If you have a loved one who is overseas, then you’ll want to send them a care package!
But what do you put in the care package?
There are certain things that you can send overseas via mail and certain things you can’t.
Here are some guidelines on what to send and what not to send.
What you can send:
1. Powdered drink mix (this won’t spill and will last your soldier longer).
4. Quick protein bars or snacks
5. Candy or gum
6. Phone Cards (These are the most wanted/needed when away from loved ones).
What you cannot send:
This list depends on where your soldier is. Sometimes you may not be able to send anything that would offend the Islamic religion, like pork products. You should check with your soldier’s unit and ask for a list of what you can’t send.
Tips on sending care packages:
1. Check the weight and size restrictions
2. Always include their Name! (and your name!!)
3. Write out the complete address.
4. Try not to send chocolate or perishables during the summer (they will melt)
Hope this helped! Leave some of your tips on sending care packages to your favorite soldier!
Here’s one of my care packages to a dear friend of mine.
Here are some great deals. List provided by: Military Connection
1-800-flowers.com – 25% discount for all members of the Armed Forces, Veterans and their families at http://www.1800flowers.com/militaryusa or enter promotion codeMilitaryusa
1-800-baskets.com – 25% discount for all members of the Armed Forces, Veterans and their families at http://www.1800baskets.com/militaryusa or enter promotion code Militaryusa
99 Restaurants – 10% discount with Military ID for retired and active veterans.
A&W – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Acapulco – 20% off for military personnel in uniform or with valid ID.
Abercrombie & Fitch – 10-15% off, at manager’s discretion
Advance Auto Parts – 10% off with military ID
Aeropostale – 10-15% off, at manager’s discretion
Agentsource.com – Up to 40% off standard real estate closing costs for Active duty men and women moving in the United States or Canada
All State – Allstate Funding proudly offers all U.S. Military personnel a $250 credit towards the appraisal of a residential property.
American Airlines – Discount varies, requires military ID
American Eagle Outfitters – 10-15% off, at manager’s discretion
American Video Productions -10% off to active duty, retired, families of military and dependents. Call and ask for the discount http://www.americanvideoproductions.net/
Amtrak – 10% off
Anchor Blue – 10% off
Anheuser – Busch Amusement Parks – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Anna’s Linens – 10% off any purchase with Valid Military ID in store only
Apple Computers – The discount varies, you need to sign up here –http://www.apple.com/r/store/government/
Applebee’s – Discount varies per location, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you
Arby’s – Discount varies per location, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Ashford University – Discounted tuition at $250 a credit, books are covered for all required courses, waived application fee, waived technology fee and more! Benefits apply to all Active Duty, National Guard, Reservists and spouses, dependents eligible for survivor benefits, plus civilian DOD employees & separated vets/retirees still using their GI Bill.
AT&T – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Auto Zone – Varies Per Store – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Avis – 25% off, online you should use this coupon AWD # A555084
Azamara Cruises – Discounts vary, 800-338-4962
Back Yard Burgers – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Banana Republic – 10% military discount 1st of every month (may vary by location; in-store only).
Barnes and Noble – 6% off regular price plus free shipping, check out www.bn.com/militarycity
Barnhill’s – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Bass Pro Shops – 10% off.
Best Inns and Suites – Varies, must present Military ID with check-in
Best Western – Rates within allowable per diem, must present military ID with check in
Beyond Blossoms – 20% off all flower orders throughout the year.
Big 10 Tires – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Blockbuster – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Boscov’s– 15% off in-store purchases with military ID every day.
Boston Bill Sunglasses – 10% off
Boston Market – 20% with military ID.
Bronson Laboratories – 10% off on all vitamin and supplement orders, for active, retired, and reserve and their families Call 1-800-235-3200 or use online code AF2004.
Buckle – 10% off, Free Shipping on all military orders
Budget – Varies, up to 25% off time and mileage Store, requires military ID to redeem
Budget Truck Rental – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Burger King – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Busch Gardens– One day complimentary admission for members of the military and 3 direct dependents. Here’s to the Heroes
Cabela’s – 10% off
Camino Real Apartments – 5% military discount
Captain D’s – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Carl’s Jr. – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Carnival Cruises – 10% off of cruise, but must be booked over the phone, and not online, as proof must be faxed in
Century 21 – FREE Century 21 AON Home Protection Plan when they buy or sell a home through Molly Kucharski ONLY paid for at settlement. Value = $399.00, call 1(800) 952-2516
Champs Sports – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Checker Auto Parts – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Chevy’s Fresh Mex – 20%, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Chick Fil A – Varies, Discount with ID card (location dependent), discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Chipotle – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Christopher & Banks – 10% of with Military ID
Cinnabon – 15% off at participating locations with a valid military ID
Choice Hotels – Rates at or below per diem depending on location. Discounts may vary and depend on availability. Must present military ID.
