As an employee of the government, a person is entitled to a number of discounts on various products and services. These discounts benefit both the employees as well as the companies which offer them. The companies get to increase their sales, and the employees can avail of their products/services at much cheaper rate by way of discount shopping. Besides these companies, certain organizations too have started discount programs for government employees. Listed below are a few sources from where discounts can be availed.
An organization named FedSave deals with a number of businesses throughout America. This organization offers a number of deals and discounts to both state as well as local government employees. In order to avail the discounts, a person has to sign up for the FedSave program and become its member. Once they become a member, they will receive information on the various deals, bargains, discounts on a monthly basis through a circular. If the employee likes a particular deal in these circulars, in order to get it, he needs to present proof of his identity, i.e., he has to prove that he is a state government employee and holds so and so position in the government. This information is required to be fed in a specific code, after which the employee gets the discount.
Corporates and Retailers
Certain corporates or retailers directly offer discounts on purchases. These discounts are most of the time unadvertised, so an employee will have to ask for such schemes at the time of footing his bill.
Certain realty companies may offer discounts to state government employees when they are buying properties. State government employees can also avail of a reduction in rent in certain complexes. Since such discounts are not advertised, a state government employee has to check the resources available with the government department that he is working in, to know about them.
Government Employee Travel Opportunities (GETO) Program
This is a travel benefits program which is sponsored by the 'Resort Condominiums International'. It offers discounts to all government employees―federal, state, and local, when they stay at the condominiums and resorts at various locations, not only in America but throughout the world. The discounts on hotels offered by this program can be enjoyed by the employees and their families when they spend their vacations in these resorts. State government employees get good deals at Walt Disney as well. The discounts for Disney can be as high as fifty percent on the accommodation 'rack rates' at many of the nearby resorts, making it less costly for a state employee to enjoy a family vacation there.
Most of the big cellular companies in America offer their services to government employees at a reduced rate. State government discounts on cell phones can be anywhere between five to twenty percent.
Car Rental/Insurance Companies
Major car rentals in USA today, such as AVIS, offer discounts to the government employees. Certain car insurance companies offer discounts to employees as well.
There are many online coupon websites which offer discounted coupons for grocery shopping, clothes shopping, and other day-to-day use products to the state government employees. Employees can save a lot of money on their weekly shopping by becoming a member of such online discount coupon sites.
Major technology firms offer discounts on the purchase of some of their products. Companies such as Microsoft and Apple offer discounts on computers as it helps them to increase their customer base.
The discounts which an employee can avail of varies, depending upon the department that he works for as well as his designation. Nevertheless, the above mentioned employee discounts contribute a lot towards keeping them motivated.