $39.95. Shpping to APO addresses as well.

Gold’s Gym: Gold’s Gym offers $20% off monthly dues and discounted enrollment rates for members of the military and veterans.

Great Wolf Lodge & Indoor Water Park: Great Wolf Lodge, with suites and an indoor water park offers a 10% discount for military members, retired military and their families. Book online using the offer code HEROES. It is limited to two suites per military ID or badge and based upon availability. A valid ID or badge is required at check in. Police, Fire and EMS workers can also take advantage of this discount.

Greyhound: Get a 10% discount on fares for you and your family if you are either active duty or retired US military personnel. Other terms may apply.  See here for Veterans.

Group Health Eye Care: Military members and veterans receive 20% off prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses.

GuideToMilitaryTravel.com: Military families can get great discounts on selected travel destinations within the country. Be ready to provide valid identification and/or documents.

Haber Vision: Protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays and prevent wrinkles caused by squinting too much in the sunlight with Haber Vision sunglasses. Military personnel can get a pair for half the regular retail price.

Hard Rock Café: All Hard Rock Café locations offer a year-round 15% discount for military members who present a valid military ID. That discount is increased to 20% during select months.

Harley-Davidson: Military personnel serving outside the US can take advantage of the Harley-Davidson Military Sales Program to get discounts on a large selection of Harleys, plus other great benefits.

Heart Rate Watch Company: US military active duty and retired receive 10% off all heart rate monitors, GPS watches and remote charging equipment from brands like Garmin, Suunto, Polar, Times, Goal Zero and more.  Shipping is free to APO and a free fitness book is included as well.  To get the promo code contact rsquire(at)heartratewatchcompany(dot)com to or call toll-free at 866-586-7129

Helzberg Diamonds: 10% discount to all active  military when placing an order over the phone at 1-800-HELZBERG (435-9237); M-F 8am-5pm CST.  Most Helzberg locations honor the military discount as well but call ahead to confirm.  Proof of ID required before processing the discount.

Hertz Rental Cars: Members of the military receive discounted rates and unlimited mileage through Hertz Rental Cars. Free upgrades are also offered if space is available.

Hewlett Packard: HP offers a military discount program with up to 10% off computers and other special promotions. Military members must sign-up for the program to access the discounts.

Hickory Farms: Send gifts to APO and FPO addresses—shipping is free.

Home Depot: A year round 10% discount up to a maximum $500 at all U.S. locations to active duty personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans and their immediate families. Must present a valid military ID. A 10% discount is also offered to all other military veterans on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Veterans

Howard Johnson’s: 10 percent. Rate depends on availability. Must present military I.D. upon check in.

Hyatt Hotels: Active duty military members receive up to 50% off room rates at 20 of its resorts in the U.S. and Caribbean. In addition, military members receive up to 20% off food purchase.  Call for details.

Hypnosis.org: Interested in a career in hypnosis? Apply for a hypnosis certification course and get a 20% discount if you are an active duty or veteran military personnel. Call 714-258-8380 or 800-965-3390 to register.

Hyundai: Active duty, veteran or retired members of the US military may get a $500 price slash on any new Hyundai vehicle. Availability is subject to terms, valid until January 4, 2012 to April 2, 2012. Ask your local dealership for more info.

Infiniti: Receive exclusive new vehicle pricing with their Vehicle Purchase Program. Special pricing varies by month. Must be Active Duty or Reserve and their dependents (spouse/domesticpartner) US Military includes: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard.

Jelly Bean Quilts: 15% discount on all quilts for Active Duty, Veterans, Retirees and Dependents. Memory quilts are made out of baby clothing, t-shirt quilts, and memorial clothing quilts. Email for discount details: contact@jellybeanquilts.com. Discount is based on the honor system. No military discount website information available, submitted by business to Military Benefits.

Jellystone Parks: Active duty and retired military families who enjoy camping receive discounts at most of Jellystone’s campgrounds. Discounts range from 5% to 20% off and vary by location.

Jiffy Lube: Most Jiffy Lube locations offer up to 15% off to military members. Because Jiffy Lube locations are independently owned, some may opt not to participate in the discount program.

JJ’s House for Wedding Dresses: Link to military discounts for wedding dresses and wedding accessories.

Kaplan University: Active-duty military service members, their spouses and veterans may avail of discounted tuition fees at Kaplan University, one of the top military-friendly colleges and universities for three consistent years.

