Don't forget indulgence flights- I hear they're doing great deals on fly-drives to Basrah at the moment. (Snag is that you have to demostrate that you can pay for you and yours to get back to Blighty if the Vickers Funbus gets re-tasked or goes U/S. But don't worry chaps, you know ASCOT- that never happens. )
If you're Spam-side it can work wonders. Especially the Theme Parks, Vegas, hotels, car rental etc. (Just tell them you're working in the US, don't say you're just a tourist.) I'm sure the cousins could fill you in on shopping etc.
Accompanying the missus shopping at the weekend, i was pleasantly surprised to be given 10% forces discount in a good clothes shop in Aldershot. It got me thinking, why do the unemployed and students get discounts and bonuses from cinemas to fast food joints all over the country and not nearly enough businesses and shops offer them to the forces??? I realise that the unemployed and students don't have tons of cash in general, but in the current climate, it would be a nice gesture to servicemen and women, better than a yellow ribbon round a tree anyway.
To my eternal shame, I ended up being dragged by Mrs Sticky to a shopping centre near Swindon. There I discovered that a book of money off vouchers awaits all those who can produce a MOD90 at the information desk.
My first purchase was a balaclava to hide the embarrassment of being caught in Swindon in daylight and out of a car.