November 2, 2014

Veterans Day Deals and Discounts

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On Veterans Day, we recognize our heroes. And like most holidays in America these days, there's also a commercial side to it. Retailers and restaurants come out in full force with discounts to those who have served, to honor their commitment and service to our country.

A Veteran's salute
A Veteran's salute © The U.S. Army (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

What this means is there are many things you can do to honor those veterans in your life. Or, if you have served, you can feel free to treat yourself on this day. Before you head out to partake in the festivities, here are a few things to consider:

  • Be prepared to provide proof of military service.
  • Call ahead to confirm the participation of the restaurant, retailer or venue, since the policies often vary by location. Keep in mind franchisees aren’t mandated to participate.
  • Inquire about any exclusions that may apply. Select offers are valid only on the actual holiday. Also, restaurants may require you to dine in to take advantage of the free meal.

Marines march in 2011 New York Veterans Day Parade [Image 1 of 10]
Marines march in 2011 New York Veterans Day Parade [Image 1 of 10] © DVIDSHUB (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Military Freebies and Discounts

  • Food: Free appetizers, entrees, flavored beverages and desserts are common on Veterans Day. In recent years, veterans enjoyed free items from a number of reputable food establishments, including Red Lobster, Golden Corral, Applebee’s, Chili’s, Olive Garden, Starbucks, TGI Fridays, Perkins, Texas Roadhouse, Red Robin and California Pizza Kitchen.

  • Travel: If you’re planning to hit the road in November, be on the lookout for discounted lodging that may apply if your travels include November 11. Participating hotels from previous years include Red Roof Inn and Motel 6.

  • Fitness: Searching for a gym membership? Stay tuned for deals on complimentary workout windows during the week of Veteran’s Day, such as a past offer from 24 Hour Fitness.

  • Salon services: In need of a little TLC? Local shops as well as chains like Great Clips and Massage Envy have been known to offer special deals around this time.

  • Car care: Skip the steep maintenance fees at the dealership and head to a local oil change establishment that offers free or discounted services to vets.

  • Store discounts: Expect to receive an additional discount between 10% and 20% off your total purchase simply by presenting your military ID. Retailers, such as Bed Bath and Beyond, Lowe’s, Jo-Ann Fabric, Home Depot, JC Penney, Steven Madden, Babies R Us, and David’s Bridal, were among the ranks of participants in past Veterans Day sales.

  • Theme parks: Enjoy a day of fun with family at select theme parks offering free or half-priced admission to service members and their dependents. Notable venues that have held such promotions include Sesame Place, Busch Gardens, Sea World, World of Coca-Cola and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

US Coast Guard families and service members march in New York City's Veterans Day Parade [Image 4 of
US Coast Guard families and service members march in New York City's Veterans Day Parade [Image 4 of © DVIDSHUB (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Offers Available to the General Public

  • National Parks: Even if you aren’t a member of the armed forces, you can enjoy free admission to all the national parks on Veterans Day.

  • Furniture: Expect to save between 20% and 60% off select inventory during Veteran’s Day furniture sales. Ashley Furniture, American Signature, Pottery Barn and Rooms to Go are a few of the notable furniture retailers that have offered deals to the general public.

  • Appliances: Appliances can really place a dent on your wallet, but not necessarily during Veterans Day. Past sales during this time have occurred on refrigerators, dishwashers and washer/dryer combos, with between 25% and 40% off the original price.

  • Store discounts: An additional percentage off already reduced items is common during the holiday sales, yielding savings between 20% and 65% on clearance items.

  • Electronics: Reputable retailers, including Best Buy, Amazon and HH Gregg, reduced electronics by 10% to 30% on average during past Veterans Day sales.

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Comments about Veterans Day Deals and Discounts

  • John T Cooper from Illinois
    on November 3, 2014 2:42 AM said:

    Being a retired 21 years veteran of U S Air Force this is one of the best program they have come up with. Thank you very much for this

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