Government employees – whether federal, state, local or military – have dedicated their lives to making our country better through their loyal service. One of the ways that businesses reward retired government employees for their service is through special discounts. There are literally hundreds of opportunities to save on special and everyday purchases that companies are willing to offer you as a “thank you” because of your service to our country.
As a retired government employee, discounts are easy to find, but there are a few things to know about the discounts offered. First, many of the discounts offered won’t be advertised in your local paper or even on the Internet. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t available. Don’t hesitate to ask the company you are doing business with if they have a special discount for retirees. Remember, you won’t know if you don’t ask. If you are looking on the Internet, retired government employee agencies and associations generally have links on their websites to discounts that are available. While the most popular discounts are available for travel, there are also many discounts available for everyday purchases. There are many discounts that Government employees are entitled to. Some discounts are a specific percentage off and others are special offers that are far cheaper than the offers an average person would receive. It should be noted that many companies will not openly advertise that they do have such specials so it always pays to ask if they do. Whether you save a small or large percentage, any discount is still a discount.
Clearly, there are many opportunities to save money available. Here is just a sampling of what you can find by quickly scanning the Internet:
Associations and Retired Government Employee Organizations
As part of their service package, many associations and organizations offer discount benefits to retired government employees. For instance, FedSave, a volunteer-run organization, offers a variety of discounts for retired government employees. According to their website, “FedSave emails a weekly newsletter – FedSave Discounts Newsletter – to our members that includes detailed information on the latest discounts and special offers for Government employees.” These companies include Barnes & Noble, Home Depot, Staples, McDonald’s and 1-800-Flowers, to name just a few. Available to not only retired employees but their families as well, the FedSave newsletter offers a variety of premium discounts to retired government employees. In order to receive the discount information, retired employees simple need to sign up and become a member.
Another association, the National Active and Retired Federal Employee Association offers discounts to their members on travel, whether a land package, cruise or tour. In addition, NARFE members can access discounted car rental rates through Alamo, Avis or National car rental agencies.
At Government Executive, there is an article with links that contains many excellent offers for retired employees.
At the Government Employees Marketplace with a free membership, you can find discounts that include discounts to Dell, Shoes.com and Sprint, plus other non-advertised deals.
Dell Honors employees and retirees of the Federal Government and their families with up to 30% computer discounts and best price guarantee for members. Go to www.dell.com/epp/federal to receive your discount. To receive free 2nd business day shipping on personal purchases and get a 5% gift card back on everything you purchase in addition to your discount sign up for Dell Advantage at www.dell.com/
Finally, GETO offers an amazing opportunity for retired government workers that love to travel. According to their website, “The Government Employee Travel Opportunities (GETO) is a ‘space available’ program that offers federal, state, city and local Government office personnel the opportunity to enjoy vacations at popular destinations around the world – for just $369 per unit, per week.” This offer includes retired employees and has a myriad of options for travel. The program is run through Resort Condominiums International and takes advantage of unoccupied timeshares, vacation villas and resorts.
Another travel opportunity is available through GovArm. GovArm offers a variety of travel options including short-notice luxury accommodations in a condo, nightly hotel rentals up to 50% off, cruises, vacation packages to Mexico and Hawaii, assistance with timeshares, and access to deals through Travelocity. Associations and organizations dedicated to retired government employees offer some of the best discounts.
Many companies that work in the travel business are delighted to offer retirees extra discounts. For instance, if you are planning on traveling and are looking for a hotel, Choice Hotels offers discounts for retired government travelers with guaranteed one and two person rates at their 2,700 hotels and properties. They also offer similar rates for dependents who are on leisure travel. Called the ChoicePrivileges Program, more information on Choice Hotels discounts can be accessed at http://www.choicehotels.com/en/deals/government-rate.
Additionally, Dollar Rent-A-Car will give retired government employees 5% off of retail rates, a preferred leisure rate, complementary membership in the Dollar Express Rental Program, unlimited mileage allowance, frequent flyer miles that coordinate with a variety of airlines and even a free GPS rental. Their information can be accessed at http://www.dollar.com/business/Government/GovtLeisure.aspx. Travel companies are a great place to access discounts.
Other Opportunities To Save
Travel is not the only area that retirees can find discounts. For retired government employees at the GS-7 level and higher, discounts on car insurance through Geico are available. For the GEICO web site more information on this offer.
Technology, too, can be found at a discount. Perhaps you’d like to create a website and start a small business in retirement? Save 20% off the Yola website builder service with a Yola promotional code.
If you are interested in purchasing some of the hottest gadgets in the market, Apple offers savings to retired government employees as well. With discounts that include the iPad, iPhone and all other Apple products, you can find more information as well as a dedicated government employee Apple store.
Health needs are not exempt from discounts, too. Group Health Eye Care Optical Shops offers retirees a 20% discount on glasses and a one-time 20% discount on contact lenses.
Finally, many businesses, whether restaurants such as Applebee’s, IHOP, home stores such as Lowe’s, and many gyms offer discounts.
As you can see, there are a myriad of opportunities for savings when you are a retired government employee. No matter whether you have worked on the federal, state or local level, you can save on just about anything that you need to purchase for your family.
When you are looking for discounts, remember that you may have to be bold. To find discounts, you may have to ask what might be available for retired government employees or to do some research on the Internet. And, don’t get discouraged. While the initial discount might not be a considerable amount, over time those discounts can add up to a great deal of savings for you and your family. It is a wonderful way for companies to thank loyal government employees for their service.