Ci-Ci’s Pizza – Discount varies, dependent on location, must present military ID
Cingular – 17 to 18% Discount off your bill and 25% off accessories
Clarion Inn – Rates within allowable per diem while on travel orders. Must present valid military ID with check-in
Coach – 20% discount must present military ID.
Coldstone – Discount varies, must present military ID
Coleman – 15% off with veterans advantage card
Comfort Inn – Rates within allowable per diem while on travel orders. Must Present valid military ID with check-in
Coolmilitary.com – 10% off, online only.
Copeland’s Sports – Discount varies per location
Cracker Barrel – 10-15% off, at manager’s discretion
CubeSmart – Additional 20% off with valid Military ID
Dad’s Pizza & Dogs – 10% discount on order for veterans with valid Veteran ID Card. Call 610-691-8220.
Dairy Queen – 10% off, location dependent
Days Inn – Rates within allowable per diem. Must present valid military ID with check-in
DeColores Christian Books & Gifts – 10% discounts for veterans with valid Veteran ID Card. Call 603-893-9342.
Del Taco – 50% off at participating locations with valid military ID
Dell Computers – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Delta Auto Service – At least a ten percent (10%) discount for veterans. Call 941-235-1856 today.
Denny’s – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Discovery Channel Store – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Disney Resorts – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Disneyland – Military discounts are available only for tickets purchased at installation MWRs. Prices vary per date and length of visit
Dollar Car Rental – Allowable per diem rates
Dress Barn – Discount and participation will vary by location, bring Military ID to ask
D.S.W. Shoe Warehouse – 10% military discount.
Dunkin’ Donuts – Veterans advantage members save 10% on all online orders. They also send free coffee to the troops overseas.
DZ Web Design – 15% off.
Earthly Herbs – 25% off.
Eastbay – 20% off online and by phone with a Veterans Advantage Card
eBags – 30% discount for all members of the Armed Forces, Veterans and their families athttp://www.ebags.com/military. Some designer labels are not available for a discount.
Eddie Bauer – 15% off most merchandise (some promotions excluded) with military ID
El Molino Coffee Shop – Free Shipping, online
Express Clothing Store– 10% off on top of other coupons as well with military ID
Extreme Outfitters -10-20% on military Gear, online and in Store
Eyeware – Discount varies, get the discount online at http://www.afeyewear.com/ – This site offers military discounts for a wide range of eyeglass companies
Facets Collection – 10% off jewelry and 5% off all engagement rings and loose diamonds
Finish Line – 20 percent military discount off select items at special locations
Firestone Auto Center – 10% off
Foot Action – 20% off with military ID
Foot Locker – 20% off with military ID
Ford – Discount varies, http://www.encs.com/ford/
Forever 21 – 10% off
Forget me not Jewelry – 30% off. Online, use code militarygen100 atwww.forgetmenotjewelry.com
Friendly’s Ice Cream Stores – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Gander Mountain – 5% off
Gap – 10% military discount 1st of every month (may vary by location; in-store only).
Geico – 2% to 15% in all states except Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Tennessee and Texas
GM – Varies, always well below MSRP. You can sign in online athttps://www.exclusivegmoffer.com/ip-gmpop/initPop.do?program=mpp
GNC – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Golden Corral – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Great Wolf Lodge – Up to 33% off, discount varies however. Must book room over the phone rather than the internet.
Green Island Breeze – 20% Military Discount In-Store and 10% Military Discount Online with code: MD10
GuideToMilitaryTravel.com – Another great site for military families to go to when looking for travel discounts.
Haber Vision – 50% discount on all sunglasses. Online athttp://www.habervision.com/CodeResult.aspx?code=JB10222Q
Hancock Fabrics – 15% off on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (in-store only)
Hanes Outlet Store – 10% off with Military ID
Hard Rock Cafe – 10% – 15% off. Varies for each location.
Hertz – Allowable per diem rates. Show valid military ID
Hewlett-Packard – Log on to website and click on New User Registration: Enter first and last name, user name, password and email address. Use company code: 2727. Discounts vary. Online only.
HickoryFarms.com – 10 percent Military discount – Enter 892848 in code box on online order form
Home Depot – 10% off Year Round, to active duty, active reserve, retired military, and immediate family. In-Store, just bring valid military ID
Hooters – 10% off with military ID
Hot Topic – 10-20% off with military ID
IAVA – IAVA, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, is a veteran’s organization that looks to help take care of the newest generation of American veterans. They also are working with companies, such as JC Penney, to provide up to $200 in vouchers to certain retail stores.
