Free Parking for Senior Citizens

By Val
@valmnz (12754)
New Zealand
February 15, 2016 3:32pm CST
One thing I hate is missing out on something free, because I didn't know about it! A friend recently pointed out a free service in my city centre that will save me a little money over a year. For a small initial payment senior citizens here can have free parking on those parks that have a parking meter. Yes, there's restrictions, it only applies between 9 a.m. and 12 noon. However, that's the times I'm most likely to want it. I go into town often, to the library and to the main post office, as that's where our business post office mail box is. So, now I have paid my annual fee and our car displays a golden seniors parking permit. Now, rather than park in a free spot and have to walk a few blocks, taking up valuable parking time, I can park wherever I want during those morning hours. There are definitely advantages to getting older.
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@celticeagle (119157)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Feb 16
Isn't it nice when someone tells you about a freebie? I love them too.
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@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
16 Feb 16
Fortunately I have friends who take more notice of what is happening around town than I do
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@celticeagle (119157)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Feb 16
@valmnz ....Same here. I never feel quite in the loop.
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@just4him (124124)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Feb 16
Yes there are. One of the local grocery stores has a sign on a parking spot close to the doors for senior citizens to park there. A lot like the handicap signs, but for senior citizens. They also have one for expectant mothers. I'm glad you found out about the free service and are able to take advantage of it.
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@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
16 Feb 16
I don't think I'd use the close to the door spot, leaving that for older people.
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@just4him (124124)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 Feb 16
@valmnz If there's a sign there on the spot for a specific type of person, only that person can park there.
@Lucky15 (33719)
• Philippines
15 Feb 16
getting older worries a lot of people, hope having those can lessen their worries :)
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@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
16 Feb 16
On the other hand, these days many older people remain more active than they've ever been. But it is nice to have a few free perks.
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• United States
15 Feb 16
That's great!!
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@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
16 Feb 16
I think so
@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Feb 16
What a good idea. I don't think we have that here. We have free disabled bays but that's different.
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@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
16 Feb 16
Definitely different, fortunately getting older doesn't always affect mobility
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• Philippines
15 Feb 16
that is good having a nice free parking and all.
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@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
16 Feb 16
Saves a few dollars here and there
@Corbin5 (113140)
• United States
15 Feb 16
I am enjoying those advantages and it does perk up ones mood when getting older gets a person down.
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@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
16 Feb 16
I haven't found getting older gets me down yet, so far it's been a fun ride.
@amadeo (70478)
• United States
15 Feb 16
there are many there.Val
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@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
15 Feb 16
You're right there! And I'm finding new ones all the time.
@MALUSE (42656)
• Germany
15 Feb 16
Definitely. Many entrance fees are also reduced.
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@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
15 Feb 16
Yes, we do get lots of reductions, I just wasn't aware of this one for some reason. I do have a free parking building I use, but that's across one side of town.
@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
16 Feb 16
there is nothing better than figuring out a free perk! or freeish perk, lol
@biikiki (199)
• Nyeri, Kenya
16 Feb 16
Yes there are i congratulate your country for caring about the older generation i only wish this was applied to other countries including my country
• United States
16 Feb 16
Yes, but I would trade them all for my younger eyesight, knees and bone density.
@Dena91 (4515)
• United States
16 Feb 16
My husband tried to take advantage of every savings he can. He's worked hard all his life, it's nice to get some discounts now. Have a blessed day.
@LadyDuck (170893)
• Switzerland
16 Feb 16
This is a great idea, we can only have half price public transport tickets as senior, but no free parking.
@marlina (76666)
• Canada
16 Feb 16
Good for your friend to have told you about this.
@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
16 Feb 16
That's a perk really worth having. It's not available here though my husband has a disabled parking permit which does the same thing.