Friday, April 13, 2012

Thrifty Tips For Those 50 Plus

Time and money seem to become more valuable as we mature. Many learn with age and experience that it’s never too late to try something new. With that in mind, enjoy these thrifty tips intended to help those of you who are 50 plus to shop smarter and save more money:

It doesn’t hurt to ask for a discount. While you are shopping in a store or placing an order over the phone, inquire about whether a senior discount is offered and ask what the age requirement is. Because there are so many definitions for “senior,” the threshold for receiving a discount can be as young as 50. 

It’s up to stores and companies to decide whether or not and what age they offer senior discounts to, but it can only benefit you to ask. Keep in mind that some chain retail stores’ and restaurants’ senior discounts can vary by region. You may be asked to provide identification to verify your age or show that you belong to a group such as AARP.

  • Embrace online shopping. Sure, some say that computers should be left to the younger generations, but if you are ready this blog post, chances are you are pretty tech-savvy. For anyone who feels computer challenged, iPads and other similar devices make it very easy to use the Internet these days.
  • Shopping online offers many big benefits over going to the store:
  • Coupons. Search online to find them for free. You can get coupon codes online in just a few clicks.
  • Cash Back. Shop through a savings website to earn a percentage of your purchase in a free account. You can often get this in addition to using a coupon. If you want even more savings, use a rewards credit card to accumulate points or earn more cash back.
  • Convenience. For anyone experiencing difficulty with mobility or in need of assistance to go to drive, read labels or carry shopping bags, online shopping makes life easier. Even those who are perfectly spry can appreciate not needing to leave your home, lug your purchases to and from the store or be limited to a store’s location and hours, which may not necessarily work for you.
  • Even if you do not plan to make your purchases online, you can still use the Internet to shop smarter. In addition to researching senior discounts, try:
  • Looking at the weekly ads of stores near you to identify sales on what you need to buy. You can find ads online anytime, without needing the Sunday newspaper.
  • Searching online for free printable coupons for retail, grocery and restaurants. You can print them out and leave them in your car so you are prepared.

By Jon Lal, founder of coupons & Cash Back website, which offers online coupons in addition to free Cash Back at 2000+ online stores. When you sign up for a free Cash Back account for a limited time you can get a $10 bonus in addition to great savings offers. Join now!
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