Keystone School: Active duty US military families may get up to 10% off on tuition fees for Keystone School’s online high school and middle school programs. Call 1-800-255-4937 to enroll. Discounts are not applicable to online enrollments.

KOA Campgrounds: Most KOA campgrounds offer a military discount between 5% and 15% off the regular price. Check with your specific campground to find out the discount it offers.

Kohl’s: Get a 15% discount by presenting a valid US military ID in selected Kohl’s branches nationwide.  Not all Koh’s participate.

Lady Foot Locker: Active military, veterans and their families can purchase quality athletic footwear at Lady Foot Locker via stores, phone orders and online orders at 20% off. To avail of a discount, one must also be a Veterans Advantage member.

La Quinta Inns & Suites: While it does not publish its military rates, La Quinta Inns & Suites advertises special rates for members of the military who provide a valid ID. Choose the government rate option when booking online.

Larson Jewelers: Active duty military members receive 5% off the purchase of wedding rings and bands.

Legoland California: Active-duty military personnel get 10% off on a one-day admission ticket upon presenting a valid military ID.

Lonestar Steakhouse & Saloon: All veterans and active duty personnel get a 20% discount every Monday, and 10% off every other day.

Lowes: Lowes offers a regular 10% military discount to active duty military members and Retired Veterans, or VA Recipients.  This 10% discount is also extended to the immediate family of those who are currently serving, Retired Veterans, or VA Recipients.  Lowes honors all Veterans on three specific holidays: Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veterans Day. During these three holiday weekends, Lowes extends the discount to all veterans who served honorably and who present a valid Form DD214 or other proof of service.

Man Crates Care Packages: Military families save 10% with verification through Troop ID. Man Crates ships to APO/FPO and overseas.

Marriott Hotels: Find out how much you can save in hotel rates under Marriott’s Military Per Diem Rate Qualification Guidelines.

Massage Envy Military Discount Program: All active-duty military personnel who join Massage Envy get $60 off a year. Call ahead to ensure the location is participating and rates may vary.

Meineke: Meineke franchises offer discounts to military members on select services. Discounts and qualified services vary by location.

Microsoft 365: All US military personnel save up to 30% off Microsoft 365 which include Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, Skype, SkyDrive, Access, Publisher, OneNote

Modern Furniture for Home: All US military personnel may get 10% off on furniture. Simply fax a copy of an active military ID card to 323-782 0889 or upload a scanned copy through their website, in order to get a coupon code.

Moissante Bridal: Military members receive 5% off the purchase of an engagement ring.

Motel 6 Military Discount: all active and retired military personnel and their families are eligible for a 10% discount. When booking online, simply click “Military Rate” before selecting your room type and the discount will be automatically applied.

National Car Rental: Military members receive discount rates on car rentals and no additional driver fees when traveling on official military orders.

The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass: Available to US military members and their dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, as well as most members of the US Reserves and National Guard. Proper military ID is required (CAC Card or DoD Form 1173). Covers entrance to Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service sites that charge Entrance Fees, and Standard Amenity Fees at Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation sites. In addition, most state and federal parks grant free access on Veteran’s Day and other military holidays.

Navy Federal Credit Union: Active duty and retired military personnel may qualify for a ¼ % APR discount on selected loans. Call 1-888-842-6328 or visit your nearest NFCU branch. Offer is not available for online applications.

Nerve.Org: With a 5% discount on all procedures for military personnel and their spouses, you may save hundreds of dollars upon presenting a valid US military ID or equivalent proof of military status.

New Jersey Transit: Military members and their families may purchase rail tickets at the senior citizen rate by showing a valid military ID.

Nickelodeon Suites Resort: This Orlando resort offers 20% off accommodations and 10% off food and beverages through its military appreciation package.

Nike: Active, retired, reservist US military personnel and their families get 10% off in Nike-owned stores including Nike Stores, NikeFactoryStores, NIKETOWN and NikeWomen in the US and Puerto Rico. Present a valid US military ID for verification.

Nissan: Receive exclusive new vehicle pricing with their Vehicle Purchase Program. Special pricing varies by month. Must be Active Duty or Reserve and their dependents (spouse/domesticpartner) US Military includes: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard.

Norwegian Cruise Lines: The military and their families can receive up to 10% off on select cruises. Includes veterans, active duty military, national guard, or reserves.

