Thursday, April 24, 2014

Military Discounts

 Listed below are stores/services that offer military discounts. 


At checkout (or call ahead) ask if the store offers a military discount, the stores listed below might be participating locations only.

If there is a store/service not listed below, that doesn't mean the company doesn't offer a discount, just politely ask if they do or not. 

You don't have to be active for 95% of these offers, veterans are able to take advantage of these discounts as well.


A military id is required for most if not all of these discounts

Stores:
  • AC Moore- 10% discount
  • Aeropostle- 10% 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.
  • Banana Republic- 10% discount
  • Bass Pro Shops-Starting on the 15th of every month, for 1 week, active duty and retired military members receive a 10% discount
  • Best Buy- 50% off Geek Squad, 10% discount at participating stores
  • Champs Sports- 20% discount off regular priced items
  • Charlotte Russe- 10% discount
  • Dicks Sporting Goods
  • Eddie Bauer- 15% discount
  • Express- 10% discount
  • Footlocker- 20% discount off regular priced items
  • Gander Mountain- 5% discount
  • GNC
  • Home Depot-10% discount
  • Hot Topic-10-20% discount
  • Kohls- 15% discount
  • Lowes-10% discount
  • Macy's- 10% discount every first Tuesday of the month
  • Nike- 10% discount
  • Old Navy- 10% discount
  • Pac-Sun
  • Payless- 10% discount
  • Timberland-  15% discount
  • Tommy Hillfiger- 10% discount
  • Spencers-10% discount
  • Zales-10% discount with military id, not valid on clearance
Restaurants:
  • Applebees-10% discount and free meals on Veterans day
  • Boston Market- Veterans Advantage members receive a 20% discount
  • Buffalo Wild Wings- 10% discount
  • Burger King- 10% discount
  • Chevy Fresh Mex-Military members who visit Chevys in uniform and present a valid military ID receive 20% off.
  • Chick-fil-A- 10% discount
  • Ci-Ci's
  • Dairy Queen- Up to 50% off discount, discount varies by store 
  • Denny's 
  • Dunkin Donuts 
  • Fuddruckers- 10-15% discount
  • Golden Corral
  • Hard Rock Cafe- 15% discount
  • I-Hop
  • KFC
  • Moe's
  • Texas Roadhouse- Up to 30% off depending on owner
  • Texas Steakhouse- 10% discount with military id
Activities:
  • Check your local state park website to see if you can get free/discounted state park admission
  • National Parks- Free Annual Pass ($80 value) for U.S. Military
  • Movie Theaters:
    • AMC
    • Cinemark Movie Theaters- Discounted movie tickets with military id
    • Essex Outlets Cinemas (VT)- Discounted movie tickets with military id
    • Regal Cinemas- Discounted movie tickets with military id 
    • Fandango 
  • Attractions:
  • Golds Gym- 20% off memberships 
  • 24 hour Fitness
Vehicle:
  • Auto Zone-10% discount 
  • Advanced Auto Parts- 10% discount
  • Jiffy Lube- 15% discount
  • Meinike-10% discount
  • Midas - 10% discount
  • Pep Boys Military Discount-Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday active-duty and retired military customers can receive a 10% discount at local stores
  • American Car Craft-Enter promo code HERO-20 to receive 20% off custom stainless steel auto accessories
  • Geico Insurance- Varies by state and location
Car Rentals:
  • Ace- 15% discount
  • Alamo-Discounted rates. Those traveling on military orders also receive a Collision Damage Waiver and no additional driver fees.
  • 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.
  • Budget Car Rental-Discounted rates with offer code BCD U088801 when booking a rental car online. 
  • Enterprise- Discounted rates
  • Hertz Car Rental- Discounted rates
  • Penske- 10% off
  • Thrify Car Rental
  • National Car Rental- Discounted rates
