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Old 07-16-2014, 10:02 PM   #21
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AARP gets 15% off the check at Denney's. It's a good deal (the discount, not AARP).
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Not a senior discount but I like Entertainment book coupons. They have many buy one lunch or dinner get one free coupons. We go out 2 - 3 times a week to all sorts of nice ethnic restaurants, usually at lunch, and it doesn't cost too much more than eating at home, even with tax and tip on the pre-discount amount.
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When you get a discount, it can be given back as a better tip. If you camp at a reduced rate, find a worthy family and share your best treats.
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Why should a 67 year old couple that owns a 26 foot motor home pay cheaper national park fees than a 40 year old couple tent camping with kids?
Why should a 67 year old couple that owns a 26 foot motor home pay cheaper national park fees than a 40 58 year old couple tent camping with kids with exactly the same motor home?


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I fail to understand why wealthy 60+ folks should get a discount on anything that a 30-35 yrs old headed family of 4 scraping by doesn't. Wrong to me.
Merchants rarely do this for altruistic reasons. They do it to attract business. 60+ folks are a large and growing market, and typically have more disposable income that 30-35 year olds.

Here is a contrasting discount - the restaurants and hotels that offer kids eat/stay free discounts. They obviously do this to attract younger families with kids. This is not a discount most over 60 would qualify for.

I don't seek these discounts but I don't refuse them if offered. If one feels guilty about it, just pay it forward. For example, anonymous pay a family's dining bill at a restaurant you received a discount for, Or anonymously drop a gift card for a store in a family's mailbox.
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For National Parks, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a great deal - free admission to all. Back in the 1930s, when the state of Tennessee transferred ownership of their portion of the main park road to the federal government, it stipulated that "no toll or license fee shall ever be imposed…" to travel the road.
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Why should a 67 year old couple that owns a 26 foot motor home pay cheaper national park fees than a 40 58 year old couple tent camping with kids with exactly the same motor home?


Because they've been taxes nine years longer?
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If a place like Home Depot can give a 10% discount to all military in a military town and 10% to seniors and 10% on Thursdays then they are overpriced by 10%
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Back to the topic, I have enjoyed getting senior discounts at theater, museums and some restaurants. I have even been discounted when traveling abroad.
Yeah, I was pleasantly surprised the first time DH got a discount to some attraction on one of our trips to Europe. Many times they apply only to residents; I'm fine with that. Seniors who have the ability to travel abroad probably aren't hurting for money!

I realized I need to own up to seizing one senior discount as soon as it was available to me- the gym at the community center. I'm there a lot. I think one of the reasons that businesses/organizations offer them is that we can show up at off-peak hours and days. That would explain a lot of early-bird restaurant deals, the local grocery store that offers 10% off on Wednesdays, etc.

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AARP gets 15% off the check at Denney's. It's a good deal (the discount, not AARP).
Not into Denney's at all- their menu seems to celebrate overeating.
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Lists and business change, but that said, here is a good link to all sorts of discounts:
Hundreds of Senior Discounts for Frugal Retirees and Citizens Age 50 or Older
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Not into Denney's at all- their menu seems to celebrate overeating.
Take half home in a doggy bag. Then the discount is even better.
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Not into Denney's at all- their menu seems to celebrate overeating.
They have healthy menu items and do a good job at those. I like the breakfast special that generally include a fruit cup, oatmeal and a veggie omelette made with egg whites.

And like dtbach stated, you can take 1/2 home for later.
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I get the spinach salad on the 2-4-6-8 menu or the grilled chicken on the Senior menu at Denny's. Denny's is one of DH's fav restaurants. He is a cheap date. The kids complain when they travel with DH and sometimes I don't go along, that is the only place he wants to go, but he has pointed out they don't have to get grilled cheese or burgers and fries - they could order a salad and soup or grilled chicken and veggie sides.
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If a place like Home Depot can give a 10% discount to all military in a military town and 10% to seniors and 10% on Thursdays then they are overpriced by 10%
Sure.

So, we finally got their store charge card, and used it to get 5% off in our recent purchases for home improvement projects. Only 1/2 of the enchilada, but better than none.
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Sure. Only 1/2 of the enchilada
You can also buy 10% off coupons to Lowe's on eBay for ~$2 each. That will save the 'full' enchilada
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As far as whether we "deserve" discounts? It isn't about deserving them. Merchants offer them for their own business reasons, whether you're a Veteran, Senior, Credit Union member, AAA Member, have some sort of Corporate Group code, etc. Why would the consumer be wrong in accepting a deal on a good or service openly offered by a business, whether or not it comes through a better retail price, a sale, or a discount?

Just another view to add to the mix...
And a sensible view, in my opinion. I'm eligible for both senior and military discounts. I ask for them when I check out. If the establishment offers them, I happily accept. If they don't, no big deal. I don't feel like I'm taking advantage of anyone or cheapening myself by using them (although I admit I could have profited from them more when I was in my 30's with a young family and relatively modest pay.)

For those in the New England area, Dunkin' Donuts offers a 10% discount. Or, you can buy a large coffee and get a free donut. (But I can't drink that much coffee at once and I rarely eat donuts.)

In the Boston Metro area, a Senior Charlie Card gets you $1.25 rides on the T (price just went up from $1 on July 1) and a good discount on the Commuter Rail.
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(and I rarely eat donuts.)

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I rarely eat only ONE donut...
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The best and most sizable senior discount for me is for my property tax.
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The best and most sizable senior discount for me is for my property tax.

I had been looking forward to getting our state's homestead exemption on property tax at age 65. Unfortunately, it was recently changed to only be for seniors with income under $30,500, so we will not qualify. It would have been worth about $500/yr.


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Merchants rarely do this for altruistic reasons. They do it to attract business. 60+ folks are a large and growing market, and typically have more disposable income that 30-35 year olds.

Here is a contrasting discount - the restaurants and hotels that offer kids eat/stay free discounts. They obviously do this to attract younger families with kids. This is not a discount most over 60 would qualify for.
so who is more likely to be influenced by a discount - someone with less or more disposable income?

The kids discount isn't age specific.
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