July 29, 2014

Veterans Day Savings and Activities

By:Amy Hannold

24/7 MOMS Frugal Living Editor

What is Veterans Day?  This year, Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11th.  Being married to the military for the past nine years, I’ve learned a lot about veterans – and Veterans Day.  Many people confuse Veterans Day and Memorial Day.  Veterans Day, which used to be called “Armistice Day”, honors all who have served in the military.  Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have died in service to our country.   The Department of Veterans Affairs, whose mission it is to “Take Care of our Heroes”, has a helpful website designed to assist parents and teachers in teaching kids about Veterans, patriotism and our flag.  There are games, activities, and lots of information about all things government – for kids.  http://www.va.gov/kids/k-5/index.asp

“Believe in Heroes”; Meet the Heroes – and For a Limited Time – Save Money:   “Believe in Heroes” is a Wounded Warrior Project initiative to raise citizen awareness of the sacrifices made by those who protect our country.  A part of this program recognizes national brands which support our military heroes. Fifty-dollars of printable grocery coupons from brands such as Heinz, Swanson, Jimmy Dean, Ocean Spray and Purina are available by going to WoundedWarriorProject.org and clicking on “Believe in Heroes”. While you are there, you can meet those who “Believe in Heroes”, and warriors serving their comrades, told in their own words.  http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

TroopSwap Deals for Veterans, Military Service Members and Their Immediate Family:  Their goal is to “reward a life of service” and they do that by donating 10% of their profits to the Wounded Warrior Project.  Most TroopSwap deals are local deals for the Hampton Roads, Virginia; San Diego, California and Washington, DC areas.  You can though, find online deals and discounts, as they’re offered for national companies or online businesses.   https://www.troopswap.com/

Make a Veterans Day Keepsake:  One of my favorite sources for fun learning activities is CurrClick.com. They offer affordable, printable resources for nearly any subject, for preschoolers through high school. Find the “My Veterans Day Activity Booklet” (.50) and a “Veterans Day Mini Study” ($1.00) by going to CurrClick.com and typing “Veterans Day” in the search box. These learning and activity books make great keepsakes, as well as great ideas for family-time projects. http://www.currclick.com/product/43144/Veterans-Day-Mini-Study?it=1 (Freebie Bonus for Thanksgiving: enter “Thanksgiving Notebooking Pages” in the search box and you’ll find two free printable notebook collections. Once you download the file, you’ll be able to pick and choose what you want to print. When the fun is over, collect them in a notebook or scrapbook.

Veterans Day Freebies and Deals: Check this list of “Meals, Deals and Discounts”, compiled and updated by TheMilitaryWallet.com.  It’s a super-size list of offers for Active Duty, Retired and Veterans. 

 http://themilitarywallet.com/veterans-day-free-meals-and-discounts/

For everyday military discounts, TheMilitaryWallet.com has an ongoing page of offers here:

http://themilitarywallet.com/military-discounts/

 

 

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