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Who Has The Best Employee Discounts?

Updated on September 18, 2009

I've worked at a pretty fair amount of places before getting locked down at Walgreens for the last four years and I have to say that all employee discounts are not created equal. My first job was at Hardees where the employee discount was essentially free drinks and free or very cheap food depending on which manager was working. My time as a security guard showed me that you should be thankful you get an employee discounts because most security companies don't offer one. Other than those, the places I've worked for have had pretty good discounts which I'm going to share with you. Who knows this hub may make you decide its time for a job change. Take into consideration that its been a few years since I've worked at some of these so the discounts may have changed, and also where I say its 10% it could have been 15% because I'm pretty sure but wouldn't bet my life on it.

I worked for the now bankrupt Circuit City for my second job making a whopping $9.00 hr which was crazy at the time since I was still in high school and made $5.75 hr at my first job. But anyway one of my best friends was fired and I eventually quit because our manager was a dick. We both applied for Best Buy, he got hired and I didn't but surprisingly we learned Circuit City and Best Buy had the same discounts. If I recall correctly it was 10% in the store and like 40% off monster brand accessories but where you got the huge discounts was the accommodations website. While working for Circuit City I purchased car stereo equipment that would have cost me in the mid $2,000s anywhere else but I only paid $400. That's counting a nice pioneer cd player, two 12 inch top of the line infinity sub woofers, a top of the line infinity amp, top of the line infinity 6x9 speakers for the back of the car, and top of the line infinity plate speakers for the front. I was also able to snag a 32 inch t.v. for $100 because I worked on black Friday, not bad at all. Honestly if your an electronics person, you need to work at Best Buy because you'll save thousands compared to retail price.

After not getting hired at Best Buy I was hired at Blockbuster, turns out the Blockbuster manager knew my Circuit City manager because he was a regular customer and she too thought he was a dick. Blockbuster has a very good discount if your a movie lover, when I worked there I made $6.75 hr and I believe the discount was 10% on everything in the store. However you also were able to use five free rentals every week which could go towards movies or games and you were able to check out the new releases a week before they were actually released. If you do work there beware of free rental coupons even if your manager says they are okay, trust me I got fired for using them.

After Blockbuster it was unarmed security for a while until I landed with Walgreens. Starting pay at the time was $7.55 hr but after a few months I got bumped to head of the photo department making $9.00 hr. The in store discount is 15% even on items that are on sale or clearance, anything that is Walgreens brand however you get 20% discount on. Walgreens also likes to have employee appreciation days every couple of months where you get 25% discount on everything instead of the standard 15%. It doesn't stop there though, we also receive a 15% discount on monthly cell phone service from Verizon or Sprint, a 10% discount on HP computers, discounts on theme parks, discounts on new cars from Ford, Chrysler, or GMC, membership to a credit union, discounts on gyms, discounts on home loans, and more I can't think of.

My wife works for Walmart and they offer a 10% discount and even issue employees and their spouses discount cards but their in store discount sucks because it doesn't even work on all items. Just like Walgreens though, they offer a never ending list of discounts at other places and one that I really like is that they offer a discount for online colleges.

Perhaps the best discount of them all, my mothers Kroger discount. The in store discount is 15% but the phone number the discount is registered with is my grandmothers, why? Simple really because on Tuesday seniors get 5% off bringing our savings on Tuesday to 20% off and that's not counting any coupons we may have. Kroger also offers a nifty little feature where shopping there earns you points and you can use those points to lower their gas prices 10 cent per gallon. Needless to say we pretty much only buy groceries and gas from Kroger, I'm not sure what other discounts Kroger offers because I don't feel like bothering my mother but honestly do they even need to offer anything else? I'd love to hear some of the discounts you guys get, feel free to leave a comment.


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      Kaleb 4 years ago

      Holiday Market offers zero discounts.. -_-

      and their salads cost more for the employees then they do for customers.

      it sucks. isn't that illegal?

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      Jack Mason 4 years ago

      Thanks for this list. It's a good resource for employee discount programs. My friend recommended this site What do you think?

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      Alisha 5 years ago

      Currently at best buy and they removed the 50% cap on the discount!! So now it's 5% above cost and that's it!

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      Angie 5 years ago

      I work for Kroger as well and have recently heard about the I-wireless discounts as well as discounts with apple. How do you access your discount, employee badge or proof of employment?

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      Laura 5 years ago

      I worked for Claire's Accessories several years ago and they gave a discount of 50% off all merchandise even if it was on clearance already which basically made clearance merchandise cost next to nothing!!!

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      Beat1 5 years ago

      Radio shack was 30% the changed to 50% cell plan basic $25 iphone the usual was 2000 minutes unlimited text and web was approx $55 a month if you leave just unlock it and go with prepaid I pay less than that now unlimited everything!

