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Senior Discounts

One of the upsides (and they are few) of getting old(er) is getting discounts at various places. Amazingly, some of the discounts are offered to folks as young as 50! Any money saved on one dinner out or at an attraction is money saved for more fun so everyone should be paying attention to these. Not all discounts are advertised either. You have to do a little research and keep a list around then you need to actually ask for the discount. Even if you look as old as Methuselah, they won’t offer the discount to you. You have to ask for it. Keep in mind too that you can join AARP for only $15 a year and get lots of discounts through them as well and they have a smartphone app that will let you know when you are near a place with a senior discount. You can also search the app. Another great place to look for senior discounts is at SeniorDiscounts.com. Check your appstore for more discount apps and always check the online website for any attraction you plan to go to. Don’t forget to get you Pilot-Flying J RVer card for all ages to save on gasoline and propane.

RESTAURANTS:

Applebee’s: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)

Arby’s: 10% off ( 55 +)

Ben & Jerry’s: 10% off (60+)

Bennigan’s: discount varies by location (60+)

Bob’s Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)

Boston Market: 10% off (65+)

Burger King: 10% off (60+)

Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee ( 55+)

Chili’s: 10% off ( 55+)

CiCi’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)

Denny’s: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members ( 55 +)

Dunkin’ Donuts: 10% off or free coffee ( 55+)

Einstein’s Bagels: 10% off baker’s dozen of bagels (60+)

Fuddrucker’s: 10% off any senior platter ( 55+)

Gatti’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)

Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)

Hardee’s: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)

IHOP: 10% off ( 55+)

Jack in the Box: up to 20% off ( 55+)

KFC: free small drink with any meal ( 55+)

Krispy Kreme: 10% off ( 50+)

Long John Silver’s: various discounts at locations ( 55+)

McDonald’s: discounts on coffee everyday ( 55+)

Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)

Shoney’s: 10% off

Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)

Steak ‘n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday ( 50+)

Subway: 10% off (60+)

Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (62+)

Taco Bell : 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)

TCBY: 10% off ( 55+)

Tea Room Cafe: 10% off ( 50+)

Village Inn: 10% off (60+)

Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)

Wendy’s: 10% off ( 55 +)

Whataburger: 10% off (62+)

White Castle: 10% off (62+) This is for me … if I ever see one again.

RETAIL & APPAREL:

Banana Republic: 30% off ( 50 +)

Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month ( 50 +)

Belk’s: 15% off first Tuesday of every month ( 55 +)

Big Lots: 30% off

Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days ( 55 +)

C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (50+)

Clarks : 10% off (62+)

Dress Barn: 20% off ( 55+)

Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)

Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)

Kmart: 40% off (Wednesdays only) ( 50+)

Kohl’s: 15% off (60+)Modell’s Sporting Goods: 30% off

Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions

Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday ( 55+)

The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off ( 55+)

Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month ( 55 +)

GROCERY:

Albertson’s: 10% off first Wednesday of each month ( 55 +)

American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday ( 50 +)

Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)

DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60+)

Food Lion: 60% off every Monday (60+)

Fry’s Supermarket: free Fry’s VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday ( 55 +)

Great Valu Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)

Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+)

Harris Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)

Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location)

Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location)

Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)

The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday ( 50 +)

Publix: 15% off every Wednesday ( 55 +)

Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+)

Uncle Guiseppe’s Marketplace: 15% off (62+)

TRAVEL :

Airlines:

Alaska Airlines: 50% off (65+)

American Airlines: various discounts for 50% off non-peak periods (Tuesdays – Thursdays) (62+)and up (call before booking for discount)

Continental Airlines: no initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations

Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)

United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)

U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)

Rail:

Amtrak: 15% off (62+)

Bus:

Greyhound: 15% off (62+)

Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages 50+

Car Rental:

Alamo Car Rental: up to 25% off for AARP members

Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members

Budget Rental Cars: 40% off; up to 50% off for AARP members ( 50+)

Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off ( 50+) Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members Hertz: up to 25% off for AARP members

National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members

Overnight Accommodations:

Holiday Inn: 20-40% off depending on location (62+)

Best Western: 40% off (55+)

Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)

Waldorf Astoria – NYC $5,000 off nightly rate for Presidential Suite (55 +)

Clarion Motels: 20%-30% off (60+)

Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)

Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)

Econo Lodge: 40% off (60+)

Hampton Inns & Suites: 40% off when booked 72 hours in advance

Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+)

InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+)

Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler’s Discount (50+); 20%-30% off (60+)

Marriott Hotels: 25% off (62+)

Motel 6: Stay Free Sunday nights (60+)

Myrtle Beach Resort: 30% off ( 55 +)

Quality Inn: 40%-50% off (60+)

Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)

Sleep Inn: 40% off (60+)

ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT:

AMC Theaters: up to 30% off ( 55 +)

Bally Total Fitness: $100 off memberships (62+)

Busch Gardens Tampa, FL: $13 off one-day tickets ( 50 +)

Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+)

Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off

Massage Envy – NYC 20% off all “Happy Endings” (62 +)

U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+)

Regal Cinemas: 50% off Ripley’s Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket ( 55 +)

SeaWorld, Orlando , FL : $3 off one-day tickets ( 50 +)

CELL PHONE DISCOUNTS:

AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $19.99/month (65+)

Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service ( 50 +)

Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+)

Consumer Cellular: AARP and Good Sam discounts

MISCELLANEOUS:

Great Clips: $8 off hair cuts (60+)

Supercuts: $8 off haircuts (60+)

Museums That Will Make You Mad!

Museums are wonderful places to go to learn about things you have never heard about and things you have heard of but never seen. They show us both our past and our future. Whether it is a full blown modern building, a shack in some small town, or even just a historical marker by the side of the road, museums and markers enhance our lives and are something that should be visited as often as possible. However, there is a downside to some museums. What is taught in school history books is only a minor glimpse into the past. Much of our past, especially the secret and dark sides of it, won’t be found in the books or may be glossed over in them. Here are some museums sure to make some or all of you mad!

In Seneca Falls, New York you can visit the Women’s Rights National Historical Park. We have all been schooled in the civil rights movement and women’s suffrage was lightly touched on in school. Who among us has not been taught that all men are created equal? Are you actually aware though that as late as the 1970s women were still discriminated against in education? The top schools in the country such as Yale, Harvard, and Princeton did not allow women in their student ranks. Women were serving in the military to defend their country but could not attend the best schools with men. Until 1995, women wanting military careers could not enroll in the Citadel. Going back further, the Women’s Rights Museum showcases how women were denied property rights and in fact treated as property by the law. It discusses an interesting important conference on slavery where women attended with their husbands as representatives but were quickly told to shut up and sit down by the men in charge. Tour this museum at your own risk. I am still MAD!

Women's Rights MuseumWomen's Rights

In Cooperstown, New York the Baseball Hall of Fame draws millions of visitors every year. It is a place to feel closer to the Great Bambino, Lou Gehrig, Hank Aaron, Yogi Berra, and all the other greats of the American game. It is also a place to learn about the “other” baseball greats who are never mentioned, the women of baseball. It isn’t just that there were women’s professional baseball teams once upon a time that we were never taught about until the movie, ‘A League Of Their Own”, came out but also that women have been involved in baseball since its inception in America and have also been denied from it. One year we could play, then we couldn’t. Another year we could play again until a little girl showed too much talent and then females were banned again. It took a court case in 1973 to get women back into baseball for good though women currently are not represented in our all male professional teams.

A League of Their Own - Columbia Pictures, Geena DavisWomen in Baseball - Cooperstown

In Fayetteville, North Carolina is the 82nd Airborne Museum. There you will learn about the real reason we invaded Grenada but for some reason were never told by American media even though it is a perfectly good reason. You will also learn about the operation in Panama and a prisoner we freed and almost killed while doing it but again media did not bother to tell us.

Panama Operation - Airborne Museum, Fayetteville NC

Andersonville, Georgia is the home of one of the most notorious Civil War prisons. When war was declared, neither side had made any preparations to take and house prisoners. Andersonville was erected as quickly as possible and filled with far more prisoners than it was built to handle before it was even completed thus making conditions deplorable. Inside the walls, they created a buffer zone between the yard and the walls which was defined by “the deadline”. Any prisoner that crossed that line was shot immediately! Disease killed far more soldiers than the guards did though thanks to lack of space and proper housing, poor medical care if any, bad food, and water from a stream that ran through the prison which was contaminated from the guard camp bathrooms up stream.

Andersonville PrisonAndersonville

The United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. will certainly make you mad when you see a gas chamber and a room full of shoes taken from holocaust victims. The displays are haunting and not easily forgotten once seen. How could any people be so incredibly cruel?

