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#6 – Suggestions for Daily Life

SOME PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS

Transportation

Most cities have special transportation for Seniors.  This include 10% discount on buses, taxis, metrolink and Amtrak. Additionally, disabled seniors who are unable to drive a car may qualify for ACESS, a transportation system part of a county’s bus transportation.  All is needed is a request from your primary care physician, an appointment to go through a small medical/physical test and upon clearance can get transportation at a major discount. Check with your local transportation company for details.

 

Many hospitals provide some transportation programs dependent upon programs and services.  Take the time to call and get the details.

 

Also, many Senior insurance companies have rides to hospitals, and physicians offices.  They require a 3-day notice, your Medicare card and a few other details.  The vans will pick you up at your home, drop you off at your appointment and return to deliver back home. This system works well if you have early morning tests or physicals which may use drugs to monitor the test.  It is a miracle for 7 a.m. testing. That service is paid for by your health insurance.

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Grocery  Shopping

 

Shopping for groceries takes a lot of planning and a gift of organizing.  My suggestions is to develop a friendship to form a shopping buddy; male or

female or both.  This way you could shop and split many grocery items; have a wide choices of items and save money. When a 5lb bag of Idaho potatoes goes on sale, you can split the cost and product to save energy and money. Particularly if you shop at the big box stores, splitting products really is an advantage and you get what you want and don’t need a lot of storage space in the fridge or pantry. So next time you need to shop, look at your neighbors, card playing friends or family and find yourself a good shopping buddy.  And it is even better if they have a car and a valid driver’s license.

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Grocery/Drug store Discounts

 

Many grocery and drug stores provide discounts to Seniors.  Grocery stores usually have a special “Senior” ID that you receive when joining its club.  The card is used each time you shop providing information that goes into a data bank to accumulate points and future discounts.

 

Drug store such as CVS, Walgreen et al provide its members with a small card that is swiped at the time of purchase. That provides discounts on store-wide products.  It is a great way to save money on things you need. Plus at check out your receipt has many other discounts of items that are being promoted.

 

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Discounts at Major Department Stores

 

The next time you go shopping at your favorite department store, call customer service and ask what days do the give Seniors an automatic 10% off of your entire purchase, no questions, coupons asked. Kohl’s, Target, Stein-Mart designate special Senior shopping days, as do many other  departments

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About Judith Goffin

Judith Goffin is an author, blogger, Journalist and photographer. She has provided information to the senior population since 1979. Ms. Goffin is a public relations consultant to US Army Recruiting Companies, various medical and nonprofit organizations and is the principal of Goffin Public Relations. She is the owner of Holiday Princess Publishing, a book and ebook company, Judith resides in Yorba Linda, CA, and may be contacted at goffinpr@aol.com.

 

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