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Senior Discounts, Bargains & Benefits

Dunkin Donuts: FREE donut with large coffee purchase and AARP membership card.

Dunkin Donuts: FREE donut with large coffee purchase and AARP membership card.

So, How Old Are Ya?

Many seniors do not like to disclose their age and therefore, may be missing out on many benefits.

You must divulge your real age to be able to obtain any type of senior discount. If your age meets the specific eligibility requirements, you may be surprised at what is available to you.

The majority of people everywhere like to save money whenever possible. Trying to make ends meet can be difficult, especially if you are on a fixed income. Many senior citizens fall into this category. The good news is that there are many businesses that understand the difficult economy and offer discounts to seniors who meet their criteria.

Even if you are financially stable, why not take advantage of the benefits offered to you. The money you save could be given to someone else in need.

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Did You Know?

AARP used to stand for American Association of Retired Persons.

They do not use the title any longer because; 1) they no longer only target retired persons, and 2) they’ve lowered the eligibility, now marketing to the age of 50+.

At What Age Are You a Senior Citizen?

The answer to this question is not that simple. The term “senior citizen” is often used for specific policies to determine benefit eligibility available to a certain age group. Therefore, the age which qualifies a person as a senior citizen can vary significantly.

For instance, although it appears to be gradually increasing, the customary retirement age in the United States is 65. Those eligible for Social Security must be at least 62 years of age.

There are different benefit-type plans where eligibility begins at age 55-60. And if you or your spouse is at least 50 years old, you are now eligible to join AARP.

As you can see, the age at which we are considered a “senior citizen” fluctuates by many years. The age of eligibility for an abundance of senior discounts varies as well.

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Also Ask About Military/Veteran Discounts

I took my father to Home Depot last fall to purchase a new snow blower. I had heard something about veteran discounts, so I asked.

Although they do not offer senior discounts, they do have certain benefits for veterans. My dad happily saved 10% on his purchase totaling approximately $50 which covered the tax and plenty left over for us to stop for sandwiches on our way home. If I hadn’t asked, he would have never received the discount.

Learn to Ask “Do You Offer a Senior Discount?”

There are hundreds and hundreds of discounts available to seniors. If you do not know about a specific benefit, you could be out of luck since many businesses and retailers are reluctant to ask if you qualify. You must learn to ask if senior discounts are offered.

In addition, talk to your senior family members and friends. Word of mouth is a great way to learn about discounts that may available to you.

Start learning to ask for senior discounts once you turn 50 years old. Although most discounts do not begin until age 55+, you will be a pro by then!

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What About You?

National Senior Citizens Day

Annually, August 21 is set apart to acknowledge our nation’s seniors. Initiated in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan, Proclamation #5847 partially states “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older-places in which older people can participate to the fullest and can find the encouragement, acceptance, assistance, and services they need to continue to lead lives of independence and dignity.”

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Large Variety of Senior Bargains and Discounts

The businesses listed below are simply a sampling of the types of discounts available to seniors.

Keep in mind that most dining establishments offer some sort of senior citizen discount. Some offer a menu specifically created for seniors, typically with smaller portions and less expensive. Others offer senior discounts off your entire bill.

The various discounts listed will give you a really good idea that no matter what type of business or service you are dealing with, you should always ask "do you offer senior discounts?"

Sampling of Senior DINING Discounts

Discounts are subject to change. Always check with your participating location.
Compiled by Sharyn's Slant

RESTAURANTDISCOUNTAGE ELIGIBILITY

Applebee's

15%

60+

Baker's Square

10%

60+

Chili's Bar & Grill

10%

55+

Denny's

20% between 4-10 p.m.