Oakley: The program is for active duty military, reserve, federal and local law enforcement, fire, EMS and those holding military retiree credentials. Must have a valid .gov or .mil email address entered during registration confirm your approval. The discount is available through their USS Standard Issue website.

Olan Mills: Show your Active or Reserve Military ID, along with this Coupon to take advantage of a special offer. Olan Mills are located in Kmart’s locations throughout the US.

Old Navy: Every Monday Old Navy gives you 10% off your total purchase with valid Military ID! Just show your ID at check-out for your savings!

Operation Love Reunited: Photographers partner with this organization to provide free photo shoots for military members and their loved ones before or after a deployment.

O’Reilly Auto Parts: All O’Reilly Auto Parts stores provide a discount, usually 5% to 10%, to active and retired military personnel with proper ID. Offer is not valid online.

Outback Steakhouse: In addition to providing a free Bloomin’ Onion appetizer to all active duty military who show an ID, Outback supports Operation Homefront and other military programs through proceeds from special restaurant promotions.

Overstock.com: Free Club O membership for military personnel with a valid .mil email address or active, retired or reserve military. Membership benefits include 5% reward dollars on every purchase, free shipping every day of the year and extra reward dollars on select products.

Payless Shoe Source: All US military personnel and their immediate family members get 10% off on any purchase (on top of other possible discounts and promos) at Payless Shoe Source branches in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Park Ride Fly USA: Airport parking discounts to all Veterans, Armed Forces personnel and their families.

Penske Truck Rentals: Get up to 20% off on military relocation packages with a valid military ID. They will also match any price.

Pep Boys Military Discount: Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday active-duty and retired military customers can receive a 10% discount at local stores. Present a valid military or veteran ID to save.

PODS: Military members and veterans are eligible for discounted storage rates through PODS.

Portrait Innovations: 10% discount on all portrait packages and specialty portrait products for active duty military families.

ProFlowers: Discounts can vary but typically it is 20% off.  Anybody can get this discount by visiting the ProFlowers Military Discount page.  You can also visit their promotions page for additional discounts.

Profox Racing: Adrenaline junkies can get 10% discounts (plus free shipping within the US!) on regular-priced racing gear and accessories. This offer is available for Active Duty, veteran, reserve, Coast Guard, National Guard, retired and military families.

Rave Cinemas: Discounts for all military personnel with valid ID.  Movie theaters are located in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

Red Roof Inn: Active duty and retired military members receive 10% room rates. When booking online, use the VP+(R) code 604287.

REG Medical supplies: 15% off for past and present service members plus law enforcement, firefighters and government employees. Honor system for proof of service, enter promo code MILITARY at checkout. REG Medical is the leading online medical supplies retailer.

Regent University: Get an online degree with very little to no expense. Active-duty military, reservists, and National Guard personnel may qualify for discounted tuition rates, which may usually be covered by military Tuition Assistance. Veterans and retirees may also qualify for discounted rates.

Royal Caribbean: Take advantage of special cruise rates available for military personnel and their family members. Eligible military members must be in the same stateroom in order for dependents to qualify for discounted rates. Discounts are subject to terms.

Ryan Homes: Ryan Homes gives military members access to the Heroes Welcome Home program which provides $1500 for extra home options or to put toward closing costs.

Saint Joseph’s University: Active duty and reserve military personnel and their spouses can get tuition fee discounts on graduate or undergraduate degree programs, along with other GI Bill educational benefits.

Sally Beauty Supply: Get a free Beauty Club membership card ($5 value) when you visit a Sally Beauty Supply store and present a valid US military ID. With the card fet special member pricing on non-sale items and 15% discounts on future purchases.

Sam’s Club: Active duty, retired military and civilian military employees and their spouses receive a $15 gift upon joining or renewing a Sam’s club membership.

Sandals Vacations: Military members receive 10% off the purchase of all-inclusive vacation packages from Sandals. The discount is on top of other promotions the company offers.

Scorpyd Crossbows: 10% percent discount to all Active, Honorably Discharged and Retired military personnel. Scorpyd will also offer the discount to all active Law Enforcement Officers and all active Fire Department personnel. To receive the discount you will have to call Scorpyd directly and be able to present a valid document to prove that you are currently Active, Honorably Discharged or Retired from the military. Law Enforcement and Fire Department Personnel will have to present a Department Letter Head to receive the discount. This discount only applies to direct orders from Scorpyd Crossbows.