Hotels:
  • AmericInn- Discounted rate with military id 
  • Best Western-Discounted Rates 
  • Cambria Suites- Discounted Rates
  • Choice Hotels
  • Comfort Inn- Discounted Rates
  • Comfort Suites- Discounted Rates
  • Courtyard Marriot- Discounted Rates
  • Double Tree
  • Ecolodge- Discounted Rates
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites- Discounted Rates
  • 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. 
  • La Quinta- Discounted Rates 
  • Mainstay Suites- Discounted Rates
  • Marriot- Discounted Rates
  • Motel 6- 10% discount
  • RedRoof Inn- 15% off discount
  • Sleep Inn- Discounted Rates
Travel/Vacations:
  • American Airlines-For more information, call American Airlines Reservations at 1-800-433-7300
  • Delta Airlines-  Discounted fares may be available. Contact reservations at 1-800-221-1212 for more information.
  • US Airways
  • Amtrak- 10% discount towards regular fares 
  • Greyhound- Discounted rates
  • 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.
  • Beaches by Sandals-U.S and Canada Military members and their families save an extra 10% at Beaches resorts.
  • 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.
  • Clipper Vacations, Pacific Northwest travel- Use the promo code HERO while booking online, members of the military and one guest receive discounts on vacation packages in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Delta Vacations
  • Disney Parks
  • Disney Cruise Lines
  • Walt Disney World Resort-Now through September 24, 2014, active and retired personnel can purchase four-day tickets with Park Hopper option for $169 each
  • Great Wolf Lodge & Indoor Water Park-10% discount for military members, retired military and their families. Book online using the offer code HEROES. A valid ID or badge is required at check in. Police, Fire and EMS workers can also take advantage of this discount.
  • GuideToMilitaryTravel.com-Military families can get great discounts on selected travel destinations within the country. Be ready to provide valid identification and/or documents.
  • Nickelodeon Suites Resort- 20% discount
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines-10% discount
Phone Services:
  • AT&T Wireless Discount- 15% off on mobile phone services. Mention FAN code 4085530.
  • BaseOps.Net-Save up to 80% on your phone bill with affordable military phone cards you can use when calling to and from locations as far as Iraq or Afghanistan.
  • Verizon Wireless- 15% discount on monthly plans $35 and above and 25% off accessories.
  • Sprint-15% discount off plan
  • T-Mobile- 15% discount off plan
Weddings:
  • Alfred Angelo Bridal Boutique- 15% discount on a bridal gown with militray id
  • 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.
  • DreamStone- Enter code USTROOPS at checking out, military members receive discounts on engagement rings.
  • JJ’s House for Wedding Dresses- Military discounts for wedding dresses and wedding accessories
  • Moissante Bridal- 5% off the purchase of an engagement ring
  • Wedding Rings Depot- 10% discount using the code MILITARY at checkout.
  • White Flash Engagement Ring Discount- 1% discount on 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.
Online offers:
  • 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.
  • A Story Before Bed-Military members facing deployment are eligible to receive a free recordable storybook.
  • Audio Geeks-Active Duty, Veterans, Retirees, Reservists and Dependents receive a 15% discount. Use promo code USMIL15 at checkout.
  •  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.
  • BuildASign.com-Free welcome home banner
  • 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
  • Dell 