AARP Members

Dunkin Donuts

Free donut w/ purchase of large coffee

AARP Members

IHOP

10%

55+

Long John Silvers

10% (varies)

55+

Popeye's Fried Chicken

10% or free drink

55+

Schlotzky's Deli

10%

60+

TCBY

10%

55+

Sampling of Senior TRAVEL Discounts

Discounts are subject to change. Always check with your participating location.
Compiled by Sharyn's Slant

COMPANYDISCOUNTAGE ELIGIBILITY

Alamo Car Rental

Unlimited mileage & 10%

50+

Amtrak Train Service

15%

62+

Best Western Hotels

10%

55+

Continental Airlines

Special fares

65+

Greyhound Bus Line

5%

62+

Marriott Hotels

15%

62+

Norwegian Cruise Line

5%

AARP Members

Trailways (Charter Rental)

Various

50+

Sampling of Senior SHOPPING Discounts

Discounts are subject to change. Always check with your participating location. Compiled by Sharyn's Slant

STOREDISCOUNTAGE ELIGIBILITY

Banana Republic

10%

50+

C.J. Banks

10% Wednesdays

60+

Goodwill

10% (day varies)

55+

Kohl's

15% Wednesdays

62+

Stein Mart

20% off clearance first Monday of the month

55+

Sampling of OTHER Senior Discounts

Discounts are subject to change. Always check with your participating location. Compiled by Sharyn's Slant

COMPANYDISCOUNTAGE ELIGIBILITY

AMC Theatres

Up to 20% (more on Tuesdays)

60+

AT&T

Senior Nation Plan

65+

Bally Total Fitness

Membership Discount

62+

Great Clips

$3 off hair cut

60+

Hallmark Gift Stores

10% (day varies)

65+

Jiffy Lube

Varied discount

AARP Members

Michael's Arts & Crafts

Tuesday discounts

AARP Members

Publix Supermarket

5% Wednesdays

55+

Teleflora

20%

AARP Members

U.S. National Parks

$10 pass + up to 50%

62+

Verizon Wireless

$29.00 Senior Plan

65+

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Every Wednesday, 62+, 15% senior discount!

Every Wednesday, 62+, 15% senior discount!

Finding the Best Senior Discounts, Bargains & Benefits

There are so many benefits available to seniors. Be sure to also consider discounts such as:

  • Amusement parks
  • Banks
  • Home improvement companies
  • Housing authorities
  • Prescription drugs
  • Utility companies

Joining senior organizations and groups such as your local senior center will ensure that you hear about the latest bargains available to you.

And my most important recommendation, of course, is to ASK FOR SENIOR DISCOUNTS.

You’ve got to speak up. Many employees will not think to offer a senior discount, and most employees will not ask your age for fear of making the wrong assumption.

Don’t forget to always carry identification with you to show proof of age. And if you are daring enough, get yourself a hat or T-shirt that says “PROUD TO BE A SENIOR CITIZEN” or “WHERE’S MY SENIOR DISCOUNT?”

Have fun & best wishes!

This is Sharyn’s Slant

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Comments

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 10, 2019:

Thank you Cheryl! Glad you enjoyed!

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on April 01, 2019:

Great article. Good informations

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 11, 2018:

Hi Larry,

Awww, thanks for your comment. And darn Applebee's, they should all give a discount to be consistent. Thanks so much for stopping by Larry. Take care!

Sharyn

Larry W Fish from Raleigh on April 11, 2018:

Sharon, there are a lot of senior discounts out there, but like you say you often have to ask to get it. The Applebee's in Raleigh, NC does not give a senior discount. I got in a big argument with the manager there one day. We did eat breakfast at Denny's the other day and got the AARP discount. I often ask for the discount. Many supermarkets give a discount to seniors but it is usually limited to a certain day of the week. Great article, Sharon, thanks.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on November 01, 2015:

Hi Stella! Nice to meet you too. There are many discounts that people can get even starting at 50! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sharyn

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on November 01, 2015:

Hi Sharyn's Slant, this is a great hub, and interesting for people who are 62 or older. You have given a lot of information. Nice to meet you, Stella

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 05, 2015:

Hi Dorothy ~ Great idea! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sharyn

Dorothy on July 05, 2015:

I have my in-laws asking for the discounts. The money I save, I put in a safe place and use it for Christmas

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on March 17, 2015:

Ha ha, I agree PoetryMan!!! The only other thing I can think of is that we have more wisdom. Hope you found some good discounts for yourself. Thanks for your comment!

