7 Military Discounts to Help During a Government Shutdown

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Military families are always on the lookout for great discounts, but they are even more vital during a government shutdown. Check out this list of discounts offered to service members and their families.

1. Home Improvement

Owning a home means constant maintenance, projects and repairs. Thankfully, both Home Depot and Lowe's offer year-round 10% discounts to help you stock up on all your home improvement needs.

2. Travel

Military families are always on the go, but travel is expensive. Before booking that flight, keep in mind that not only can you fly Space-A, but many airlines also offer military discounts on airfare and baggage fees. For instance, Southwest offers airfare discounts. Alaska Airlines, Allegiant and American Airlines offer baggage fee discounts. And Delta and JetBlue offers discounts on both airfare and baggage.

3. Hotels

If you're traveling, you're probably going to need a hotel to stay in. If lodging on base isn't an option, look into the long list of hotels that offer military discounts, including Best Western, Hilton and IHG Hotels & Resorts.

4. Clothes and Shoes

Clothes and shoes are always necessities, especially when the seasons change and the kids are back in school. You can find military discounts at a variety of stores, either online or in-store, including J.CrewL.L.BeanLevi'sUnder ArmourNikeCrocsSteve Madden and OOFOS.


The Apple military discount gives veterans, military members and their immediate families 10% off select Apple products and accessories.

6. Cell phones

Are you looking for a new cellphone plan? Most of the major cellphone service providers offer military discounts on wireless plans to active-duty service members and their families, including Verizon and AT&T.

7. Groceries

Grocery bills don't stop during a government shutdown. And while you may be able to get creative with the food you already have in your pantry and freezer, you'll need to buy more at some point. At Sam's Club, you can join as a new member for 55% off club membership. Costco offers new members a $30 digital Costco shop card. And Fred Meyer offers a 10% military discount. (Some Fred Meyer locations offer the military discount on specific dates, so call your local store to ask when the discount is available.)

Want More Military Discounts?

Keep up with the latest discounts available for military members, families and veterans -- everything from travel to entertainment to PCS help -- by signing up for a free Military.com membership.

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