The Senior Citizen Discount is Now Old Hat

Tell me a senior citizen discount story …

In my recent piece for the Providence Journal, I write of my new passion for the senior citizen discount.
I have added to that passion. Please note the final paragraph.

How ironic. Much more mellow, I have moved on from the indignity and the embarrassment of the senior citizen discounts. Now I have a billfold bursting with point cards for every restaurant, every grocery store, gas pumps and everything in between. I collect points for future discounts like the days of the Green Stamps but without the books.
I can hardly keep track of my cards and my points. I hate it when I forget a card. After all, I need my points.

The link (again) to the story:

SOOO … my question …what story you have of the senior citizen discount.
C’mon … let’s hear from you.

By | 2018-05-13T14:54:37+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Humor|9 Comments


  1. peter voccio jr May 14, 2018 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    The proper woman in the Churchill War rooms did address you as Sir, you may have gotten a curtsey if you mentioned that you were named after Prince Edward. Ahh, the senior discount I love them and politely ask if the senior discount is offered. It’s always nice to save. Now if you were a real, real, frugal person you could have left Diane home and saved seven dollars and could have filled her in on the flick. Wait, there’s more, you also could of left your grandson in the club house and tell him later all the wonderful shots you made. hmmm saved seven leaving Diane home, sixteen leaving your grandson in the club house. If my math is correct that comes to twenty three dollars. Sorry grandson, sorry Diane I love you!

    • Ed May 14, 2018 at 7:54 pm - Reply

      Love it, Peter. Funny but impractical. They are too much fun.
      Thanks fr weighing in … again

  2. Howard Weldon May 14, 2018 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Where were you when President Kennedy died? Where were you when the Twin Towers Fell? Where were you when this barely old enough to vote girl asked you if you wanted the Senior Discount. I was at Kohl’s in Burnsville, in my late 50’s for God’s sake!
    Minnesota. Mortified at the statement and shockingly taken aback. It seems as if my entire life flashed before my eyes. I looked sheepishly at the young lad and the others in line and became indignant.
    “Do I really look like a Senior to you young lady?”
    “Well … I wasn’t sure and I didn’t want you to miss the discount and was only thinking of your saving money.”
    I went to the car and sat. “It’s the beginning of the end, and I’ve got to do something about this. Is my life insurance up to date, is my will current, need a new power of attorney, a living will, donate my organs on my driver’s license, buy Grecian Formula, lose weight, check with the Bristol Cemetery about the family plot, a headstone and what to put on it. Oh My God so much to do and hope I have time left to finish these critical steps of growing old.”
    I promised myself I would never go to Kohl’s again. My heart can’t take it.

    • Ed May 14, 2018 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      Yes, that question does give one pause, Howard. I am well over it, thinking of a good life with more discounts.
      Love your question, “Where were you when?”
      Never figured the senior ask would be pivotal, but indeed it was.
      Well written. Thanks

  3. Mike Montigny May 14, 2018 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    The first time was at The Showcase Cinema on a Wed. I noticed they gave senior discounts.
    I said to the cashier ,” Two senior tickets please”. He responded with a tune when he looked at my wife Sandy, “ They are getting younger everyday!!”
    I asked if he wanted to bet if I showed our licenses to prove we both were over 65, “ He responded, “ I believe you are but not your wife” I was half pissed off with him.
    Anyway he said if he could bet he would. Needless to say we take advantage whenever we can and wherever we go ask for a senior discount, , they will always ask Sandy for her ID but not me.

    • Ed May 14, 2018 at 9:05 pm - Reply

      Love it. Way to go, Sandy. So, Mike, do you remember the days when you WANTED to be older so you could get served. Did you have a fake ID?

  4. Joe Giusto May 14, 2018 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    A relative bought me a T-shirt with…”SENIOR CITIZEN…Give me my damn discount” on it. I have worn it on vacations and got some really good comments.
    At Yellowstone National Park it paid off. Kiddingly, at the park’s dining room, I asked if I could get a senior discount -while pointing to my shirt. The answer ” No, not now, but
    we do discount at breakfast in the morning if you ask for it!”.Sure I asked at breakfast!
    In Maine, (no, no shirt this time), at a hotel, a friend mentioned to the person signing us in that I was a Veteran and any discount? I only had to show proof…my VA identification card…and got a hefty discount there and a few other hotels on that trip.

    • Ed May 14, 2018 at 10:45 pm - Reply

      EXCELLENT tips, Joe. We seniors, even those of us without a shirt, thank you

  5. Honey May 15, 2018 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Too bad we don’t get points for doctor visits and surgery. Maybe you could do something about that!

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