IHOP – 20% with Military ID at owners discretion
Imax – $1 off movie tickets with Military ID
Inkshouse.com – 20% off $50 or more, use cod Mil20
istudysmart.com – Free Shipping for Military Families, Online.
Java Cafe – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Jeep – $500 for active military, reserves and retired reserves or active after 20 years of service. Requires military ID
Jiffylube – 10% off with valid Military ID
Jockey – 10% off with valid Military ID
Jones New York Outlet Store – 10% off with valid Military ID
KB Toys – 15% off during advertised Military Days
KFC – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Kiss the Cook – Register with your military email address and receive a 10% discount
Kohl’s – 15% off at participating locations
Kragen Auto Parts – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Lady Foot Locker – 20% off with military ID
Leslie Pool Supplies– 10% off with military ID
Lerner – 15% off
LifeLock Ultimate™ Military Program – FREE for 30 Days (+) 15% Discount.http://www.lifelock.com/offers/military15 or enter promotion code MILITARY15
LoneStar – 10% off every day with ID and 20% off on Mondays
Long John Silver’s – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Lowes – 10% off year round to active duty, active reserve, retired military, and immediate family. Just bring in a valid military ID. The military discount, however, cannot be combined with other coupons they may be offering.
Margaritaville – 10% off with valid military ID
Marriott Hotels – It’s the Per Diem amount the government picks up, whatever that amount is. Just call and place the reservation over the phone and ask for that discount. Online at http://www.marriott.com/reservation/worldnum.mi
Mary Kay Cosmetics – Military personnel and dependents receive 10% on online orders. Reference your service affiliation and status, and ask for additional free gift and bigger discounts by contacting website.
Maurices – 10% off with valid military I.D.
McDonald’s – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Meineke – 10% off parts. In store only. Simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Michaels – 10% off every Wednesday.
Midas – 10% off
MilitaryContacts.net – Up to 30% off contact lenses and free shipping on orders over $50
MLB Hall of Fame – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Movie Theaters – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Mrs. Fields– 10% off with military ID, coupon link
Maxx HD Sunglasses – 20% Military Discount Program! This is for all Members of the Armed Forces, Veterans and their families. Enter “vet20” at checkouthttp://www.maxxsunglasses.com/military
My Cruise Club – 9% off on all cruises, www.militarycruisedeals.com
NAPA Auto Parts – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Nautica – 10% off with military ID
National – No fee for additional drivers, and special off duty rates per location. Service members receive full loss damage waivers
National Credit Solutions – 25% discount, call toll free at 866-485-2540 x109, and for a direct line please call 972-746-4209
New York and Company – 15% off military discount
Nextel – 18% Discount, call 1-800-639-6111
Nickelodeon Hotels – Reduced rates and perks, online and in store, www.nickhotel.com/military , 877-NICK-111 and ask for the Military Family Package.
Nike – 10% off, In-Store. For official company policy please check outhttp://www.nikebiz.com/customer_service/discounts.html
Nuvo – $30 off Ritmo Pregnancy Sound System. You can call 1-888-688-6462, or use coupon code MILITARY99 online at http://www.nuvo-group.com. Valid military ID required for in-store purchase.
O’Reilly Auto Parts – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Old Navy – 10% military discount 1st of every month (may vary by location; in-store only).
Orvis – 10% discount for Veterans Advantage members
Overstock – Free Club O membership for Military personnel (5% reward dollars for every purchase, free shipping, and extra reward dollars)
Pac Sun – Discount varies per location, just bring in a valid military ID and ask
Panchero’s Mexican Grill – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Pancho’s Mexican Buffet – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Panda Express – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Papa Murphy’s – Participating locations will take 50% off one pizza
Paradise Limousine – $25 Off Limousine Service Coupon Code: 1369 for service members
Payless Shoe Source – 10% off
Pep Boys – 10% off with valid military ID
PetFoodDirect.com – 15 % Military Discount at http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-7051348-10854446
Pine Oak Farm – Military and Veterans get 10% discount on www.pineoakfarm.com. Use coupon code: militaryservice on checkout. Also, on all orders over $25, $1 will be donated to a Veterans organization.
Pizza Hut – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Play It Again Sports – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Popeyes – 10% off with a valid military ID
Professional Sports teams – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Pure Beauty – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Quizno’s – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Race-Depot – 10% off, use code 10MILCITY
Rack Room Shoes – 15% discount. Bring in valid military ID
Raising Cane’s Chicken – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Ralph Lauren Outlet Store – 10% off with Military ID
Ramada – 15% to 30% – depending on availability. Must present military I.D. upon check in.
Red Robin – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Red Roof Inn Red Roof Inn is offering 15% off at more than 350 properties nationwide in the month of November to veterans, active duty military and their families.
