Senior Discounts

seniorsEver since I hit about 55, I’ve been getting mail from AARP wanting me to join. No, absolutely not! I have this theory that if I don’t admit to being old, it will stop the clock from ticking.

Anyhow, I don’t need a card to remind me I’m a senior.  Looking in the mirror is enough. Who in the world needs an AARP card to remind them they are over the hill? If someone wants to give me a senior discount, why do I need an AARP card? If the wrinkles are not proof enough, I have a driver’s license.

I went to the eyeglasses place the other day because I broke my glasses.  Yes, I wear glasses, just like any old person. The clerk wanted the phone number of my doctor to check my prescription, so I looked through all the cards in my wallet to try and find it.

“Do you belong to AARP?” she asked. “I saw your Medicare card in your wallet. I could give you a discount if you belong to AARP.”

I can get a discount with an AARP card, but not a Medicare card?

“I never would have guessed you were that old if I hadn’t seen the card,” she explained.

Liar, liar, pants on fire.

It so happens that I do belong to AAA. So, I got the discount — not for belonging to AARP but because AAA wants old people to be able to see how to drive, I suppose.

Actually, I’ve never really understood the senior discount concept. Why do old folks deserve to pay less just for still being alive? With all the baby-boomers reaching retirement age, pretty soon AARP and everyone else is going to be overwhelmed with old folks wanting discounts.

The “fixed income” concept doesn’t hold water for me. A lot of people are on a fixed income and a lot of people are worse off than seniors, but they don’t get a break on prices. Why are we rewarded for getting senile?

Kroger gives us a senior discount, but only on Wednesday. If you must be old, you should be sure to do it on the right day. I can’t remember to go grocery shopping on the right day of the week, so I go where they give low prices to everyone all the time… or at least they say they do.

I like to go thrift shopping at Goodwill and they also give senior discounts unless the item is on sale and already marked down. The other day when I asked for a senior discount at the cash register, they carded me. I was flattered. When I went there yesterday, it was senior double discount day.

Speaking of getting carded, when I buy cigarettes at Walgreen, I always get carded. I don’t smoke, but sometimes my daughter asks me to pick up a pack for her. They card everyone there. I always show them my driver’s license and say, “Am I too old to smoke?”

Some restaurants give discounts to seniors, but you usually have to order a special meal. That’s the deal at IHOP, where I always order a senior breakfast. It is smaller and has less food, so I’m not sure you are really saving any money.

Now senior discounts for movies, and entertainment events are good deals. I always ask if they give senior discounts on tickets. You can save a bundle at Dollywood. Of course, they probably have to give old folks discounts to bribe them to come to an amusement park.

Movies have never asked me for an AARP card, or a AAA card, or a driver’s license or a Medicare card. I suppose they think no one would claim to be over the hill just to get in cheap.

You don’t possibly suppose I could look my age to them, do you?


About Sheila Moss

My stories are about daily life and the funny things that happen to all of us. My columns have been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and websites.
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5 Responses to Senior Discounts

  1. energywriter says:

    Love it, Sheila. You spoke for our generation, except I’m further into the old age stage than you are. On my budget I gladly accept all discounts. Even so, you make me laugh at myself as well as the “system.” sd


  2. Elaine says:

    I also refuse to join AARP. Why are they allowed to receive kickbacks from health insurance company’s, car insurance company’s, etc,etc,etc? The AMC movie theater by me only gives a discount if I go to a 10am showing. No thank you, no movie made today is worth my time at 10am! If these company’s really want my business then they should remove the middleman (AARP) and deal directly with me!


    • Sheila Moss says:

      I don’t know. I always wonder what they know about Medicare that I don’t know.


      • Elaine says:

        It’s not what they know it’s what most people don’t know. Back in 2003 I collapsed and had to have my second aortic bi-femoral by pass. I spent a total of 2 and 1/2 months in the hospital. No one including my doctors expected me to live. My son’s were called to the hospital several times because I was thisclose to death. My kidney’s shut down, my lungs filled with fluid, I was put on a ventilator, you get the picture. Then I spent a month in rehab because my legs didn’t work anymore and I had a very hard time getting off the ventilator.
        I tell you all of this because except for my normal deductible Medicare paid for everything. At that time they said you would only get one catastrophic illness covered in your life time but now with Obamacare that one time only is gone. While you might only pay a small amount to see one of their doctors, with one of these companies, you need their permission to get treatment. I can go to whatever doctor I want and as many times as he or she feels is necessary. You have mentioned your age a few times. You and I are the same age but I have been on Medicare since 1991. I feel I am old enough to make my own health decisions and I really don’t need an insurance company directing my care when they have no idea what my health conditions are.
        Oh one more thing in 1991 my husband died, in my arms, from a heart attack. Blue Cross turned down his bill because I didn’t call them before the ambulance took him to the hospital!! After I threatened them with a lawsuit they paid immediately. Education is a lot better then getting ripped off by AARP.


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