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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Tax Day Freebies & Deals 2014

Taxes got you stressed? Well, relax with some of these Tax Day freebies and deals 
Valid Tuesday April 15, 2014, unless otherwise stated
  • Arbys- Free Snack-Sized Curly Fry with coupon on April 15 at all Arby’s locations nationwide.
  • Bonefish Grill- Get a $5/2 Dinner Entree’s Coupon Here. Expires 4/17.
  • Boston Market- 2 Half Chicken Individual Meals for $10.40
  • Blimpies- Buy a regular sub and a 22-oz. drink, and get a second regular sub for free with Coupon.
  • Bruegger’s Bagels - April 12th through April 15th you can get a Big Bagel Bundle for just $10.40 with coupon! That’s 13 bagels and 2 tubs of cream cheese.
  • California Tortilla- Say “Taxes Shmaxes” on April 15, and get FREE Chips & Queso with any purchase
  • Chili's- Purchase an adult entree and get a free appetizer or free kid's meal; expires Wednesday
  • Cinnabon- Join the e-Club and get a FREE Minibon Cinnamon Roll at Participating Cinnabon Locations
  • Culver’s - $2 Turtle Sundaes all day long on April 15th.
  • Entertainment 2014 Coupon Books- Purchase for $10.40 on Tuesday only
  • Great American Cookie Co- FREE Chocolate Chip Cookie All Day Long
  • Hard Rock Cafe- FREE Entree when you Sing your Favorite Song!
  • HydroMassage- FREE Hydromassage with Printable Coupon (April 14th – April 18th). Click here to find a HydroMassage location near you
  • LivingSocial.com- $5 off $15 purchase with code TAXDAY5
  • McDonald's-Buy one Big Mac, get a second one for just 1 cent, valid at most McDonald's 
  • Melting Pot - Just say “cheese me, please” and you will receive 15% off your total bill on April 15th.
  • Office Depot- FREE Shredding on April 16th (up to 5lbs) with Printable Coupon (exp. 4/29/14)
  • Olive Garden- Buy one entree and take one home for $12.95.
  • Orange Leaf-Fill your cup with froyo and toppings for $4.15 on 4/15 with coupon
  • Outback Steakhouse-Free blooming onion on MONDAY April 14  
  • Papa Murphy’s - On April 15th you can order a Large Pepperoni Pizza for just $5!
  • PizzaHut.com- Large pizza with choice of breadsticks, cinnamon sticks or chocolate dunkers for $10.99 with code TAXDAY for online orders on 4/15
  • Pollo Tropical- Get 15% off with a coupon good on 4/15.
  • Schlotsky’s- FREE Original Sandwich with purchase of 32oz Fountain Drink and chips
  • Sonic- 1/2 Price Drinks all day on April 15th
  • Taco Bell- $1 Grillers, Drinks, Sparklers and Freezes anytime from 2-5 PM
  • Travelocity- $120 off flight/hotel package with code TAX120 and $50 off $300 hotel booking with TAX50 on Tuesday.



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Friday, April 11, 2014

Tools4Wisdom 2014 Weekly Planner Review

 
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 



My family has had a lot going on in the past year and because of that I have to keep track of important appointments for myself, daughter, and husband; it seems like every day there's something one of us has to do. My wall calendar only used to have birthdays marked on it, now it's penned up with all these appointments I can barely keep track of. So, when I saw that there was an opportunity to review the Tools4Wisdom Weekly Planner, I jumped on it.

The Planner Features:
  • 2014 Calendar
  • Yearly and Monthly Goals Sections
  • Journal Pages
  • 1-year unconditional money-back guarantee
The Planning pages include:
  • 12 goal setting pages
  • 12-months weekly planner with 2-page/month goals pages
  • 2-page/month calendars
  • 2-pages/week planner journal pages

Click here to view the Full Weekly Planner


In all honesty, I find this planner to be a little overwhelming. This would be a better fit for someone more goal oriented, my goals are simply to go to my appointments. Every page has a section for goals or priorities, which I really have no use for, except to write down "Keep breathing" and "Don't freak out."

My likes:
  • Beautiful cover design
  • Very nice paper quality 
  • Frosted plastic to cover the front and back pages
  • Each day starts at 5am and doesn't end until 11pm
  • The pages in the back for notes are handy
  • The goal and priority portion is a neat concept

A few of my recommendations would be:
  • To extend the height of each block because there is only a narrow 1 1/2" block to write down what or where you need to be, which is only enough room to write about 4 words
  • To include a large blank area below each date, so that users can write down birthdays/important dates
  • Add a blank section to the bottom of each weekly page for plain notes, like if someone needed to write down an address to one of their appointments
  • Add a section in the back for addresses or phone numbers

In the end I would give this product 3 out of 5 stars because of the improvements I think could be made. Plus, as I said, it's overwhelming for me and I don't have use for most of the "extras" in the planner, but I can see a goal orientated person loving the hell out of this product.