Regal Movie Theaters – Matinee prices for all show times. Requires Military ID
Ripley’s attractions and museums – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Rocket Tour Golf – Salutes members of the Armed Forces, Veterans & Families a 15% Discount at http://rockettour.com/pages/Military-promotion.html and enter “militaryusa”
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory – 10% military discount
Rocky Mountain Tracking – 5% off any tracking inc. Use code USMILITARY,http://www.rmtracking.com/
Ron’s Collectors World – 15% discount across the board. Applies to anyone with valid Armed Forces ID. For more information: (703) 256-8408
S & K Men’s Wear – 8% Discount on all items free shipping on orders over $99 & APO/FPO shipping. To access the military site at S&K you must go through their AAFES Exchange Mail Online service. http://bdeal.me/aCVq2X
Sally Beauty Supply – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Sam’s Club – Get a $15 gift card when you become a member
Samsonite– 15% off with military ID
Samuel’s Diamonds – 10% off in-store with military ID
Schlitterbahn Waterparks & Resorts – Active military can purchase Schlitterbahn tickets for up to 50% off the general admission price at participating military installations. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Schlotzky’s Deli – 30% off with military ID
Sesame Park Place– One day complimentary admission for members of the military and 3 direct dependents. Here’s to the Heroes
Shedd Aquarium in Chicago– Free general admission with military ID. On the Shedd Aquarium page that is hyper linked here, scroll down to “Other Discounts” to find out more information.
Shoe Carnival – 10% off with military ID
Sierra Suites – Rates at or below per diem depending on location. Discounts may vary and depend on availability. Must present military ID.
Simone Protective Health – 20% off their nutritional hydration drink.
Six Flags Mountain Magic – Service members receive special discounts on admission for special events and specific dates. Tickets must be purchased in advance MWR and ITT 143. Recreation offices, not at the park.
Sizzler – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Sonic – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Southwest Airlines – Varies, it’s a dollar amount, not a percentage. Not available on all flights, you’ll have to call Southwest and simply just ask.
Spencer’s Gifts – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Sport Chalet – 10% off
SportsMemorabilia.com – 10% off at checkout, use code mili10 online
Sprint – 10-18% off. Sprint will also put a “hold” on your line when you are deployed, if you provide a copy of your orders, so you still have the same number when you come back and you do not have to pay for the time you’re gone as well.
Sprint Business – 15% to 20% Discount, 1-888-788-4727
Subway – 10% off, if not in a military town.
Suzuki – $500 off for you and immediate family. Requires military ID
Sweet Tomatoes – 10% off with military ID
Szul– Free shipping to Military APO/FPO destinations. http://bdeal.me/dnZ6Fb
Taco Bell – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Texas Roadhouse – 10% military discount
The Finish Line – 20 percent military discount off select items at special locations
The Melting Pot – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Timberland Outlets – 15%, bring in valid military ID
Tommy Hilfiger – 10% with valid military ID
Toyota – $500 off + $500 for first time buyers. Requires military ID
Travelodge – Rates within allowable per diem. Discounts may vary and depend on availability. Must present military I.D
Under Armour Outlet Store – 10% off 7 days a week, 20% on Veterans Day. Requires Military ID.
United Artist Movie Theaters – Matinee prices for all show times. Requires Military ID.
Verizon – 15% discount on monthly bills. Applies only to the military member’s primary line. (For cell phone service)
Walgreens – 10% with military ID every Tuesday
Walt Disney World Resort – Walt Disney World Resort offers U.S. military personnel 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets for just $177.00 each and up to 40% off select Disney Resorts Hotels
Wendy’s – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo – Free admission ticket for active duty or reserve member of the military, also allows 50% discount in admission for up to 3 family members
Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium – Enrolled military get in for free and 50% off for up to 3 family members http://www.nyaquarium.com/
Wilson’s Leather – 10% off in-store with military ID or call 1-866-305-4704
Wing Zone – 10% military discount in Alabama.
World of Coca-Cola – Military members receive complimentary admission year-round, but in honor of Veterans Day they also may purchase up to four half-price tickets for their friends and family Nov. 9-17.
Wyndham Hotels – Discounts vary by 140 locations. Also depend on availability. Must present military I.D. upon check in.
Zaxby’s – 10% off with military ID
We strongly suggest you call ahead to verify the participation of your local establishment.
Two notes before jumping in:
- Proof of Military Service: Most companies require some form of military ID. These include: a Military ID Card (active/reserve/retired), Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Drivers License with Veterans Designation, Photograph in uniform, wearing your uniform (if your service permits), Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion and VFW), DD214, discharge paperwork, or other form of identification. Other restaurants and companies may go by the honor system.
