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®
WILLIAMSBURG REAL ESTATE