The Consumerist just reported that apparently, Toys R Us discriminates against young grandparents. The toy store is offering a 20% discount coupon for grandparents, except that you need to be 50 or older to be eligible for the discount. Tut tut.
Shockingly, I have friends my age who are already grandparents (but I’m certainly not going to be one for a good long while) and some of them are even attending an alumni reunion I’ve been trying to avoid.
The coupon thing doesn’t really bother me though — I’m a little bit more perturbed by the fact that I’ve got peers my age who have grandchildren. That’s just too weird a thought for me to absorb right now as I think it’s still quite a stretch to think of myself in such a role, given that I feel stuck in a time warp sometimes and forget that I’m no longer in my 20’s. I’m still busy trying to fund some 529 plans here…. 😉
So if you’re thinking of using this coupon to buy goodies for your grandkids, it will only be effective if you’re way over the hill. Maybe the coupon should say “We Love OLD grandparents?”
Let’s move on right along then — how about joining me in absorbing these financial articles instead?
Recommended Personal Finance Reads
- Free Money Finance talks about the tipping point for buying a new car.
- Get Rich Slowly brings to our attention some budget killers in the form of some of our favorite foods!
- Lazy Man and Money has a guest post on reverse mortgages. Here are some pros and cons.
- Frugal Dad points out that half of us are living paycheck to paycheck and urges us to start saving!
- Money Smart Life: Changing jobs? Find out what expenses are associated with your job change.
- Gen X Finance compares some big-named financial web sites. For another review, you can check my own comparisons between Mint and Wesabe.
- The Sun’s Financial Diary ponders whether small-cap stocks are making a comeback. Is it time to buy small caps? Sun thinks it may still be too early.
- Million Dollar Journey wonders what should be considered as savings. For instance, should you consider only your liquid assets as savings?
- Brip Blap reflects on the events of 9-11. Though I somehow missed ruminating over its anniversary this year, I consider this event as one of the most traumatic that I’ve ever had in my life, and one that has changed how I live and think in many ways.
- My Dollar Plan, one of our resident retirement experts, shares a great strategy to avoid taxes when you do a Roth IRA conversion. Since we don’t have any deductible IRAs around, then I’m guessing we won’t have much in the way of taxes when we do a conversion!
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