7 Best Shopping Deals for Feds

By on June 14, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 2 Comments

This summer, federal government employees can take advantage of some of the best deals the technology, travel, and home improvement industries have to offer.

Federal employees should save money where they can to free up room in the budget for a well-deserved family vacation. If you’re in the market for a luxury hotel room, upgraded car rental, or discounted mobile device in the next few months, now is your chance to save.

Discounted Hotels

If you haven’t used the Federal Discount Lodging Directory yet, you’re missing out on some of the best hotel deals available. This site lets federal government employees conduct searches for domestic and foreign hotels, showing results for special rate hotels in your destination location. Typing in Paris, France, for example, currently generates two hits with hotel contact information listed for your convenience. This directory only shows the hotels that offer discounts or specials for federal employees, making your discounted hotel search a breeze.

Besides using the Lodging Directory, there are several hotels you can count on to currently offer comprehensive benefits to federal government employees. Hilton Hotels & Resorts, for example, allow federal employees to conduct a search using a local attraction or government building. It generates a list of participating hotels near your destination. Many other hotels offer similar benefits, including Marriott, Best Western, and Days Inn. Always ask a representative at your prospective hotel about current government employee deals.

If you’re looking for a unique place to stay, skip a hotel entirely and stay at an Airbnb rental. These properties allow travelers to trade in the cookie-cutter hotel experience for one that offers visitors a unique and comfortable space. And they’re usually cheaper than hotels too. Federal employees get $25 in Airbnb travel credit for their first trip.

Free Car Rental Upgrades

Many car rental sites offer special discounts and advantages to military and government employees. For example, Alamo offers year-round benefits for federal government employees traveling on official business or for leisure. These benefits include discounted rates, no driver fees, a collision damage waiver automatically included, Frequent Traveler benefits, and benefits extended to dependent family members. Hertz also welcomes government employees with discount codes and free upgrades.

Low-Priced Vacation Packages

If you’re one of many federal employees who stores up vacation days to go on one long vacation during summer, there are plenty of websites offering great deals right now on lodging, cruises, and timeshare rentals. An easy way to find and book your vacation without too much research is using GovArm.com, where federal government employees can browse through current deals on travel and vacation packages. They offer a “Hottest Offers” page if your options are relatively open and you want to book a vacation at a steep discount.

If you know it’s a cruise vacation you want, FedCruise specializes in gathering cruise discounts and coupons for Federal employees. Sign up on their site to receive the deals.

Another helpful site is Gov Vacation Rewards, where you can not only find great deals but also accrue membership points towards free vacations. Friends and family members of federal government employees can also enjoy the benefits listed on this website. When you sign up, you instantly receive 2,500 free reward points (equivalent to $150 savings). You also get their Best Value Guarantee, where they will match a lower price you find somewhere else. Take advantage of the low-priced vacation packages and travel deals these sites currently offer federal employees to enjoy your summer vacation on a dime.

Deals on Apple Devices

Apple always extends a discount to government employees through the Apple Store for Government. As of March 15, 2016, however, Apple is offering federal government employees a long list of additional coupon opportunities for iPhone, iPad, Smartphone, and tablet devices. Browse this list and search through thousands of other deals on GovernmentShopping.com. Coupons for Apple include $10 off refurbished devices. Government employees can combine these coupons with the special discount Apple already gives to employees.

Big Technology Discounts

Similar to Apple, many other major computer outlets offer permanent federal government employee discounts. Dell offers a member purchase program for government employees, through which they’ll receive exclusive offers and discounts. HP has a similar setup for their products, as does Microsoft with their Home Use Program. If you need to replace outdated technologies with the newest models, you have a variety of options for doing so without breaking the bank.

If you need discounted cell phone service, several providers offer deals on personal cell phone service and accessories to federal government employees. Major cell phone carrier AT&T has a government employee discount program, as do Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Many service providers allow you to combine your discount on top of their other deals. It pays to do a little research and find the very best combination deal your employment status can seal.

If you want to make sure all of your files – pictures, spreadsheets, documents, videos, etc – stay safe and secure you need to back them up on a regular basis. Carbonite makes this a simple process and is offering a 10% discount on all 1, 2 and 3 year subscriptions at Carbonite.com.

Great Value Auto Insurance

Currently, federal government employees can enjoy auto insurance discounts through AAA and Geico. AAA lets employees combine a federal employee discount with another ongoing promotion. However, reviews state that AAA will only give out the discount the very first time you call – so make sure you’re ready to commit before you dial.

Geico offers two different insurance discounts and premium reductions. Their Eagle Discount is for employees with GS-7 status and above, while their regular Membership Discount offers deals to employees of several federal groups. The Eagle and Membership Discounts cannot be combined, but they still offer competitive insurance rates for employees.

Household and Personal Service Steals

If you’re capitalizing on the warm summer temperatures to start a long-awaited home improvement project, GovLoans.gov can help you find a low-interest loan to fund your project. Other sites such as NARFE offer memberships that can save you money on everyday household purchases, including legal protection, home security systems, TV and phone services, moving services, and personal wellness services. The NARFE General Store provides discount merchandise such as name badges, business cards, and customizable products in their online catalogue.

If you need home-buying loans with the best rates and contracts, you can find one for government employees at USA Home Financing. This website offers competitive rates on home loans for first-time buyers, second-time buyers, or investment property. Conducting a search on this website can show you the results you’re specific position is applicable for, to determine the very best home loan deals on the market.

If you’re moving this summer, using a Pods storage unit is becoming an increasingly popular way to do it. These portable containers allow you to pack and unpack at your own pace. Save 5% off storage or one-way moves with a Pods portable storage unit.

The real estate market is hot in the spring and summer. Don’t miss your chance to secure a comprehensive loan on a tight budget. From excellent deals on airline tickets and travel packages to comprehensive insurance and loan solutions, your federal employment status carries a lot of weight when it comes to shopping this summer.

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