Here’s How the Apple Military Discount Works and How You Qualify

August 23, 2019 by Kyle
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Back in December of 2018, Apple officially announced and opened a dedicated online store specifically for active military and veterans. It’s a nice gesture by Apple to offer those who serve and protect our country a good deal on a new iPhone, MacBook, or iPad. So I figured it was time to take a closer look at how the Apple military discount works, how you qualify, and what kind of deals you can expect.

Apple Military Discount: What Is It and How to Get It

What is the Apple Military Discount?

10%.

Once verified, you’ll gain access to the Military and Vet Online Storefront where all Apple products will be discounted by 10%.

It should be noted that this discount is only available online.

Is the Discount Only Available to Active Military?

No.

All veterans and reserve personnel are also eligible to get the discount.

What Proof of Service Do I Have to Show?

First of all, Apple uses a verification service called ID.me to verify your military status. Click here to start your verification.

To prove you’re active, retired, or reserve military status you’ll need one of the following:

– Veteran’s ID card (VIC)

– Veteran Health ID card (VHIC)

– Common Access card

– State driver’s license with veteran’s designation (usually has a U.S. flag or the word “Veteran” on it)

– Uniformed services ID card

– DD214 or DD256 form

Are All Military Branches Eligible?

Military Discount Eligibility

Yes.

All branches of the armed forces are eligible along with the National Guard and Reserve.

What Products Can I Get a Discount On?

As a general rule, you’ll score a 10% discount on the iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, MacBook, Apple TV, and accessories.

You’ll also get a discount on AppleCare and AppleCare+ protection plans which is nice.

Are There Any Exclusions?

Yes, but not many.

The only items excluded from the Apple military discount are 3rd party accessories sold by Adobe, HP, Microsoft, and Bose.

See Also: Apple Employee Discount: All Your Burning Questions Answered

Does Apple Limit the Number of Products I Can Buy?

Yes.

Apple specifically says the military discount is for “personal use” only.

To this end, they limit you to only three Mac computers, iPhones, AirPods, iPads, HomePods, and Apple TVs per calendar year.

They raise that limit to ten when buying Beat products, refurbished items, iPod Touch, and Apple Watch accessories.

Can Family Members Get the Discount Too?

Yes.

The one caveat is they have to be an immediate family member who live in the same household.

How Do I Know I’m Getting the Discount?

The Military storefront on the Apple website doesn’t typically list the original price which can leave you wondering if you’re actually getting a discount.

To insure you’re actually getting a deal, pull up the Apple Store website in a separate browser tab, find the product you’re interested in purchasing, then compare the price with the military discount price.

Ask the Reader: Have you been verified by Apple to receive their military and veteran discount? Was it an easy process and how much money has it saved you so far?


By Kyle James

The Home Depot Military Discount: Time to Cut Through the Confusion

August 22, 2019 by Kyle
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Unlike Lowe’s, the Home Depot does not have an official military discount printed anywhere on their website. This has created a lot of confusion as shoppers try to figure out what, if any, Home Depot military discount exists. So I thought I’d take this opportunity to investigate and see what I could find out. What I discovered was really enlightening. Hopefully you can take advantage of this information and save some money. Let’s get into it…

Home Depot Military Discount: Time to Cut Through the Confusion

What Exactly is the Home Depot Military Discount?

I went straight to the top and called the Home Depot corporate office and spoke personally with a big-whig who basically read me their internal “military discount” policy.

Essentially the discount breaks down into 2 main categories:

1. The Everyday Discount:

The “Everyday” discount at the Home Depot is a flat 10% off and it’s available 365 days a year.

It’s good for four types of service men/women:

– Active military

– Reserve personnel

– Retired veterans who served for at least 20 years.

– Those with a Service-Connected disability.

2. The Holiday Discount:

The “Holiday” discount is also 10% and is good for all other veterans who don’t fit into the four “everyday discount” categories above.

But…it’s only available on these 3 holidays: Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Veteran’s Day.

Do I Need to Show Proper I.D.?

Yes.

This is especially true when getting the “Everyday” discount.

You’ll need to show one of these eight ID’s:

  • Active Duty Military ID card w/ picture (Green Background)
  • Retired Military ID card w/ picture (Blue Background)
  • VA Card with word “Service” on it.
  • DD-214 form.
  • Valid driver’s license with the U.S. flag  -OR- “Veteran” designation.
  • A service-connected VA Medical Center card.
  • Common Access Card (CAC).
  • Active Military and Retired Military ID card for spouse or dependents. (Yellow/Beige Background)

Unfortunately you’ll have to show proof every time you shop as they have no way of recording your information…yet.

