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Senior Saves Around Seattle

by Donna McCampbell

Senior adults, especially retirees that are living on a fixed income, are more likely to keep a close watch on their spending and expenses each month. In an effort to help, local organizations and business around Seattle are offering price discounts for seniors on a variety of services, activities and goods. We have listed below a few ways in which seniors in the Seattle-area can explore and adventure around town while still staying within their budget each month.

The Gold Card for Healthy Aging is issued by the City of Seattle and is an information and discount card for residents 60 or older. Participating restaurants, businesses, theaters and public-service organization offer discounts to card holders, as well as free tickets to arts, cultural and recreational events. Seniors can also save on entrance fees to over 2,000 federal recreation sites though the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. So you are covered whether you are seeking to explore the Great Northwest or adventure elsewhere around the country.

And for getting around town, seniors on the go should acquire a Regional Reduced Fare Permit, which allows riders 65 and older a reduced rate on public transportation systems such as Community Transit, Metro Transit, the South Lake Union Streetcar and more. There are also many department stores and charity shops that offer senior discounts, which is especially great during the holiday shopping season that is quickly approaching. For example, every Wednesday, Kohl’s offers a fifteen percent discount to shoppers 55 or older (just be sure to bring an ID to verify your age). Whatever it is that you are interested in doing around Seattle, be sure to check and see if you can save a little money during your time out of the house! Happy exploring! 

Cozy Fall Ideas For Your Home

by Donna McCampbell


Hello Fall!

The arrival of fall brings a slight (and welcomed) chill to the air, bright colored leaves and pumpkin spice everything. With the change of season, it may be time to redecorate and spruce up your home to something a little cozier and festive. Does this seem like a daunting task? Don’t stress! We listed a few suggestions below to help bring the fall spirit to your home without spending too much money or time. We hope these ideas spark some creativity for you - Happy fall decorating!

-Boost your homes curb appeal by filling window boxes and gardens with English Ivy, pansies and ornamental cabbages. These seasonal colored flowers not only to bring the fall spirit to the front of your home, but also can withstand the cold winter temperatures, ensuring natural beauty well into the beginning of Spring.

-Integrate autumn tones throughout your home by using festive throw pillows and blankets, as well as woodsy centerpieces, gourds and layered fall toned tablecloths.

-Freshen up the porch and front door by piling pumpkins (small and large), corn husks and potted croton/ mums all around, and hanging festive wreaths on the front door to give the area a welcoming feel for holiday guests. If you are on a budget, you may want to try making your own wreathes! Click here to learn how to make your own mini pumpkin wreath, or here for your own ribbon rose wreath.

-Firewood doesn’t just have to be functional. Give your fireplace a cozy, woodsy charm by adding real firewood to your fireplace as decor. (Before you bring the firewood inside, don’t forget to clean it off and trim and twigs or leaves that are still attached).

-Create a warm, welcoming and cozy outdoor backyard space by including festive pillows and throws around a fire pit. This is the perfect setting to enjoy family and friends, and maybe roast some marshmallows for a warm, sweet snack. (Side Tip: keep a larger basket close by to make it easy to bring all throws inside if bad weather arrives).

-Pillar candles and lanterns are a great way to bring an extra dose of coziness and welcoming scents into your home. If using pillars, incorporate fall décor such as coffee beans, candy corn or acorns around the base. (Be sure to keep an eye on any burning flame so it does not become a hazard). 

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Donna McCampbell
RE/MAX Northwest Realtors
300 NE 97th St
Seattle WA 98115
(206)949-9147 - Direct
(206)522-5500 - Office