Win a McDonald’s McGold Card!

For years, rumors of the coveted McGold Card awarding free McDonald’s for life have circulated. They say it’s a symbol of McDonald’s superstar status, and that only the top VIPs can get their hands on one. It’s an untouchable luxury that’s been enshrouded in mystery for decades. Until now.

To celebrate the rollout of Mobile Order and Pay and putting more choice and control in the customers’ hands, McDonald’s is giving mobile customers the chance to win the ultimate in VIP status: the Mobile McGold Card, awarding them free McDonald’s for life.

HOW CUSTOMERS ENTER TO WIN:

Place a mobile order through the McDonald’s App starting today until August 24th! Customers can get one entry per day during that period. No minimum purchase required.

The winner will receive McDonald’s food for Life, equating to up to two meals per week for fifty (50) years, awarded as a $1,000 credit on winner’s McDonald’s App account and $35,400 cash, plus $15,600 to offset taxes on the prize, awarded as a check for $51,000. Winner will also receive a custom gold-plated “McGold Card” phone case.

That’s it! Just order through the app!

So go ahead and download it today on iTunes and Google Play!

WHEN IT IS ALL HAPPENING:

· Sweepstakes begins 8/10
· Sweepstakes runs from 8/10-8/24

The winner will be drawn at random, and notified within two days. See official rules at McDonalds.com/MobileMcGoldCard for more details.

What would you do with free McDonald’s for life? What would you order first? I know I would be ordering a tasty fresh all beef Quarter Pounder!

So how about it? Gonna give it a shot? Grab some lunch today using the mobile app and you’re automatically entered for the McGold Card. I would love it if one of my readers won. So what are you waiting for, order today!!

This post is sponsored by McDonald’s and St. Louis Dad.

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Military Discounts & Deals on Services

Military Discounts on Products and Services

On joining the military, the nation appreciates your services in several ways. Discounts on services and products is the favorite of them all. Depending on your needs, use the below list to get the best deals.

Automotive Discounts

Cars are essential for commuting. If you need one, the following places offer great discounts:

  • ShipAnyCar.com | Gives you 25% off
  • Jiffy Lube | You get a 15% discount
  • Meineke | You access discounts

Health and Beauty Discounts

For the sake of our security, your well-being is crucial. Both active and retired military personnel can use the below facilities for best discounts

  • Care.com | Your family enjoys discounted membership on children, senior, and pet care.
  • American Family Insurance | Though you get discounts on prices, those from deployment get treated as if they had prior insurance
  • Hypnosis.org | Hypnosis courses get discounted at 20% if honorably discharged
  • Gold’s Gym | You get to enjoy a 49% discount and 20% off their dues
  • Massage Envy | You receive a 60% discount
  • USAA | You and your family get discounts on auto, life, and home insurance
  • YMCA | Your family receives discounts, free membership, and child care
  • The Red Door Salon and SPA | Salons and spas are 20% off

Home Care Discounts

When away on deployment, the following home care services ensure that your home get refreshed always.

  • Cultural Care Au Pair | You get $575 service discount and a $75 registration discount with code PCMILITARY
  • EurAupair | Your family receives a $600 discount
  • Stanton Homes | You get a 3% home discount
  • Sittercity | The membership fee is waivered

Storage and Moving Discounts

With the following companies, you receive the best rates on storage, moving costs, or rent.

  • Cube Smart | You access a 10% self-storage discount
  • Door to Door Storage | You receive discounts
  • OZ Moving | You and your family enjoy a 10% discount
  • Simply Storage | You get a 15% discount
  • Penske Truck Rental | You access a 20% discount on moving services and an additional 10% if booked online.
  • Roadrunner Auto Transport | You receive a 100% discount
  • PODS | With code MILT, rates get discounted

Pet Discounts

If you love pets, get a decommissioned pet from the following places:

  • Pets for Patriots | Adoption fees get cut
  • Canyon Pet Lodge | You receive a 10% pet services

Cellular and Shipping Discounts

Whether at home or on deployment, the following discounted charges will be perfect for your shipping and cellular packages:

  • Defense Mobile | You and your family enjoy discounted mobile services
  • Boost Mobile

You receive discounted reactivation fees after enrolling into the Military Program

  • U.S Cellular | On all family and individual plans, calling charges are discounted at 15%
  • Vonage | In 34 different countries, you enjoy free shipping and unlimited calling
  • United States Postal Service (USPS) | Ships mail packages to you as a priority
  • nTelos Wireless | Applications get discounted

Education and Career

If you still want to keep yourself busy after military retirement, the below companies will assist in expanding your skills and resume drafting:

  • Career Perfect | Resume writing services get discounted
  • Flex Jobs | By using the code MILITARY, flex jobs subscription gets discounted at 30%
  • The Guitar Lesson | You enjoy guitar lessons at a 68% discount

Services/Memberships

The followings tools will enable you to file tax returns easily:

  • Geico | On calling 1-800-MILITARY, you receive insurance premiums at 15% off
  • Jackson Hewitt | You receive a VISA gift card with $50 prepaid and a 25% discount on state tax returns
  • Costco | New membership enjoys a $60 discount
  • Military OneSource Tax Services | Tax services are free
  • Navy Federal Credit Union | On selected loans, you experience a ¼% APR discount
  • SaveandInvest.org | You and spouse enjoy free analysis and FICO credit score
  • Tax Slayer | You get to prepare your federal returns using the Military Edition for free
  • Turbo Tax | If you fall under E-1 to E-5 ranks, you receive free federal and state tax returns filing
  • Tax Act | With a qualified EIN, your tax preparation services get discounted
  • Tax Brain | You and your family receive a 20% discount after tax filling
  • TiVo | On TiVo Roamio, you enjoy a monthly $19.99 discount
  • Veterans Advantage | In stores and organizations, you access discounts
  • Simple Stroller Rentals | You and your spouse enjoy a 10% discount on stroller rentals

 

Computer, Internet, and Software Discounts

Enjoy discounts on computer software and online security with the following services:

  • Life Lock | You and your family members access a 15% discount and a month’s free trial with code MILITARYCOM
  • Macphun | Macphun apps get discounted
  • Microsoft 365 | You get a 30% discount on Microsoft 365
  • My Nerds | Remote tech support is 20% off
  • Netsonic | With promo code USA, you receive a free shared hosting account for six months

Miscellaneous Discounts

With the following discounted photo services, you get to remember your family.

  • Operation Love United | You enjoy free sessions and photo gifts
  • Portrait Innovations | Everything gets cut at 10%
  • Target Portraits | You receive 50% off on portraits

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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Target vs Walmart – A Traveling Family’s Guide

It’s almost inevitable that you’ll forget something when traveling. While the exercise is fun for many, it turns out to be a nightmare-inducing activity especially if your memory is unreliable. The situation becomes worse for you when you’re traveling with your husband, friends, and kids. If you’ve had unpleasant traveling experiences in the past, then you should consider incorporating large every-thing stores such as Walmart and Target to help you have a highly organized trip.

Here, we’ll look at some of the common items you forget as well as traveling items you may need to purchase from the stores to have a fulfilling traveling experience. We’ll compare the two stores to ensure that you get the best!

Laundry Bag

If you do not want to take painkillers for your headache throughout your vacation, then you’ll need to have a laundry bag. It is not uncommon to forget this since you’ll initially have a suitcase that accommodates all of your clean clothes. The situation changes when you are already in the ground! You realize that you have dirty socks and undergarments and you’re desperately in need of a place to store them. That’s when you utilize your laundry bag.

It relieves you the stress of looking for bags in a foreign land and eliminates the chance of mixing dirty clothes with the clean ones which would lead to disastrous smell on the clothes!

