Life DOES Get BETTER After 50!

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Life DOES Get BETTER After 50!

Here's were getting older is GREAT!  Why?  Discounts, of course!  Starting at around age 50, there's an abundance of bargains from entertainment to travel; and from eductation to health care.  Most everyone is watching their wallets these days, retired or not.

AARP offers consistent savings.  It has a sliding scale on membership fees, depending on how many years you choose. For example, it's currently $12.50 for a year, $39.95 for five years.  Membership is available to those 50 years and older. AARP also has discounts for health care and insurance in addition to entertainment and travel.  Savings upto 25% on rental cars, 10% off at Borders book stores, and from 3 to 8 dollars on admission to Busch Gardens (days vary).  These discounts cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts.

Hungry?  There are various restuarants that offer discounts to seniors. Now, you have to check eligibilty as all franchises may not offer the same discounts. They may also require identification.  McDonald's typically offers half-price coffee to seniors who request it.  Wendy's has the same offer, but for 10% less. IHOP gives 10% off regular menu items to those 55 and older; and at different locations on one night per week, entrees are 50% off.  Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que in WILLIAMSBURG, offers a 10% discount to 55 and better as well.

Many grocery stores offer 5% off their bills to those 55 and better (older) who shop on specific days.  At Kroger, it's Tuesdays and at Harris Teeter's it's Thursdays.  Farm Fresh stores offer the same deal twice a week, every Tuesday and Thursday.  The discount includes beer and wine, but does not apply to prescriptions, fuel or tobacco.

Rite-Aid has a variety of discounts for 55 plus who enroll in the Living More program  (no fee).  Being in that program allows seniors to get 20% off entire store purchases the first Tuesday of every month and 10% off on other Tuesdays; 10% off Rite Aid brands every day; and 10 % off cash prescriptions every day.  At the Prime Outlets in WILLIAMSBURG, offers a 10% discount on purchases on Tuesdays at 34 stores to ages 55 and up (Prime Time shoppers).

The Senior Citizens Higher Education Act allows Virginia residents, age 60 and older, to audit courses at Virginia public colleges and universities at NO CHARGE.  Seniors must meet the admission requirements and are accepted to classes on a space available basis.  Lower income seniors may have tuition fees waived for credit bearing classes.

At 55, people become eligible to participate in Elderhostel with its educational travel opportunities.  Spouses and companions going along need only be 50 years old.

These are just some samples of why it's great to be 55 and BETTER!!  

Courtesy of Yvette Smith, SRES® REALTOR®

Comments (7)

Lori Isaacson
Credit Restoration Consultants - Plantation, FL

Why Thank you for the uplifting words. I turned 50 last week and have been wondering about the advantages. My husband is a bit older than me so we have been taking advantage of the AARP discounts for awhile........I will check into the other discounts!!

Happy Tuesday!!


Nov 18, 2008 03:26 AM
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

I can't believe how close I am to being eligible for these benefits myself.  Actually, I'm already a member of AARP, but I have a few years before I get to 55!

Nov 18, 2008 04:04 AM
Marlene Pellegrini
Norwich, CT

Fantastic information Yvette.  Thank you!  You give me so many ideas.

Nov 18, 2008 04:26 AM
LaShawn Norden
Keller Williams Heritage Realty - Longwood, FL
REALTOR, (321) 377-0157, Your Real Estate Advocate in Central FL

Yvette~Even thoough I'm a young 38, my husband is 49...Next year, I'm sure I'll have to convince him that although it's good to have a "younger" wife, turning 50 also has it's advantages! Thanks for sharing!

Nov 18, 2008 04:44 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

I think all ages are "good ages", when we're in that particular time slot.    I like you looking for the upside of aging, though!

Nov 18, 2008 05:22 AM
Petra Norris
Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale

Yvette - great informative post for folks over 50. I still have a few years to go but my husband is over 50 and hopefully people over 50 have many more great healthy prosperous years ahead.

Nov 19, 2008 02:20 AM
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Yvette, This is so exciting! LOL I have only one more year to take advantage of all these goodies - Will make hitting 55 easier to deal with! Thanks!


Nov 20, 2008 07:59 AM