Retirees: Deciding What to Do on Weekends

Aug 11th, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Weekends present an interesting dilemma for seniors.  Because it is the time most non retired people have a chance to choose to do the things that can’t do during the week, they crowd the streets, parking lots and aisles.  This suggests to seniors that avoiding major shopping excursions, whether grocery, big box, or other errands that could be delayed not be done until during the weekdays. 

Avoiding crowds, parking problems, usually lines and other disadvantages will be the reward for delaying getting out and among the various malls (or is that mauls) on a weekend.  If you have issues with your automobile, make appointments during the week.  If you are shopping for tires, a battery or other automobile related items, do your research on the weekend, make an appointment during the week and by all means avoid Mondays or Fridays.

Eating out is another challenge for weekends.  If you plan to do so and to make it a family gathering, make reservations well in advance.  If you are taking children along, choose a kid friendly restaurant, but be prepared for lots of noise and distraction.  Such places do not lend themselves to conversation. 

Needless to say hair appointments, massages, manicures, etc need to be done during the down time of the week.  Most of these services will take walk ins, but an appointment is advised. 

Avoid quickie shopping trips. particularly on Saturdays.  you will likely spend more time standing in line than shopping.  Not a good way to spend your day.  For grocery shopping, wait until the ads come in the mail, take along your permanent bags, to reduce pollution, and spend a leisurely time getting your supply of groceries.  Watch out for the urge to impulse buy or get items that are on sale, but  you really  don’t need.  Watch for shelf life notices on all items. If something is deeply reduced in price, be curious, ask why?

That brings us to the weekend.  What you choose to do has to do with your own routine and scheduling needs, of course. But be aware of the additional costs and time, which even if retired is still valuable, may be added to your budget and day when choosing to challenge the weekend hordes.



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  1. Thanks very much for that nice blog post.

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