Sharyn

poetryman6969 on March 16, 2015:

The only good thing about getting old is the discounts. Bring them on! Well, at least until retirement comes at long last.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on February 26, 2015:

Hi Tami ~ so glad you enjoyed this! I haven't gotten my AARP card yet but that's just because I haven't joined! I have been eligible for 3 years already! Thanks for stopping by,

Sharyn

Tami Rogers from Seattle, Washington on February 25, 2015:

Great hub! Just got my first AARP card so I'm joining the crowd I guess! Voted up!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 12, 2013:

Hi Ruchira ~ So you were working on a hub about senior discounts? Sorry, I wrote this over 4 months ago. That happens a lot when I have an idea and then see it was "done" by someone else. But heck, you can certainly write on it too. Just add your own spin. Then let me know and we'll link them. Thanks for your feedback!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 12, 2013:

Hi CC ~ Aw, thank you so much for your compliments. I do hope that many people benefit from this information. There really are many discounts that seniors are not aware of. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Sharyn

Ruchira from United States on January 11, 2013:

Darn..I was working on Senior discounts and Sharyn you nailed it in every way, my friend :)

Loved the extensive report you have generated.

Awesome and useful!

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on January 11, 2013:

I just love your "senior" hubs and this is no exception. What a well-put-together hub. I know I commented before, but I just wanted to also let you know that so many people can benefit from this. Nice!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on December 22, 2012:

Hi Mary ~ Yup, discounts that are considered "senior discounts" keep going younger and younger. I couldn't believe it when I started receiving AARP advertisements when I was 49, ha. Thank you so much for your compliments and votes. I hope you are enjoying your holiday season.

Sharyn

Mary Craig from New York on December 22, 2012:

Not only is this a great hub but your lists are so helpful! It is amazing that the "senior citizen" label now applies to younger, and younger people....AARP used to be 60 then 55, now 50...hmmm Baby Boomers Strike again!

You really did a great job here and this hub will be helpful to a lot of newly senior citizens.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 17, 2012:

Hi adrienne2 ~ Thank you so much for your compliments. Definitely have your mom take advantage of senior discounts. Even if she doesn't need the money, she can give it to someone who does :) I appreciate you stopping by.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 17, 2012:

Cyndi ~ That's the spirit!!! Why not take what you can get. Maybe your parents will use the info but I'll be sure to haunt you in like 20 years to make sure you are getting your discounts. Thanks for stopping by.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 17, 2012:

Hi Fiddleman ~ so glad you stopped by. I'm thrilled you found some others discounts listed that you did not know about. Thank you so much for your feedback.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 17, 2012:

Hi Paul ~ Well, I'm sorry to hear there aren't many senior discounts where you now reside. But then you must try to obtain whatever bargain you can get when you visit the states. Thank you so much for your feedback.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 17, 2012:

Hi Kelley ~ Thanks for sharing this with your mom. I'll try to share this with you, a long time from now, when you are old enough, ha. Thanks for stopping by.

Sharyn

Fierce Manson from Atlanta on September 17, 2012:

Hey Sharyn what a goldmine of savings you have listed here in your article. My mom frequents in particular Popeye's and she never ask for a discount, I didn't even know they offered a senior discount. My goodness what a hub you have here. Congrats on being hub of the day. Voted up!!

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on September 17, 2012:

Love this! I want to share this with my mom and dad. :) Who knows if they'll use it, but when I'm turning 50, I'll HAPPILY take all the discounts I can garner. LOL.

