I feel so blessed to have gotten to know so many men and women who serve our country during the time my husband was in the Coast Guard. Getting to hang out with a bunch of Coasties is definitely a unique experience! While they are just normal people, like anyone else, there is something incredibly special about them at the same time. That anyone would be willing to accept the risks and the sacrifices to serve our country is something that puts me a little in awe-even as someone who was a military spouse for so long! All of our service members really are every day heroes–and I love it when businesses recognize and honor them for this!
How Do They Do It? My insights on military service
“Oh, I admire you so much because I just couldn’t do it”
Words that I heard many, many times through my many moves, deployment, and separations from hubby as a military spouse.
But you want to know a little secret? I never thought I could do it either. That’s the funny thing about serving our country–many of the toughest parts of it you just really don’t think you can do, but then, somehow, you go ahead and do them anyways.
That’s because when you love something or someone–really love them–it’s worth the sacrifice.
It’s worth the late nights and early mornings. The tearful goodbyes and the constant moves. The danger, the drama, the mundane.
Serving our country whether it’s active duty or in the role of a military family is definitely not for the faint of heart. However, the people in it and their spouses aren’t really any different than you. They don’t serve because somehow any of it is easier on them, and they’re not somehow stronger than you are. They do it because they love each other, and because they love their country.
But perhaps, after all, that does make it just a little bit better.
You might remember from How to Survive Shopping with Two Kids that we did all of our shopping at the Commissary when we lived near D.C. and Boston. I was always amazed at just how much I saved by shopping there, even if it was a little bit of a drive! Even compared to other discounted stores like Super Wal*Mart we always came away with big savings! I also loved the experience of shopping at the commissary. There was just something fun about shopping alongside other military wives and guys in uniform! (Amber was always the biggest flirt with all the cute young soliders, Marines, saliors, and Coasties!)
One of the things that I really loved about shopping at the Commissary was that in addition to all the already reduced prices there were often coupon tear pads near items so that I didn’t have to do any clipping-I’d just grab them at the store! These were super popular, however, especially for the big name brands like General Mills. Because of this I thought that the new General Mills Military Region savings program is a super cool idea!
The program is really simple to sign up for just Text* the keyword GMSAVE to 82857 to opt-in and receive a bunch of cool things like exclusive military only General Mills coupons sent monthly right to your email, current product sales, upcoming commissary events, and new General Mills products!
*Message and data rates may apply. 4 alerts per month. Reply STOP to end or HELP for help.
You’ll be asked to give your email address but don’t worry–the people at General Mills realize that you’re busy so they just send highlights of the best things that they know will benefit you and save you time and money-something as military members and spouses we can definitely use!
Be sure to check out their Facebook Page to learn more about this great program!
A very happy Armed Forces Day!
To help celebrate I thought I’d share some *awesome* deals and specials that I’ve come across lately for military as well as some of our own money saving tips. Because I truly believe that everyone who serves their country are entirely underpaid, and I love it when businesses reach out with thank yous in the form of discounts or freebies!
Hotels: A great traveling tip is to always ask if the hotel provides a military discount. I think that in all our travels across the country we have only been told no once. This normally knocks off anywhere from $10 – $30 per night and that adds up fast!
Many cell phone carriers provide military discounts, we’ve been with both Verizon and Sprint and they both give military discounts.
Always ask if a car dealership gives a military discount-we were given one on my vehicle but not on hubbies–it never hurts to ask though. (be sure that you do it *after* any other prices have been knocked off though–or they’ll probably take that $500 off they were going to anyways under the name of a “military discount”)
Waves Of Honor: Free Admission and Discounts to the Busch Gardens and Sea World Parks
Military Families can also get a FREE Annual Pass to the Nation’s National Parks (reg. $80) – the pass can be picked up at any National Park or Wildlife Refuge that charges an entrance fee, and an ID must be shown to obtain the pass.
Blue Star Museums : over 1600 museums nationwide that are offering free admission to military members this summer.
Veteran Tickets: Free tickets to major events for Veterans and Active Duty
Free One Year Membership to Boys and Girls Clubs of America
Free Custom Military Support T-Shirts (just pay shipping!)
Free Deployment Photography: Photographers offer free sessions pre/ during/ post deployment.
Free Welcome Home banners for military
Do you have any great deals/specials/sites that I’ve missed? If so please comment and I’ll add them in!