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WHEN THE GROCERY STORE CLERK HAS TO CHECK YOUR AGE
Monday, February 24, 2020 by MELISSA HENDERSON

PLEASE WELCOME

MELISSA HENDERSON

TO

HAVING THE PRIME OF MY LIFE

 

 A good bargain is something I search for on every shopping trip.

 

Before leaving for the store, I read the weekly circulars, check for digital coupons and clip paper coupons to have ready in hand.

In the past, before my husband caught on to my extreme couponing, he would see the amount due for our items and say, “Are we really spending that much?”

After time, he began to listen when I put up my hand, pointed to the screen at checkout and said, “Wait, wait. The amount due will go down. Just watch.”

Store clerks have often chuckled at the expression on his face, knowing coupons were preparing to be applied.

Recently, we paid 27 cents for a five-dollar card all because of coupons.

Couponing isn’t time-consuming if you know what you are planning to purchase. Just a few minutes here and there and I am ready for a trip to the local store.

Buy one, get one free. Buy two, get three free. Half price items. Rewards bucks. Cents off coupons. All work great for my shopping adventures.

Then, comes a very special day. Senior Citizen Discount Day. Some stores consider a person a senior if they are at least 50 years old. Other places won’t give the discount unless you are 60 or older.

An awkward experience occurred last week. Shopping at one of our regular stores, a new sales associate was behind the register. The usual greetings of “Hello. How are you?” by both the clerk and my husband and me. Continuing the conversation with “It seems like we always have things that weren’t on the list. Good thing I have coupons.”

Laughter followed.

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash
 

A momentary pause. A shy look from the cashier. Head bowed, she whispered.

“Ma’am, I need to ask you a question. Are you a senior citizen? If you are 60 or older, you get an extra discount today. I hate to ask. Some people get upset because they aren’t 60 yet. But, I have to ask if I’m not sure. It’s our procedure.”

“Dear one, don’t worry. I look 60 but I am only 59 until September. Don’t worry about that discount.” Her posture straightened and a huge smile came over her face.

“But, wait. My husband is 62 years old. He’s a senior. He can get the discount.” My sweet husband grinned and shook his head in the affirmative.

Yes, couponing is fun. Don’t miss out on any discounts, even if someone has to ask your age. Be happy and proud of the years God has given you. And, yes, I’ll be looking for that discount in September.

ABOUT MELISSA HENDERSON

Melissa Henderson is a writer of inspirational messages. Her first book for children, “Licky the Lizard”, was released in 2018. She also has a story in the compilations “Heaven Sightings” and “Remembering Christmas”. Her passions are helping in community and church. Melissa is an Elder, Deacon and Stephen Minister. She and her husband Alan moved from Virginia to South Carolina to be near son, daughter-in-law and first grandchild. The family motto is “It’s Always A Story With The Hendersons”

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Website and blog: http://www.melissaghenderson.com

Twitter: @mimionlife

Other works:


“Heaven Sightings” http://www.amzn.com/B07NDMCRZC
“Remembering Christmas” http://www.amazon.com/dp/1604950595

ABOUT LICKY THE LIZARD

Licky the Lizard is one nice lizard, and just like you and me, he’s one of God’s own creations. Unfortunately, we sometimes forget that we’re really all the same—because He created everything in our world. We feel afraid because of our differences.

Buy link: “Licky the Lizard” http://a.co/d/0a3COnd

 

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Comments

Karen Ruhl From North Carolina At 2/25/2020 11:34:59 AM

Melissa, I use to look forward to getting ID'd! I will have to look for grocery stores that give a senior discount. I will proudly hand them my license!

Bettie Gilbert From WI At 2/24/2020 6:46:35 PM

Oh Melissa, this is great! I'm sure I should remember this, but I have forgotten that your Birthday is in September also. And I will be 60 this year too. Yay! We both can get the Senior Discounts then! Thanks for this great smile for my evening. Blessings!

June Foster From AL - Alabama At 2/24/2020 5:48:12 PM

Fancy seeing you here, today, Melissa. Just saw you on another blog, as well. Love your post today. No one asks my age anymore. (smile) They automatically give me the over 60 discount.

Steven Hutson From Los Angeles At 2/24/2020 11:37:07 AM

A few years ago, I enjoyed breakfast at my favorite local eatery. When the bill came, I observed that they forgot to bill me for my coffee. I pointed out this discrepancy to the waitress. She smiled. "That's your senior discount, sir." Still not sure that I actually qualify, but I won't argue.

Jackie Layton From Sc At 2/24/2020 11:31:35 AM

Hi Melissa, My husband just got a discount for being 60 at the movies. Maybe I should take him to the grocery store because I haven't hit the magic age yet. Then it'll be a battle between frugality and vanity. Haha!

Elva Cobb Martin From SC At 2/24/2020 10:33:09 AM

Love it, Melissa! Wise shopper! Elva Martin, Pres. ACFW-SC Chapter

Lori From Sc At 2/24/2020 10:29:52 AM

After spending an evening with a group of cancer survivors, I learned to be thankful for every year God gives me. And if it brings a discount every now and then, all the sweeter :)

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