Scion: If you are a member of the U.S. Military with current active duty status or an inactive reservist, you may qualify for a $500 rebate towards the purchase or lease of a new Scion when financed or leased through a participating Scion dealer and Toyota Financial Services (TFS).

ShipAnyCar.com: Whether you need your vehicle transported for military relocation or for personal use, you can get a $25 discount on car transportation fees.

Shoney’s: 15% off for all service men and women in uniform. Military, Fire, Police and EMT’s in uniform.

Showcase Cinemas: A military discount to all active duty personnel and their dependents. The special military program pricing is $7.00 for general admission, and $5.00 for matinee and children.  Appropriate Active Service ID must be presented at the theatre box office to receive military discount.   Movie theaters are located in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, New York and Rhode Island.

Sitter City: Members of the military receive free access to Sittercity.com to help them find qualified childcare providers, housekeepers and other service providers in their area.

Since1910.com: Ready to pop the big question and put a ring on it? Get 5% off on an engagement ring of your choice (maximum price of $10,000) by simply providing your US military email address.

Six Flags Amusement Parks: Six Flags parks offer military appreciation days where military members receive free admission. Days vary by park and season. Additionally, Tickets are available at discounted prices, varies by location, on military bases and installations through the MWR or ITT recreation offices.  Quantities are unlimited with a valid military or DoD ID.  Discounted tickets are NOT available at the parks.

Smith & Wesson: Get as much as $100 worth of rebates on purchased firearms. Active duty U.S. Military, Retired Military with retired Military Status, active National Guard Reservists and Disabled Veterans of all U.S. Military branches including U.S. Coast Guard may all qualified for these rebates upon fulfillment of other documentation requirements.

SOS Eyewear: Military members receive 25% off sunglasses in the SOS Eyewear Military or US Ranger lines by entering the code MIL25 at checkout.

Sports Clips: Active duty military and veterans receive special pricing on haircuts. Prices vary by location. Veterans also receive 10% off Sports Clips franchise fees.

Stanton Homes: Through the Stanton Homes for Heroes program, active duty military members and veterans receive 3% off the price of a new home. Some of the companies Stanton homes contracts with offer additional discounts during the homebuilding process.

Starwood Hotels: Active or retired military members and their families may take advantage of the special online rate, or free lessons in its music studio in Arkansas.

Stationary Xpress: 20% discount on personalized stationery, embossed stationery, raised print stationery, raised-print stationery, invitations, announcements, stationery gifts, stationary. Use promo code “USA” for 20% savings with a minimum purchase of $39.95 and shipping to APO addresses.

Superior Nut: Use coupon code “military” for 10% discount.

Target Portraits: Present your Military ID at time of sitting, along with coupon to receive 50% off portrait collections, one free 8×10 and free sitting fees.

TBC Retail Group (Tire & Auto Centers): Spend 10% less on tire and auto services at any of 1,300 Tire Kingdom, NTB-National Tire and Battery, Merchant’s Tire and Auto Centers and Big O Tires centers nationwide. Present a valid US military ID to enjoy these discounts.

Thrifty.com: Federal government and military personnel can get discounts and other perks on car rentals.

Torrid: Military members receive a 10% discount in Torrid stores or by calling to place an order with a Torrid Personal Shopper.

Tough Mudder Events: $10 rebate off the participant registration price for active and veteran members of the military.

Toyota: Active duty military and reserve members receive a $500 rebate on any new Toyota vehicle.

Trident University: Trident University’s Military Discount Program (MDP) covers regular military personnel, drilling and active duty reservists, retired military personnel and members of the National Guard. Military spouses may also qualify for discounts.

Tutor.com Free Tutoring for Military Families: Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard and Reserve military families can receive free online tutoring. See website for details.

Under Armour Military Discount: Present a valid US military ID at any Under Armour store and get a 15% off on your purchase. Click Here for for the 15% discount.

United States Postal Service (USPS): The Postal Service offers free Mili-Kits that contain all the supplies needed for shipping items to military members overseas.

USAA: USAA provides discounted auto, home and life insurance to military members and veterans. Since the insurance is only available to those who have served in the military, no additional military discounts are offered.

Veterans Advantage: Membership is under $5 a month and provides access to thousands of discounts including Continental & United airlines, Amtrak, Wendys, Footlocker, Dell, Greyhound, car rentals, Verizon and many other military discounts.

Vettix: Submit a wish list for tickets. Vettix accepts tax deductible ticket donations from individuals and companies, then donates them to veterans for free through the Hero’s Wish program. Other discounts are available as well.

