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Old 10-29-2013, 03:51 PM   #21
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Nothing I dislike more than being around a bunch of people just like me...
Reminds me of the old Groucho Marx quote about not wanting to join any club that would have him as a member...
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:10 PM   #22
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Recently resumed playing golf. Last week when were were at the pro shop register to pay green fees, my retired neighbor reminded me I qualified for senior discount. Sad in a way that I now qualified for that senior discount, but depressed that the asst pro did not even ask to see my ID
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Any senior discount that means I have to be some place at a specific time is an automatic no-go for me. Nothing I dislike more than being around a bunch of people just like me...
Like Applebees well publicized Veterans Day free dinner for vets. No way I would venture out into that circus.
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:36 PM   #24
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Sad in a way that I now qualified for that senior discount, but depressed that the asst pro did not even ask to see my ID
Yeah, I don't even get carded to buy wine anymore.
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:42 PM   #25
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Like Applebees well publicized Veterans Day free dinner for vets. No way I would venture out into that circus.
Or waiting an hour in line to get a free $3 cone at Ben and Jerry's on their "free cone day". I'd pay $20 to avoid a line like that.
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Any senior discount that means I have to be some place at a specific time is an automatic no-go for me. Nothing I dislike more than being around a bunch of people just like me...
I'll sometimes "play their silly little game" as long as it also fits my schedule/life AND nets me savings on something I wanted in the first place. Oh, and for whatever strange reason, I've always enjoyed the company of folks my age and actually older. Sad that I am now losing life-long (my life) friends who are in the generation before me. I have found great wisdom and comfort from such folks and nothing beats talking over dinner/coffee with the elders - which I'm rapidly becoming. Getting a discount as well appeals to my frugal nature. It also empowers me to go out more often. YMMV
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I haven't confirmed if Albertsons grocery stores indeed have a 10% senior discount, but they do take 10% off your total purchase on Seattle Seahawks' game days--if you wear a Seahawks jersey to the store ("restrictions apply"). A hat, jacket or simple T-shirt doesn't suffice. And this is not restricted to seniors either.
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Like Applebees well publicized Veterans Day free dinner for vets. No way I would venture out into that circus.
Admit I have gone to a Vet's Day celebration at Applebee's. Enjoyed the atmosphere of hangin' with other vets, swappin' duty experiences with folks I'd never met before, & seeing a few guys/gals tryin' to squeeze back into uniform (some more successfully than others ). The free meal was just an excuse to get the vets together.
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These schemes all shift costs to lower income groups - those younger than 55 or so. I'd like to see some stores start offering youth discounts & see how seniors like that. The age discrimination complaints would be out of sight.
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I got my first senior discount today at the local supermarket. I asked the cashier what was going on when the screen started lighting up with reduced prices. She said "oh, that's your senior discount"...I was pleased, and bummed at the same time...

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Recently resumed playing golf. Last week when were were at the pro shop register to pay green fees, my retired neighbor reminded me I qualified for senior discount. Sad in a way that I now qualified for that senior discount, but depressed that the asst pro did not even ask to see my ID
That course could use a lesson in Marketing 101... course I play has a younger woman working there who, whenever she is handling the green fees, always mentions the senior discount and asks if you are old enough to qualify for it, even to people who go there regularly and joke about it. The flattery gets here everywhere was she also asks if there are any other items they need, and those who are flattered seem to end up buying a few additional items.
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I cannot wait to use DH's senior discounts!!! He is not happy about it, but in four months we will be getting the AARP magazine
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My local Kroger offers no senior discount.

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Our local Kroger chain (Fry's) does offer a 10% discount for 55+ on the first Wednesday of the month but have only used it a couple times, don't usually do my grocery shopping on Wednesday.
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Old 10-30-2013, 11:46 AM   #34
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Only thing we seem to use is to buy most groceries on Thursday which is 5% off over 60 at Harris Teeter. Which I HATE has been bought by Kroger. Sorry is that offends any Kroger devotees.
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I got my first senior discount today at the local supermarket. I asked the cashier what was going on when the screen started lighting up with reduced prices. She said "oh, that's your senior discount"...I was pleased, and bummed at the same time...

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Why keep it a secret? Tell us all where you are getting the discount.

Also, read in the newspaper and was told by a WalMart employee, that they will honor any BOGO given at any other supermarket. Haven't tried it yet.
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Another one of note that happened. We go Steak and Shake quite often. Love their burgers ans shakes. We used to have a seniors discount card but lost it some time back. As usual, today after our lunch, I asked the cashier for out discount. No problem she said. I asked her, why did you eliminate the discount cards? She told me that if people don't ask for the discount, they don't volunteer it and they are saving money by not printing the cards. Why give money away when it's not asked for or expected. She has a point. I'll bet they pick up at least $1M a year by just not giving out the automatic discount. Ask for it, you got it. Otherwise, no.
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Another one of note that happened. We go Steak and Shake quite often. Love their burgers ans shakes. We used to have a seniors discount card but lost it some time back. As usual, today after our lunch, I asked the cashier for out discount. No problem she said. I asked her, why did you eliminate the discount cards? She told me that if people don't ask for the discount, they don't volunteer it and they are saving money by not printing the cards. Why give money away when it's not asked for or expected. She has a point. I'll bet they pick up at least $1M a year by just not giving out the automatic discount. Ask for it, you got it. Otherwise, no.
Oooooohhh! Steak and Shake!! Whenever I return to the midwest, I have to hit S & S at least once a week. Love their SteakBurgers, thin and crispy fires and just adore their chili. World's finest, IMHO. You are right, more and more restaurants (and other retail businesses) require you to ask for the discount. The "official" excuse I got from a manger once (someplace, not S & S) was "We don't want to insult anyone by assuming they are over our Sr. age limit." Okay, I buy that, but I'm sure it saves them a bundle, heh, heh.

JOHNNIE, thanks for the tasty memories!! Just about 9 more months or so and I'll be back at S & S.
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I just moved to MA in July. One of the bennies here is the Senior Charlie Card on the T (subway and commuter rail system). (Background: the plastic cards that you use on the system and add money to are called Charlie Cards. Named after Charlie who needed "one more nickel" from the old Kingston Trio song.) The Senior Charlie cards are for those over 65. With them you get subway rides for $1 a trip (vs. $2 or $2.50) and commuter rail fares at 50% (fare is related to distance.) The only problem is that you have to go to a central T office and get your photo taken since they obviously don't want non-eligible riders using Senior cards.

My wife and I went to dinner in Boston a few weeks ago. $7 to park at the T station in Braintree and a total of $4 in T fares. Much better than hassling with Boston traffic and probably paying $20 to park in a garage on a Saturday night.
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I just moved to MA in July. One of the bennies here is the Senior Charlie Card on the T
Very good point.
I go to DC often enough that last year I got one of their senior Metro discount cards to use on my visits. The savings are huge!
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Lot's of places have student discounts.

I was very thankful for those when I was a poor college student.

I think I'd feel a little funny taking a senior discount while having substantial wealth. Of course, not having a job will probably change my feelings of what "wealthy" is substantially.


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These schemes all shift costs to lower income groups - those younger than 55 or so. I'd like to see some stores start offering youth discounts & see how seniors like that. The age discrimination complaints would be out of sight.
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