There are good things that come with age. Wisdom and experience are at the top of that list. But, personally, I enjoy the senior perks and discounts! I mean why shouldn’t we get perks and discounts?? We weathered this far in life, we deserve a few perks and discounts! Right?
Who qualifies for senior perks and discounts? That answer varies, but I’d guess seniors anywhere from 55 to 65 and over!! Some places, even 50. Most places do not advertise their senior citizen discounts, (although some do), just keep in mind to ALWAYS ASK!! The worse that can be said is no. And, us seniors, know how to handle a “no”. Next time, we’ll just choose to go where senior perks and discounts are offered! Or maybe we won’t wait till next time, and find that place that does offers discounts, now!
In my many searches, I have found many senior perks and discounts for restaurants, retail stores, prescriptions, travel, hotels, rentals, insurance, mortgage, cell phone plans, and more. This list is extensive, I’ve only scratched the surface.
Are you ready? Let’s go!!!
Restaurant perks and discounts usually include a free drink with a meal or even buy one meal get another, of equal value, for free. Some places offer a 10% discount. I read on ToughNickel, how 10% doesn’t sound like very much, but it basically equates to “Pay No Sales Tax for Life!” I kind of like that wording, myself!
Keep in mind that not all discounts or perks on the same. They could differ by state, to being seasonal. That is why it is wise to get in the habit, to always ask!
Also, keep in mind that a lot of great discounts and benefits are membership related. Like AARP, to name one.
I am a member, so that’s the only one I personally know anything about. AARP has discounts and benefits for members only. You will also find there’s so much age-related information. If you’re looking for it, you’re more than likely going to find it. You can sign up to receive emails. They have a magazine. Personally, it is a must have, and it’s available to those 50 and above. If you know of other senior membership programs, please share with me in the comment section below. I’d love to hear from you. And yes, AARP does have an app!
If you are ex-military, you could find discounts. Most places, like retail, will have a military discount day. In some cases, restaurants will require to see your retired military ID. Just ask.
And don’t forget about the printable restaurant coupons, like what’s found on BeFrugal. If you know of other sites where you can print restaurant coupons, please let me know in the comments, below! We would all love to know!!
The biggest desire for discounts is usually for clothing and grocery stores. I’ve seen discounts for clothing stores as high as 60%. That is insane! But, hey, I’ll take it. Some stores have a day of the week, where seniors can save a percentage of their total purchase. If you’re not sure, always ask! Be sure to ask, instead of assuming. I was in retail management my whole life, and a question comes across a lot nicer, then a demand.
I didn’t know this, and I do not know which stores are included, but some stores offer rebates! Rebates for senior citizens! How cool is that?
Many grocery stores also offer senior discounts. Usually between 5% to 10% of Grocery stores/Supermarkets, usually having a day of the week, where seniors can go in and shop and receive a discount.
I will be writing an article in the future, regarding clothes, for the mature shopper. Not sure what I’ll call it. So be sure to keep checking back. When I do add that article, I will add a link to it from here.
Always ask at any drugstore, especially on your prescriptions! Ask at tech stores, pet stores, car or heavy equipment rental companies, products & services, entertainment, activities, automotive repair, and so much more. When in doubt, always ask!
Drop me a comment if you have anything you’d like to share. Comments are always welcome!
Travel & Hotels
I think these discounts are the best discounts out there! It makes it affordable for some of us, who couldn’t afford to travel, to be able to travel! It’s especially great if you’re living on a budget. Who doesn’t enjoy traveling??
Most know about airfare discounts. And a lot of those are great! Ranging anywhere between 5%, up to 50%. Different airlines offer different savings, so be sure to verify that when booking your flight.
I find that off-season traveling to be cheaper as well. Of course, prices rise during holidays, but they also rise during Spring Break for both schools and colleges. Then of course, right at the beginning of summer, prices can be high. I believe booking as far in advance as possible, is the smart thing to do.
Also, check out senior discounts on car rentals. Don’t forget bus travel and train travel offer discounts as well. Any forms of travel, always ask!
Hotels can offer 10% to 30% discounts for us wonderful seniors!! And there are so many hotels!!! The fact that prices go up for travel during peak times, the same is true for hotels. And the same is true for advanced booking.
Wouldn’t hurt to ask when you’re considering places like resorts, bed & breakfast, bungalows, beach house, condo, etc.
Membership organizations also offer targeted discounts especially for members only. (AARP, or AAA)
I debated where to post this discount, but I did want to post it for those that didn’t know. Or who might be interested? Cruises offer senior discounts too!! Just now, doing a search on Google, I saw savings as high as 70% and 82% off, on cruises!!! Do not forget to ask about their packages too.
I’ve also found many kinds of other promotions! i.e. Book a cruise and get a gift/debit/store specific card worth XXX.XX amount of money.
Wouldn’t it be great to treat yourself or you and your loved one to a cruise?? And there are so many destinations, from which to choose from!
My List of Discount Sites
I couldn’t include all the categories that seniors can save, there’s just too many to name. And I’d probably still miss some too. But if you are spending money at a public business, ASK about senior discounts.
I can not stress this enough. Most places will not tell you about their existing senior discount. And it NEVER hurts to ask. And sadly the same is true on websites. I do not know what the procedure would be to find out. If you find out how, please drop me a comment below, so that I can inform everyone! Let’s save some money!!!
Here are discount lists that I came across, and I’d like to share them with you. And as always, if you have an awesome list you’d like to share, please do so in the comments. I may just add it to my list. WHICH MEANS, I will be updating this list often, so keep checking back!!! As always, thanks for stopping by!!!
DealNews The Complete Guide to Senior Discounts
(last updated 12/17/18)
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