So many places offer discounts to seniors, but sometimes the details can be a bit hard to pin down. The best rule of thumb is to always ask if a senior discount is offered! Some places will even match a discount even if they don't offer one themselves. This article is packed with some of the best discounts available at a variety of different venues, but never forget to ask.
One of the basic questions is who qualifies as a senior anyway? Surprisingly, it varies depending who you ask. Senior discounts might start at 50, 55, 60, 62, 0r 65. Go figure! Some places make you show your ID, others will take your word for it, and some ask for a membership card like AARP.
Most senior discounts are 5 – 10% off which doesn't sound like a lot. If you combine this with other frugal living strategies, coupons, money-saving tips, it could add up to big savings during your retirement.
Your grocery bill is one of the expenses that could be costing you excess money during your retirement. I have listed some other major ones in this post. Fortunately, grocery stores are one place that seem to offer senior discounts. Their terms vary a lot, though, so I recommend you check your favorite local grocery store for specifics!
1. Gristedes Supermarket – 10% off every Tuesday for shoppers over 65
2. Albertsons – 10% off first Wednesday of the month for shoppers 55 and older; call to see if your store participates
Some stores offer a more regular discount every week, but at only 5%. These include:
3. Publix – 5% at various times, but policies differ by state; call to verify
4. Shoprite – their website indicates each store is independently owned and operated, so it's best to call for the discount amount and participation dates
5. Harris Teeter– 5% every Thursday to shoppers 60 and older
6. Tops Markets – Young at Heart Day offers a 6% discount to Seniors 60 and older on the first Tuesday of the month (you have to enroll for this at the service desk)
Almost every restaurant has a senior discount of some kind, from a percentage off to a special menu just for seniors (these are smaller portioned, too). When in doubt, the available discount is around 10% off, but you should always ask! Since there are just too many to name, I will try to highlight the very best deals you can find. One last tip: You may need to show your AARP card to get some of these discounts.
7. Carrabba’s Italian Grill – 10% off with your AARP card (excludes alcohol, gift cards, tax, and gratuity)
8. Denny’s – 15% off with your AARP card
9. Outback Steakhouse – 10% off food and nonalcoholic beverages with your AARP card
10. Burger King – 10% off to patrons 60 and older
11. Chilis – no uniform discount policy for seniors; call your location for details
12. Friendly's – 10% off meal for diners 60 and older
13. Waffle House – 10% off food and beverages for seniors 62+
The discounts on car rentals are actually really good with all the major companies offering a discount.
14. Hertz– Travelers 50 and over get 20% off base rates plus additional program benefits
15. Avis– 30% off with an AARP card
16. Alamo – offers a “Senior Circle,” but the discount is not specified on their website
17. Amtrack – provides passengers 65 and older 10% off most fares, but read their terms and conditions for more information
Most airlines offer a senior discount, but they don’t publicly commit to the discount amount. You have to call to do the booking and ask for a discount at that time.
Most hotels have a senior discount of some kind, which either vary or run the standard 10% off, and most require an AARP card. Some of the more notable discounts include:
20. Hilton Family of Hotels – 10% off best available rate with AARP card
21. Best Western – 5 – 15% off with your AARP card
22. Wyndam Hotels – up to 10% off with your AARP card
23. Holiday Inn Hotels – between 10 and 30% off for those of 62 years of age or older, but it can vary depending on location
24. Cambria Suites– 10% off best available rate with AARP card
25. Clarion Inns – 10% off best available rate with AARP card
29. Quality Inns – 10% off best available rate with AARP card
The most obvious thing to look at first is the movies.
30. AMC Theaters offers special pricing for seniors 60+ for tickets purchased online (discount not specified on website)
31. Regal Cinemas offers special pricing for seniors 60+ but the discount is not specified online. If you have AARP, they offer 20% off Regal ePremier Tickets purchased online (conditions apply)
32. Cinemark Theaters has a promotion for Seniors Day where they honor discount pricing on a particular day for any movie, any showtime (excluding IMAX, XD, Xtreme, and Special Engagements). Call your local theater to find out their pricing and participation details.
Gym memberships are another area where seniors can find discounts. Many seniors are eligible for a free SilverSneakers membership through their health care plans. A SilverSneakers membership grants access to over 16,000 various gyms across the country or to special fitness classes in the community. Some gyms offer their own senior discounts as well. Some vary by community.
(33) National Parks across the US honor a lifetime pass, which costs only $80, and grants access to over 2,000 National Parks. Depending on the site, the pass could also entitle seniors to further discounts on things like camping and swimming.
If your travel plans include a theme park, call to ask if they offer senior pricing. When this post was originally published, Busch Gardens and Seaworld offered a discount off single-day tickets, but information regarding senior discounts is no longer on their websites. To save you a phone call, Disney and Universal are also not offering special pricing at this time.
Finally, many places to shop offer senior discounts. Again, the standard seems to be 10% off, so I won’t list all the places which do that, but be sure to ask anywhere that you shop. Some of the better shopping discounts include:
34. Kohls – 15% off in-store every Wednesday for those of 60 years of age or older
I was really hoping to find discounts related to utilities, and while they exist in some states, that's not the case in New York. It should be noted that National Grid does offer a reduced rate based on income, so if being a senior or retired has affected your income, you could qualify in that way.
Any chain haircut places (like (35) Supercuts, (36) GreatClips, etc.) usually offers a senior discount that it will vary by location. As far as the locally owned places, it’s worth asking, they can usually be very friendly and accommodating!
There are lots of continuing education opportunities for seniors as well. Some may be offered through local colleges and universities (these likely include a small fee). There are also specific programs just for seniors, like Oasis, which offers not only classes but also programs and assistance with computers, health care, and more.
(37) 1-800-Flowers offers 20% off flowers and bouquets valued at $79.99 or more with an AARP membership.
There are also options for cell phone discounts as a senior. (38) Verizon Wireless has a plan specifically for those of 55 years of age or older. Plan details vary depending on the number of lines and usage needs, so check their website or your local retailer for details. This is a great option if you don’t have a cell now, don’t plan to use one a lot, or have been holding out because you don’t need unlimited minutes and don’t like the prices! However, if you use a cell phone regularly or want to have a data plan, this won’t cut it. AARP also offers some cellular packages.
Seniors likely qualify for discounts on their auto insurance, but this will vary between carriers. Many auto places offer discounts as well. It’s best to ask there, since they all vary by age and which services are needed for the car. Check out the following:
39. Jiffy Lube
40. Pep Boys
Last, but certainly not least, seniors can expect many discounts on prescriptions! There are far too many pharmacies to name, but some of the highlights include:
43. Rite Aid – 20% off during Wellness65+ Wednesdays
44. AARP – average 38% off prescriptions with AARP membership
45. CVS participates in the SilverScript plan has a savings plan, but you pay an annual fee, and the list of what does or does not get a discount in lengthy as opposed to simple. Best to ask for help in store on this one!
Quick Tip: You can also utilize lists from places like AARP.
Since this post was originally published in 2016, many businesses have shuttered or have reduced their discount offerings, unfortunately. I understand the challenges of needing to save where you can, so be sure to look at my tips for setting up a successful grocery budget and my meal plans (did you know meal planning saves me thousands a year?), and how to save on cable.
I wish I could have listed more discounts for you here, but it was almost impossible to narrow it down! The main take away here is that you should always ask if a senior discount is available! They are often unadvertised offers. Happy savings!
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