First Responder Discounts: All 22 Popular Stores That Offer Them

July 16, 2019 by Kyle
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While I’ve talked about discounts for military/vets, teachers, and students in the past, I’ve never given First Responders their deserved credit. I’m talking about police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and even correctional officers and paramedics. I discovered that many companies these days happily offer these heroes a generous discount on their purchases. Here are the most popular retailers that I’ve discovered so far.

First Responder Discounts: All 22 Popular Stores That Offer Them

First, What You Need to Know:

The majority of the companies in this article use one of two online services to verify your employment as a first responder.

You’d be smart to register with each so you can start getting your discounts today. Here are the details…

1. ID.me – This service simplifies the process of identifying your identity and employment status.

2. VerifyPass – Similar to ID.me but with more of an emphasis on military, responders, students, and teachers.

Now that I got that out of the way, here are the current companies that offer a discount…

Affliction Apparel

Affliction is happy to offer first responders a 15% discount.

This deal on apparel is good for both active and retired police, fire, and EMT.

They use VerifyPass to check if you’re eligible. Sign-up for free NOW.

Clarks Shoes

Clarks offers a discount for active Police, Fire, and EMT workers as well.

They use ID.me to verify your employment status.

The specific discount changes all the time so you’ll want to login and check it out for yourself.

Columbia

Columbia Sportswear offers a 15% discount via ID.me.

The discount is good for police, fire, and EMT.

See Also: Veteran & Military Discounts: 90+ Places Where Heroes Get a Deal

Costco

Did you know Costco also offers a first responders discount?

Not only will you get a $20 Costco cash card with your new membership, but you’ll score $60 worth of freebies and coupons.

The discount is done via ID.me.

Dickies

Dickies is also proud to offer a 10% discount to first responders.

They use SheerID to verify your eligibility.

Fanatics

Save a cool 15% off your purchase the next time you shop at Fanatics.

This includes Police, Sheriff, State Trooper, Corrections Officer, Federal Officers, 911 Dispatcher, Firefighters, Volunteer Firefighters, EMT, and Paramedic.

Helzberg Diamonds

Score a 10% discount when you shop online at Herzberg or call them at 1-800-435-9237.

Good for police, fire, and EMT professionals.

Jockey

Jockey is proud to offer a 10% discount via ID.me as well.

Never pay full-price for underwear again.

See Also: 50+ Places Where Educators Get a Teacher Discount

Leatherman

Leatherman offers a discount via the Leatherman Pro program.

The discount gets you access to deals that top 50% off the original price.

Good for those in Fire (including volunteer), EMS, and LE.

Lululemon

According to this Reddit thread, Lulu offers a 25% discount.

You have to get the discount in-store only and it appears to be good for sale merchandise as well.

MLB Shop

MLB Shop offers first responders a slick 15% off their next purchase.

This deal is also good for spouses and immediate family members.

MooseJaw

Get 20% off all full-priced purchases at the outdoor gear and apparel company Moosejaw.

They use ID.me to verify if you’re currently EMT, police, or fire.

Excludes kayaks, canoes, SUPs, cameras, snowboards, skateboards, bikes, skis, and gift cards.

NBA Store

The NBA Store discount works the same as the MLB Shop above, 15% off.

It’s also good for immediate family members and spouses.

Overstock.com

First responders can join Club O Rewards for FREE and get free shipping on EVERY purchase, 5% cashback, and additional coupons/perks.

Free for police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and EMT’s.

Quiksilver

Quiksilver is proud to offer a 15% discount to all first responders.

Excludes gift cards, GoPro camera, and some hard goods.

Reebok

Via ID.me, Reebok offers heroes 20% off their entire purchase.

This discount is also good for students and those in the military.

Roxy

Roxy happily offers a 15% discount to all first responders.

This discount is available online only and not at any outlet locations.

Saddleback Leather

Saddleback offers a 10% discount to military and first responders (Police/Fire/EMT).

They use ID.me to verify your information.

Under Armour

Under Armour offers a 10% online discount for active Police, Fire, and EMT.

After you verify your purchase via ID.me you’ll select “Military and First Responder Discount” at checkout.

Vera Bradley

Vera Bradley offers a generous 15% discount to “Police Officers, Sheriffs, State Troopers, Corrections Officers, Federal Officers, Volunteer & Career Firefighters, EMTs, and Paramedics.”

Vera Bradley also uses ID.me for verification purposes.

