Discount & Coupon Tips

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Top Ten Tips for Federal Employee Discounts and CouponsFederal employee discounts

Want to take advantage of federal employee discounts and coupons but don’t know how to go about it? We’ll show you how.

Most Federal employees have no idea just how many federal employee discounts, coupons, and other exclusive offers they’re missing out on. You’ll be amazed at just how many businesses are happy to offer coupons and discounts to federal employees. Here are the top ten tips for receiving the best federal employee discounts and exclusive offers:

  • Keep yourself current and informed. One of the best ways to get up to date information about federal employee discounts and exclusive offers is to sign up for FedSave’s newsletter. You’ll get the latest information, coupons, and access to exclusive, hard to find offers available to federal employees. Use the sign-up form in the right column of this page to get started!
  • Always ask for a discount. This is one of the easiest and most effective ways to receive federal employee discounts. Many businesses offer special coupons and discounts to federal employees, but they won’t know you’re a federal employee unless you bring it to their attention. Whenever you buy anything, ask if they offer federal employee discounts.
  • Don’t assume small businesses won’t offer federal employee discounts. Many small business owners have a great deal of leeway in setting prices. Even if they don’t specifically offer federal employee discounts, they may be willing to lower prices when asked to do so.
  • Being creative with credit card usage can pay big dividends. Many credit cards offer rewards of one sort or another. You can use a reward credit card even when you are on reimbursable government business. Doing so helps you wrack up airline miles, hotel points, or whichever other type of rewards your credit card company offers.
  • Shop online. Check for exclusive online specials and discounts offered to federal employees. Shopping online allows you to compare deals from the comfort of your own home, eliminating the need to drive all over town looking for the best prices. Don’t forget, there are lots of great online coupons available to federal employees.
  • Collect coupons anywhere and anytime you can. Of course, you’ll want to take advantage of coupons which are exclusively for federal employees, but don’t limit yourself. Sometimes, you can use more than one coupon for the same product. You’ll be amazed at how much farther your paycheck will stretch when you shave a little at a time off your budget by using coupons.
  • Whenever possible, deal directly with airlines, hotels, rental companies, etc. Many products and services are sold through third parties. This is especially true in the travel industry. When you can, it’s best to deal directly with the company you are purchasing the goods or services through. Not only are you more likely to receive federal employee discounts that way, but you’re likely to get a better rate then any third party offer.
  • Don’t forget to ask for discounts when seeking education or licensing. Most postsecondary schools offer educational discounts to federal employees. Be aware that some schools offer more favorable deals to federal employees than others. Many licensing bodies also offer discounts for federal employees. Any time you apply for a license of any kind, ask whether they offer discounts for federal employees.
  • When possible, give yourself plenty of time to shop around. Even amongst similar companies which offer federal employee discounts, there can be a vast difference in the size of discounts offered. Taking the time to shop around for the best discounts can save you a lot of money.
  • Expect federal employee discounts in unexpected places. If you find yourself saying, “That kind of business wouldn’t be likely to offer federal employee discounts,” stop. If you start with the assumption that everyone offer federal employee discounts, you’ll be bolder about asking. The more you ask, the more discounts you’ll receive. When it’s all said and done, you’ll be amazed at how many discounts are available to you that you haven’t been taking advantage of.

Whether you’re shopping for goods, services, insurance, travel arrangements, or anything else, you should always check to see if federal employee discounts are available to you. Check FedSave first, and don’t forget to check with the retailers or service providers as well.

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