The Where and the How of Senior Discounts

The Where and the How of Senior Discounts
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    The later years of your life should be enjoyable as well as comfortable.

    For many seniors, however, funds are tight and their health is on the decline.


To help seniors out, many retailers and other businesses offer discounts for people who are aged 55 and up. The following provides tips on where and how to obtain senior discounts.

Discounts Defined

Senior discounts may be offered based on you showing proof of age such as your driver’s license. Discounts can begin as low as 50 with 55 more common. Some retailers set the limit higher at 60, 62 or 65.

If you aren’t sure a discount is offered, simply ask. Typically, you will get 5 to 10 percent or more off from your purchase. Some stores, however, limit discounts to a certain day of the week such as a Wed. for food shopping.

Getting In

If your driver’s license doesn’t provide the discount, then your membership in AARP may. AARP is for people who have reached age 50 and are eligible for discounts.

AARP requires that you join the association to receive a card that provides discounts. The fee is low and the benefits are strong as soon as you begin to take advantage of it.

Entertainment Options

Did you know that most theaters, museums and clubs offer senior discounts? The plans vary from place to place, but can yield you a discount. Some theaters offer lower rates for matinees, but not for new releases at night. Museums typically offer discounts across the board whether you are a member or not.

As with all discount opportunities you won’t be given one unless you ask. So, ask the clerk as you are inquiring about tickets whether senior discounts are available too.

Travel Discounts

The hospitality industry caters to all travelers. Seniors are an important part of their business and are generally offered discounts on hotel rooms, car rentals, airfare and other travel amenities.

Some senior discounts are built right in — if you have a loyalty card, then your price is lowered accordingly. Other discounts come following you sharing your AARP or AAA card.

Saving Money

Restaurants may not offer a discount off your tab, but you could find yourself handed a senior menu if you ask. Knowing that senior appetites are usually smaller than other adults, some restaurants offer meals with smaller portions at fixed prices for seniors. Ask for a special menu to enjoy yet another way to save money.

See Also10 Money-Saving Tips for Senior Citizens


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".