I’m not sure what evidence is required to get the “Holiday” discount. Please let me know in the comments if you have the answer to that question.

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

Are Any Items Excluded from the Discount?

Yes there are a few exclusions. Here are the most notable:

– Installation Services: Think carpet, blinds, tile, HVAC, closet shelving, and windows.

– Special Purchase Appliances: If you have to buy the appliance at the special services desk then you probably won’t get the 10% discount.

– Gift Cards.

Can the Discount Be Used Online?

Unfortunately, NO.

The military discount is only available in-store.

Are Spouses or Dependents Eligible?

Unfortunately, NO unless the eligible veteran happens to be shopping with them and can show proof of eligibility at checkout.

FYI, at Lowe’s spouses can get the 10% discount. They just tell the cashier their phone number and the information is already in the system.

Is There a Maximum Discount?

Yes.

While you can use the discount as often as you want, you’re restricted to a maximum order size of $500.

So the most you can save on any single purchase is $50.

Can It Be Combined with Other Discounts?

No.

You cannot combine the Home Depot military discount with coupons or other discounts of any kind.

So What’s the Big Controversy?

Because the Home Depot does not post an official military discount policy online, or in their stores, it’s often misinterpreted by managers and cashiers.

This leads to a lot of confusion and frustration among veterans and active military members.

I’ve read of some HD managers refusing the discount altogether and some cashiers being completely unaware of its existence.

I think if the Home Depot corporate office came out with an official policy, and made it easy to register (like Lowe’s), all of this confusion would go away.

Why Shouldn’t I Just Shop at Lowe’s?

Many vets are already opting to shop exclusively at Lowe’s.

There’s no doubt the Home Depot is loosing a lot of business because of this.

Your military information at Lowe’s is put into their system JUST ONCE and you get your 10% discount every time you shop, no questions asked.

Come on Home Depot, it’s time to copy your competitor and do the same!

I’d also like to see them open up their “Everyday” discount to ALL vets. After all, isn’t a vet a vet? They are in my book.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever asked for a military discount at the Home Depot? Was it an easy process or not worth the hassle?

Final Note: If you have some further information that I don’t have in this article please leave a comment and I’ll be sure to investigate, thanks.


By Kyle James

Amazon Employee Discount: The Nuts & Bolts So You Can Take Advantage

August 21, 2019 by Kyle
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If you found this page you’re probably either a new hire at Amazon (or considering applying) and wondering what the Amazon employee discount is and how it works exactly. While researching their employee discount, and talking to my Amazon contacts, it quickly became evident that their discount is only a small portion of the employee perks package. So I went ahead and also listed the major benefits you get from working for the eCommerce giant. Let’s get to it shall we…

Amazon Employee Discount: The Nuts & Bolts So You Can Take Advantage

What is the Amazon Employee Discount?

Amazon offers a 10% employee discount.

They cap the annual discount at $100. So basically you get 10% off everything you buy up to $1,000.

While it’s not a huge discount, it’s definitely better than nothing.

How Long Before You’re Eligible?

I was told by a current Amazon employee that you have to work for the company for 30 days before you can tap into your employee discount.

Are Any Products Excluded from the Discount?

Yes.

Products must be sold and fulfilled directly by Amazon and NOT 3rd party sellers.

Do Employees Get a Discount on Amazon Prime?

Unfortunately, NO.

Employees are stuck paying full price for a Prime Membership.

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

Can I Use My Discount on Prime Day?

YES, you can use your 10% discount on any day of the year as long as products are eligible.

Do Employees in India Get a Discount?

Unfortunately, NO.

I chatted with a customer service rep that lived in India and he told me they do not get an employee discount.

Can I Shop From My Amazon Affiliate Links?

The Amazon Affiliate Program lets you earn a commission on any Amazon links on your site or blog that people click-on and subsequently make a purchase.

You get a small commission on the sale and it can add up to significant money depending on how much traffic your site gets.

BUT….you cannot click on your own Amazon links, buy something, and earn a commission.

They put a kibosh on that sneaky practice awhile back. 

Do Employees Earn Extra for Working on Holidays?

Yes, Amazon employees earn “time and half” if they work on the following 6 holidays:

  • New Year’s Day.
  • Memorial Day.
  • Independence Day.
  • Labor Day.
  • Thanksgiving Day.
  • Christmas Day.

See Also: Retailers That Offer a $12+ Hourly Wage with Benefits

What Other Employee Perks Does Amazon Offer?

Well, I’m glad you asked because here they are in no particular order…

$15/hour Starting Wage – The absolute least they’ll pay you is $15/hour which is a nice starting wage.

