“Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem.” – Eric Hoffer
Outwardly, I have been bravely admitting to the fact that I am now old – make that middle-aged – but inwardly, I’ve always thought: I’m still pretty young (hey, we all need to lie to ourselves). But now, heaven help me, I know that I am an officially labeled senior citizen!!! It’s being blind-sided with news like this that makes a person’s hair go completely white overnight! Oh, woe is me! I am sooooo depressed – apart from my normal menopausal depression! Now I am doubly depressed!
Wait, wait, think positive… (this may take awhile)
…OK, I’m there…
– of course I want a discount! Of course I want to save money! What was I thinking? I can’t believe I’ve lost 5 years of discounts already! If only someone had dropped this bombshell on me sooner (yeah, right)! There’s restaurant discounts, travel discounts, retail store discounts, grocery discounts, entertainment discounts – I just have to get past that age thing, that s-e-n-i-o-r discount…
Well, let’s see what money-saving discounts I’m eligible for – hmmm, Banana Republic offers 10% discount everyday for ‘seniors’ over 50. Seriously, does anyone over fifty really shop at Banana Republic?
What else is there… 10% off at Arby’s, Chick-Fil-A, Chili’s, IHOP, Wendy’s – oooh, up to 20% off at Jack-In-The-Box! 10% off at Kroger and Albertson’s (various days)… ditto savings at Hallmark, Ross, Dress Barn… Best Western, Budget & Dollar rental cars… well, there’s not a whole lot available for me, and even less that I would actually use, but I guess beggars can’t be choosers (I’ll have to check out that 20% at Jack-In-The-Box – I love their breakfast croissants).
Actually, I just need to start asking everywhere if they offer some sort of senior discount – I’m sure there are some businesses around here that might that I didn’t see listed on the website I checked out. Never hurts to ask. It might also be a bit of an ego boost if some say I don’t look old enough for a senior citizen discount. (*sigh*) Alright, I guess I do have my rose-colored glasses on.
OK, I think I’m over the shock now. That was quite a revelation. Yes, I’ve adjusted (cough, *liar*!).
Whatever. I’m sure there are a lot of middle-aged women who would rather cut off their arm than admit they are in their fifties, and willingly (or unwillingly) give up those sweet discounts, but me, I’m not proud – bring them on! The more the merrier! Still, it sure is hard to get past that s-e-n-i-o-r thing… wait, I’ve got it – could you make that senora discount, por favor? Perfect.
for complete list of senior discounts: http://www.retiredbrains.com/Discounts+For+Seniors/default.aspx