- Participation: Always call ahead to verify locations, dates, times, and participation. Many of the companies listed are franchises, and may have different policies.
7 – Eleven: Veterans, active members of the US military and their immediate families can stop by 7-Eleven on Veterans Day and get a free small Slurpee drink. Just bring proof of current or former US military service to participating 7-11 stores.
54th Street Grill: Veterans and active duty military get a free meal (up to $12) onTuesday, November 11.
Applebee Restaurants: The will again provide a meal at no cost for all military active, retired and veterans. Proof of service is required in the form of a Service Retired I.D. card or other such proof. For a restaurant near you go to www.applebees.com .
BD’s Mongolian Grill, Nov. 5-11,. 1/2 off Stir-fry with valid military ID. Only at participating locations. Find the location nearest you.
BED BATH & BEYOND November 9, 10 & 11th, 20% off your entire purchase. In-store only. US Military ID required at time of purchase.
Big Lots – 10% off your entire purchase. Offer available to active duty, Guard/Reserve, veterans, retirees and their immediate family members, with valid ID. Please call ahead to verify.
BJ’s Restaurant: Free Lunch Entree or Free 1 Topping Mini Pizza at Dinner
Bob Evans: Veterans and active military personnel receive free all-you-can-eat hotcakes onTuesday, November 11.
buybuyBaby November 9, 10 & 11th, 20% off your entire purchase. In-store only. US Military ID required at time of purchase.
Cabela’s. Cabela’s is giving their standard employee discount to all US military veterans, active duty military, Guard/Reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel. Discount varies from 5% to 20%, depending on the item.
California Pizza Kitchen. Free meal and non-alcoholic beverage for veterans and active military with valid ID or proof of service. Find a location near you.
Carlo’s Bakery is showing its gratitude for Veterans and active duty military personnel this Veterans Day. On Tuesday, November 11th, enjoy a free large cannoli by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any Carlo’s Bakery location across the country. No coupon required.
CentraArchy Restaurants: Veterans and active duty service members get a free entrée and 25% off to their accompanied family and friends on Tuesday, November 11 at participating restaurants.
Chammps. On Veterans Day – All Veterans & Active Duty Military will receive a free burger (excluding the Pepperjack Bacon Stack Burger and The Kobe Burger). Please visit Chammps Facebook page for more information.
Christmas Tree Shops November 9, 10 & 11th, 20% off your entire purchase. In-store only. US Military ID required at time of purchase.
Chilis. Free entree to Veterans and active duty military from 11am -5pm.
Cost Plus World Market November 9, 10 & 11th, 20% off your entire purchase. In-store only. US Military ID required at time of purchase.
Denny’s: Get free all you can eat pancakes at Denny’s. Call your local Denny’s.
Dollar General. 10% discount on entire purchase on Veterans Day. Offer good for all active-duty military, retirees, veterans, Guard/Reserve, & immediate family members. The coupon can be found in the store circular, or by asking an employee. Also good online, use Coupon Code VETERANSDAY. More info.
Face Values Discount Health & Beauty November 9, 10 & 11th, 20% off your entire purchase. In-store only. US Military ID required at time of purchase.
Famous Dave’s. Participating locations (see their website), are offering different meal deals for current or retired military on Veterans Day.
Food Lion. 12% off all groceries (some exclusions) for Active & Retired Military Personnel with military ID and MVP card. More info.
Fox & Hound and Bailey’s Sports Bar. Veterans and Active Duty Military will receive a free item from the 7 under $7 menu. Active military ID, retiree card, or other proof of service required. Fox and Hound Bar & Grill | Locations | Find A Location Near You
Free Business Cards and Checks. Get 25 FREE Checks – Choose from 6 different designs or upgrade to premium checks and choose from many more designs. Bonus Offer – Get 250 Free Business Cards! FREE Checks & Business Cards offer.
Free Car wash. Thousands of car washes around the country are offering vets a free car wash on Veterans Day,. Find a list at Grace for Veterans, which helped veterans receive 101,537 FREE Washes.
Friendly’s: Friendly’s is treating veterans and active military to a free breakfast, lunch or dinner from a limited menu on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11.
GameFly: Video game rentals – Gamefly – Free Trial
Golden Corral: Military Appreciation – Golden Corral restaurants will host their Military Appreciation with a meal at no cost for all military active, retired and veterans. No proof is required to enjoy this buffet meal. Guests of veterans will have to pay the regular meal price. No take outs. For more information refer to http://goldencorral.com/military/faq.asp. If you have questions, can contact their Corporate Headquarters at Golden Corral Corporation, 5151 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27612 919-781-9310. Headquarters says “You will need to contact the location you are planning to attend to find out their specific hours as some of the locations are making adjustments to accommodate the veterans.” Monday, November 17, 2014.
