Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect clarification received from Home Depot about its discount program. Home Depot does not offer a discount to federal employees, but it does offer one to veterans. For more information, please contact your local Home Depot store.
Being a Federal worker is a great gig nowadays. Whether you are working for the FBI or in your state’s social services department or serving in one of the armed forces, the benefits for Federal workers are outstanding. Not only do you have a great pension plan, health care and all of the Federal holidays off, during the holidays, you can get great savings with many of the retail stores. What types of holiday savings for Federal workers are there?
Many companies are offering Federal workers and military personnel, active as well as retired, discounts on their products and services. And these discounts are not only during the holidays, but all year long. Holiday savings for Federal workers are everywhere and you just need to do a little bit of research before you start your holiday shopping to make sure you are getting the best prices.
Do you have a computer on your holiday wish list this year? Hewlett Packard offers discounts to Federal workers that range from 8-10% on all Hewlett Packard products. 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/
Is anyone on your list wanting a cell phone, or cell phone service? Then check out T-Mobile and AT&T, they both offer a 15% discount to Federal workers. The discounts are offered on products as well as service. Nextel and Cingular also offer discounts to Federal workers.
Holiday shopping is so much easier if you can just pick up the phone and place an order. If you are looking for something special to send to family members for the holidays, what about a flower or gift basket? 1-800-flowers.com gives Federal workers and US military personnel a 15% discount on all their floral and gift items. They not only offer flowers and plants, but have great gourmet food, fruit and gift baskets and the nice thing is, they ship it for you.
For US military personnel and their families there are many companies offering discounts for holiday gift shopping. Is jewelry on your list? Forget Me Not Jewelry offers a 30% discount, Stein Diamonds offer a 1.5% discount on their jewelry and Zoara gives 15% off of all their jewelry to US military service men and women and their families.
Need new cookie trays to bake your holiday cookies? How about a cookie press? Kitchen items can make great gifts. Pampered Chef offers a 5% discount to all US military members and their families.
In the clothing department, Federal Workers and US military personnel can get a 10% discount on the 1st of each month. Nautica and New York & Company both offer a 10% discount.
For all the home improvement fans on your shopping list, Lowes offers a 10% discount. For temporary storage or for moving PODS and 1-800-Pack-Rat each offer 5% discounts off portable storage containers. Home Depot offers a discount to veterans but not federal employees.
What about traveling for the holidays? You may be planning a trip home for the holidays, or even considering giving a trip as a gift. There are many travel discounts offered to Federal workers and US military members and their families.
Government Employee Travel Opportunities (GETO) is where Federal workers can get discounts on rentals for vacation villas and timeshare resorts. Government Vacation Rewards (GVR) is a membership based travel service for Federal workers where discounts are offered for travel.
How about heading to a nice beach resort for the holidays? Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa offers military personnel a 50% discount off of their regular room rates. Not into the beach, then check out Disney World. Discounted tickets are available to Federal Workers and US military personnel.
The majority of the cruise lines including Holland America, Carnival, Celebrity, Norwegian, Disney and Royal Caribbean all offer discounts to all Federal workers and military personnel and their families. Let your travel agent know that you are a Federal worker or military personnel when booking your cruise with them. You can also book directly with the cruise line.
Military members heading home for the holidays can take advantage of several discounts on airfare or bus tickets. US Airways and United has special rates for US military personnel traveling. Operation Hero Miles flies Iraq or Afghanistan-based troops to fly home on leave for free. Greyhound Bus offers a 10% discount to active duty and retired military personnel.
You may need to rent a car on your trip, Alamo Rent A Car and Avis Rent A Car offer Federal workers and military personnel great savings and special benefits.
What about a family portrait for holiday gift giving? Sears Portrait Studio offers 20% off of portrait purchases to all US military personnel.
Some of the other companies you may want to do your holiday shopping with who offer discounts to Federal workers are McDonalds, Office Depot, GNC, Staples, Toys R Us, and Barnes & Noble. And Petco also offers a discount so don’t forget about the pets on your list.
There are countless discounts offered to Federal workers and US Military personnel. When doing your holiday shopping, be sure to ask if there is a discount for Federal workers before making your purchase. In addition, there will be special procedures to follow in order to get the discount. Some will require a special code, and some will require a US military ID.
For additional savings, many reward credit cards offer 5% off purchases in certain categories. So if you have one of these cards, be sure to use it and save even more.