Health Benefits – You’re eligible on your first day of work as long as you work 20+ hours per week.

Maternity & Paternity Leave – Full-time employees (blue badges) get up to 4 weeks pre-partum and 10 weeks paid leave post-partum.

Tuition Reimbursement – After working for Amazon for 1-year, you’re eligible for 95% tuition reimbursement towards an Associates degree or certificate.

Adoption Assistance – Up to $5,000 for single child adoptions and $10,000 for sibling/group adoptions.

Employee Assistance Plan – Free counseling services for all employees and household members. This includes 3 free in-person counseling sessions per year. 

Ask the Reader: Are you a current or former Amazon employee? How often did you take advantage of their employee discount?


By Kyle James

The 9 Major Stores That Offer Free Curbside Pickup

August 20, 2019 by Kyle
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As I’ve documented before on this blog, many stores these days offer free in-store pickup. But unfortunately very few go the extra mile and actually bring the items out to your car. I call it curbside pickup and it’s incredibly convenient for seniors, those with a handicap, and busy folks who don’t have time to wander the aisles aimlessly looking for brown paper lunch bags. Here are all the major stores that offer this service at NO extra charge, hope this list helps.

All 9 Major Stores That Offer Free Curbside Pickup

Giant Eagle

Giant Eagle Curbside

If you have a Giant Eagle in your neck of the woods you’ll be excited to know they offer a Free Grocery Pickup service.

Just visit the above linked page and choose your store and click “Shop Now”.

Once you choose your store, you’ll schedule a time slot and then add items to your online cart and checkout.

Giant Eagle has “expertly trained personal shoppers” who only select the freshest and highest quality groceries for you.

Then just head to the store at your time, park in the designated spot, and they’ll load up your groceries for you.

If you’d prefer to have items delivered to your home, it can be done for a reasonable $5.95 for next-day delivery.

H-E-B Grocers

HEB Curbside

If you happen to live near a H-E-B you should consider their Curbside Grocery Service.

You just shop their website, select a pick-up time and place your order.

Similar to Kroger below, you can add specific comments to your order. For example, you can say things like “can I please have my artisan bread sliced”, which is WAY cool.

They currently have a 4-hour turn around on curbside orders and the most you can order is $600 worth of groceries.

They even discourage tipping and want you to keep the money for your next curbside order.

Kroger

Kroger Pick Up

Simply shop the Kroger website and fill your virtual cart with what you need, then at checkout, select your store and pickup time.

An employee will then grab all your groceries and bring them to your car when you arrive.

Be sure to park in the designated spots and you’re good to go.

You can shop online up to three days in advance, which is super convenient.

It should also be noted that only the first 3 orders are free, after that you’re subject to a fee that varies by region.

Meijer

Meijer Curbside

While Meijer charges a $4.95 curbside fee I still thought I should mention them.

The main reason I wanted to mention them was their ability to customize curbside orders.

For example, want green bananas? Or maybe extra ripe avocados? Just tell them in the comments section when checking out from their website and they’ll do their best to accommodate your request.

Once you select your pickup time, just head down to the store and go the to “Curbside Lane” and they’ll load you up.

Nordstrom

Nordstrom Curbside Pickup

I gotta admit this one came as a surprise.

If you join the free Nordy Club you’re eligible to get free curbside delivery from your local Nordstrom department store.

When shopping from the Nordstrom website, be sure to select the “Buy Online & Pick Up in Store” option.

Then use the Nordstrom app to request curbside pickup.

Publix

Publix grocery pickup

Publix recently introduced a curbside delivery service that takes all the hassle out of grocery shopping.

You shop online when it’s convenient, then select a time that works for you to swing by and have your groceries loaded into your car.

Win win.

Sears

Sears In-Vehicle Pickup

If you’re lucky enough to still have a Sears in your town, you should try their free In-Vehicle Pickup program.

Just shop online or via their app and select “In-Vehicle Pickup” at checkout. (NOTE: Have to be a “Shop Your Ways” member to qualify, sign-up for free.)

Sears will drop you an email when your order is ready. Then you’ll just head to the store, park in a reserved spot, and use the app to tell them you’ve arrived.

They guarantee they’ll have your stuff brought out to your car within 5 minutes.

Target

Target Drive Up

Many Target locations in 2019 are rolling out the Drive Up service and it’s pretty darn cool.

You just shop the Target app and wait for notification that your order is ready.

Then you let Target know via the app when you’re on your way and park in the designated “Drive Up” spot in the front of the store.

Once you’re safely parked, you let them know via the app that you’ve arrived and they’ll quickly bring out your stuff and load it.