Grace for Vets: Offers Free Carwash. The Grace for Vets Program honors all veterans and military personnel by giving them a free carwash. The program has carwashes participating in all 50 states and includes 467 carwash companies representing 1,181 carwash locations. For more information and to find participating carwashes, visit the Grace for Vets website.
Great Clips: On Tuesday, Nov. 11, customers who come in for a service can get a free haircut card to give to their favorite veteran. Veterans can also receive a free haircut or get the free haircut card. Haircuts are redeemable until Dec. 31.
Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt: At participating Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt locations, all veterans and active duty military personnel can receive a free single scoop ice cream cone. A valid military ID must be shown, but no purchase is necessary. Veteran’s Day 11/11/2014.
Home Depot Military Discount: The Home Depot(R) is offering all active duty personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families a 10 percent discount off their purchases in honor of Veteran’s Day. The offer is valid on purchases of up to $2,000 for a maximum of $200 and is available at The Home Depot stores, The Home Depot Design Center locations, Yardbirds and EXPO Design Center(R) locations. The 10% military discountis available every day for active duty and retirees, but not all veterans. Home Depot makes this offer available to all veterans on most military holidays. You can also find Home Depot discounts online.
Hooters: Free Meal. Hooter’s is serving 10 Free Hot wings to military veterans all day on Veterans Day. Offer good for all veterans and active duty military personnel. Offer valid at participating Hooters only; open to all active duty and military veterans with valid military ID or proof of military service. Drink purchase required. For more information, visit, www.HootersVeteransDay.com.
Hy-Vee, Free Breakfast. Free Veterans Day breakfast from 7am – 11am at all Hy-Vee supermarkets with in-store dining. Please call ahead to verify participation, and bring proof of service.
JCPenny: Veterans, active duty and family members receive an extra 20% off in stores Nov. 6-11 with coupon.
Jos. A. Bank Specials: Veterans Day Sale- 1 Day Only! JoS. A. Bank Veterans Day Sale Orders.
Knott’s: Annual tribute to the Military, past and present. FREE admission for Veterans or current serving military personnel and one guest with proper I.D. presented at turnstile. The eligible person must be present. Dependent I.D.s will not be accepted. Plus purchase up to six additional tickets for just $19.00 each! Tickets can be purchased at Knott’s. Check out Knott’s Berry Farm’s Website: http://www.knotts.com/public/admission/prices/deals.cfm
Krispy Kreme: Free doughnut and small coffee. Available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees & veterans on. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating.
Little Caesars Pizza. US Military and vets get a free order of Crazy Bread, with proof of military status/service. Call your local Little Caesars to make sure they are participating in this deal.
Lone Star Steakhouse. (update): All veterans and active duty military will receive a FREE entrée from the Stars & Stripes Menu. ID required, please call ahead for verification.
LongHorn Steakhouse. Complimentary Texas Tonion and non-alcoholic beverage. Offer good for Veterans and active-duty military members. Proof of service required. Visit their site to find a location near you.
Lowe’s Military Discount: Lowe’s Companies, Inc. will offer all active, reserve, honorably discharged, retired military personnel and their immediate family members a 10 percent discount on in-store U.S. purchases made during the Veterans Day holiday. The discount is available on in-stock and special order purchases up to $5,000. To qualify, individuals must present a valid military ID or other proof of service. Excluded from the discount are sales via Lowes.com, previous sales, and purchases of services or gift cards. Like Home Depot, Lowes offers this discount daily to active duty military members, but not to veterans. However, they extend the offer to military veterans on military holidays. You can also find exclusive discounts at Lowe’s.com.
Max & Erma’s. Participating Max & Erma’s locations are offering military members and veterans a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo, which includes tortilla soup or side Caesar salad, seasoned fries, and chocolate chip cookies. Locations.
Menchie’s Free Frozen Yogurt On Veterans Day, Veterans and active duty personnel get a a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt. Show a valid ID or be in uniform to receive.
National Parks: National Parks will offer fee-free days to ALL visitors at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees. Visit one of your national parks on Veterans Day, and you won’t be charged an entrance fee. And making the fun even more affordable, many national park concessioners are joining the National Park Service in welcoming visitors with their own special offers.
Netflix: One Month Free Trial, coupon code.
Olive Garden: Veterans and active duty military get a free meal on Veterans Day. With proper proof of service, choose from a special menu with breadsticks and a choice of soup or salad.
On The Border. “Sizzling Salute to Veterans” promotion. Mention this special, and On the Border will donate 15% of your purchase to Carry the Load, a non-profit military organization. Veterans and Service members with ID who dine at On The Border will receive a certificate for a free entree (up to $10) valid at corporate locations only. Find a location near you.
