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Lives of Doctor Wives: It's Okay to Wine About It

Thursday, June 25, 2009

It's Okay to Wine About It

Did you know that some vendors give discounts to those who work in the service industry? I'm a preacher's kid and remember back in the day when local retailers would give dad a break on our purchases because he couldn't have otherwise afforded them. Well, most clergy discounts are now considered tabu because of religious views, but now retailers are offering other discounts. All you have to do is ask.
I was in a local wine shop yesterday, walking the aisles as I waited for M to finish a phone call. A college student came in, grabbed a merlot, and headed for the cash register. She lamented over the fact that she couldn't afford as many as she would like. The cashier quickly explained that on Wednesdays, they offer 20% case discounts, and on Thursdays anyone in the service industry (including medical field) and current college students can ask for a 10% discount on any purchase. I flashed back to a fading memory of Ponderosa giving us a discount one day when M was wearing his ID. I had forgotten that.
After the girl left, I approached the counter and asked how they verified such status. She laughed and said that if they were dressed in scrubs, it was a given. If not, she would ask them a silly question just for fun and give the discount.
My point is... don't be shy. Ask retailers if they give any special discounts to physicians, service industry, military... whatever you qualify for. The most they can do is say "no."



Blogger seaside*bliss said...

Great idea! Thanks!!

June 25, 2009 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger sylvia said...

Dh and I met up at a optho's office to get one of our kiddos some new glasses. They knew we were headed for sugery, but we still had to try the glass route. We were not looking forward to the cost involved with the glasses. Anyhow, the tech helping us with fitting, etc. asked, or rather assumed because of his scrubs that he worked at the hospital our optho was at. We corrected her, and she said, "thanks for being honest, I'll still give you the 25% discount."

How awesome was that?!! I'm still thankful to melissa today. Yup, I remember her name :)

June 25, 2009 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Melisa said...

When Brad was an MSIII, I went to an ENT for a scope. We talked about Brad being in med school and stuff. He didn't charge me, saying he knew how tough it was. I hope we can pay it forward.

June 26, 2009 at 2:29 PM  

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