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    Senior Discounts

    Perhaps this is a local thing, but I have noted a shift in senior discounts, again.

    About 25-30 years ago, 65 was the age that most used for senior discounts. Over the years, the age decreased to 60, 55 or even 50. Recently, the age has gone the other way. Most places now again use 65, some eliminated the senior discount entirely and one that I noticed says that you must be over 80 to get the senior price.

    This is just an observation, not a complaint. Have others noticed anything similar?
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    I received my first 'seniors' discount a few years ago at a Shilo Inn on my way to Portland. I never asked, nor expected it, but when she saw my D.O.B on my driver's licence, she stated Shilo Inn offers a senior's discount starting at age 55 and gave me the lower rate.

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    I have not heard about the age for seniors' discounts going up. I do know that I still get my free "senior drinks" at Wendy's and have for quite some time, but I am over 65... Our local Harris-Teeter grocery store gives a discount to people over 50 on Thursdays.
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    I know Denny's used to be 55,but haven't been there for a long time. the only senior discount I've received lately was at 'The House on the Rock" in Wisconsin. 'over 62.'
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    Quote Originally Posted by JRoberts View Post
    Our local Harris-Teeter grocery store gives a discount to people over 50 on Thursdays.
    Our H-T here gives seniors 5% off on Wednesdays.

    But the best discount I get is county property taxes. Over 65, it saves me about $500.

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    Having crossed the threshold to 60 a few years ago I guess my age is showing since I, at times, get the discount without even asking for it. About the only place I go that a discount is applicable is Souplantation. The $8.39 cost on a $12.49 meal is a good deal (before 5pm).

    With many people living longer, many well into their 90's+, a discount at 50 would account for nearly half their life. I'll probably ruffle a few feathers here but just about any age has an argument for a discount. The unemployed, single parent, college students, disabled to mention a few. Those that were born about 1930 knew little of the good life what with the Depression and WW II. However, for the intelligent, well educated or the hard working life was generally an upward progression. Today's kids see just the opposite. They are told that they are entitled everything and they travel life living through a debt ridden life with far less job security. It might be coming to the point were the “discount” flip flops – at least according to need.

    While a senior discount brings a smile to my face, I accept them with a degree of hesitancy. I would not by any means call myself wealthy but my needs are met. And if those who are less well of than myself are called upon to compensate for my discount (as say.., the regular price being set) then I struggle with that. Perhaps it is just that I live on the lower end of a relatively wealthy area and I don't see seniors "struggling" to get by.
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    My mom hated being old enough to qualify for a senior discount but she made damn sure she got her discount. I threatened to get her a t-shirt that said "Senior Citizen...Give Me My Damn Discount!"

    She said "I won't wear it...I won't!"
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    I'm not smart enough to ever ask for a senior discount, and am not aware of ever paying less for anything; well, with one exception: my wife always remembers when we go to the movies, so I do get that one.

    The discount (which really wasn't really a discount at all) that meant the most to me was one I didn't ask for. The (sole) DC auto inspection station is government-run and notoriously slow. Lines are long and a ten-minute safety and emissions inspection can take 60 or 90 minutes, especially (for unknown reasons) in summer. A few years ago I pulled up on the apron and was dismayed to see 20 or 30 cars in each line. The attendant directing traffic asked me whether I was over 60. When I said "yes", he sent me to a special line with only one other car in it. Sometimes it's worth it to be old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skip Lackie View Post
    I'm not smart enough to ever ask for a senior discount, and am not aware of ever paying less for anything; well, with one exception: my wife always remembers when we go to the movies, so I do get that one.

    The discount (which really wasn't really a discount at all) that meant the most to me was one I didn't ask for. The (sole) DC auto inspection station is government-run and notoriously slow. Lines are long and a ten-minute safety and emissions inspection can take 60 or 90 minutes, especially (for unknown reasons) in summer. A few years ago I pulled up on the apron and was dismayed to see 20 or 30 cars in each line. The attendant directing traffic asked me whether I was over 60. When I said "yes", he sent me to a special line with only one other car in it. Sometimes it's worth it to be old.
    No it isn't. I'd sit in that long line if I could get 40 years back. <G>
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Forrester View Post
    No it isn't. I'd sit in that long line if I could get 40 years back. <G>
    Good point. On that I will agree with you.

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    Best deal in the U.S. is the lifetime Senior Pass to the national parks. Got mine at 62 & it only cost $10.00. I think it's now raised, but still a great deal.
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    The age for discounts varies widely by company, as well as location, and even by day of the week. It should be noted, even though senior discounts may be policy, you will receive very few of them unless you ask. Don't be shy. You've earned it.

    "The Senior List" is updated each year and, if you are unaware of a discount, chances are you won't know to request it.
    This list is worth looking over more than once a year.

    https://www.theseniorlist.com/bigges...ior-discounts/
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    Quote Originally Posted by dleroux View Post
    Best deal in the U.S. is the lifetime Senior Pass to the national parks. Got mine at 62 & it only cost $10.00. I think it's now raised, but still a great deal.
    Yes; August 2017 it was increased to $80.

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    New York state raised the senior hunting and fishing license age from 65 to 70, and an organization I belong to raised the senior age from 55 to 65. I was getting it up to a few years ago, and now I pay full shot for one more year.
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    Let's not have any of this "I was getting it up to a few years ago" talk. I'm still too young.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1954khardtop View Post
    New York state raised the senior hunting and fishing license age from 65 to 70, and an organization I belong to raised the senior age from 55 to 65. I was getting it up to a few years ago, and now I pay full shot for one more year.
    So far, it looks like New York State is leading the charge on raising the age for senior discounts.
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    The age of senior discounts does indeed vary from place to place. First time I ever got one was at age 55. Before that, I just asked my guy (who is 8 years older than me) to pay with my money, when a senior discount was involved that I was too young to qualify for.
    Most of the time clerks are too embarrassed to ask for proof of age. And most of the time the discount isn't big enough to make any kind of difference. For instance, one market in my neighborhood has a 5% senior discount. But they charge over 5% more than the other places. So, while it is nice to get 20 cents off a $4 item, an equivalent item at another place might only be priced $3.70 to begin with.
    In most cases the clerks do not seem to care if one is really "that old" or not. Ask for it and they will give it to you since they get paid the same whether somebody gets a discount, or not.
    When we go to the movies there is a discount price for students and seniors. I send my guy to buy the tickets and they sell him two senior, even though I do not qualify technically. Not cheating. They don't ask if both tickets are for seniors if he says he is one.
    Art supply store gives a discount for students and professional artists. No proof required. You just answer yes and get the discount.
    In short, senior discounts are a marketing strategy. And nobody seems to care if you meet the criteria or not, as long as it entices customers to come.

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