If your local Target doesn’t offer “Drive Up” yet, you can still order online and choose in-store pickup at checkout. Then head to Guest Services once you get a notification that it’s ready.

Walmart

Walmart grocery pickup

When Walmart Grocery Pickup was first introduced in 2017 it was met with some skepticism.

Would it be accurate? Would it be more hassle than it’s worth?

But after ironing out a few wrinkles, the grocery pickup delivery service has grown quite popular.

You simply visit walmart.com/grocery or shop via the Walmart app. You can shop over 50,000 items and select your exact pickup date and time.

The cool part is if you place your order by 10 a.m. it will be ready for pickup on the same day.

When you get notified via email or text that your order is ready, you just park in one of the marked “Grocery Pickup” spots and an employee will bring out your items and load them in your car.

Some Walmart’s even have drive-up lanes like the one in the picture above.

Incredibly convenient service for seniors or busy parents and it’s completely FREE.

Ask the Reader: What grocery stores or big-box stores am I missing? Let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to investigate.


By Kyle James

Photo credit to Walmart.

Always Disconnect From a Retailer’s Wifi To Score the Best Deal (They Might Be Messing With You)

August 15, 2019 by Kyle
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By now you’re probably aware that retailers try REALLY hard to track your every step once you walk in the door. Many big-box stores do this by offering you free WiFi or proprietary smartphone apps. They can then access your location, movements, and even which products you hover over so they can hit you with ads later. But I’m here to tell you that there’s another reason to be cautious as it can end up costing you BIG bucks over time. Let me explain…

Always Disconnect From a Retailer's Wifi To Score the Best Deal (They Might Be Messing With You)

Is the Free WiFi Really Free?

Let’s say you enter your local Target and connect to their free WiFi. No biggie, right?

Well, according to this Reddit thread, not only can they track where you walk in the store, but they can also pick which price you’ll see displayed on your phone.

More specifically, they’ve been known to only show you the in-store price on the Target app instead of the often cheaper online price.

Why do they do this? Because they’ll happily price-match their online prices BUT they’d much rather have you pay the more expensive in-store price.

Sneaky, eh?

Test this out yourself the next time you visit Target.

See Also: Skip the Membership: All The Stores That’ll Price Match Costco

The Shopping App Revolution

It seems every store these days has an app that lets you quickly shop from their website, even when you’re walking down the aisles of their brick & mortar location.

In theory, the app is supposed to help you locate the cheapest price, whether it’s online or in-store.

Doesn’t always work that way unfortunately.

Once they have their app on your smartphone they’re in control.

They get access to your location, your browsing habits within their app, and all kinds of other nuggets that they can use to make more money off you in the future.

Which Stores Are Known For This?

Besides Target, other popular retailers like Walmart, Nordstrom, and The Home Depot have been known to employ similar tactics.

Bottom-line: Whenever you connect to a retailer’s WiFi or download their proprietary app, you should automatically assume there’s a chance you’re getting messed with.

How to Protect Yourself?

Location Services

The obvious way is to simply not download any retailer’s shopping app and NEVER connect to their free WiFI.

But this is not always warranted (or practical) as these apps often are embedded with coupons and deal information that help you save money.

So use the apps to save, but make sure you turn OFF the “Location Services” on your iPhone or Android device.

You’ll find this in your phone’s settings under privacy or location.

By doing so, they WON’T know your in their store and can’t do any sneaky pricing tricks (or track your location) behind your back.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever noticed when a store was messing with you? If so, which store and what was the dealio?


By Kyle James

Photo credit to Mike Mozart.

Walmart Employee Discount: All You Need to Know To Save Money

July 29, 2019 by Kyle
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If you’re considering working for Wally World, or maybe you’ve been hired recently, you’ll want to know how the Walmart employee discount works. It has some nuisances to it, and can even be confusing to many new Walmart employees. So I went out and did some research and figured out exactly how the discount works so you can start saving some money when you become eligible. Here’s what you need to know.

Walmart Employee Discount: All You Need to Know To Save)

What Employee Discount Does Walmart Offer?

Walmart offers a 10% employee discount.

From their website comes this VERY murky statement, “Our associate discount card offers a 10% discount on fresh fruits, vegetables and regularly priced general merchandise at Walmart stores.”

What the heck constitutes general merchandise?

So I hit up my Walmart contact and got some answers to the following questions…

Are Any Items Excluded From the Discount?

Yes, quite a few actually.

Exclusions include most food items, clearance items, rollback items, price matches, tires, photo orders, gift cards, travel purchases, shipping charges, marketplace items, and some bundles.

