Anti-aging Column

Published on November 20th, 2015 | by Ann Rickard


Being a Senior Is Cash In The Pocket

It had never occurred to me… never… to ask for a senior’s discount.

On anything. Despite being eligible for one for some time.

Now that I am fully alerted to the benefits of the senior’s discount, I’m going for it. In a big way.

“That’s the down side to the senior’s discount – looking like you are entitled to it without a demand for proof.”

I only discovered this agreeable lark when I had a pedicure recently.

There I was at the counter after having my feet prettied up, ready to pay, when I spied a small notice by the cash register… very small it must said… alerting me to a 10% discount if I happened to be an old lady.

I immediately pointed to it and said I would like 10% off please, thank you very much, and it was given in a heart beat.

That’s the down side to the senior’s discount – looking like you are entitled to it without a demand for proof.

But I must get over pride because receiving a purchase or a service at a cheaper rate than everyone else is not to be taken lightly.

I received $4 off a train fare recently just for the asking (again no requirement to prove I was a senior, just a quick casting of the ticket seller’s eye up and over the face).

On the weekend I got into the cinema for a few dollars less than everyone else.

I can get a discount on a bag of manure at my local nursery should I have a need or desire for such a thing – all because I am senior.

Good, no?

I remember when I was a young slip of a thing in my 50s, being asked if I was eligible for a senior’s discount at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. I was so affronted, especially because the ticket seller looked about 100 herself.

Now, the story is quite different. I want everything I am entitled to – whether it be a cheaper steak at the RSL or a big bag of manure.

I am eligible and proud.



About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.

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