Mar 082016
 

Did you know there are opportunities for life as a Senior that are not available for the young whipper-snappers?  Life after 55+ years doesn’t have to be boring or expensive. These are some of the places I’ve found that offer senior discounts or are free.
Senior Discount

SENIOR DISCOUNTSwww.seniordiscount.com
I’m sharing with you some of our favorite places in Utah, but this website will also show listings for your area.

Businesses rarely offer this information.  I would always ask if they give a discount, so you don’t miss out on these opportunities.
Restaurants: some that we enjoy locally and may consider 55+ years of age for a senior discount.
A & W Restaurant
Carl’s Jr.
Applebee’s
Chili’s

Ski Hills: most of the ski resorts offer a senior discount, but you must show proof of age.  These are a few of our favorite places to ski with the family.

Brighton Ski Resort
Solitude Ski Resort
Snowbasin Resort

Retail: businesses that advertise their discounts, but may offer a better discount not age related.
Ace Hardware
Jo Ann’s Fabrics
Kohl’s Department Store
Rite Aid

Automotive: a few of the auto service businesses that are handy for a needed oil change.
Jiffy Lube
Midas Auto Service

The senior discount website lists many more categories like airlines, golf and other sports. I would recommend contacting a business to find out what you can save a few bucks on and when.
National and State Pass
State Parks – The “Utah Senior Adventure Pass” is valid for one year, starting from the month purchased. Eligibility for the pass is for seniors 62 years and older.

Our favorite State Park is Antelope Island and a great place to visit any time of the year.  Besides seeing where the buffalo (freely) roam, there is a sandy beach for the grandkids and the historical Garr Ranch to learn about ranching a century ago.

National Parks – An “America the Beautiful” pass is a lifetime pass for only $10.  This is a bargain worth purchasing.  We love visiting the national parks during the off-season as a perfect way to relax and take photos when it’s not so crowded.

Seniors on the go

http://slco.org/aging-adult-services/senior-centers
There are 19 Salt Lake area Senior Centers that offer local tours for a small fee and also unique special events. This is a wonderful way to socialize, eat a meal, and learn new crafts from weekly classes and workshops.

My hubby and I have an HO Model Train Room that we manage at the Harman Senior Rec. Center.  Reminiscing about trains seniors rode or played with are a way to share fun stories.  Also, helping seniors who don’t have access to computers is one of the many opportunities for volunteering at the center.

http://www.culturalcelebration.org
Utah Cultural Celebration Center offers free admission to Summer and Winter concert series for everyone from July through December. Their art gallery and artifacts include traveling educational exhibits from the Smithsonian and local artist groups.  Some of our favorites are the Trees of Diversity and Face of Utah Sculpture annual exhibits.

Silver Sneakershttps://www.silversneakers.com
Health plans offer this program at no additional cost and is designed for all levels and abilities. SilverSneakers provides access to fitness equipment, group exercise classes, online education and a chance to meet other healthy seniors.
The locations are conveniently close by, so I don’t have to drive far to enjoy free classes at my local recreation center and my Curves Gym.

There are so many opportunities as a senior for learning, exercising or just being entertained.  I’m interested in learning what other ways you have found to save money through your senior discounts or other freebies.

Apr 112014
 

Your bum doesn’t care if your travels bring you to a rustic privy or a palace.  What matters is how clean and fresh it feels, after nature called for that moment of relief.  Am I right?

Whether your bottom is lovingly described as a bootie, a bum or a butt, it wants to be pampered and feel soothed at all times.

I wanted to know what brand would stand up to the clean and sooth test.  Cottonelle has bragging rights to the following reasons why I use it:  It’s thick and two-ply, so my family won’t use a roll-a-day.  Also it’s strong and huggable softness goes a long way in comfort.

Cottonelle picI always used a wet wipe to make sure my precious grandbaby’s bum was freshly clean.

So I decided it was about time I treated my bum to that same freshly clean feeling too.
CottonelleThe perfect companion for Cottonelle’s Clean Care toilet paper is Cottonelle’s Flushable Cleansing Wipes.

