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Best Back To School Discounts For Military Families

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With back-to-school season approaching, parents are on the lookout for deals when getting ready for the new school year. Here is a list of some of the best back-to-school discounts for military families.

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Back To School Discounts For Military Families

These include both student and military discounts to help you save this coming school year.


Tutor.com offers online tutoring and homework help. As of April of 2020, all DoD service members, civilian personnel, and all dependent family members from kindergarten to college/adult can use it at zero cost. With Tutor.com, you or your child can connect with a live expert 24/7.

Before this special offer, dependents in grades K-12 of the following qualified:

  • Active Duty Army, Navy, Air Force, and the Marines.
  • Active/Full-time or Deployed National Guard or Air National Guard, or Reserves.
  • Wounded Warrior/Survivors
  • Coast Guard who are attending schools operated and funded by the DoDEA
  • Department of Defense Civilian personnel who are currently deployed to CENTCOM AORs including but not limited to Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan.

This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance


Eknowledge.com offers interactive e-learning classes for SAT/ACT/LSAT exams. The full cost of the program is between $350-$999. But, with their military special program, military families only have to pay between $19.99 and $99.99 to offset the streaming and support expenses. They have been able to offer this to over 250,000 students and families.


FedEx is for shipping, self-service printing, shredding services, and more. They have a student discount club where you can enjoy 20-30% savings with a student ID. 30% off documents with FEDEX Envelop/Pak and 20% off a package with FedEx IP service with your student ID. USAA also offers discounts with FedEx. You can save up to 36% on select international services with FedEx Express, 28% on select US shipping services with FedEx Express, and other discounts for business shipping.

Apple Military and Student Discounts

With Apple, you can find both student and military discounts. The Education discounts are for about 4-5% off and apply to MacBooks, iMacs, and iPads. Military discounts are a little more with about 10% off and apply to MacBooks, iMacs, iPads, iPhones, Apple Watches, Apple TV, and Apple Music products.


At Overstock, you can find backpacks, school supplies, desks, chairs, and items for a dorm room. They offer a Military Membership, which is a free Club O Rewards, account to active military and veterans. You would need to verify with ID.me.

With the Club O Rewards you will receive:

  • free shipping
  • 5% rewards
  • easy returns
  • rewards for reviews
  • additional perks on hotels and dining and more

They also offer a Classroom Membership for students and teachers. With both the military and student membership, you would need to be verified by ID.me.


Scholastic is an American publishing, education, and media company known for publishing, selling, and distributing books and educational materials. They have free printables for all ages. These printables cover reading, writing, math, and science, starting with Pre-K.

Shoes With Military Discounts

With a new school year ahead, you want to find discounts on shoes.

10%-25% Off With Military Discount

  • Rack Room Shoes
  • New Balance
  • Journey’s
  • Foot Locker
  • Lady Foot Locker
  • Nike
  • Converse

10 and 20% Off With Student Discount

  • Adidas
  • Nike
  • Toms
  • Converse
  • New Balance

Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone is a computer-assisted learning software. They have many different languages including: Spanish, French, Italian, German, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin,) Filipino (Tagalog,) Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian (Farsi,) Polish, Portuguese (Brazil,) Russian, Spanish (Spain,) Swedish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

Additionally, they offer a homeschool program.

They offer a 10% military discount to active and retired military personnel. You would need to be verified with ID.me. They also have a student discount of 10% off and you would need to be registered and verified with UNiDays.


You can find military and student discounts on backpacks at stores such as Pottery Barn Kids, Vera Bradley, Bass Pro Shops, Jansport, and Society 6.

Operation Homefront’s Back-to-School Brigade

Operation Homefront has an amazing program to give out backpacks and school supplies. Since they have started this campaign, they have given out 350,000 backpacks over the last 10 years. Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree, Inc have joined forces to give out these supplies to military children nationwide. Visit Operation Homefront to find out if there is one near you.

Tax-Free Weekends

Don’t forget about the tax-free weekends. Certain states have a tax-free weekend to coincide with back-to-school shopping. The dates can vary, some are just a weekend and others can be up to a week.

Tax-free items usually include items such as:

  • Clothing
  • Computers
  • Software
  • School supplies
  • Books
  • Footwear

However, it does depend on the state.

Back-To-School Tax-Free Weekends

Your back-to-school tax-free weekends will be coming up soon if you live in one of the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Iowa
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Mexico
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia

For info on dates and what’s included in the tax-free weekends, visit our page for Back-To-School Tax-Free Weekends.

AAFES Tax-Free Weekend

If you shop at AAFES, you can gain additional savings during their tax-free weekend promotion.

AAFES normally offers tax-free shopping as an everyday benefit to military families. During tax-free weekends, they will be offering an additional discount.

The percentage off will be based on your state and the state tax rate. During their tax-free weekend, you can save that additional amount. This is valid for in-store purchases only on clothing, shoes, computers, and school supplies.

For more info on AAFES Tax-Free Weekend.  Or visit the AAFES site to learn more.

Exchange Price Matching

Make sure to take advantage of the Exchange Price Matching you can find at your local Exchange. AAFES (Army and Air Force Exchange Service,) NEX (Navy Exchange Services,) and MCX (Marine Corps Exchange) all have this program. You can also apply this to the Express, Class Six, Car Care, Troop Stores, and shopmyexchange.com.

CONUS facilities and non-foreign OCONUS facilities currently cannot price match online sites other than shopmyexchange.com.

The price match must be from a local competitor.  This means they must be a retailer doing business in the community where the Exchange is located.

The item must be an identical item, with the same brand, manufacturer, features, size, color, and manufacturer’s model number. Items must be currently in stock at the select authorized online retailer’s website at the time the request for the price match is made. You can visit the Exchange website for more information.

You can also check to see if any of your favorite companies offer free shipping during the back-to-school season. Many stores will also be offering special deals during this time of year.


>> For more great military and veteran discounts direct to your inbox, sign up for the Military and Veteran Discounts Newsletter! It’s free from our sister site, MyMilitaryBenefits.com. Start saving!



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Julie Provost is a freelance writer, blogger, and owner of Soldier's Wife, Crazy Life, a support blog for military spouses. She lives in Tennessee with her National Guard husband and three boys.