More 2010 Veteran’s Day Discounts

I’ve got updates to the 2010 Veteran’s Day Discounts article that I published last week.  If you missed that one, be sure to click back it includes some fabulous free dining!  And for the new stuff:

National Restaurant Chains:

Hooters is offering a free meal from their Veteran’s Day menu all day on Thursday, November 11th, 2010.  A drink purchase is required, and you must have proof of service.  Not all locations are participating but you can open a list of locations from the Veteran’s Day Promotion page.

Chili’s is offering a free entree from a selected menu to all veterans on Thursday, November 11th, 2010.  The flyer states that proof of service must be provided, but doesn’t say what type of proof will be accepted.

Uno’s Chicago Grill and Bar (which for some reason I always think of as Pizzaria Uno) is also offering free meals on Veteran’s Day 2010, including your choice of an entree or an individual pizza.  There is a catch – you must purchase another meal or pizza, so this is more of a buy-one-get-one free deal.  Not great for a group of buddies or a dual military couple, but maybe nice for a veteran and a friend.

I can’t find actual documentation, but rumor has it that TGIF will be offering buy one, get one free meals with proof of veteran status for the entire weekend, November 11th through November 14, 2010.  Thanks to Military Wives Saving for that tip.  I did find mention of it at the TGIF Facebook fan page, but it wasn’t a link or a flyer.  Be sure to call first!

Famous Dave’s locations across the country are offering assorted specials on Veteran’s Day – check this list to see what your location might have planned.

Local Deals:

Some Texas Roadhouses across the country will be offering free meals on Thursday, November 11th, 2010.  The promotion really varies depending on your location.   You can go to the Texas Roadhouse main page, find your local location, and click through to their homepage to see what sorts of deals they offer.  I randomly checked about 10 locations, and found only one that was offering the promotion.  You can always call your location to see if there is an unpublished special running.

Another promotion that is only happening in some locations is the free Subway 6″ sandwich.  I have heard reports that it is available in certain Florida locations, but other sites might also be offering this deal.

Some Zaxby’s restaurants are offering a free meal, as well.  A commenter at The Military Wallet states that this deal will be good at locations in the Raleigh, North Carolina area and is also available to fire, police and EMT personnel.

Live in Iowa?  Cedar Falls based chain Barmuda is offering a free entree on Veteran’s Day, with proof of service.  Barmuda has quite a few restaurants from which to choose.

If you live near a Hy-Vee with a cafe, you can enjoy a free breakfast, including beverage during regular breakfast hours on Veteran’s Day 2010.  What a lovely way to start the day!

A few quick notes before you go out to enjoy all these treats:  always check before you start ordering, please tip on the total value of the whole meal before the discount, say “thank you” and enjoy!  You have earned it!

Non-Restaurant Discounts:

Sleep Number beds are offering a few things this Veteran’s Day.  First, a free travel pillow just for going into the store between October 31st and November 14th, 2010 and trying out their Sleep Number beds.   Then, if you decide to purchase, you can get a $750 discount off of the i8 bed, plus free delivery, and 30% off of other bedding solutions.  (Thanks to Greta of Hooah Wife and Friends for forwarding this email to me.)

Bed and Breakfast for Veterans promotion offers a free night’s stay in a participating bed and breakfast.

Selected Sport Clips locations are offering free haircuts for active duty and veterans on November 11th, 2010.  Please call your local shop to see if they are participating.

Build-a-Bear Workshops are offering a 20% discount for active duty military from November 11th to November 15th, 2010.  A similar discount is available online, offering $10 off of $50 or more using coupon code 95309.

Dollar General is offering a 10% discount to active duty, veterans and military families on Veteran’s Day.

Cabela’s is offering their employee discount to all veterans on November 11th and 12th.  As last year, details are sketchy so be sure to confirm before you make a trip.  Discount varies from 5% to 50% depending on the item.

Fashion Bug is offering 20% off to military family members with military ID.  (Again, can’t verify, please call!)

To all our veterans, Thank You!

About the Author

Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • It’s so wonderful to see all the businesses honoring our military and veterans :) Even better, the few that recognize MILITARY FAMILIES as well :)

    Thank you Kate, for the list!

  • zbeeblebrox

    There’s also this one that I just found:

  • Sarah

    Big Lots is offering a 10% discount on your total purchase Veterans Day only!

    Lowes gives 10% Veterans discount all year long!

  • I am a veteran and I appreciate all the things different people and businesses are doing. If you want to see your good deeds go to your local veterans home and give these men and women socks and t shirts and other items. Many don’t have any family or are far away from family. When you give these small gifts you will get to thank a veteran personally and see their appreciation. GOD BLESS THE USA

  • Gordon

    Home Depot offers 10% discount to active military and veterans all year long on all purchases. No hassle – just show proof at checkout.