Verizon Wireless

Verizon has an excellent First Responders Program.

From their website, “First responders save on their personal wireless plans. Get Go Unlimited for as low as $30/line with 4 lines. Per month. Plus taxes & fees.”

Join visit the above linked page and sign-up for free and you’ll get access to all the current discounts.

Yeti

Yeti offers a discount program via ID.me.

Just verify your purchase and gain access to cool Yeti discounts and perks.

Ask the Reader: What first responder discounts and perks have I missed? Let me know in the comments section and I’ll check them out.


By Kyle James

Photo credit to Andrew Magill.

Amazon Prime Day is Coming July 15th – Here’s What You Need to Know

June 26, 2019 by Kyle
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It’s time again for the bonanza of Amazon deals also known as Prime Day. It actually should be called “Prime Days” as the event has expanded to 2 shopping days. Here’s everything you need to know so you can decide if you’ll participate this year.

Amazon Prime Day is Coming July 15th - Here's What You Need to Know

How Long Will “Prime Day” Last?

48 hours to be exact.

Prime Day will last from July 15-16, 2019 and is only for Prime members.

That’s 48 long hours to take advantage of flash deals that will last for a limited time frame.

If you’ve never tried Amazon Prime, you can get a 30-day free trial starting now. And since we now know when Prime Day officially is, we can confirm that your free trial will carry you through the event which is kinda cool.

See Also: 9 Amazon Prime Benefits You’re Probably Not Using

What Deals Are Being Anticipated?

Prime Day Early Launch

Just yesterday Amazon launched a sneak preview of some of the deals they’ll have available on Prime Day. (see screenshot above)

If history repeats itself, the best deals will be on Amazon devices like Echo and Echo Dot, as well as a plethora of bargains on electronics, toys, home decor, and apparel.

Depending on what you’re shopping for, the deals will be hit-and-miss.

As always, I only recommend buying an item in cases where you’d buy it regardless of Prime Day.

Does Amazon Offer 1-Day Shipping on Prime Day?

Yes, but it all depends on your zip code.

Amazon has recently invested $800 million in improving their shipping and logistics channels so they can offer even more products with 1-day Prime shipping.

But as of right now it depends on where you live as to whether you’ll score free 1-day shipping.

While Amazon is making every effort to increase the number of items available for 1-day shipping by Prime Day, expect most of the changes to come later in the year.

See Also: 6 Brilliantly Slick Ways to Get Amazon Prime for Free

Will Whole Foods Have Prime Day Deals?

They had deals last year so I’m sure Amazon owned Whole Foods will again participate.

In 2018, they offered Amazon credit card holders 2x the reward points during “Prime Day” week.

Also, look for specific discounts on groceries at Whole Foods that will coincide with the event.

But most importantly, look for a $10 Amazon credit to use on Prime Day. You’ll only have to spend $10 at your local Whole Foods to score the free $10.

Will Other Retailers Participate?

In a bit of sportsmanship, other popular retailers have gotten into the act and offered their own deals on Prime Day.

In recent years this has included Best Buy, Walmart, Macy’s, and Target.

These stores tend to discount the same type of items as Amazon so look for deals on electronics, kitchen appliances, clothing, toys, laptops and more.

This is a great way to quasi take advantage of Prime Day and never have to pay a cent to Mr. Bezos and Amazon.

Ask the Reader: What, if anything, will you be shopping for on Prime Day?


By Kyle James

Photo courtesy of Amazon.com.

Amazon Prime Package Arrives Late? Here’s What You Can Get for FREE

June 18, 2019 by Kyle
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Is it just me or are Amazon Prime packages having trouble always getting to your front door in 2-days? With the HUGE volume of packages they mail daily, it’s not surprising that not all packages get to the customer on-time. But did you know you have recourse if Amazon doesn’t hold up their end of the bargain and deliver in the 2-day shipping window? What they’ll give you for the inconvenience just might shock you. Here’s what you need to know the next time you get something late from Amazon.

Amazon Prime Package Late? Here's What You Can Get for FREE

Score a FREE $5 Credit to Your Account

I had an Amazon Prime package arrive 2 days late just last week.

There were no storms in the area and no obvious reasons for it to be late.

So I did what I usually do and hit up Amazon live chat to let them know that they didn’t hold up their end of the Prime shipping guarantee.