Outback Steakhouse: As an expression of Outback Steakhouse’s appreciation to our Country’s veterans and active duty military*, a free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca Cola will be available to them at every Outback in the country. Learn more. Please visit www.outback.com for locations.
Paciugo Gelato Caffe Paciugo will thank our nation’s veterans and troops on Veterans Day with a free 12 oz Gelatte. Military guests will need to provide proof of military service.
Red Robin. Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries for all Red Robin guests with a military ID or proof of service. Red Robin is also partnering with Heinz for Veterans Day to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Red Robin will also donate $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project. Find a location near you.
Red Robin. Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries for all Red Robin guests with a military ID or proof of service. Red Robin is also partnering with Heinz for Veterans Day to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Red Robin will also donate $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project. Find a location near you.
Pirate’s Dinner Adventure: November 8th-11th, Veterans and Active Military are free. One free admission per paid admission. Valid at CA locations only. Call 866 439-2469 to make reservation, and mention “Veterans Free”.
Shoney’s Offers Free All-American Burger Shoney’s says ‘Thank You’ to America’s heroes by offering Shoney’s All-American Burger to All Veterans and Active Duty Military Members on Veterans Day.
Spaghetti Warehouse: This offer is not free — buy one get one free —it is open to anyone with the printable coupon here. Not limited to members of the military or Veterans.
Sizzler: Veterans and Military can show proof of service get a free 6oz Steak Entree with the purchase of a second one.
Sports Authority – 15% off all purchases. All Veterans and Military personnel please stop by your local Sports Authority store to receive 15% OFF YOUR ENTIER PURCHASE! Please show proper identification or proof of service at check-out to receive this special offer.
Sport Clips – Veterans Day. Sport Clips offers a Heroes discount which includes active and retired military. Please call ahead to verify participation. Find a location near you.
Steve Madden. We’d like to salute our heroes by doubling our everyday military discount of 15% to 30% OFF for Veteran’s Day ONLY. Valid with a form of Military identification (past or present) in Steve Madden stores only (not valid online). *Full priced merchandise only.Find a store near you.
Subway: Free Six Inch Sub.
Select Subway locations offer a FREE six inch sub to military veterans on Veteran’s Day. However, Subway restaurants are franchises, so this offer may not be available everywhere. Please call ahead.
Texas Corral. Free entrée (dine-in only). Offer available to all active duty members and veterans with ID. Note: All Texas Corral locations also regularly offer a 50% discount to active duty police officers, firemen and military personnel dining in. Locations.
Texas Roadhouse: Free lunch. Offer varies by location; our local Texas Roadhouse is offering a free meal from opening until 4pm. Other locations may vary in offer, hours, or availability. Call ahead to your local restaurant for more information.
T.G.I. Friday’s – Free Lunch: Valid for all US Military personnel and veterans. Must wear uniform (if permitted by your service) or present military ID or other proof of service. Only valid at participating locations for anyone with an old or current military ID. More details onTGIFridays.com.
The Olive Garden, Free entrée. Offer good for veterans and active duty military, during regular business hours. Choose from a special menu; all entrées include freshly baked garlic sticks and choice of soup or salad. Offer good in US and Canada, proof of service required.More info.
Travel Centers of America Free Meal On Veterans Day, all CDL drivers who are Military Veterans eat FREE at participating full-service restaurants with proof of service. Must present valid ID.
Tucanos Brazilian Grill All active duty, reserve and retired military and veterans receive a complimentary Churrasco meal. Also, get 10-percent off the entire bill for veterans and troops who dine with their families, from Friday, Nov. 8 through Veteran’s Day.
Twin Peaks Free entrée for service men and women (up to $10). Good for veterans and active service personnel with valid ID or proof of service. Dine in only; gratuity not included.Locations
Uno Chicago Grill. Free individual pizza or entrée with the purchase of a pizza or entrée of equal or greater value. Available for all active duty and veterans. No coupon necessary; proof of service required. Find a location near you.
VA Loan Rates. VA Loans and mortgage rates are currently the lowest they have been in over 50 years.
Veterans Day in Virginia: A list of Veterans Day Events and Memorials in the state of Virginia is available on the Vacation in Virginia website. Hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, and inns across Virginia are offering special rates, reductions and promotions for Veterans Day. National Parks and National Park Service sites are also free to all visitors on Veterans Day in Virginia.
Village Inn: On November 11th, Veterans who show a Military ID or proof of Military Service can choose from three complimentary breakfast items, including a full stack of made-from-scratch Village Inn pancakes, French toast or a Belgian waffle.
Zoes Kitchen: Active duty military and veterans get a free entrée, and family members get 10% off on November 11.
