I have received products from Overstock.com in exchange for this post. All opinions are mine.
By now, if you don’t know that I love talking up organizations and companies that support the military, you haven’t been paying attention. And you shouldn’t be surprised. But here’s why, just in case you are.
When John and I were first dating, he used to be wary of asking for military discounts. He didn’t want to seem pompous or greedy or like he was using his military status to get extra benefits. But he was also drowning in student loan debt, so we had a long conversation about it.
For me, discounts aren’t about being entitled. They’re not about demanding anything from anyone. Any discount–whether it’s one for teachers, nurses, senior citizens– is about honoring or thanking a particular group of people. And if a business didn’t want to offer that discount–they wouldn’t. And the truth is, the majority of military families can use a little break. Between under- or unemployment, PCSing, and the miscellaneous other costs that come with being part of the community, every little bit helps.
Fast-forward five years, and when making any purchase, we always ask if there is a military or veteran’s discount. (In fact, John is often the one of us who broaches the subject at the cash register first.) Even though John has now transitioned out of the military, it is amazing to see how many businesses offer discounts to veterans too–even in an area that doesn’t have a very heavy military presence.
Those discounts have added up for us, and while I can’t say that they have single-handedly created financial freedom for us, they have helped us stretch our money further. And that’s always appreciated.
So, let’s talk about a discount that few people know about, but that could add up to huge savings for you–especially if this is the year you have a major house project or are PCSing.
Overstock.com is a bit of a different beast (and I mean it in a good way), when it comes to military perks and discounts. Instead of offering a one-time discount or a percentage off to military families, they offer something a little more long-term.
Overstock.com offers free memberships to their Club O Gold for active duty military and veterans. (That’s a value of $19.95 annually.) Club O Gold is a savings and perks program, so it means that you get entrance into their program for free, and then you get to save more money through the program, all year long.
Club O Gold perks include:
- Earning 5% rewards dollars on eligible purchases. (You can use these rewards to purchase other items on Overstock.com.)
- Early access to sales and promotions
- Free shipping on all items, all the time
Club O Gold is truly a fantastic tool to have in your arsenal when it comes to finances and purchases. Not only are the prices competitive, but getting an additional 5% back and free shipping helps to cut costs even more.
Special Operations Warrior Foundation
The company has a long-standing history of partnering with nonprofits in the military community, too. Their current partner, Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF), provides financial and educational help to the children of fallen Special Operators. The support takes the form of grants, counseling, and in-home tutoring, among other initiatives. SOWF also is there to help severely wounded and hospitalized Special Operators with financial assistance while they are rehabilitating.
Beginning today, Overstock.com is also matching all customer donations to SOWF made during the Memorial Day, which runs until May 29. 100% of customer donations go directly to SOWF; you can donate here.
And since we’re talking about sales…
Overstock.com‘s Memorial Day Sale runs from May 16 to 29 this year with items that are perfect for your patio or backyard (more on that later). And, if you’re thinking impending summer fun (I know I am–it’s going to be 90 here tomorrow!), here’s Overstock.com’s tips for throwing the ultimate backyard bbq for this season.