Seniors looking to be frugal but still enjoy their retirement can find plenty of free things and deals to keep them busy.
The key thing is that they need to speak up and ask for what might be available.
"Many people go so far as to wear a 'Don't Forget My Discount!' T-shirt. While this may be a tongue-in-cheek way to remind retailers, the fact is that many companies do offer free or discounted services and merchandise — but they don't always advertise the option. So ask around," writes Tracey Kelley at Love to Know
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For seniors eager to learn a new skill — from raising rabbits to genealogy — many Cooperative Extension Services can be found in local land-grant universities, which offer free classes or workshops that help people expand their horizons. The USDA provides a searchable map
to find CES offices around the U.S. The CES program also has an interactive learning portal at eXtension.org
Free 4 Seniors posts several offers daily
for free products and samples along with coupons and deals. The website has an e-mail sign-up to send special offers directly to you and curates up-to-date deals on its Facebook page
Get It Free ships "free samples to your mailbox."
Just sign up and claim any or all of the freebies on the front page. The website also posts coupons, deals, and sweepstakes along with a blog full of money-saving tips, recipes, and 'life hacks.' Get It Free also has maintains a Facebook page
, but seniors must have a Facebook account to access the page and it doesn't post nearly as many deals there as Free 4 Seniors, but seniors already on the social network it's worth a look.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology sponsors the EyeCare America program
, which makes eye exams available to people over the age of 65 without vision coverage and have not had an eye exam in three years. Seniors can visit EyeCare America online to see if they qualify to get a referral to a volunteer ophthalmologist.
One often overlooked free thing available to seniors in retirement is volunteering. Retirees can choose causes or charities of their choice, still remain an active part of their communities by volunteering, meet new people and friends, and participate in activities that are personally rewarding.
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