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Relish your golden years with savings! Many businesses offer exclusive discounts to customers over a specific age. You may be surprised that some senior discounts are offered long before you turn 65, as not all companies classify senior citizens in the same way. Ready to start saving? Our research team has compiled over 100 senior discounts to cash in on.
Senior discounts are a fantastic way to maintain your budget and enjoy the benefits of being an older adult. Keep in mind, there is not a legal requirement to offer discounts to seniors, so it pays to ask before you buy. If you can think of it, there just might be a discount for it!
How Old Do You Have to Be to Receive a Senior Discount?
While 65 is the age to officially claim Medicare, many senior perks and discounts start much earlier! If you enroll in an AARP or Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) membership on your 50th birthday, you’ll have a head start cashing in on senior discounts. For all other discounts, the minimum age requirements vary based on the company or location and can range from 50 to 65 years of age.
Unsure if you qualify for a senior discount? Don’t hesitate to ask! Not all businesses advertise their discounts for older adults, so a little detective work might be in order.
Popular Types of Senior Discounts
From retail and grocery to insurance and healthcare, there are all types of senior discounts to claim. Maximize your savings, and make the most out of your purchases (large or small) by cashing in on the following discounts. You can also watch the video below with SeniorLiving.org Editor-in-Chief, Jeff Hoyt, to learn more about the best senior discounts.
Retail Senior Discounts
Kick your retail savings up a notch! While not all retail stores provide a dedicated senior discount, many offer impressive savings with a store rewards card.
55+ years or an AARP member; must create a myWalgreens account
Check your local Walgreens for their senior day schedule
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Grocery Store Senior Discounts
Food not only nourishes our bodies, it’s an important part of our overall health. Shopping at your local supermarket doesn’t have to break the bank; there are quite a few ways to save. Free rewards cards, coupon clipping, buying in season, and senior-specific discounts or senior discount days will help with your grocery shopping costs. These major grocery retailers offer discounts.
Savings each week in coupons and deals; Earn points and redeem rewards for discounts on gas or groceries
just for U reward card member
Did You Know: Don’t be shy! Before you hit the aisles, stop by customer service to inquire if they offer a senior discount or special price reduction. Don’t forget your ID for proof of age.
Restaurant Senior Discounts
One of the easiest places to snag a senior discount is at your favorite restaurant, coffee shop, or diner. Be sure to ask if there’s a senior menu or early dinner discount. Many chain restaurants are independently owned, so discounts or promotions will vary by location.
The great news is even if a restaurant doesn’t offer a senior discount, there’s still savings to be had! For example, Arby’s, Chili’s, Red Lobster, Tim Hortons, and Panera Bread offer free membership rewards programs to all customers, so you can earn free food and discounted meals.
During your golden years of retirement, rest and relaxation come in many forms! Whether you catch the latest flick on the silver screen, get lost in an audio book, or explore the great outdoors, a senior discount is most likely available. Check out these wallet-friendly fun activities.
Planning a getaway? Take advantage of special hotel and car rental rates. If you don’t find the senior (or AARP) rate on the hotel or rental car website, contact customer service before booking. AARP offers discounts for over 50 hotels and resorts. Below is a sample of discounts starting at age 50 and up.
Save 43% off an annual Zipcar membership, plus $40 in free driving credit
Air, Bus, and Rail Senior Discounts
Hop on the bus, Gus! Most public transportation (local and regional), including bus, subway, train, and ferry services offer a senior fare. Not all airlines offer senior-reduced fares or promote them online, so make a call to customer service before locking in your flight plans. No matter the type of transportation you plan to use, ask for a senior discount!
Save $65 off World Traveller (economy) and World Traveller Plus (premium economy) or $200 off Club World (business class) fares when you purchase round-trip transatlantic tickets online to over 130 destinations
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to make the most of your flight by signing up for airline miles or use a travel credit card to earn points.
Internet Service and Communications Senior Discounts
Many internet providers recognize that seniors are one of the fastest-growing segments of new internet users. Check out our guide to the best internet service for seniors to learn what companies and plans lead the pack on pricing and discounts.
There are quite a few fantastic cell phone plans with incentives for older adults. Compare these cellular plans to see which best meets your budget and lifestyle needs.
AT&T:AT&T senior plans start at $60 per month (single line only) or $80 per month for two lines ($40 per line). AT&T’s 55+ plan is restricted to Florida residents only.
Consumer Cellular:Consumer Cellular’s Talk Only plan starts at $15 per month and their Unlimited Talk with Text and Data plan starts at $20 per month. Consumer Cellular also offers discounts to AARP members, including a five percent discount on monthly service and usage charges and 30 percent on accessories.
Jitterbug:Jitterbug service not only has some of the best no-contract prices, but they arguably have the best senior-friendly phones on the market. AARP members can now save $60 per year on select Health & Safety Packages.
Verizon: The Verizon 55+ Unlimited Plan offers unlimited calls, texts, and data for $60 a month (single line only) or $80 per month for two lines ($40 per line). The Verizon 55+ plan is only available in Florida.
T-Mobile: Adults ages 55 and over have three Unlimited 55+ plans to choose from with unlimited talk, text, and smartphone data: the Essentials (starting at $27.50 per line), the Magenta (starting at $35 per line), and the Magenta MAX (starting at $45 per line). T-Mobile’s 55+ plans are available in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico.
Senior Discounts for Major Life Expenses
Our discount list wouldn’t be complete without diving deeper into the benefits of AARP, the leading senior savings program. From vehicle and property insurance to hearing, optical, and pharmacy savings, AARP’s membership helps save on major expenses.
AARP Health and Wellness Senior Discounts
CareLinx In-Home Care
Health savings account offered by Optum Bank
Hearing care program provided by HearUSA
HearUSA Hearing Shop
Kroger Co. Pharmacy
MyVision Care provided through EyeMed
Prescription discounts provided by OptumRx
Short-term care insurance from Medico
Vision discounts provided by EyeMed
AARP Vehicle and Property Insurance Senior Discounts
Auto insurance program from The Hartford
Homeowners insurance program from The Hartford
Other Health-Related Discounts
Taking care of your health doesn’t have to break the bank. In addition to the AARP discounts listed about, check out the resources below for more ways to save on health-related expenses.
Since graduating from Harvard with an honors degree in Statistics, Jeff has been creating content in print, online, and on television. Much of his work has been dedicated to informing seniors on how to live better lives. As Editor-in-Chief of the personal… Learn More About Jeff Hoyt
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