Posted on Apr 15, 2016
SSG James Elmore
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I don't! I know the rest of you on RP have seen our paychecks!
It's not that I am trying to be cheap, I'm just trying to save money and if someone is going to give to the option to save even a dollar I am going to take it! LOL!
Posted in these groups: Pride logo PrideScreen shot 2015 03 06 at 12.02.38 Military Discounts
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SGT Dave Tracy
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I am not entirely comfortable with it. I may occasionally broach the subject of a military discount if I already know the merchant offers it and is glad to offer it (publically pro military/1st Responder type companies), but I'm not asking every place I go.

Besides, being in Minnesota, where there isn't much of a military presence, the employees of businesses that may have a policy of offering military discounts, may not even know they have such a discount to offer; it never comes up. Now THAT is an awkward conversation to have with the counter jockey.

Military discounts are a nice bonus, and I will not fault ANY service member for asking--in a professional manner--about one since it's not an "entitlement", it's an earned offering of "thanks" voluntarily provided by companies to members of the military and/or veterans.
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SSgt Bruce Wood
SSgt Bruce Wood
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SSgt (Verify To See) - I like wearing my Marine veteran hats also. We went to Ryan's awhile back and the clerk said to me I gave you your military discount instead of senior discount because it is more. That was nice of him.
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CMSgt John Momaney
CMSgt John Momaney
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Absolutely not. I am just surprised that those who offer military discounts do not have that displayed do military members can see it. That would make it stand out. We earned this privilege.
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SPC Larry Johnson
SPC Larry Johnson
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I feel uncomfortable asking. I usually do not ask unless they advertise like Lowe’s. That’s really about the only place I ask, and I still don’t like to.
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SSgt Kathy Ragsdale
SSgt Kathy Ragsdale
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Went to Texas Roadhouse on Veterans Day with an army veteran. At the end of the meal she thanked him for his service and gave me a ticket for mine. He had to inform her that I'd actually served longer than he did (12 1/2 years. She hadn't even asked us when she took our orders. Boy was she embarrassed. I get looked over a lot as a female veteran.
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Capt Tom Brown
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I have no shame in asking for a 'senior coffee' at McDonalds. If it is there go for it.
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Capt Tom Brown
Capt Tom Brown
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SGT David Brimmer, MS - Part of the problem could be you look too young in yr photo. Perhaps try adding a bit of grey to yr beard and carry a cane might get you better service.
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SGT David Brimmer, MS
SGT David Brimmer, MS
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The way I figured it was I was senior to the kid behind the counter! I'm only 31 but, he's only 17 so that should count for something. :)
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Pvt Billy Baker
Pvt Billy Baker
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In 1954 as a private I made $72.00 a month, yes I would ask for a discount with no shame what so ever
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Capt Tom Brown
Capt Tom Brown
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Pvt Billy Baker - By 1959 a Pvts pay had gone up to $85 a month before taxes. In spite of that I always seemed to have enough money to go to the PX, laundry/dry cleaners, and slop-chute.
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PO3 Sandra Gomke
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Not at all! Military discounts are a nice way of saying thank you. I'm never embarrassed to use coupons at the grocery store. Discounts are just coupons without paper.
PS: "Shame" and "Military" never belong in the same sentence. ;D
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MSgt John McGowan
MSgt John McGowan
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A1C David Landry - I had already bought a lot of my supplies from HD. But I did get some pretty good deals from a local building supply. Same with a electrical supply. The electrical supply ha a better discount that Lowrs or HD. Thanks for the reply.
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SGT Lori Bare
SGT Lori Bare
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MSgt John McGowan - Home Depot gives military discount too, at least in the Ft Campbell area
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SGT Lori Bare
SGT Lori Bare
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I feel no shame in asking, that's absurd. I live in the Ft Campbell KY area and it is very pro military/veteran. It's worth a few seconds of my time to ask and save money. I am medically retired and rated100% disabled veteran by VA. As a widow since 1998 with an epileptic son, any savings helps greatly. If it isn't offered, the "Thank you" is much appreciated too!
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SrA Roy Cooper
SrA Roy Cooper
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I know that Lowe's Home Improvement Stores in North Carolina do NOT advertise any kind of Military/Veterans Discount, except on Veteran's Day and Memorial Day. Which is 10% off. However, even though they don't advertise it, NO MATTER what day of the year it is, if you show you Military/Veterans ID. They give you 10% off. No matter what you are buying. Also, let's say you are buying a refrigerator that they have 15% off on it. It cost $1250.00. After they give you their 15% off ($187.50). It brings it down to $1062.50. But after you show your ID, another 10% off ($106.25). You only pay $956.25. Saving you $293.75. Then if you luck up with a manufacturer's rebate that's even more you save. And with the right items tax deductible at the end of the year. So it could be a total win.
So yes, feel free to ask. That's how I learned about Lowe's.
I almost wished there was a place on RP where people that has been there, done that, could put advise without having to be asked. Or after being asked here, we could post it here, then there making it easy for others to find. You know people that have lived it.
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