Amid record inflation, it’s getting more expensive to eat at home. Grocery prices have steadily increased over the last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Two southeastern grocery store chains and a national drugstore will offer Veterans Day military discounts.
On Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, Publix and Food Lion grocery stores will offer a 10% military discount to veterans, active-duty, National Guard and reserve service members.
Walgreens and Duane Reade drugstores – which carry some grocery items – will offer a 20% military discount through Veterans Day weekend.
Here’s what you need to know to save more on groceries this month.
Table of Contents
- Publix Military Discount
- Publix Military Discount Eligibility
- Publix Military Discount Exclusions
- How Publix Supports Military Members and Veterans
- Food Lion Military Discount
- Food Lion Military Discount Eligibility and Exclusions
- How Food Lion Supports Military Members and Veterans
- Walgreens Military Discounts
- Walgreens Military Discount Eligibility and Exclusions
- More Ways to Save on Groceries!
Publix Military Discount
Veterans and active military members can save money on groceries this Veterans Day.
“As a show of our gratitude, all veterans and active military personnel are invited to save 10% on groceries on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2022,” Publix announced on its website.
Publix Military Discount Eligibility
To receive a military discount at Publix, veterans and military members must present proof of service at checkout.
Publix said cashiers will accept:
- Military ID cards, such as a Geneva Conventions ID or Department of Defense Common Access Card (CAC)
- Veteran ID cards
- Discharge documents, including DD-214 forms
- State-issued driver’s licenses with veteran designation
Publix Military Discount Exclusions
The Publix Veterans Day deal has some restrictions, according to its website.
The 10% military discount will not apply to:
- Online orders
- Gift cards
- Lottery tickets
- Postage stamps
- Applicable sales taxes
How Publix Supports Military Members and Veterans
Publix frequently recruits transitioning military members and veterans to fill over 19,000 unique roles within the company.
“As you can imagine, each position requires a special skill set, and skills acquired while serving in the military often translate to many positions and careers at Publix,” the chain said in its Publix Patriots blog, which profiles veterans in successful careers at Publix.
“To those who wore the uniform, Publix can be more than a place to shop,” Publix said on its website. “We encourage hiring veterans in our stores, warehouses and offices,” Publix said. “We’re always on the lookout for a few good associates and encourage all veterans to apply here.”
Food Lion Military Discount
Food Lion will also offer veterans and active military members a 10% military discount on grocery store purchases.
“Food Lion is proud to show our gratitude to the men and women who serve our country and protect our freedoms every day,” Food Lion president Meg Ham said when the store offered the same military discount on Memorial Day in 2017. “It is an honor to thank them for their service to our country by providing this MVP discount to military and their families.”
Food Lion Military Discount Eligibility and Exclusions
The Food Lion “MVP” discount is only available on Nov. 11, 2022.
Military members must also show proof of military service and use their personal Food Lion MVP card to receive the discount.
The 10% military discount only applies to grocery items. It won’t work on:
- Alcohol, including beer and wine
- Gift cards
- Lottery tickets
- Pharmacy orders
- Postage stamps
- Store services
How Food Lion Supports Military Members and Veterans
Since 2019, Food Lion has partnered with Operation Homefront to fight food insecurity among military members and veterans.
The grocery store chain also stocks these 15 veteran-owned brands:
- Battle Tested: Signature BBQ Sauce and Original BBQ Sauce
- Bee City: Pure raw honey
- Enoz Home: Bug and moth preventatives for storage, home and garden
- Fairwinds Brewing Company: Variety of craft beers
- Giovanni Cosmetics: Wide range of personal skincare and haircare products
- Heritage Brewing Company: Variety of craft beers
- Horse Creek Winery: An ample selection of wines including red, white and fruit wine
- Miami Beef: High quality fresh and frozen meat products
- Railhouse Brewery: Variety of craft beers
- Service Brewing: Variety of craft beers
- Shaffers BBQ: A range of Big Julie’s barbecue sauces
- Southern Pines Brewing: Variety of craft beers
- Tobacco Wood Brewing: Variety of craft beers
- Wicked Crisps: Baked chips chock full of nutrition from veggies, herbs, and spices, in a variety of flavors
- Young Veterans Brewing Company: Variety of craft beers
Food Lion provides a number of benefits for military and veteran employees, including family support when service member employees deploy. In 2010, the Department of Defense awarded Food Lion with an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR) Freedom Award for its programs and services for military associates.
From Friday, Nov. 11 through Monday, Nov. 14, Walgreens will honor those who serve the country by offering 20% off regular price eligible store items, Walgreens spokesperson Meredith Beyer wrote in an email to The Military Wallet reporter Teresa Tennyson.
Walgreens offered the same 20% discount May 27-30 in honor of Memorial Day, and on July Fourth, according to two company news releases.
Walgreens Military Discount Eligibility and Exclusions
“The offering will be available for all veteran, active duty military personnel, as well as their family members.” Beyer said veterans, active military members and their families are eligible for the discount, but must show a valid military ID.
The Walgreens Veterans Day military discount only applies to in-store purchases, and you must have a myWalgreens rewards account.
You can’t combine the 20% Veterans Day discount with other promotions or coupons, including buy-one-get-one specials.
Furthermore, you can’t use the discount on:
- Gift cards
- Money orders and transfers
- Transportation passes
- Lottery tickets
- Charitable donations
- Ephedrine or pseudoephedrine products
- Clinic services
- Bulk orders
- Out-of-stock or back-ordered items
- Sales tax
- Any purchases submitted for insurance reimbursement
More Ways to Save on Groceries!
Here are some other military-friendly sales and promotions to help you save more money on groceries:
Target’s Seasonal Military Discounts
While Target does not offer a year-round military discount, military members, veterans and military family members can save 10% in-store and on Target.com during select periods of the year, according to the retailer’s website. For Veterans Day 2022, Target Circle members who are veterans, military members or military dependents can take 10% off two transactions. Target extends a similar offer around the Fourth of July. Learn how to sign up for Target’s military discount here.
Sam’s Club Military Discount
For a limited time, Sam’s Club is running a Groupon discount promotion on new membership sign-ups. If you don’t have a Sam’s Club membership yet, you can get a standard membership for $20, a 60% discount off its usual price of $50. Or, you can save $50 on a Sam’s Club Plus membership – usually $110. Through Groupon, you can get it for $60.
If you miss the Groupon promotion or you’re already a Sam’s Club member you can still save! Military members, veterans and military spouses who sign up for (or renew) a Sam’s Club membership at the store will receive a $10 coupon, according to Sam’s Club website. The offer does not apply to online membership purchases or renewals.
Costco Military Discount
Military members, veterans and military family members can get a $20 digital Costco gift card when signing up for an auto-renewal membership here.
Just provide a valid e-mail address and verify your military status with ID.me. Costco will e-mail your gift card to your sign-up e-mail address within two weeks, the website said.
Unfortunately, Costco only extends this offer to new members. Existing Costco members can’t get the $20 gift card. To qualify as a new member, your membership must have expired at least 18 months ago, according to the website.