Military discounts are all around us. Some offer better deals than others. Some are advertised. Some are little known secrets that are revealed only when requested. Some expire, some are seasonal, and some last forever. And while there are some military discounts that are custom-made for servicemembers, there are some that are perfect for military spouses.
Here’s a list of 10 military discounts that spouses love:
Have you always wanted to take your family on vacation at Disney World but tossed the idea aside because you thought you couldn’t afford it? Well, with a military ID, you can afford it. Through Disney’s Armed Forces Salute program, military personnel can get half off the regular price of tickets to Disney theme parks and 30 to 40% off select rooms at Disney Resort hotels. These deals are good for all military members, including active duty, National Guard, Reserve, retired military and spouses.
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2. Amusement Parks
Who doesn’t love taking a family vacation to Busch Gardens or Sea World or Colonial Williamsburg? Amusement parks are a fun way for military families to spend time together, whether on vacation, celebrating a homecoming, or heading out for a random day trip.
Do you have an amusement park in your area? Make sure you call ahead, check their website, or visit your local ITT office to ask about military discounts. Click here to learn more about popular amusement parks that offer discounts to military families.
3. Home Depot/Lowes
Owning a house is hard work. There’s always something that needs to be done, whether it’s the grass that needs mowing or pictures that need hanging or appliances that spontaneously break. Then, once you think you finally have a handle on all those home improvement projects, it’s time to PCS and start all over with a different house.
Whether you and your significant other are heading out for date night, or the deployment is leaving you in need of a night off from cooking, going out to eat is even more enjoyable when you’re not paying full price for that yummy meal.
From Hard Rock Cafe to Rib City, lots of restaurants offer military discounts. Keep in mind that even though some chain restaurants like Chick-Fil-A and Chili’s may offer a military discount in one location, it doesn’t mean all of them do.
5. Clothing and accessories
Clothes, shoes, accessories. We need them. But putting together a wardrobe sure is expensive. That’s why military spouses love the discounts offered at stores like Old Navy, Banana Republic, New York and Company, Rack Room Shoes, Claire's and many, many more. Some stores offer discounts both in store and online while others may not, so it’s best to call or check the website for details.
Cruises are another way to enjoy family vacation time. And thanks to military discounts offered by cruise lines like Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and Disney Cruise Line, it’s more affordable than you think.
Military families are always on the go. And while it’s great to use the lodging on military installations that offer low rates, there’s no guarantee that rooms are available when you need them. But not to fear because many hotels, including Marriott, Best Western, Hilton Hotels and Resorts, and Choice Hotels, offer military rates to help during a PCS move or travel for fun. Click here for more information about military discounts on lodging.
8. Home Decor
Whether you’re dealing with a PCS move or it’s just time to redecorate, at some point in your military life, you’re probably going to be shopping for items to decorate your home. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s likely a military discount to help you out, including Anna’s Linens, Crate and Barrel, and Costco.
9. Movie theaters
Is it a rainy day and the kids are bored? Take them to the movies. Do you finally get to have a date night and you need something to do after dinner? Go to the movies. But don’t forget your military ID because many movie theaters, like AMC Theaters and Cinemark offer military discounts on tickets.
10. Local discounts
National brands and chains aren’t the only businesses that offer military discounts. Local businesses also like to show their support for the military by providing discounts, especially in cities with a large military presence. Don’t know what businesses in your area offer military discounts? Your best bet is just to ask, “Do you have a military discount?” It never hurts to ask, and you might end up pleasantly surprised with a great deal.
What are your favorite discounts?
-- Heather Sweeney can be reached at Heather.Sweeney@monster.com.
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