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Employee Discounts

What Are Employee Discount Programs? 

Employee discount programs are voluntary benefits offered by an employer to help you save money. Employers contract with vendors and merchants to offer you promotions, discounts and group rates. Each discount program is unique to the employer that offers it, and through the program, you will have access to a variety of products and services at reduced rates. These discounts might include items you usually buy, such as groceries and cellphone service, or you may be able to access discounts for more specialized purchases such as concert tickets and hotel stays. The advantage of a discount program is that it saves you money simply for being an employee of your company. 

Some programs may also offer payroll deduction options. With this perk, you can purchase an item through the program and then pay for it with automatic deductions from your paycheck each month.

How Do Discount Programs Work?

The discount program may offer lowered rates, percentages off or special deals and promotions. Depending on the program, discounts may be available in-store, online or both. To take advantage of a discount or other offer, simply provide proof of employment (such as an identification card or pay stub) or a discount card or ID number, if given one. Then proceed with your purchase.

What Do Discount Programs Offer? 

The types of products and services that might be offered through a discount program vary widely, often including both special and everyday items and services. Here are some of the more common products and services that you might be able to purchase for lower prices:

  • Fitness center or gym membership
  • Mobile phone group rates
  • Lower loan or bank account fees
  • Health-related services, such as acupuncture or chiropractic care
  • Computer hardware or software
  • Childcare services
  • General discount programs, which may include:
    • Tickets for sporting events, movies, theatres, and more
    • Hotel stays and transportation tickets
    • Restaurants and groceries
    • Travel planning assistance
    • Clothes, shoes and jewelry
    • Services at salons and spas
    • Reduced rent for designated apartments

TrueNorth's Employee Benefits Division is here to help. 

TrueNorth offers businesses of every size comprehensive solutions to meet their business needs and those of their employees.  If you are in need of business solutions or are looking to start a business of your own, please call TrueNorth.  Our Employee Benefits division would be happy to assist you in providing the well-being of both you and your staff.  Call us today at 1-800-798-4080.

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