I compiled a list of reasons why I use it at home and take along on our travels:
– Flushable
– Break up after flushing
– Sewer- and septic-safe
– Alcohol-free
– OneTouch dispensing tub

Cottonelle Toilet Paper and Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths were designed to work together for a clean you can actually feel.

Join the #LetsTalkBums fun on Facebook and discuss the Cottonelle Care Routine with other clean minded people.

Check out this bargain – Receive a 1.50 coupon for Cottonelle Clean Care TP & Flushable Cleansing Cloths to experience the fresh, clean feeling for yourself.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cottonelle, but my love for the flushable Cleansing Cloths is all my own!

Mar 192013
 

A fantastic site to make me the coolest Grandma ever is  http://hunt4freebies.com.  This website is where I go for all the latest coupons, discounts, and freebies that can save me money on a daily/weekly basis.

legoToday, I enrolled my grandsons for two years of FREE Lego magazines.  How cool is that? The link:  http://hunt4freebies.com/free-lego-club-jr-magazine-2-year-subscription/   will direct you to the website: http://club.lego.com.

Lego’s are one of my favorite toys for my grandkids since they have (1) no batteries, (2) encourage creative learning (3) no noisy beeps or honks.

So what happens to a child that is a Lego-maniac?  According to this website  http://harmonyfinearts.org/category/mindstorms/   “They tend to be creative thinkers, able to work with their hands, problem solvers, and imaginative.”  As they get older, this mom recommends purchasing the Lego NXT Robot and found that her sons “started to soar in their abilities to make all sorts of things with the Lego Mindstorms kit.”

Don’t you just love finding these great FREE bargains to make you the coolest grandmom?

Mar 152013
 

I’m finally old enough to get a discounted Ski Lift Ticket.  Women usually don’t tell their age, but  I’ve earned these bragging rights.  I’m 70 years old and saved $25 on my ski pass.  Yeah, baby!Senior ski ticket

Not too long ago if you were still skiing at age 70, resorts would give you a free lift ticket.

According to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), the percentage of baby boomers ages 55 to 64 on the slopes has more than doubled in the past 10 years, with the number of skiers 65 and older rising as well.

Ski areas want them to return with their grandkids and are enticing them by charging the same price as a young adult ticket.  Other ski areas call you a senior if you’re between 65 and 69, but if you’re 70 or older, they call you a “super senior,” which entitles you to a bigger discount.

With the millions of baby boomers still skiing or snowboarding, how long will these discounts last?  According to the NSAA, some ski areas are already eliminating the senior ski pass or moving the senior discount age to 80 years old.

Mar 112013
 

blog-natl-logo1[1]America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands
Senior Pass – Cost $10
A lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. The pass can only be obtained in person at the park and is non-transferable. The Senior Pass provides a 50% discount on charges such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services.
This pass replaced the discontinued Golden Age Passport which my husband proudly carries at all times.
Visiting all the National Parks is on our bucket list. This will be a daunting task, since there are 59 parks and over 398 areas in the National Park System. So far we have visited 22 National Parks.  We hope the federal budget cuts won’t someday decide to cut the Senior Park Pass money saving perk. Enjoy this link for locating all the parks in every state: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm

Access Pass – Free
A lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Documentation is required to obtain the pass. This pass replaced the discontinued Golden Access Passport.

Note: Golden Age and Golden Access Passports will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass.

Mar 092013
 

There are fewer senior discounted air fares available now than five or ten years ago. Also the senior discounted price may not be the best price available.

blog-airplaneTips for locating and bagging the best bargain:
Some of the travel sites that enable you to search many of the airlines at the same time are Orbitz, Kayak, Travelocity, or Cheapoair (my favorite) and will provide a good price base to begin your search.

Once you have established which airline has the best rates and the times that work for you, compare the prices against those published on the airline’s web site.  After finding the lowest fare, call the airline and ask about its senior discount and its price, if you cannot locate it on the website. This will ensure you are receiving the best deal.

AirfareWatchdog works best for travelers ready to take off at the drop of a deal. The site has actual people lurking on airline Web sites in anticipation of fare sales. Bonus: The site includes fares from Southwest, Allegiant and other small airlines that may not appear on bigger search sites such as Kayak and Bing.

Another tip:  Most airlines post their lowest fares on Tuesday through Thursday.

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