Fiddleman on September 17, 2012:

Great hub and some here I didn't know about until reading your article. Thanks for sharing.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on September 17, 2012:

This is a great hub and news for anyone over 50! Unfortunately, there aren't many senior discounts available to expats here in Thailand. But I plan on using my senior citizen discounts when I visit the States next month. Voted up and sharing.

kelleyward on September 17, 2012:

I remember reading this before. Great article packed with useful information for seniors. Sharing this with my mom. Voted up and useful. Blessings, Kelley

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 08, 2012:

Hi blessed365 ~ I appreciate you sharing this information with your family. Thank you so much!

Sharyn

Vicky C. from New England on September 07, 2012:

Thank you so much for this information. I can't wait to tell my family member about Kohl's.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 01, 2012:

Hi Dr. BJ ~ I definitely agree. As things begin to "fall apart" as we age, getting a few perks through senior discounts is not a bad thing. Thanks for stopping by.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 01, 2012:

Hi Penelope ~ I'm so glad you liked this. Thanks for sharing it with your mom too!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 01, 2012:

Hi Peg ~ You are right. I believe some places will give a discount if you ask even if they do not have a special program in place. The veteran discount is definitely one people should take advantage of too. That's good to know about IHOP. Recently, I spent a lot of time getting estimates for a new roof on my dad's house. After I received the estimate, I would ask for a senior discount. Most obliged. Thanks so much for your great feedback.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 01, 2012:

Hello Pop Culture World ~ I'm so glad you love this list and appreciate you passing the information along. Thank you,

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 01, 2012:

Ha ha Paula ~ I am honored to be the Angel of the Grey Heads! I am so glad to hear that your mantra is "do you give a senior discount?" More people should definitely adopt it. Maybe not for the reasons you say it, ha, but if it works . . . personally, I would hold out for the guy with poor vision. And please tell Grammy I said hi!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 01, 2012:

Hi Lela ~ I am so glad you found this useful. And actually, no I am currently not taking care of any elderly at the moment. My Joe is now in a nursing home and doing well. It really became unsafe for him to be at home. Thanks for stopping by.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 01, 2012:

Hi Pamela ~ You got that right! "With all the aches and pains, at least there are some great perks!" Thanks for stopping by!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 01, 2012:

Hi Brenda ~ You are welcome. Keep remembering to ask for discounts. Thanks so much for your feedback.

Sharyn

drbj and sherry from south Florida on August 31, 2012:

Discounts are one of the few perks available to seniors when everything else starts to fall apart. Thanks, Sharon, for these great discount reminders.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 31, 2012:

Hi Glimmer ~ Yeah, I didn't know about many of the shopping discounts as well. Thanks for your feedback and I appreciate you sharing this!

Sharyn

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on August 31, 2012:

Sending this to mom! She'll love it. I like going to the movies on a senior citizen discount. Some of those traveling discounts are very interesting! Thanks so much. Great hub.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 30, 2012:

Hi Audrey ~ I'm so sorry that you cried. (I hope you didn't.) The discounts are supposed to be a good thing :) But I do understand. I turned 50 this year. Things are different . . . Thanks for stopping by.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 30, 2012:

Hi Richard ~ Oh yes, you must get over that "pride" thing. At least when it comes to determining if you are eligible for discounts. Pennies add up!!! I really appreciate you stopping by. Thanks for your feedback!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 30, 2012:

Hiya Sunnie ~ you should look forward to the discounts. Why the heck not? I think even people that are doing really well financially should take advantage of what is offered to them. Then give the money away to family or someone who could really use it. I'm glad you found this useful and will share with your parents too. Thank you so much!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 30, 2012:

Hi Carol ~ yeah, there are some pretty good discounts. Some better than others, but some are too good to pass up. Thanks so much for your feedback and share.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 30, 2012:

Hey Billy ~ I think you need to take advantage of these discounts too. Why not? You are entitled!!! Some how, you may even love life a bit more. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 30, 2012:

Hi Susan Z ~ Well then you just better come and visit me. We"ll go "discount hopping." And btw, there are discounts to be found in Canada too. Maybe not as many but they do care about ya, really they do :) Thanks for your feedback!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 30, 2012:

Hi Kelley ~ Thanks for your votes and shares. I'm sure your parents and in-laws will appreciate some of these discounts they may have never heard of. Thanks for stopping by!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 30, 2012:

Hi Shasta ~ Yeah, it is something to look forward to :) I'm doing my research a little early, ha. Thanks for your feedback!