Where to buy? If you need an inexpensive, no-frills bag, then you can settle for Walmart where you’ll get different brands to choose from. The bags will cost you between $4 and $8. On the other hand, you’ll get high-end laundry bags at Target. The store sources the bags from vendors including Bath & Beyond, H&M and Bed. While you may have to part with $15-$20 dollars, you can be sure that the bags are durable and they’ll serve you for years.

Travel Adapter with USB

This is a must-have device especially if you’re going camping. You’ll need a source of power to keep your trip lively. Right? Well, these travel adapters have built-in USB plugs that will enable you to charge your electronic devices without much hassle. What’s best is that you can charge multiple devices which reduces time wastage that would otherwise have occurred due to turn taking!

You can get different brands of the travel adapters at Walmart with the prices ranging between $10 and $18. At Target, you will get high-end adapters at relatively higher prices of $28-$35.

Toiletries

Forgetting bathroom supplies is the worst mistake you can commit during your traveling escapades. Unfortunately, it is common to forget items such as toothbrush and soaps which are crucial in guaranteeing a memorable vacation.

Also, the size of these items can send you searching in the midst of clothes and other items in the bag. To avoid such inconveniences, it is important that you have a small travel pouch where you will exclusively store the toiletries. You can visit either the Walmart or Target to acquire those toiletries. You may also need to purchase a pouch for storing them!

Memory Card

You want to capture every precious moment on your vacation but your camera memory is filled up. This can be frustrating! Well, save yourself the hassle and carry an extra memory card to store as many images and videos as you would like. We recommend that you purchase a card with a minimum of 16GB of space lest you run out of space when your son in college is waiting for that nature video you just captured! The device is available both in Walmart and Target at relatively the same price. You’ll need to part with between $10 and $15 for a durable card.

Power bank

There is no worse experience than having your phone off during a business trip. You will miss crucial deals that would have sealed the month for you! To avoid such disappointments, you will require to carry an Anker or RavPower power bank to keep you updated throughout. You’ll get both brands at Walmart and Target at an upward of $6. We recommend that you buy a power bank that is no less than 10,000mah

Ideal Footwear

Regardless of the nature of your trip, it is always necessary to carry footwear for different environments; beach, pool, hiking or extremely rough terrains. You shouldn’t expose your feet to hazardous environments! Instead, visit Walmart or Target for a wide range of sandals and other footwear. At Walmart, you’ll get the footwear with as little as $10. On the extreme end, you’ll get some from Target at approximately $50

Traveling is tricky and you’ll need to be highly organized to ensure that you remember everything you need during the trip. There are items commonly forgotten and have the potential to ruin your vacation. 

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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Military Discounts on Entertainment

Military Discounts and Deals on Entertainment

Members of the US military have access to different discounts in different areas of the entertainment industry whether it is cultural museums, theme parks or sports arenas. If you are a veteran or a current member of the US military, have a look at the following list of deals. It is important to note that you must present your military ID in order to access most if not all of these offers.

9/11 Memorial Museum | Active duty service persons, as well as, retirees have free admission while veterans get discounted ticket price.

9/11 Tribute Center | Here, the military discount is $5 on a regular ticket hence the pay is $10.

AMC Theatres | The theatres in a participation of this offer give military personnel discounts during certain days of the week or during different times. It is important to check with your local theatre for more detailed information.

Arizona Diamondbacks | There is a 50% discount on up to four tickets for all Sunday home games this season for active duty military, reserve, veterans, retiree and any active or retired fire and police personnel. Note however that this offer cannot be paired up with another offer and does not include all-you-can-eat tickets.

Augustine Golf Club | The golf club offers discounts to active duty military personnel and police personnel.

Baltimore Orioles | The Orioles offer a $5 discount on all tickets for military members and their families at the Oriole Park Box Office. Those who wish to get bigger discounts should get in touch with their ITT/Leisure Travel office. In addition, active duty members can receive a gift hat at the Fan Assistance Warehouse.