I checked out the Mommy Planner and it's along the same lines as the Weekly Planner, but has blank areas at the bottom for Mom, Dad, and Kids goals, a section for a grocery list, a meal section, and a notes section. I think if I chose the Mommy Planner I would have been more satisfied with the product and would have bumped up the star rating.



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Friday, April 4, 2014

Earth Day Freebies & Deals 2014

Earth Day this year will be Monday April 22nd
All Freebies listed below will take place on April 22nd unless noted

  • Anthropologie Craft- Children's Butterfly Craft event age recommendation 5-8 years old. Date varies by location
  • Battery Giant Battery Drive- Battery Giant will be collecting and recycling used batteries in honor of Earth Day
  • Caribou Coffee- Bring in Your Reusable Mug or Tumbler for FREE Coffee
  • CVS- Pick up a green bag tag at CVS and go green! Have it scanned whenever you use a reusable bag at CVS and get a $1 Extrabucks each 4th time it’s scanned
  • Disney Store- Get a FREE Reusable Tote Bag when you bring in 5 plastic grocery bags!
  • Evos- Get FREE Organic Milkshakes ALL day!
  • H-E-B- Bring in 5 plastic bags, and get a Free tote bag from 3-7pm
  • Itunes- FREE Itunes Earth Day App!
  • Jo-Ann Fabric- First 50 Customers get a FREE Reusable Shopping Tote!  
  • Kiehl's Deal - Bring in 10 empty, full-sized Keihl's bottles and receive a free 2.5-ounce travel collection product
  • Lake Shore Learning- Kids can make a light catcher, April 19
  • National Parks- Visit Your Favorite National Park for FREE! (April 19 - April 20th)
  • Origins-
    • Get a Tree Planted for free when you Buy One of the Best-Seller Limited Edition Products for Earth Month. 
    • Bring in your empty cosmetic tubes, bottles and jars, etc. – regardless of brand – to your nearest Origins retail store or department store counter nationwide. They’ll give you a Free Sample of Origins. Select stores may be participating in Origin’s Earth Day promo: 4/17-4/26 
  • Price Chopper-Free re-usable bag when you download the e-coupon to your card, redeemable until April 26
  • Pottery Barn Kids- Earth Day Treasure hunt at your local PBK 
  • Starbucks- Bring your travel mug to Starbucks to get Free Coffee/Tea or 10% off (signals are mixed not sure what deal is going on). If you do not have your own mug, Starbucks will be selling them for 20% off for Earth Day
  • Wegmans- Exchange a clean plastic bag for a Free Reusable Bag + $10 in Organic item Coupons. First 300 customers on 4/26. 11am-3pm 
OTHER:
  • New 10pt Pampers code for Earth Day
  • Michael's- Save 40% on 1 item with this coupon, expires 4/26
  • Kohls- 48 hour sale, extra 20% off with code: SAVETWENTY
  • Children's Place- Extra 20% off with coupon: TWENTY2 or instore coupon code: 171
  • Grovemade- 20% off with code: EARTHDAY20
  • Zoya Nailpolish- Get Zoya Nail Polish for $4.50 a bottle or $5 for the PixieDust when using promotional code ZDAY2014
  • Whole Foods- Save 50% on over 130 household eco-cleaners from April 19-22
  • Eco Tools-Enjoy 25% off their entire site today with code: EARTHDAY14
  • YesTo- 40% off sitewide using code EARTHDAY2014
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Gaiam Balance Ball Chair Review

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When I moved to the new house I'm in, I threw out my two office chairs, they were thoroughly used and this is going to be TMI, but my water broke on one of them when I had my daughter, lol, so yeah they were done. Anyway, I needed a new chair, but it was honestly the last thing on my mind with all the, were just going to say issues, I was going through at that time. So, for 6 months I was using a kitchen chair and boy was that terrible, within 5 minutes my legs would go numb because of cut off circulation, then when I would try to stand or walk, I'd have to 5 minutes for the pins and needles feeling to go away. God forbid someone knock on the door when I was sitting at my computer, I almost broke my ankle once trying to get to it not waiting for the circulation to return to my leg.

