I'm not sure how I feel about this. I was just in the process of submitting receipts for reimbursement for a recent trip, when I noticed the words on one of the receipts. SENIOR DISCOUNT. I didn't realize at the point of purchase that I had been given a discount. Are you kidding me? I have never received a senior discount in my life, and now just weeks before turning the big 5-0 I have been given my first one. Unbelievable!

What is remarkable to me is that the 18 or 19 year-old young lady at the Taco John's cash register did not ask me how old I was. She apparently assumed I was of senior age, and took it upon herself to give me the discount.  Thanks for saving me some money, but, do I seriously look that old?

Senior discounts usually don't kick in until at least age 55, and a ton more when you reach your 60s. Belonging to AARP can get you a variety of discounts on dining, lodging, and travel. and  as my 50th birthday approaches I am watching my mailbox daily for my official AARP application. Will I join? Should I join? I'm not sure. I hadn't really given it any thought, but, now, thanks to this young lady in Wellington, Colorado, it has become apparent that I need to give it some serious thought.

I need to hear from some 50 year old AARP members to give me some insight into their experience and let me know if I should join. Is it worth it?

I have been feeling quite a bit of  grief about turning  50. Now that I've received my first senior discount, maybe it will help me embrace being half a century old.