Blue Star Theatre| Participating Blue Star Theatres are giving discounts or complimentary admission to active duty military and their families. This offer also extends to veterans.

Bronx Zoo | Bronx Zoo offers a free regular ticket to active duty personnel or reserve members. There is also a 50% discount for up to three family members.

Busch Gardens | There is free one-day admission for active duty personnel and up to three dependents. There is also complimentary admission per year, per person to the park of their choice. Note however that this offer is not available at the front gate.

Callaway Gardens | There is free entry for active duty or retired military members and their spouse. There is a 50% discount on tickets for up to four guests granted they arrive in the same vehicle.  For Special events, military members and up to five guests in the same vehicle receive 50% discount on tickets. Veterans also receive half-price tickets.

Camelback Mountain | Discount of $10 for active military and up to 4 card-carrying dependents. Veterans with valid DD-124 or active driver’s license are eligible for this offer.

Chicagoland Speedway | Active duty and retired military personnel receive a 25% discount in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series event.

Cincinnati Reds | There are discounted tickets for select games for active military and their families. The code MLAPPR should be used when purchasing tickets online.

Cinemark Movie Theatres | Participating locations offer discounted rates. It is important to contact your local theatre ahead of time as discount days and times change.

Coronado Speed Festival | Free admission is available for active duty military and their immediate dependents. Retired military and DOD members receive discounts on adult tickets.

Crayola Experience | There is a discount of $3 on admission for military members.

Crime Museum | Discounted rates are offered for military personnel.

Del Mar Racetrack | Free admission for active duty military and their dependents every day to Stretch Run.

Detroit Mountain | 20% discount for active duty or veterans for regular price daily lift tickets and equipment only. There is no discount for already discounted offers or special offers.

Detroit Tigers | Active duty and veterans receive half-price Upper Box infield and Upper reserved tickets to all 2015 Monday-Thursday regular season home games with exception to June 9 and 10. Presentation of valid ID is necessary during a purchase at Comerica Park Box Office with a limit of 4 tickets per buyer.

Disneyland | For three days of admission at the discounted price of $132 available to active duty, retirees, National Guard, reserves and their spouses. There are also special military offers at select Disneyland hotels.

Disney World | For four days of admission at the discounted price of $177 available to active duty, retirees, reserves, National Guard and their spouses with special military offers at select Disney resort hotels.

Dollywood | 30% discount on single-day admission tickets for military personnel including veterans and reservists, their spouses and dependents. Tickets cannot be purchased in advance.

The DoSeum | Discount of $1 during the time of purchase at front desk.

Fandango | There are discounted movie tickets at different movie theatres found by looking for the ‘military discount’ category. Prior contact with your local theatre is important, as discounts are different.

Fleet Week Football Classic | Discounted game vouchers available for all military personnel and their families at the Navy MWR and Marine Corps ticket outlets.

George W. Bush Presidential Center | Free admission for active duty and discounted pricing for retirees.

Great Wolf Lodge | Free water park admission and up to 20% room discount with code HEROES for active duty and veterans. This offer is valid from 1 p.m. on the day of check-in up to closing of departure day.

Hershey Park | $20 off regular single-day tickets and $4 off up to 8 junior/senior admissions.

Houston Astros | Discounts for most games on Monday-Thursday for active duty and veterans. Up to 8 discounted tickets can be bought per person at the minute maid park box office and select Ticketmaster outlets at local military bases.

Intrepid Museum | Free admission for active duty and retirees.

Kennedy Space Center | $4 off regular tickets for active military and 10% discount on merchandise and food.

Knoebels | Free $40 book of ride tickets for active duty and reservists and free $20 book of ride tickets for retirees and veterans.

LEGOLAND parks | Free admission for active duty at LEGOLAND Florida and seasonally at LEGOLAND Waterpark.