I knew they would offer me something for the inconvenience, but I wasn’t sure what it would be as I hadn’t done this in quite some time.

I was pleasantly surprised that the Amazon rep immediately offered me a $5 credit to my account. But keep reading as this get MUCH better.

Here’s how the initial chat went down…

Amazon Chat Session

What About 1-Month of Free Prime?

Amazon use to give you 1-month of free Amazon Prime when your package arrived late.

You just had to complain a little bit and they would quickly credit your account.

I’ve received this little-known Amazon perk as early as last year.

But when I asked the chat rep about getting 1-month of free Prime, in lieu of the $5 credit, I was told that this practice was discontinued last year.

See Also: 6 Brilliantly Slick Ways to Get Amazon Prime for Free

But Wait…It Gets WAY Better

After I asked about the free 1-month of Prime, the chat rep volunteered something even BETTER.

A free $10 credit to my Amazon account to be exact. No joke!

Not sure if I triggered this because we order from Amazon often, or if this is standard practice if you seem unsatisfied with the $5 credit.

I’m also guessing that this could be a 1-time dealio and the next time I’ll only get a $5 credit.

In any case, the bottom-line is to try this trick the next time your package arrives late…you just might end up with a FREE $10 like I did.

Don’t believe me? See my chat session below…

Amazon Chat Session

Ask the Reader: How often do your Amazon Prime packages arrive late? Have you ever held Amazon’s feet to the fire and received something for the inconvenience?


By Kyle James

In-Store Pickup: These 11 Retailers Make the Grade

June 5, 2019 by Kyle
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Do you love shopping online? Maybe it’s the coupon codes, or the easy price comparisons, or the overall convenience? Whatever the case, many retailers let you shop their website then pickup the item in-store at their brick and mortar locations, usually within an hour or two. Here are eleven such popular retailers along with details on how their in-store pickup service works. Hope it helps!

In-Store Pickup Services: These 11 Retailers Make the Grade

Best Buy

Best Buy In-Store Pickup

After you add items to your cart at Best Buy’s website, you’ll want to choose “Store Pickup”, then select your local store.

They’ll then give you an estimated pickup time which is usually within an hour.

Then wait for an email telling you the order is ready for pickup.

Bring in your order number, photo ID, and credit card to collect your items.

Look for reserved parking spots labeled Store Pickup which will be close to the front door for even faster pickup.

Also, they have a convenient program called “Friends and Family Pickup” which allows you to order something online and have someone else pick it up.

An example where this would be handy is an away-at-college-student. You can buy them something online and they can pick it up at a Best Buy near campus.

BJ’s Wholesale

BJ's In-Store Pickup

If you have a BJ’s in your neck of the woods you should be aware of their Pickup Service.

Penned the “Shop BJs.com – Pick Up in Club” program, most orders will be available for pickup within 2 hours.

Just place your order, select Club Pickup and wait for your email confirmation.

See Also: The 8 Best Return Policies in the Known Universe

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Dick's In-Store Pickup

Dick’s has upped the game by offering Free One-Hour Pickup.

Just shop their website like you normally would, set your store preference and add items to your virtual cart.

Under delivery options, select in-store pickup and finalize your purchase.

Wait for the email notification that your order is ready and drive on down.

When you arrive, visit the Self-Service Pickup Station to let employees know you’re there.

Home Depot

Home Depot In-Store Pickup

To take advantage of the Home Depot In-Store Pickup option just shop like normal but select “Pick Up In-Store” on the product page in your virtual cart.

You’ll get 2 emails, the first will be an order confirmation followed by an email telling you the order is ready for pickup. The 2nd email will usually arrive within 2 hours.

The 2nd email will also contain the instructions needed to make the pickup process seamless and quick.

IKEA

IKEA In-Store Pickup

The IKEA “Click and Collect” service is WAY slick.

Just shop at IKEA.com and add products to your shopping cart.

Once you get to the checkout page select “Click & Collect” and they’ll prepare the order at the store of your choosing.

Wait for the email or text message then go get your stuff.

Important Note: This program will cost you $5 upfront but you’ll get it back in the form of an IKEA gift card when you pick up your purchase.

Kohl’s

Kohl's In-Store Pickup

The Kohl’s Free Store Pickup is pretty straight-forward.

Just place your order, choose Free Store Pickup Today and wait for the email (usually within 2 hours).

Then drive to Kohl’s, park in a reserved space and head for the designated pickup line.