I first saw the Gaiam Balance Ball Chair on a blog review and for some reason I fell in love with it and had to have one, but honestly I was too cheap to buy one, I was also too cheap to buy any office chair, they were all around $75. But one day, one lucky day, the Balance Ball Chair showed up on Amazons Deal of the Day and I was able to get the chair I wanted for only $53 with free shipping!
After I ordered the chair, it showed up within the week and I put it together right away. It came with directions and workout guides, the chair, the yoga ball, and a nice air pump. Want to know something great about this chair? It took me 10 minutes to put together, that included filling up the Yoga ball! So easy. Another great perk to this chair is that you can have it firm or soft, if you want it firm fill it up as much as you can with air, softer take some air out.


I love it. The Gaiam Balance Ball chair is comfortable and offers back support (although I don't use it, I "perch" on it. lol). When I sit for long periods of time and need to move around a bit, I bounce and it takes away my restlessness. As you can see from the picture below I'm not the only one who loves it, I walked into the office to my daughter using her "computer" and sitting in my chair one day. It is funny though that when people come over and need to use my computer and see my chair, they get an instant WTF look and walk around it like it's going to bite them. Then after they cautiously sit in it, they're like "Oh! This isn't that bad," well duh, I wouldn't keep a torture device in my office (I keep those in the bedroom closet, bahahha, I kid? You'll never know).

I've been using my Balance Chair for a few months now and it's still great. It's sturdy and helps me maintain my posture while at the computer. My only complaint is that I do miss having armrests. My opinion? I would recommend getting a Gaiam Balance Ball Chair. Why? Because:
  • They're comfortable
  • It can be used to exercise, whether on or off the chair, since the ball is removable
  • The firmness can be adjusted easily
  • It can strengthen core muscles
  • And helps build a healthier back, align the spine, and relieve pain
A few notes:
  1. This chair does NOT adjust (except for the ball itself)
  2. I do NOT recommend this chair if you are under 5' tall, over 5'11" tall, or weigh over 300 lbs
  3. Every few weeks, the yoga ball will have to be given a few pumps of air

So, check them out, read some Amazon reviews and see if this is something for you :) 

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April 2014- Freebies & Deals

April 23, Wednesday
April 22, Tuesday-Earth Day
April 21, Monday 
April 20, Sunday-Happy Easter
  • Fall & Winter clothes were marked down to $1.99 or $2.99 (unless lower price is marked) at my local Kmart, maybe they're marked that way at your store too
  • Today ONLY, get 2 12" Star Wars figures for only $3 total at Kmart! The figures are on sale for $5 ea (were $12.99), print 2 $2 off coupons http://bit.ly/1nhDksj, then print this $3 off a $10 toy coupon http://bit.ly/1gLnVsZ. End total after coupon stacking $3!
  • Amazons free app of the day is Easter Bunny Games for Kids, download now http://amzn.to/1r9qAkZ
April 19, Saturday
  •  Toys R Us Easter Parade today from 4/19 12 p.m. – 2 p.m 
  • BassPro shops also has free Easter activities today
  • This deal ends today (and can be Price matched at Walmart). Get 2 Scrabble games for just $5
  • Toys R Us:
April 18, Friday
April 17, Thursday
  • Buy a 24 pack of Scott® Extra Soft Big Rolls, and get the equivalent of 8 FREE large rolls, only at Family Dollar. http://tinyurl.com/puxcuxb
  • Free sample of Zarbee's Seasonal Relief, click the 3rd tab that says "Get a Free Sample"
  • Shop Your Way Reward members check your emails, they just gave me $4 in points to spend on anything before 4/22
  • Just got ANOTHER $4 worth of free points from Shop Your Way Rewards. Go to:
April 16, Wednesday
April 15, Tuesday-Tax Day
April 14, Monday
April 13, Sunday
April 12, Saturday
April 11, Friday
April 10, Thursday
April 9, Wednesday
April 8, Tuesday
April 7, Monday
April 6, Sunday
April 5, Saturday
April 4, Friday
April 3, Thursday
April 2, Wednesday
April 1, Monday
Past Freebies and Deals that are still valid
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