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The Believe It Or Not Museum in Newport, Oregon and the Hill Aerospace Museum in Salt Lake City, UT are for the most part quite interesting but there’s an exhibit at both about Japanese balloons which were released into the air during World War II to carry bombs on the ocean air currents and hopefully drop them somewhere in the U.S. with no regard to any particular target or civilians. One that landed was found by a couple and their children on a picnic. The mother and children died when it exploded.

Japanese Fugo Balloons

Have you visited a museum that made you mad?

Quartzsite RV Show Opening

It’s that time of year again! The RV Show and the Big Tent open tomorrow until January 24th. If you aren’t there yet, why not?! The crowds are thinner this year so this may be the the best time to go if you have never been to this RVers’ mecca in the Arizona desert. Whatever you might need for your RV can be found there along with lots of fun items as well. Along with the show, there are hot air balloon fests nearby and lots of music and entertainment in the area.  Don’t miss it! For all the information you need to go join the annual party on the desert, see our sister site,  RVQuartzsite.com.

Quartzsite Big Tent Inside Quartzsite Big TentTyson Wells in Quartzsite

How To Get Deliveries In The Middle Of Nowhere

rural addressThis post is more for my fellow gate guards who often stay in one place for a long time though it is possible that it might be useful to an RVer in the right situation such as camping on your own rural property.

Ever wondered how people out in the middle of nowhere get packages delivered to them? While the post office may or may not deliver way out there, other freight services do deliver! It’s a matter of getting them a physical address they can find which thanks to 911 emergency services and a scheme called “rural addressing” is possible and FREE.

911 addresses are also mailing addresses in some places while they are not mailing addresses but merely physical addresses in other places. For LaSalle County in Texas and for a look into how it works, quote “rural addressing is a distance-based process where beginning and ending points for each road had to be established and then measured from end to end. The address is not based on lot numbers or box numbers. It is based on a set of regional standards that uses odd on the left and even on the right. This distance-based measurement allows for an address to be assigned every 5.28 feet. This allows enough room in the event that a single lot is subdivided into several lots. Addresses are assigned based on how far the entrance or driveway is from the beginning of each road. Attention was given to ensure that existing addresses were maintained, wherever possible. In areas where only small segments of a road contained addressing, addresses were assigned to best fit the existing scheme while also conforming to accepted standards. Currently, the 9-1-1 address is not a mailing address. It is a physical address that is used for 9-1-1 emergency purposes, but it can also be used as a physical location address for UPS, Fed Ex, utilities, etc.”1

First you will need to find the department that handles 911 addressing for the county you are in. It may be the 911 Coordinator’s office, the Public Works Department, the 911 phone system, or other. Search for it online. You might also try searching for the county name+”rural addressing”. Once you have found their website, there will be a form you can submit online or print out and mail. If there is a phone number, that is the fastest way to get an address assigned. They will ask you for owner’s name, your name, and parcel number. Instead of parcel number they may accept GPS coordinates, location in relation to the nearest assigned address, visual landmarks, or other items though parcel number (if you can get that) or GPS coordinates work best. They will likely look it up and ask you to verify items on the property to be sure they have the right location. They can see buildings, gates, signs, etc. to verify. Once they know where you are, they will assign the new address and mail or email you the new address information which you can then take to your local post office to get it entered into their database by the postmaster. You may want to wait a couple days to be sure it is in the system and propagated before placing your first order. In that time, you need to put up a sign on your property or gate with the new address properly displayed. Note that some counties do have specific ordinances on the color and height of address signs.

Now be sure that when you order something to be delivered, that it uses either UPS, FedEx, or other freight services rather than the postal service if your local post office does not deliver to your area. If your item is shipped via USPS in a non-delivery area, the address may not be found as a valid a mailing address and the post office may hold the item in general delivery for 30 days or at the postmaster’s discretion they may just return the item to the sender. Be sure to talk to your postmaster to find out their policy.

I have my doubts as to whether this would work in areas with no paved road nearby such 10 miles down a dirt road but it may if you are close enough to a main road and town, can post an address sign by the main road, and can be easily and quickly found.

The best option for those stationed far down dirt roads or for regular RVers is to find a business that is willing to accept packages for you including campgrounds, UPS stores, Mailboxes, Etc., some hardware stores, possibly the ranch manager, and others. Wal-Mart’s free Ship To Store works very well too for for getting items from their online store shipped to their nearest local store.

 

1. http://911.mrgdc.org/911/index.php?page=rural_addressing&sub=home