Sharyn

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on August 30, 2012:

Hi Sharyn. This is great news to share with us. If you ask, you will receive. It is amazing how many places actually give a discount just for asking the question. I was helping my mom find a new refrigerator at Lowe's and asked if they had a senior discount. They said, "No, just a military discount if you have an ID". She was able to save $70 just by showing her Navy ID card! Also, at IHOP there is a buy one entrée and get a second one free on Friday evenings. Wonderful way to cut costs. Very useful information here. Thank you.

Pop Culture World from United States on August 30, 2012:

Wow, I love this list. I will definitely pass this information on. Thanks!

Suzie from Carson City on August 30, 2012:

How very helpful and sweet of you to put together this AWESOME hub full of info on discounts for old bags like me! Sharyn......I dub you "Angel of the Grey Heads!!"

Seriously....My mantra for a few years now, has been...."Do you give a Senior Discount?" Now, let's get real. I don't ask to save the money.....I am much more selfish and ego-bent......I ask so that someone will laugh and say, "OH SURELY YOU ARE NOT OLD ENOUGH FOR A SENIOR DISCOUNT!!!"

I'll let you know when that happens.......if it does........or I can bribe someone......or the person is 99 yrs old and has poor vision.......or ...they notice the gun in my hand........

Anyway......This is a VALUABLE hub and I Thank you so much on behalf of my grandmother!!!!! Smile!!! ....UP!!+++

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 29, 2012:

As I have just entered the senior camp as well as the disabled group, I found this hub quite useful. I gather that you are caring for a senior now? I may need a caretaker in the near future....

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 29, 2012:

Excellent information for seniors. With all the aches and pains, at least there are some great perks! Thanks for all of the great information.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on August 29, 2012:

This is a well laid out and interesting Hub. As a senior citizen myself, I am still learning to ask for discounts. Your charts of places offering discounts is wonderful. Thanks for such great information.

Claudia Mitchell on August 29, 2012:

I'm not here yet, but this is really interesting! Especially the shopping ones. I bet my mom & dad don't know about those. I'll have to forward this to them. Thanks!

Audrey Howitt from California on August 29, 2012:

Well, I looked at the number of 55+ ones, and cried a little--discounts are good and now I qualify

Rich from Kentucky on August 29, 2012:

I have to get over a "pride" thing about discounts. I almost hate admitting my age, and usually don't mention it, especially to get a discount. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever in this age of watching pennies. Great Article!

Sunnie Day on August 29, 2012:

Sharon you have taken the work out of finding all the discounts...if it is possible I am looking forward to turning 55 so I can get some of these discounts. Great useful hub for sure. Thank you. Will print this out for my parents and myself...Thank you.

carol stanley from Arizona on August 29, 2012:

Well..pretty good discounts here for seniors. You did a great job of organizing this hub. Thanks so much ..vote up and of course a big share.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 29, 2012:

Great suggestions and tips Sharyn! Yes, I am a senior citizen...sigh...but I love life and it's about time I took advantage of some of these discounts. Great info and thank you!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on August 29, 2012:

I guess I'll be able to take advantage of some of the restaurant discounts in the states after this Oct. when I hit 55. Wish this was available here. Sometimes being a Canadian sucks :)

Voted up and shared.

kelleyward on August 29, 2012:

What a useful hub. I'm sharing with my parents and in-laws. So many people will find this helpful! Voted up and shared! Kelley

Shasta Matova from USA on August 29, 2012:

I am really looking forward to a time when I am officially a senior citizen so that I too can get these discounts. I didn't realize they start so early. Thanks for providing these great lists, so we can have a sampling of what kinds of discounts are available! Voted up!

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