  • Dan Murphy

    Applebees is also offering free meals today.

  • I think applebees is also offering a free meal for vets also!!

  • vic stalick

    This is a good site. Thanks

  • AmberB

    Golden Corral is free today too for military members!

  • John

    Bass Pro Shops offers 10% to all military and veterans (at least in Oklahoma City), you have to ask but they do it all the time.

  • Harry Nelson

    Golden Corral restaurants… meal for vets

  • Walgreens in Florida offers 15 percent off most purchases on “Tuesdays” for Military ID card holders, and if you purchase Walgreen brand items the purchase will receive 20 percent off. But remember only on Tuesday’s. This is on top of coupons as well.

  • Jamie owens

    Applebees is giving away a free meal ALL DAY! What’s great about Applebees is that they are open late! I know most stay open till midnight and my local one stays open till 2am!

  • Selected Golden corral restaurants are free for military ID card holders as well here in Florida as well. Call ahead to make your local one is included.

  • Harry Nelson

    update…G.C. free is on Monday 5-9pm only

  • 10 perctent off for auto zone and discount auto in Florida for military Id card holders.

  • Ray

    Thanks Clark, you do so much for people and only a few say “Thank You.” I watch you each Saturday, Keep up the good messages.


  • KP

    Golden coral Nov. 15 free for vets… Not today

  • R. L. McGraw

    Thanks for getting this information out to us. I work at a local V.A. Medical Center and I see first hand many vets and their problems.
    God bless you in your efforts to help others.

  • M Ansley

    I’m glad to see the list of businesses grow.As a veteran you make me feel good just by walking up & thanking me.

  • David P Williams

    Everyday should be a celebration of our Veterans even if its just a private act from ourselves…A positive remark, kind act of help or even a prayer for the people in need.

  • Everyday should be some kind of Veterans day celibretion even if its a private act of kindness to a Vet or his family or anyone for that matter, when you consider there dying for youre right to be free.

  • C Maynord

    Tennessee State parks are offering “free golf” for Vetereans. Also Bluegrass Country Club in Hendersonsille, TN is offering free lunch.

    May all our Veterans enjoy day and tomorrow.

  • Big Money

    Clark Howard – “YOU’RE THE MAN!!!!!!!!!”



  • Applebee’s is promoting vets day too.. limited menu but hey tell me a service person who turned down a free meal

  • Jason Weaver

    Yeah that’s all great and fine or whatever…but this isn’t why I spent a year in Iraq, for discounted shopping. I didn’t spend a year there so America could have a day off of work to go shopping.

  • Beth

    MENARDS home improvement store NO LONGER honors a 10% discount for Veterans, effective end of Oct. 2010. We were told it was a recent corporate decision to not discriminate! I guess Lowe’s and Home Depot who still honor Vets should get the business.

  • Debra

    I just came from a Starbucks in Columbia, SC. I asked if they were having any discounts for veterans and the woman taking my order laughed. The guy making my drink said that corporate doesn’t offer any discounts because they don’t want to be seen as supporting the war. Interesting…won’t be going there anymore.

  • Michael Hanson

    Shopping for Black Ops video game. Called game Stop and Best Buy. No MILITARY DISCOUNT not even for today. Guess I won’t be going to those stores anymore. JBLM is 20 minutes away. Huge Military presence in the community.

  • antonio a

    kinda wish is was for the family to, after they went through **** to, but maybe one day they’ll extend it the wifes and kids or parents

  • Oleg

    Dont forget to mention Applebee’s. It is offering free meal to all past and current military personal from a selected menu with a proof of service, Similar to the offering Applebee’s had for past two years.

  • fraser

    funny starbucks was over there before I was that guy must of meant to say that starbuckss only wants to profit from the war, in reply to

  • Chris S.

    It’s super great that places are offering disc. to military, but please remember that these are never required. Although I applaud those companies which give offers to military, I’m not faulting others (unless they give reasons such as anti-support messages). Stay humble- yet-proud, troops & civilians alike! Semper Fi!

  • Debra

    I agree with you Chris. I don’t expect places to offer Veteran’s Day discounts and was buying my coffee whether they offered the discount or not. However, when they made the statement that the company does not want to be seen as supporting the war, then from here on, I do not want to be seen as supporting Starbucks and will take my business elsewhere. I sent an email to their corporate office and have not heard back.

  • Harry Nelson

    As a Vietnam vet ’64-68, I haven’t felt as recognized nor appreciated as much as this year thanks to your contibuters….Subway, lunch at Chili’s and a fantastic dinner at Applebee’s (worth the 1hr+ wait) in the Phoenix area.
    Thank you Clark Howard…

  • Is there a way to get my company on a discount list for next year? I’m sure there are more companies that would love to offer discounts to veterans as well.