Verizon Wireless: Active-Duty military and all Federal Government employees can get 15% discount on monthly plans $35 and above and 25% off accessories.

Victory Motors: Special offers vary but typically all Active and Retired Police & Firefighter Personnel are eligible for a discount. See the special offers section.

Volkswagen: Volkswagen Credit offers unique incentives, up to $800, to all military personnel who finance the purchase of a new vehicle with Volkswagen Credit.

Volvo: Members of the Armed Forces may download a special coupon to receive $1,000 cash back when they purchase a new Victory bike.

Wedding Rings Depot: Military members receive 10% off the purchase of wedding rings by using the code MILITARY at checkout.

White Flash Engagement Ring Discount: Active-Duty Armed Forces members receive 1% off engagement rings or diamonds. Enter promotional code “Military Discount” at checkout. Note: The website asks to send proof of military ID. It is against the law to send a photocopy or reproduction of a military id.

Wilson’s Leather: Military personnel and their spouses get 10% off on clothes, accessories and other merchandise.

Yankee Candle: Military personnel and immediate family receive 10 percent discount. Present a valid form of military ID at checkout in retail and outlet stores. For online orders, military should email or fax a copy of their order confirmation to info@yankeecandle.com to receive the discount.

YMCA: YMCA centers that participate in the Military Outreach Initiative offer free and discounted memberships and child care for military families.

Zales Diamond Store: Military members receive a 10% discount on any item that is not already discounted.  In order to get the discount you must call Zales to have it applied.

Zoara: Military members receive a 10% discount on fine jewelry by registering with a valid military e-mail and entering the code USMILDISC at checkout.

The above is just a sample of the great discounts offered by so many generous stores to our military personal across the country. Quick tip (most probably already know), when shopping in your uniform, many discounts will come flying your way without even asking.

 

Student Discounts

Academic Superstore: Academic Superstore offers a variety of discounts for students on software from Adobe, Microsoft, Corel, and more.

Adobe: This design software leader has special pricing for both students and teachers, discounting many of their popular programs by as much as 80% off retail.

Apple: Apple offers a new back-to-school discount each year. This year, Apple is including a $100 App Store gift card with the purchase of a Mac, and a $50 gift card with the purchase of an iPad or iPhone.

Corel: Corel offers special prices on many of their software packages.

Dell: Students will receive a $200 promo card with the purchase of select PCs $699 or more. These promo cards expire within 90 days.

Fujitsu: Students who order over the phone can receive a 5% discount.

HP: HP has really scaled back their discount offer for students this year. They're offering various discounts up to $400 on laptops, PC's, and accessories, plus free shipping.

Inkjet Willy: Save 10% on remanufactured and compatible ink and toner with coupon code WILLY10.

JourneyEd: JourneyEd specializes in saving students money on software, including programs like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. Find them at significantly reduced prices.

Lenovo: Receive up to 35% off select computers.

Microsoft: This year, Microsoft is offering 10% off their touchscreen PCs as well as a free copy of Office 365 University with the purchase of select models.

Norton Software: Most universities require students to obtain virus protection to access the school's network. If your school doesn’t provide the software, students receive up to 50% off some of Norton's most popular products.

Sony: The Sony Education Store offers a variety of discounts and promotions, allowing students to save up to 10% at checkout.

Movies and Entertainment

AMC Theatres: On Thursdays, you can get discounted tickets with a student ID.

The Art Institute of Chicago: Students can get a one-year membership for just $50 at The Art Institute of Chicago. It comes with benefits like free admission, a 10% Museum Store discount and invitations to member events.

Carnegie Hall, New York: This legendary venue offers Student Rush Tickets for $10 at the box office only. Eligible performances are announced up to two weeks in advance. They may also offer student subscriptions at $15 per ticket for anyone with a student ID, though please check first to ensure this discount still applies.

Cinemark: Cinemark has more than 30 theaters in 12 states offering discounted movie tickets with a valid student ID.

Denver Art Museum: Students pay $2 to $3 less for admission to the Museum.

Houston Ballet: Student Rush Tickets are available from the Houston Ballet for just $10 during the 90 minutes before a performance. They’re not available for all performances, so make sure to check before heading out.

The Lincoln Center, New York: The Lincoln Center takes up more than 16 acres of New York City and is considered one of the leading performance centers in the world. With a student ID, you can find discounts at all of their venues, including The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet and the Lincoln Center Theatre.

