Embracing being 55+ Discounts Galore

A couple of months ago I officially turned 55. As I learn to embrace my new age, I am letting my grey go, soon you will see new photos with my short grey hair. I am also learning the benefits as well.

Here is a list of stores currently offering discounts for your age.

In addition in the Phoenix area, most of our grocery stores offer 10% off on the first Wednesday of the month.

Banana Republic: 10% off (No regular days; 50+)
Bealls Outlet: 15% off every Tuesday (50+)
Belk: 15% off first Tuesday of every month (62+)
Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days; 20% if you use the store’s proprietary credit card (55+)
C.J. Banks/Christopher Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
Clarks: 10% off (62+)
Dressbarn: 10% off Tues and/or Wed (call ahead-varies by location – 55+)
Goodwill: 10% – 20% off one day a week (date varies by location – 55+)
Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location; age may vary depending on the product)
iParty: 10% senior discount every day; ask for a discount as soon as you get to checkout
Kohl’s: 15% off on Wednesdays (60+)
Michael’s: 10% off every day (with AARP card – 55+
Modell’s Sporting Goods: 10% off every day (65+)
Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday (55+)
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: Up to 50% off, days vary (55+)
SteinMart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month (55+)
TJ Maxx: 10% on Mondays (FLORIDA only at this time – 55+)
Walgreens: 20% off once a month, “Balance Rewards” card required. (65+ and AARP)

Active Adult Communities come together during social distancing

During our Social Distancing, the most important thing for our mental health and sanity is to connect with others. In the Active Adult / 55+ communities they are keeping their distance and connecting with their neighbors. The clubhouse may be closed, the community however is coming together.

It is all about Lifestyle

Recently I was back east in the Hilton Head area visiting my dad, while there we visited a new community in the area Margaritaville’s Latitude.  Taking its theme from Jimmy Buffett’s songs, and lifestyle.  The whole community will be like taking a day, or lifetime at the beach. 

The community truly understands that the shift from choosing a home because of its proximity to your employment, and the best school district shifts when you move to a 55 or greater community.  Now it is all about YOU! 

  • What do you desire for your retirement lifestyle?  
  • What do you enjoy doing? 
  • What have you always wanted to do, but didn’t take the time before now to accomplish?

It was fun to see the model homes, with palm trees cut out of the shutters, the island colors and model names like Coconut, Aruba, and Jamaica.  The interiors were all decorated in beachy tones that conveyed a feeling of vacations casual elegance somewhere in the tropics.  

Golf carts with Shark Fins (to the left, fins to the right…) it is the perfect location for any Parrot Head.

I wish I could say they were headed to AZ the builder; Minto’s is only building in Florida and South Carolina at this time.  

Termites – If your home doesn’t have them now, it will have them at some point.

Termites are a wood eating/destroying insect.  Here in Arizona we don’t often see the little critters.  They live underground, and are often called subterranean termites.  

How to identify if you have termites?  

The easiest way is to have a Termite inspector look at your home. Usually that only happens if you suspect termites, hear your neighbor had termites or are purchasing a home… 

Termite tube on stem wall

To do it yourself is easy. You need to know what you are looking for! Take a flashlight, and carefully look all along the stem wall of your home.  Behind bushes especially.  If you see mud tubes going from the ground up to the home, call out a professional from somewhere like terminix louisiana.  Finished walking the exterior, you’re not done yet.  Again, with your flashlight take a close look at all of your walls, and ceilings.  Get in your closets and look for any small brown mud tubes.  You may find honeycombed appearance to the drywall or wood beams, this is also possibly termites, call in a professional.  

If you find anything that could be termites, call in the professionals show them what you found and have them do a full inspection DO NOT BRUSH AWAY THE MUD TUBES! The inspector will need to see them.  


The good news is we don’t have to tent our homes to get rid of them.  Instead, we drill along the foundation and inject chemicals below the surface to kill them where they live.  If you are in a single-family home fully separate from other structures, they can treat the full perimeter of your home.  

If termites are found inside the walls, and those walls are not close the perimeter of your home, they may suggest treating the interior walls as well.  

If you live in a connected patio home or townhome, you can’t access the full perimeter of your home, and interior treatment may also be suggested.  