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      Zack 5 years ago

      Any stores part of footlocker inc. give 30% off everything and about 4 times a year they do 50% off.

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      Jim 5 years ago

      Download the PerksConnect app on your smartphone. You can get discounts almost everywhere, I've saved so much money!

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      AshleyG29 5 years ago

      My husband works for Fred Meyer and his electronics discount is 10% off excluding certain items such as Bose, Kindle, and Nook.

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      dance111 5 years ago

      What is the fred meyer discount for electronics??

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      peach1001245 5 years ago

      I currently work at Kroger and compared to a lot of other places I believe Kroger has great discount's for their employees. You do get 22% off of your Sprint bill, as well as with Verizon, and At&t (which is the second highest discount given to employees of a company besides Waste Management, which my father works for, their Sprint discount is 33% they have the highest discount for Sprint).They also have a discount off of Dell, Apple, Hp, and Lenovo electroncis (which I appreciate since in a full-time college student). There are also discounts for gym memberships, the list goes on and on. When it comes to the in store discounts you get 10% off of all kroger products excluding items made in the deli bakery. The company really values their workers on your birthday and aniversary you get upwards of 5-20 dollars of free groceries that are great to use on a big grocery bill along with coupons in which they double (including 1 dollar coupons). I'm happy I am working with this company for my first job.

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      BigDaddy 5 years ago

      Under Armour: Half off

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      Somegirl 5 years ago

      Rite aid offers 20 percent discounts to their employees.

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      Bob 6 years ago

      Bass Pro Shops gives 40% off their brand and 15% off anything else. Plus they have pro plans where you can order direct from a company for the cost of a unit.

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      New Rules 6 years ago

      Best Buy now offers 5% over cost up to a max of 50% off the cost.

      Before: $80 HDMI cable was $2.50.

      Now: $80 HDMI cable is $40.

      Ugh. Lost complained.

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      Chuck 6 years ago

      Zappos employees receive 40% off anything they buy from the website. Hands down the best discount in the retail world. $500 blazer cost me $300... Shoes for $13-$25... It's amazing.

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      Robert in Omaha NE 6 years ago

      Nebraska furiture mart (The largest furniture store in the US). You get everything 10% above cost. Literally saving hundreds, if not thousands, on furniture. They also have tons of electronics at the same discount. Your spouse is eligiable for the discount, and your family gets a slightly worse discount. You also save 20% on your verizon phone bill. BTW-kroger has the same verizon phone discount.

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      Ailee 6 years ago

      CVS gives 20% off merchandise and 30% of store brand items (excludes anything on sale or clearance)

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      Erin 6 years ago

      Big Lots is 20%.

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      John 6 years ago

      Gap Inc. has a sick discount! 25% at Old navy 50% at Gap and Banana Republic 30% at outlet stores and 10% of clearance!

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      Joel A.  6 years ago

      I currently work at kroger and the discounts are amazing!

      They also give you discounts at other stores that arent even kroger related, such as a few cellular companies, a few computer companies, and jewelery companies. It's fantastic.

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      Holly 7 years ago

      For Kroger employees, when is the next holiday discount? Is it for New Year's (today, tomorrow, New Year's Day) ?

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      Adam 7 years ago

      I work at kroger and i get 15% off kroger value and kroger brand items. I also get discounts on theme park tickets like kings island tickets. I get a 22% discount on sprint service and im not sure about other service providers. And i get 6 cents off every gallon of gas.

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      BBY 7 years ago

      Best Buy employees also get 25% off their verizon bill.

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      tony 7 years ago

      Rite aid employee discount is 20% off all items except if its already on sale.

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      Melissa 7 years ago

      Oh Kroger gives more discounts then that. I get 20% off my verizon phone bill every month! We also get discounts with del and apple and a bunch of other companies too, discounts with some college's too! during december we get 10% off EVERY THING we buy no matter what brand name and a free turkey if we spend $25 bucks when getting the turkey....up to 19lb!

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      Marie 7 years ago

      I work for Kroger manufacturing and the discounts are amazing. We also get college tuition reimbursment for up to $3,000 a semester. We get special employee double discount days in the stores about four times a year and that includes Fred Meyer jewelers. We get a regular 10% discount on Kroger brand groceries any time. Kroger treats its employees VERY well when it comes to perks.

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      Lori 7 years ago

      kroger employees also get discounts on a lot of cell phone providers, sprint, verizon, & i believe at&t, also the in store i-wireless. i know the sprint one is 22% off but am not sure of what the others are

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      Justin 7 years ago

      So i work for bestbuy and scince you have worked there things have changed! we get a 5% Above cost discount.. so you know those monster cables you were talking about? yea so a $300 30ft hdmi cable we get for about 25 - 30$

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      Tina 8 years ago from Wv

      Great idea for a hub! I have worked at Wendys where we got a discount off our meal and at Baskin Robbins I think we go one free scoop a day plus a discount.