Lowe’s

Lowe's In-Store Pickup

The Lowe’s In-Store Pickup policy works very similar to the Home Depot’s.

Just select “Store Pickup” at checkout and grab your item(s) at the customer service desk when you get a notification that your order is ready.

They don’t specify a specific time frame but it’s always been within a couple hours in my experience.

Macy’s

Macy's In-Store Pickup

The Macy’s in-store pickup system is pretty slick too and available on a vast majority of items.

Simply pick Free Pickup In Store at checkout and get an email within 2 hours that it’s ready.

Be sure to place your order before 6 p.m. to get the 2-hour in-store pickup window.

Staples

Staples In-Store Pickup

The Staples In-Store Pickup program is cool too.

Just shop the Staples website and click the “Pick up Today” button and select your local store.

Once you complete your purchase you’ll get a “Ready for Pickup” email within 1 Hour. Now that’s fast.

Target

Target In-Store Pickup

The Order Pickup service at Target is pretty darn convenient as well.

When shopping the Target website, look for eligible items marked Free ship to store or Free order pickup.

Select either option and complete your purchase.

Next, wait for an email confirmation that your order is ready for pickup and you’re good-to-go.

Also, keep an eye out for Target Drive Up in late 2019. The service will allow you to place an order via the Target app and have a Target employee bring it out to your car.

Walmart

Walmart In-Store Pickup

Walmart has a handy in-store pickup service that is often underutilized.

Just order online and get same day pickup (usually within 2 hours) at NO extra charge.

The one catch is that it only applies to select items….but the selection is in the millions of items.

Just look for “Free pickup today” under the item’s price and follow the instructions.

Ask the Reader: Did I miss any retailers? Let me know in the comments, thanks!


By Kyle James

Old Navy Return Policy: Here’s Exactly How It Works

May 22, 2019 by Kyle
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The Old Navy return policy seems fairly straight forward at first glance. But when you start to delve into the details you quickly realize it has some nuances to it. Let’s take a deep-dive into their return policy and get all your burning Old Navy questions answered.

How Many Return Days at Old Navy?
You have exactly 45 days from date of purchase to return stuff to Old Navy.

The same goes for Gap and Banana Republic.
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When You Upgrade a Service, Ask For a Reimbursement on Overages

May 14, 2019 by Kyle
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Here’s a frugal hack that will help you save money when you get hit by overage charges from your cell phone provider (or any company for that matter). Don’t just blindly accept additional charges ANYMORE as you stand a great chance of getting them removed if you play your cards right. Here’s what you need to know…

The Verizon Example
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The 9 Product Sizes That Keep Shrinking (But the Price Stays the Same!)

April 30, 2019 by Kyle
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Have you noticed that many grocery store items are shrinking in size? In many cases, manufacturers are hoping you DON’T notice and are often tricking you with the dimensions of the box, carton, or jug. Here are 9 such examples with some shopping hacks to fight back on each. Hope these tips help you save money on your next trip to the store.

1. Ice Cream
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Kohl’s Will Soon Accept Your Amazon Returns for FREE

April 24, 2019 by Kyle
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In an effort to get shoppers into their stores, all Kohl’s locations will start accepting your Amazon returns come July of 2019. But wait…it gets even better. Keep reading to see how this news just might be a game changer if you’re a big Amazon shopper.

Do Items Need to Be In Original Box or Packaging?
Surprisingly, NO.

Once you initiate the return via the Amazon site, you’ll be given the option to drop-off the item at […] Continue Reading…

Costco Hack: How to REALLY Buy in Bulk and Save Money

April 16, 2019 by Kyle
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We all know about the bulk buying aspects of shopping at Costco. But did you know that many Costco locations let you buy meats, bakery items, and even some fruits and veggies “by the case” or in “cryovac bags” at highly reduced prices? If you have the freezer space, this Costco hack can really save you and your family some money. Here’s how the whole dealio works.

Many Items Can Be Bought “By the Case”
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Target Employee Discount: Here’s How It Works So You Don’t Get Busted

April 5, 2019 by Kyle
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The Target employee discount is one of the best perks they give their workforce. As a matter of fact, you probably found this article because you’re considering applying for a job at Target, or maybe you’re a new hire seeking more info.

But like any discount that retailer’s hand-out, there are certain caveats and hacks that you should know to maximize your savings. With that in mind, let’s break down the employee discount at Target […] Continue Reading…