One of the best perks about becoming a senior citizen is the discounts and concessions retailers and services provide.
For example, the U.S. has 58+ protected areas known as national parks and operated by the National Park Service. Those 62+ can purchase a lifetime pass for $10, which also includes a 50% discount on such additional services as camping.
Being older offers the earned advantage of gaining the latitude, wisdom and ability to be a more patient shopper. Mature consumers, armed with new awareness and old insight, can be more persistent about finding deals or waiting for user reviews of the products before they decide if the item is worth all the hype.
Baby Boomers are less inclined to stand in overnight premiere sales event lines for the latest and greatest gadgets. They are more likely to take the time needed to search for deals. They also understand that buying a brand new product just introduced to the market means paying the full and highest amount. Experienced consumers wait for the prices to drop.
“I don’t necessarily have to see the latest movie just after its release,” Al Brettman of Nashville, Tennessee volunteered. “I have many choices to save money: matinees, discounted theaters, Netflix, Redbox, cable, or even borrow them from the library. I’ll pop my own popcorn and watch the new Star Wars next year.”
Greg Thornell of Tampa Bay offered his secret for finding the best deals “come from Craigslist or EBay. Some people grow tired of their new video game or music CD or maybe they are dissatisfied with it for some reason. I’ve even purchased some items still in their original packaging.”
“I grew up in a family of coupon cutters,” said Marilyn Branson, of Kansas City. “I search the internet, magazines, mail and newspapers to stock up on items or take the family to eat. You can just about find a deal somewhere for every day of the week.”
Here are some of the popular discounts offered to seniors across the country. While every attempt has been made to insure this information is up to date, it’s important to check with each retailer or service for any specifics, changes, or modifications prior to purchasing.
Stein Mart (55+) 20% off clearance items on the first Monday of each month.
Waffle House (60+) 10% off every Monday.
Bealls (first Tuesday each month for 50+) 20%
Marshall’s (age varies per store) 10% off.
TJ Maxx (age varies per store) 10% off.
Ross Dress for Less (usually 55+, but age varies per store) 10% off.
Kohl’s (60+) 15% off.
Applebee’s, (60+) 10-15% off (varies by location) Golden Apple Card may be required.
Bennigan’s, (60+) % varies by location.
Chili’s, age and % vary by location.
Denny’s, (55+) Exclusive menu and 15% off for senior citizen club members.
IHOP, (55+) Senior menu items discounted.
Burger King, (60+) 10% off plus additional discounts on coffee and soft drinks.
Dairy Queen, (age varies) 10% off (free small drink at some locations).
Jack in the Box, (55+) up to 20% off by location.
McDonald’s, (55+) discounts on coffee.
Sonic, (60+) 10% off or free beverage, varies by location.
Wendy’s, (55+) 10% off usually but ages and discounts varies by location.
Whataburger, (55+) Free drink w/ purchase of a meal, varies by location.
Chicken and Fish:
Chick-Fil-A! (55+) 10% or free small drink, varies by location.
El Pollo Loco, (55+) 10% off, varies by location.
KFC, (55+) Free small drink with any meal.
Long John Silver’s, (55+) % varies by location.
Popeye’s Fried Chicken, (55+ receive a free drink or 10% off order.
CiCi’s Pizza, (60+) 10% off
Gatti’s Pizza, (60+) 10% off
Arby’s, (55+) 10% off, free drink varies by location.
Schlotzky’s Deli, 10% discount on all orders to those 60+
Subway, (60+) 10% off.
Boston Market, (65+) 10% off.
Taco Bell, (65+) 5% off; free beverages for seniors.
American Airlines, in select markets, senior discounts.
Amtrak, (62+) 15% off
Best Western, over 60, 10% off.
Greyhound, (62+) 5% off
Marriott, (62+) 15% off
Trailways, (65+) 10% off
AMC Theaters, (55+) up to 30%, varies by location.
Carmike Cinemas, (65+) 35% off.
Cinemark/Century Theaters (55+) up to 35% off, varies by location.
Busch Gardens Tampa, FL, (50+), $13 off one-day tickets.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not, (55+), up to 50%, but varies by location.
Sea World Orlando, FL, (50+) $3 off one-day tickets.
Total Fitness, (62+) $100 off memberships
Jitterbug, (50+) $14.99/month
Verizon Wireless (65+) $29.99/month
Jiffy Lube, (55+) 10% off
If you know of discounts for seniors, please leave a comment below.