I had $80 worth of gift card money to spend at a local food joint called Pat and Oscars (Greek/Italian food). Girl Ninja and I have two friends visiting from Seattle this week so we thought it would be perfect time to use the cards. Upon our arrival, we were pleased to learn Wednesday is Pat and Oscars’ “teacher discount” night. Our already free meal ended up coming with a 20% discount. Can I get a booya for Girl Ninja getting us a filthy-sick-nasty discount!? best discounts
If it wasn’t for the giant sign on the wall, I can guarantee you we wouldn’t have asked if we were eligible for any kind of discount. It makes me wonder, how many times have I paid full price for something when I didn’t have to? Probably far too many.
A few months ago, I went to Coldstone with a buddy of mine (yes, it was a total man date). He is a firefighter and, as you know, I’m a fed. Right before my friend paid for his ice cream, he asked the cashier if they offered discounts to local firefighters. I thought the question was silly. Who asks that? Turns out my friend does, and it also turns out Coldstone offers such a discount. By asking one simple question, he instantly saved 15% on his bill.
Following his lead, I then asked the cashier if they offered any discounts for federal employees. She looked at me like I was stupid, and I walked away paying full price (insert sad face here). Maybe next time I’ll ask her if they give discounts to Ninjas. If she tells me “No” again, I’ll judo chop her in the eyelid!
Even though it didn’t work out for me that time, It’s time I start being and asking any/every place I go if they have any discounts. Between my employment with the fed, Girl Ninja being a teacher, and both of us being AAA members, I’m sure there are plenty of deals to be had. Here’s what I know of so far…
Apple: Discounts for both educators and govt employees.
Hotels: Most hotel chains offer discounts for federal employees or AAA members.
Cell Phone Providers: Word on the street has it Verizon offers a discount to federal employees? Can anyone confirm this?
Bookstores/Craft Stores: Most offer some type of discount for teachers.
Anne Taylor Loft: I’m pretty sure Girl Ninja peed her pants with excitement when she found out LOFT offers educator discounts.
Car Insurance: GEICO gives discounts to federal employees. p.s. did you know GEICO stands for Govt Employee Insurance Company?
And that concludes my list of Epic-ly Epic Discounts. If you know of any others, please feel free to add them. Heck I don’t even care if I’m ineligible for them. Teachers, police officers, NRA members, Boy Scouts, YOU… drop a line in the comments below and tell us what deals you know about.