Archive for November, 2011

Senior Discounts-108 of them-check this out!

November 29, 2011

I recently received this from a friend…it is a wonderful resource and can be a huge savings for Senior Citizens. As you know that term is defined differently by each company, so you’ll need to check to see at each place of business. It can range from age 50 on up.

108 Stores with Senior Discounts

Gone are the days of your grandmother’s “early bird special” at the local diner (actually, there are still some, but you might have to ask about that). As our baby boomers reach retirement age, hundreds of retailers are featuring new and improved discounts exclusively for the 60 and older crowd. We have composed a list of senior savings that will help you keep more cash in your pocket. Whoever said getting older was a bad thing, obviously didn’t know about these fantastic senior discounts!


*    Applebee’s: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)  FYI, I was recently at Applebee’s; if you have a Golden Apple Card, it will be honored, but they no longer issue these.
*    Arby <> ‘s: 10% off (55+)
*    Ben & Jerry’s: 10% off (60+)
*    Bennigan’s: discount varies by location
*    Bob’s Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)
*    Boston Market <> : 10% off (65+)
*    Burger King: 10% off (60+)
*    Captain D’s Seafood: discount varies on location (62+)
*    Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee (55+)
*    Chili’s: 10% off (55+)
*    CiCi’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
*    Culver’s: 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 participating 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+)
*    White Castle <> : 10% off (62+)

Retail and Apparel

*    Banana Republic <> : 10% off (50+)
*    Bealls <> : 20% off first Tuesday of each month (50+)
*    Belk’s: 15% off first Tuesday of every month (55+)
*    Big Lots <> : 10% off
*    Bon-Ton Department Stores <> : 15% off on senior discount days (55+)
*    C.J. Banks <> : 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
*    Clarks: 10% off (62+)
*    Dress Barn <> : 10% 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 <> : 20% off (50+)
*    Kohl <> ‘s: 15% off (60+)
*    Modell <> ‘s Sporting Goods: 10% 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+)


*    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: 6% 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: 5% off every Wednesday (55+)
*    Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+)
*    Uncle Guiseppe’s Marketplace: 5% off (62+)


*    Alaska Airlines <> : 10% off (65+)
*    Alamo <> : up to 25% off for AARP members
*    American Airlines <> : various discounts for 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
*    Amtrak <> : 15% off (62+)
*    Avis <> : up to 25% off for AARP members
*    Best Western <> : 10% off (55+)
*    Budget Rental Cars <> : 10% off; up to 20% off for AARP members (50+)
*    Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
*    Clarion <> : 20%-30% off (60+)
*    Comfort Inn <> : 20%-30% off (60+)
*    Comfort Suites <> : 20%-30% off (60+)
*    Continental Airlines: no initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations
*    Dollar Rent-A-Car <> : 10% off (50+)
*    Econo Lodge <> : 20%-30% off (60+)
*    Enterprise Rent-A-Car <> : 5% off for AARP members
*    Greyhound: 5% off (62+)
*    Hampton Inns & Suites: 10% off when booked 72 hours in advance
*    Hertz <> : up t0 25% off for AARP members
*    Holiday Inn <> : 10%-30% off depending on location (62+)
*    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 <> : 15% off (62+)
*    Motel 6 <> : 10% off (60+)
*    Myrtle Beach Resort: 10% off (55+)
*    National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members
*    Quality Inn <> : 20%-30% off (60+)
*    Rodeway Inn <> : 20%-30% off (60+)
*    Sleep Inn <> : 20%-30% off (60+)
*    Southwest Airlines <> : various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
*    Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages 50 and up
*    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)

Activities & Entertainment

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

*    Bally Total Fitness <> : up to $100 off memberships (62+)
*    Busch Gardens Tampa: $3 off one-day tickets (50+)
*    Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+)
*    Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off
*    U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+)
*    Regal Cinemas: 30% off
*    Ripley’s Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket (55+)
*    SeaWorld Orlando: $3 off one-day tickets (50+)

Cell Phone Discounts

*    AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $29.99/month (65+)
*    Jitterbug <> : $10/month cell phone service (50+)
*    Verizon Wireless

viewPlanDisplay&typeId=1&catId=1029&planId=40826> : Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+)
*Check out our Secret Cell Phone Discounts
<>  to view all cell phone discounts available to you!

*    Great Clips: $3 off hair cuts (60+)
*    Super Cuts: $2 off haircuts (60+)

Since many senior discounts are not advertised to the public, our advice to men and women over 55 is to ALWAYS ask a sales associate if that store provides a senior discount. That way, you can be sure to get the most bang for you buck.

This is MeddlingMom…I hope you enjoy reaping the rewards of these discounts and remember to ask every place you frequent.

Have a good week!

Christmas 2011 – Birth of a New Tradition-A Great Idea!