Free Park Admissions for Veterans Day
Fee Free Day at National Parks. To honor America’s service men and women, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that areas managed by the National Park Service would not charge entrance fees for Veterans Day weekend. Everyone is eligible, not just veterans. Over 100 national Parks will be participating in this event.
Historic Jamestowne – Free Admission. The National Park Service commemorates Veterans Day with Fee Free days at Historic Jamestowne. Free admission for everyone. See events calendar.
Knotts Berry Farm Military Tribute Days – Free Admission –. Knott’s Berry Farm has an annual Military Tribute event in which they offer military members past and present by offering free park admission. Veterans or current serving military personnel plus one guest get in FREE with proper ID presented at Knott’s turnstile (DD214, Veterans Administration Hospital ID or Active Military Service ID). Purchase up to six additional tickets for just $19 each. More info.
Pro Football Hall of Fame – Free Admission. Annual Veterans Day Salute. Any veteran or member of the armed forces and their spouse or a guest will be admitted free of charge to the Hall of Fame for a day-long recognition of US Military veterans. Members of the Blue and Gold Star Mothers will also be eligible for free admission. Veterans and guests also receive a 10% discount in the Hall of Fame Store. There will be a special ceremony beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Hall of Fame’s NFL Films Theater. More information.
San Jacinto Monument and Museum (La Porte, TX). No charge for the military and their families all week. Free admission to the theatre, Observation Floor, and the special exhibit to all veterans and their families. More info.
THERE ARE SO MANY IDEAS FOR KID’S PARTIES, IT’S INSANE. I LIKE TO BASE IT ON WHAT MY DAUGHTER LIKES, WHAT I LIKE AND WHAT WILL NOT COST ME A FORTUNE. IT ALSO DEPENDS ON WHAT AGE YOUR CHILD IS AND WHAT TYPE OF PARTY THIS IS FOR.
FOR MY DAUGHTER’S 1ST BIRTHDAY PARTY OUR THEME WAS DISNEY PRINCESSES. HER BIRTHDAY IS JUNE 26TH, SO WE HAVE IT EASIER THAN WINTER BIRTHDAYS. WE HAD A BBQ OUT IN OUR BACKYARD. I SET UP TENTS, TABLES AND A GRILL. YOU CAN SEE SOME OF OUR PICS BELOW.
I SPENT SO MUCH TIME PUTTING THESE LABELS ON THE WATER BOTTLES BUT THEY WERE CUTE. TO DO THIS YOU BUY REGULAR WATER BOTTLES, TAKE THE COMPANY LABEL OFF. PRINT WHATEVER LABEL DESIGN YOU WANT ON REGULAR PRINTER PAPER. THEN YOU WANT TO HAVE CLEAR DOUBLE SIDED TAPE. TAPE THE LABEL TO THE BOTTLE THEN TO WATERPROOF THE LABEL PUT CLEAR TAPE OVER THE LABEL. THEN TA-DAH!! HOWEVER, RECRUITE SOME HELPERS. I HAD 70 PEOPLE AT HER FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY AND I FELT LIKE MY HANDS WERE GOING TO FALL OFF AFTER THE 20TH WATER BOTTLE.
WE ALSO HAD A POOL SET UP FOR THE KIDS. TO EAT WE HAD HAMBURGERS, HOTDOGS, CHIPS AND SALSA, MY MOTHER’S HOMEMADE MAC AND CHEESE AND LOTS OF SIDE DISHES INCLUDING FRUIT AND VEGGIES. WE HAD BUCKETS FILLED WITH SODA, JUICES AND WATER. WE ALSO HAD AN ADULT BUCKET AS WELL. I WAS A PANICKED MOM DURING MOST OF IT, BUT IT TURNED OUT GREAT AND EVERYONE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME!
Chalkboard Paint has become one of my favorite new crafting tools.
There are so many things that you can do with it. Here are just a few:
1. Paint Baking Pans
2. Paint Kitchen Jars
3. Paint Bathroom Jars
4. Paint inside or outside of pantries
5. Paint a wall in the kid’s playroom or basement
6. Coffee Mugs
7. Wine Bottles
8. Flower Pots
10. Your Fridge
The ones I personally have tried are the coffee mugs, wine bottles, kitchen pantry door, bathroom jars and kitchen jars. The paint only takes about an hour to dry, you may need to put on a 2nd coat. But it’s super easy and all you need is the chalkboard paint and a paint brush.
I bought the chalkboard paint at Micheal’s for about $6 and the brush for $1.00 I also had a 30% off coupon (you can get these in the mail if you subscribe to their emails).
Here are some pictures of my DIY Chalkboard Projects!
Make sure you share some of yours!