Los Angeles Dodgers | Available discounted tickets for all military personnel. Up to four tickets per military personnel can be purchased two hours before game time.

Marathon Classic | Free entry for active duty and one guest as well as free entry for kids below 17.

Maryland National Club | 40% off for active duty and retired personnel.

McNay Art Museum | 50% off for active duty.

Miami Marlins | All military personnel receive complimentary tickets provided they receive these tickets two hours before first pitch.

Minnesota Twins | Active duty or veteran and 4 guests receive 50% discount in Home plate View seating locations.

Morgan’s Wonderland | $6 off for active duty and retirees

Mount Snow | Military personnel receive free Fanfare Card.

Museum of Modern Art | There is free entry for active duty and military families with dependent cards. Select government employees are eligible for one free ticket.

National Baseball Hall of Fame | Different discounts for military personnel and their families.

The National Parks and Federal Recreational Land Pass | Complimentary yearly pass for active duty, reserve, dependents and National Guard.

New York Aquarium | Free admission for active duty or reserve members and discount for family members.

New York Yankees | Active duty can receive one complimentary ticket for Monday- Thursday home games.

Patuxent Greens Golf Club | Military personnel, DOD civilians, active police officers, fire and corrections officers qualify for annual Hero memberships at a discount. There is also a $4 discount on daily charges.

PGA Tour | There are free and discounted rates to specific events for all military personnel.

Philadelphia Phillies | All military members and their guests get an $8 discount on regular tickets in specific locations during select games.

Pinehurst | Active duty and retirees get 20% discount on core packages and select spa therapies.

Pocono Raceway| there is a 15% discount on tickets.

San Antonio Zoo | Military personnel receive $3 off their tickets.

San Diego Padres | All military personnel and their family receive a 25% discount on select seats. Military members are also eligible for 50% off available tickets on Sunday regular season home games.

San Diego Zoo | There is a free admission of active duty, reserves and academy cadets.

Seattle Mariners | 10% discount on select seats with a limit of 4 tickets per ID.

SeaWorld | Complimentary entry to active duty, reserves and National Guard members.

Sesame Place | There is complimentary admission for active duty, reserves and National Guard members.

Showcase Cinemas | Showcase offers discounts to active duty and their dependents in most of their locations.

Sierra at Tahoe | On Sunday, there is free skiing or riding for active duty limited to one single-day ticket.

Six Flags Amusement Parks | Military personnel receive a 20%discount on a single-day ticket.

Spy Museum | Active duty receive a $6 discount on their ticket.

Squaw Mountain | Active duty personnel receive a discounted season pass.

St. Louis Cardinals | Military personnel and their family and friends receive a special all-inclusive offer.

Sugarloaf | There is a $10 discount for military personnel and one immediate family member.

Sycuan Golf Resort| Active duty and retirees get discounted prices on championship courses.

Texas Rangers | All military personnel receive discounted tickets in select seating areas.

Ticket Monster | All military personnel receive a 15% discount on tickets.

Tough Mudder | Active duty and veterans get a $10 discount on the registration price.

Universal Studios | There are discounted vacation packages and offers that begin from $299 per adult for active duty and retirees.

USGA | Active duty and retirees receive complimentary and discounted tickets.

USS Midway Museum | There is free entry for active duty and reserves as well as discounts for retirees.

Virginia Beach National Golf Club | Discounted rates for military personnel.

Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum | There is a $1 discount for active duty personnel.

Washington Nationals | All military personnel and their dependents receive discounted tickets.

Water Country USA | Active duty reserves and National Guard members receive 1 complimentary admission per year that covers up to 3 dependents.

Winter Park | There are seasonal discounted prices for active duty or retirees.

Witte Museum | $1 discount for active duty and their dependents.

World of Coca-Cola | There are complimentary entry tickets for active duty, reserve and retirees with regular rates applying to their family members or guests.

Yosemite National Park | The park offers a free yearly pass for active duty and their dependents.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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