November 9, 2011

Let’s face it, everyone. We all see businesses that go under every day with the current economic situation in this country. If you think about it, it is bone-chilling…every business that folds represents people who no longer have a source of income or a way to support themselves and their loved ones. In many cases it also means a loss of healthcare coverage and the eventual loss of one’s home. I know that I when I realize someone has has to close their doors, I feel very helpless…I mean…what I ask myself is…What can I DO? I want to do something about it. I mentioned this to my partner just the other day as we passed yet another store closing. Then…this morning the first e-mail I read was uplifting and truly helpful.  It is all here for you to read…please take this message to heart…what we do each day makes a difference to many people…we never seem to understand how important our small actions can be. Thinking before acting can change the lives of our neighbors and keep our communities strong.

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods — merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is! It’s time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

Everyone — yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber? Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement. Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned Detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates. Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the Benjamins on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course. There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants — all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn’t about big National chains — this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running. OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine.

THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.

Forward this to everyone on your mailing list — post it to discussion Groups — throw up a post on Craigslist in the Rants and Raves section in your city — send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations, and TV news departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn’t that what Christmas is about?


This is MeddlingMom…I know that supporting our local communities and small businesses can be a gift that will be long-lasting.  Spread the word…and have a great day!

Congress-please call today on behalf of Diabetics, Medicare/Medicaid!

November 7, 2011

I received this today. Please call today; you can make a difference in many lives.

Dear Tina,

Last month, diabetes advocates all over the country urged Congress to preserve Medicare and Medicaid funding because, while we support fiscal responsibility, we cannot afford to balance the budget on the backs of people with diabetes.

But Congress’ decision is growing near. Today is your chance to speak to your Members of Congress about the importance of the Medicare and Medicaid programs to the millions of people with diabetes who rely on them to prevent the blindness, amputation, kidney dialysis and heart disease that are devastating complications of this horrible disease. We need you, Tina, to let your voice be heard by calling your Members of Congress today and letting them know that cutting Medicare and Medicaid programs will create problems, not solve them.

 There are 3.5 million Medicaid enrollees with diabetes and 10.9 million Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes. Without these programs, many people with diabetes would struggle.

Call Congress now about preserving Medicare and Medicaid
 Call: 866-459-1206
and see below for next steps

  • When prompted, enter your zip code and press “1” to confirm you’ve entered it correctly. You’ll be connected to one of your elected officials’ offices.
  • When a staff person answers, ask to speak to the health aide. Tell the health aide that, as a constituent and advocate for the American Diabetes Association, you strongly urge your Representative/Senator to support Medicare and Medicaid programs because it’s important to people with diabetes!
  • Mention if you have a personal connection to diabetes, Medicare, or Medicaid.
  • Most calls will end there, and you’ll be connected to another one of your Members of Congress.
  • If you reach the legislator’s voicemail, press star two (*2) after leaving a message.

Advocates for the American Diabetes Association need to call today to ensure the phones on Capitol Hill are ringing off the hook in support of people who rely on Medicare and Medicaid. Don’t pass up this chance to speak to your legislators and tell them that you support protecting people with diabetes and these vital programs!

Thank you for your help in the fight to Stop Diabetes®.


John Griffin Jr. John Griffin Jr.
John Griffin, Jr.
Chair of the Board, American Diabetes Association

 November is American Diabetes Month! The time could not be more pressing to take advantage of this awareness opportunity by telling your legislators what Medicare and Medicaid mean to people with diabetes.



This is MeddlingMom…thanks for making that call…

Andy Rooney- has passed

November 6, 2011

By now you have probably heard that Andy Rooney , the curmudgeon of the CBS show, 60 Minutes, has passed away. He worked until five weeks ago.  He was 92 years old. I heard a snippet of an  interview yesterday on NPR; his daughter was speaking about how people thought he must be great to have around at home because he was so funny. She mentioned that he always felt that he got paid to be exactly who he was – a rude person. He was able to voice his opinions and be appreciated for doing so. His daughter said that  living with him wasn’t funny.

Wouldn’t you just love it if you could be paid for expressing your opinions, and so WELL paid! I have met a few people (in fact, MANY!) who would do a great job based on their attitudes! Maybe they should apply to CBS to replace Andy! Let’s look at the possible interview questions:

1. Do you think you are grouchy enough to keep the attention of the public?

2. Are you sure that most things annoy you? You will need to be annoyed in order to find your topics.

3. Are you aware of world and national affairs enough to complain intelligently?

4. Would your friends tell us you are well-qualified to be the next grump on Sixty Minutes?

5. Can you keep and work in a cluttered office, the way Andy did?

If you can answer “yes” to these questions,  contact 60 Minutes!  Good luck, cranky!

Andy Rooney felt that he was a lucky man in his personal life and in his work. He gave us all much to think about and a good laugh whenever we saw him on TV. He will be missed!  (This link includes a video of Andy, entitled, My Lucky Life).

RIP, Andy.

This is MeddlingMom..enjoy your LUCKY LIFE!

%d bloggers like this: