Remember, April is a month for smiles and savingsApril is National Humor Month so I am encouraging everyone to take time to share a laugh with a friend and be sure to smile. Here are a few money saving ideas that may make you smile:
By: Pat Nelson/Elder Benefits Specialist, Superior Telegram
April is National Humor Month so I am encouraging everyone to take time to share a laugh with a friend and be sure to smile. Here are a few money saving ideas that may make you smile:
Did you get a Homestead Credit this year? This is just one of the programs that qualifies you for the Lifeline discount. This program reduces monthly charges for eligible telephone subscribers by providing a reduction in the cost of basic telephone services. The savings could be up to $10 per month. Alternatively, you can get help with the installation and telephone service start-up charges under the Link-up program.
If your gross income (before any deductions like the Medicare Part B premium) as a single person is less than $1,862 per month; or for a couple, less than $2,522 per month, you may qualify for a Food Share benefit. Formerly known as Food Stamps, this benefit provides at least $16 a month to purchase food that you will take home and prepare. The benefit may be even more if you have lower income and/or high shelter and medical expenses. It is not welfare, but a USDA program to ensure people have the resources to purchase nutritious food.
And if your income is less than $1,436 per month as a single person; $1,938 as a couple, you could be eligible for extra help with your prescription drug costs. Asset limits apply. Lower income and asset amounts could qualify you for even more savings on your Medicare costs.
Call the elder benefit specialist at 715-395-7533 or 715-394-3611 for more information about all of these money saving programs. And if this isn’t enough to put a smile on your face, read on.
A group of senior citizens were comparing notes about their ailments.
One said, “My arm is so weak I can hardly hold this cup of coffee.”
The other replied, “Yes, and my cataracts are getting so bad I can hardly see to pour the coffee.”
Another chimed in, “The arthritis in my neck is so bad I can’t turn my neck.”
Still another said, “My blood pressure pills make me dizzy.”
The first one mused “I guess it’s to be expected when we get this old — but thank goodness we are still able to drive.”
Have a happy April and remember to smile and laugh often.