The food items where you CAN get a 10% discount include fresh fruits, vegetables and regular-priced general food merchandise.

How Long Do I Need to Be Employed?

You have to work at Walmart for 90 days before you’re eligible for the employee discount.

What is the Walmart Associate Discount Card?

Walmart Discount Employee Card

After you’re hired and have worked for 90 days, you’ll get your own Walmart Associate Discount Card.

This card can ONLY be used in-store and you’ll simply present it at checkout to score your discount.

Can My Family & Friends Use the Discount?

Your family members and friends CANNOT get the employee discount on their own.

But…you can certainly use your discount on their behalf.

This can be done in-store as well as in the online “Discount Center” (see Below).

What Other Employee Discounts Does Walmart Offer?

Walmart offers a very cool online portal called the Walmart Associate Discount Center.

Once you login, you’ll find a bunch of exclusive discounts on vacation packages, cell phone plans, along with deals on countless products and services.

The cool thing about this website is that many of the deals are negotiated exclusively by Walmart for their associates.

The deals change all the time so it’s worth bookmarking and checking back often for new bargains.

What About Christmas-Time Discounts?

While I couldn’t find anything specific on the Walmart website, I’ve heard on several occasions that you’ll get a bigger employee discount around the holidays.

The discount seems to vary from store to store, but it appears you’ll get a 15%-20% discount come December.

You’ll also get the 10% discount on ALL groceries/food right before and after Thanksgiving.

What Are Some Other Employee Perks?

Here are a few of the most popular perks that come with employment at Walmart.

1. They offer an associate stock purchase plan with company match.

2. Ability to contribute to a 401(k) starting on your first day. Walmart offers a 6% match after 1-year on the job.

3. Medical plans starting at around $26 per pay period.

4. A generous 10 weeks of paid maternity leave where you’ll get 100% of your pay.

5. You’ll also get $5,000 to go towards the expenses of adopting a child.

Ask the Reader: Do you work for Walmart? If so, what specifics of their employee discount can you share?


By Kyle James

Apple Employee Discount: All Your Burning Questions Answered

July 18, 2019 by Kyle
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Does Apple sound like a cool place to work? Maybe you already got hired or maybe you’re thinking of seeking a job with the tech giant. In either case, it’s important to understand the Apple employee discount as it’s one of their greatest perks. Here’s everything you need to know so you can take full-advantage.

Apple Employee Discount: All Your Burning Questions Answered

What Exactly is the Apple Employee Discount?

Their employee discount is 25% off…well sort of, let me explain.

Specifically, it’s a one-time annual 25% discount in each product category.

Their four main product lines include the iPhone, iPad, computer, and Apple Watch.

So in a year’s time, you could theoretically get each of those devices for 25% off the retail price.

I was also told that workers get 10% off everything in the Apple Store except gift cards. (If you currently work at Apple can you please verify or debunk this in the comments section, thanks in advance.)

Any Additional Discounts?

Yes, there certainly are.

A former Apple intern said that once you use your 25% discount, you can still take advantage of the 15% off family & friends discount for up to “10 units”. So you can buy stuff for family and friends and get a cool 15% off.

In addition, after every 3 years of employment, you’ll score a free $500 to buy whatever you want.

PLUS…you can combine the $500 with the 25% employee discount and score a MAJOR deal.

Like the intern says in the article, you basically get a free new iPhone every 3 years.

Do Apple Employees get the Latest iPhone for Free?

I’ve heard this rumor for years, and the answer for employees is unfortunately NO.

Unless of course they take advantage of the work-around hack mentioned above.

See Also: Here’s How the Apple Military Discount Works and How You Qualify

Are Any Apple Products Excluded?

Nope, everything Apple sells is eligible for the employee discount.

How Long Do I Have to Work to Qualify?

You have to work at Apple for 90 days before you’re eligible for the employee discount.

Can the Discount Be Used on Black Friday & Cyber Monday?

Yes, your employee discount can be used any day of the year.

Anything Else Discount Related?

Apparently Apple is also famous for offering a bunch of 3rd party discounts to employees as well.

These products include things like iPhone cases, screen protectors, Apple Watch bands, iPad cases, and laptop accessories.

Discounts range from 10% off all the way up to 50%.

Ask the Reader: Do you work for Apple? If so, let me know how much money their employee discount has saved you.


By Kyle James

Photo Credit to Dru Bloomfield.

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.

Bonus Tip: For even extra savings, consider opening an Amazon Rewards Signature Visa and score unlimited 3% cash back on all your Amazon and Whole Foods purchases moving forward. If you want more information, Money Crashers did a thorough review of the card recently that’s worth checking out.

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

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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