Madam Tussaud's: Receive a 15% discount on admission to all American locations of this fabled wax museum.

Memphis Symphony Orchestra: Student Rush Tickets are available one hour before select performances for just $5. You can purchase regular tickets in advance for half-price with a student ID.

The Metropolitan Opera: New York's renowned operal company offers special discounts to students, as well as invitations to special events.

Museum of Modern Art, New York: Regular Adult Admission at the Museum of Modern Art costs $25, but with a valid student ID the cost drops to just $14.

Museum of Science, Boston: During back-to-school time, the Museum of Science in Boston usually hosts a College Night where students can get free admission to the exhibit halls with a valid ID.

New England Aquarium: Students receive a small discount on regular admission at this popular aquarium.

Philadelphia Museum of Art: College Day on the Parkway is an annual event hosted by the museum and the City of Philadelphia. Several cultural institutions around the city open their doors to students free of charge. Check out all of the attractions by jumping on one of the free shuttles.

Redbox: This one isn’t a student only discount, but it is still extremely useful for students so we're including it here. Get a free one-day rental from Redbox when you create a new account or “like” them on Facebook.

Subscriptions and memberships

Amazon: The Amazon Student program is free to join and includes six months of free two-day shipping as well as email alerts. You can also elect to pay $39 for an annual membership that includes the shipping benefits, plus access to thousands of streaming videos.

Sam's Club: Buying in bulk with roommates saves money, but the Sam’s Club Collegiate Membership can save you even more. In addition to discounted membership, you get a $15 gift card for signing up.

New York Times: The New York Times offers discounted subscriptions for students. The savings depend on what level of service you select.

The Wall Street Journal: Students can get a subscription to the Wall Street Journal for 75% off regular rates. This includes print, mobile, and online content.

Apparel and Retail

Ann Taylor: Show your student ID and get 20% off full-priced purchases at Ann Taylor stores.

Banana Republic: There is an Education Discount for both teachers and students. With a valid ID, you can get 15% off full-priced purchases.

Barnes & Nobles: Find a variety of discounts on new and used textbooks, as well as textbook rentals.

Club Monaco: With ID you can save 20% on your entire purchase, and the discount is applied to both regular and sale items.

Goodwill: Show your student ID and you can get 10% off. Check first with your local location.

J. Crew: There’s a 15% student discount at J. Crew on regularly priced merchandise. The savings can only be applied to in-store purchases.

Jo-Ann: Register for the Jo-Ann Student Discount Program and receive a 10% discount on every purchase every day.

Kenneth Cole: Take 20% off full-price, in-store purchases with student ID.

Medelita: Saving on scrubs is especially important for medical students. The Medelita Student Discount Program provides 15% or more off lab coats and scrubs.

Madewell: Madewell offers a 15% discount at all of their stores with a student ID.

Sally Beauty Supply: Beauty-school students can sign-up for the Sally Beauty Student Discount Card to get reduced pricing on most products.

ShoeBuy: Get 10% off plus using coupon code SHOEBUY.

Franchises(discounts may be determined by location – call ahead)

Arby's: 10% off your total Arby's purchase with a valid student ID.

Buffalo Wild Wings: 10% off your total Buffalo Wild Wings purchase with a valid student ID.

Burger King: Receive 10% off your total Burger King purchase with a valid student ID.

Chick-fil-A: Receive a free drink with each Chick-fil-A purchase when you show your valid student ID.

Chipotle: Receive a free drink from Chipotle with purchase and a valid student ID.

Dairy Queen: The official Dairy Queen site encourages franchise owners to offer a discount. The most common seems to be 10% off total purchase with a valid student ID.

International Student Identity Card: This card is a useful ally for students both abroad and at home. Any full-time student over the age of 12 can pick one up. Their website claims you can use the card for 40,000 discounts in 125 countries.

Jiffy Lube: Get $10 or 10% off your total Jiffy Lube bill when you present a valid student ID.

McDonald's: 10% off your total McDonald's purchase with a valid student ID.

Moe's Southwest Grill: On Wednesday's, the restaurant offers a $7 special for a drink and a side plus your choice of either 2 tacos, a burrito, or a quesadilla. Check first with your local location to ensure the discount applies in your area.

Qdoba: Free drink with a Qdoba purchase and a valid student ID.

