We only desire a little respect, but senior discounts are nice too. Maybe we are frugal, but it’s more like we pursue deals by shopping carefully with greater awareness of prices. The offer of a discount is what brings us into the store looking for a good value. We like to relax after shopping with an early bird special at a local restaurant and then go home for a nap or an early bedtime. Hats off to the merchants that encourage elderly citizens to get out of their house, get a little exercise and spend a little money. Here are the five best stores in Minnesota for senior discounts. Store locations are suggestions only as these stores have many locations throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota
553 Fairview Ave. N.
St. Paul, MN 55104
Wednesday is Senior Day at all Goodwill stores in Minnesota. Get a 25-percent discount on all purchases except at the Goodwill Outlet. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. The added benefit of shopping at Goodwill is the opportunity to help people become independent by moving out of poverty, learning economic self-reliance and overcoming disability.
1110 Larpenteur Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55113
Once a month, seniors aged 55 and older receive a 20-percent discount on all regularly priced merchandise. Just show your Balance Rewards card or a valid AARP card. Liquor, cigarettes, prescriptions, dairy products, newspapers, magazines, stamps and gift cards are excluded from this offer. The day of the month varies by location. The discount is 20-percent off Walgreens brands and 15-percent off almost every non-sale item.
Salvation Army Thrift Stores
14101 Irving Ave.
Burnsville, MN 55337
Every Wednesday, seniors are eligible for discounts on a particular class of merchandise. Each store designates the merchandise and the discount for that week. Salvation Army stores offer a great finds in brand-new, high-quality department store merchandise at bargain prices. It may be easier walking into a Target or a Macy’s to pick up the latest style in a preferred size and color, but many seniors enjoy the thrill of the hunt to find cool merchandise at a fraction of the price. Plus, every shopper is rewarded by the knowledge that these purchases help The Salvation Army, an evangelical organization that fulfills material and emotional needs of those in need.
Kohl’s Maple Grove
8080 Wedgewood Lane N.
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Wednesday is special discount day for shoppers 60 years and older. The offer is valid on all sale-priced and clearance-priced merchandise but not extra-percent-off discounts or gift card purchases. Value-conscious shoppers enjoy Kohl’s upscale merchandise linked with aggressive discounting strategies. A score of Kohl’s department stores located throughout the Twin Cities are loaded with apparel for people and items for the home.
8362 Tamarack Village, Suite 108
Woodbury, MN 55125
AARP members get 50-percent-off lenses with the purchase of frames, or five dollars off in-store discounts or a better deal. With shops throughout the metropolitan area, LensCrafters says vision care is a “precious gift that we are passionate about improving in every way.”
Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.