I recently found termites in the center of my home, and I live in a Patio Home with connected walls. Treatment of the interior was needed. The treatment specialist brought in an infrared camera and carefully looked at all of the walls in my home. They made a small hole the diameter of a finishing nail in the walls above the termite tubes and injected a chemical in form of a foam that drips down the interior of the drywall, killing all the termites in their tracks.   They only treat where the bugs are.  One of the walls that was infested with the little buggers was the adjoining wall with my neighbors.  I gave them a call and they are getting their home inspected and treated as well. 

This interior treatment is a bit more service intensive, and is pricier as well, but when you need to get the job done right, you do the right job.  

Not all termite companies do the interior work – I used 

Protection Termite
License #8362

Ask for David to do your interior treatment.

Moving Day Essentials

Moving home can be a stressful time. First, you were stressed because you couldn’t find a house that you loved. This is why so many people are now building their dream home (if this is something that interests you then check out this Randy Jeffcoat Builders Home Page). Sometimes though it was just because you couldn’t find the right real estate agent. The biggest mistake that people make is using the wrong real estate agent, you need one that knows what you want and one that can help you get what you want. That is why so many people are now making use of sites like getagent.co.uk to help them find the perfect real estate agent. Once they find the perfect real estate agent, then they can easily find the perfect home! Once you have found your perfect home, moving day is the next big stress that you will have to deal with.

And of course, selling your existing property can also be overwhelming! The real estate market can be particularly difficult to navigate, especially if you are new to the property scene. However, it is worth noting that there are a number of real estate companies out there such as House Buyers of America that are committed to getting your house sold as quickly as possible. As with any major decision, if you are in the process of selling your home, be sure to do plenty of research to make sure that you are making the right choices for your property.

When moving day finally comes though, then there are a few things that you can do to help ease the process, let’s say for instance, how are you traveling to your new home? Are you driving and moving your possessions along with you? Or would you instead need to learn more about transporting a car across states, as well as looking into different moving companies for your furnishings and possessions to allow for a more stress-free relocation?

Your first day in your new home there are a few essentials that you will be glad you have. The biggest essential is Toilet Paper!

Am I right or am I right?

To go with that, hand soap & paper towels. Let’s add some hand lotion, those boxes are drying and so is Arizona.

Most sellers do their best to leave a, somewhat cleaned out home. You are going to find places that are most likely not cleaned to your satisfaction. Be prepared with some all-purpose cleaner and a few rags.

Box cutter to get into and break down boxes. Trash bags, as you unpack all the packing paper seems to multiply.

A case of water, and other bottled drinks. Protein bars or some snack that will keep you going till someone orders a pizza or does a sandwich run. A jar of nut-butter and a spoon or maybe some crackers if you have to share.

Before you stop and drop for the night, be sure to have a few personal basics ready to go too. Soap, Shampoo, toothbrush/paste, towels, and sheets and blankets for your beds. Oh and lets remember a shower curtain! A change of clothes and any medication.

I don’t know about you, but for me if I have a Band-Aid available I won’t ever need it. A handful of Tylenol for the end of the day’s sore muscles, a tool box with a collection of tools is always a good idea. If you have animals, remember all of their food and their bed, so they have someplace familiar and safe.

Happy Moving Day!

PS Remember your phone charging cords!

  • Toilet Paper
  • Hand Soap
  • Paper Towels
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Rags
  • Box cutter
  • Trash Bags
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Tooth brush and paste
  • Towels
  • Sheets and Blankets
  • Shower Curtain
  • Change of clothes
  • Medications
  • Band-aids
  • Pet ‘stuff’
  • Pain Meds
  • Tool Box
  • *** Your Phone Charging Cords!!!

Being Social and your Mental Health

Today there was a great piece done on the Today Show about how to prevent Alzheimers. Surprisingly it may not be just your genetics but other environmental factors.  The food you eat, your activity level, the stress you experience, and how social you are.

The modern lifestyle may make you miss something else that keeps the brain sharp: Enjoying the company of other people. Your ancestors never had to try to be social, it just came with the territory — they’d just bump into others all the time in the village and talk, he pointed out. So one of the most powerful things people can do is to move to an area with sidewalks, bike lanes and nearby shops so they’re more likely to meet their neighbors and make friends.

Location, Location, Location

Still the most important thing about real estate.  When it comes to your mental well being, have a community where you can easily make and see your friends daily.  Like an Active Adult Community!

Contact me to assist you in finding the right community for you!

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