Student Advantage Card: Both part-time and full-time students over the age of 16 are eligible to purchase a card. The annual cost is $22.50 and it can be used at dozens of national brands, as well as thousands of local businesses.

Subway: Get 10% off your total Subway purchase with a valid student ID.

Waffle House: 10% off your total purchase with a valid student ID.

Transportation and Insurance

Allstate: Allstate offers a car insurance discount of up to 20% off for full-time students under the age of 25. Contact your local agent for more details.

CoachUSA / ShortLine: The discount on bus fare from CoachUSA and Shortline makes heading home for the weekend more affordable. They offer 15% off tickets originating in or going to the city shown on your student ID.

Esurance: They offer a car insurance discount to full-time students under the age of 25 who maintain a “B” average. With a clean driving record, Esurance will lower premiums every six months.

Eurail: Look into getting a Eurail Youth Pass if you’re a student abroad in Europe. You can save an average of 35% off the regular Adult Fare.

Farmers' Insurance: Full-time students under the age of 25 with qualifying grades are eligible for the Farmers Student Discount.

Geico: Full-time students between ages of 16 and 25 can get up to 15% off Geico car insurance when they maintain a “B” average or better.

General Motors: GM is offering college students and recent grads preferred pricing on most of their vehicles. Click the link above to get more details about how much you can save over the Manufacturer’s Standard Retail Price.

Global Auto Transportation: If the trek to school is too far for your car to handle, you can always consider getting it shipped. With proof of enrollment, Global Auto Transportation gives college students 10% off.

Greyhound: Save 20% on unrestricted tickets to thousands of locations. Save 40% on package shipping through Grehyound PackageXpress. May require Student Advantage Card.

New Jersey Transit: Numerous colleges participate in the N.J. Transit University Partnership Program. Click the link above to see if your school is on the list. If it is, you can save 25% on monthly passes.

Rail Europe: This European train-ticketing service provides varying discounts for those 16 to 25 years of age.

State Farm: State Farm has a Good Student Discount that varies depending on where you live. To get more details, check with a local agent.

Travelers' Insurance: There are a couple discounts for students from Travelers. The first is the standard Student Discount for maintaining at least a “B” average. They also have a Student Away at School Discount for parents with dependents attending school at least 100 miles away.

Exercise and Sport

CorePower Yoga: Full-time students can save $90 on a 3-Month Unlimited membership at CorePower Yoga studios throughout the country.

College New England Pass: Pick up a College New England Pass to enjoy discounted skiing and no blackout dates all season long at Sunday River, Sugarloaf and Loon Mountain.

D.C. United: The storied MLS franchise has a few College Nights throughout the season. Order tickets with your .edu email address before game day and get discount sideline level seats.

Eastern Mountain Sport: If you live in one of the 12 states with an Eastern Mountain Sports retail location, your student ID will get you 20% off regularly priced EMS brand items, and 15% off full-price national brand products.

New York Mets: Students can get tickets for just $10 with a valid ID.

Ski Colorado College Pass: For a low price, you can get unlimited skiing at Winter Park/Mary Jane and Copper Mountain all season long.

Washington Wizards Student Rush: On the day of the game, students can buy upper-level tickets that include a Chick-fil-A meal coupon for just $15. Lower level seats are also available for $45.

Washington Nationals: Check out this talented team with 25% off tickets priced $25 or less. Tickets must be purchased from the box office on gameday.

Phones

AT & T: AT&T offers a discount for students at participating schools. Speak with a customer-service representative.

Sprint: After speaking with a customer-service representative at Sprint, they confirmed they do have a student discount, but it varies by school. The standard appears to be 10% off your total monthly bill.

T-Mobile: T-Mobile also has a student discount for participating schools. Their customer service department said the going rate is 6% off your total monthly bill.

Verizon: Depending on what school you attend, you may be eligible for a discount on your monthly bill from Verizon.

The list above might be of little use to many students as they are already very crafty at sourcing and sharing deals amongst friends and social networks. Nonetheless, it is a great list that provides some huge discounts on things that students covet the most – food, travel and just great deals!

Please share this list with family and friends and start to haggle every time you go to purchase items. There is no harm in trying and the upside is great savings!

As mentioned throughout this article, this is by no means an exhaustive list and we are always happy to add to or take away from it as need be. If you identify any expired deals, please let us know and share any great deals you may know of that are not captured here.

 

Discount sources: Seniors > Steve Herman, Military > MilitaryBenefits.info, Students >GiftCardGranny

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