Many places such as parks, restaurants or public transport offer special discounts to seniors. The catch however; is that you won’t know they’re available until you ask for them.
This is why we’ve made you a list of 15 discounts seniors can get, if they ask about them:
1. Cruise Deals
Cruises are a great way to relax and enjoy yourself, their all-inclusive travel options make it easy for you to sit back with a drink in your hand, enjoy the sun and the delicious cuisine. Interestingly, many cruise companies offer special discounts to citizens over the age of 55. So next time you’re thinking about going on a cruise, make sure you ask the cruise company about special senior discounts.
2. Discount on Car Insurance
Most seniors don’t know this, but many car insurance companies offer great deals especially for them. Depending on your age and other factors, you could get a good discount. So don’t forget to bring it up the next time you’re in your car insurer’s office.
3. Save on Your Mortgage
Seniors can also get special deals on their mortgage. In fact, Obama passed a government program to help middle class senior Americans reduce their monthly payments. This mortgage bailout program can make you save up to $3,500 each year, so it’s a good idea to ask your bank about it.
4. Save on Groceries
Many grocery stores offer special discounts to seniors, some of these offers are:
-New season market: 10% discount every Wednesday.
-Farm Fresh: 5% discount Tuesdays and Thursdays (55+)
-Publix: weekly discount on Wednesday depending on location (55+)
-Fred Meyer: 10% senior discount on the first Tuesday of every month.
Don’t hesitate to ask your favorite grocery store about any special senior discounts they may offer!
5. Save on Prescriptions
Seniors are usually under a lot of medication, so it’s only logical they should have some discount on their pills.
The pharmacy sections of many retail stores such as CVS, Walgreens, Target and Walmart offer special discounts for seniors which you just have to ask about.
Another interesting thing is that many pharmaceutical companies will send seniors special discount cards that they can show while paying for their medication. So don’t forget to ask your pharmacy about any discounts or cards they may have for you.
6. Go Shopping
Many trendy and popular clothing stores offer special discounts for seniors, for example:
-Banana Republic: 10% discount if you’re over 50 years old, just ask for it.
-Kohl’s: 10% on Wednesday (60+) .
-Walgreens: holds a Seniors day once a month, many discounts, cards and rewards are available just by asking.
Just remember to check with clothing stores, many might offer great deals and discounts that you don’t know about.
7. Eating Out
Many restaurants and fast-food chains offer special discounts for senior citizens, for example:
-McDonald’s: discounts on coffee and beverages (55+).
-Wendy’s: free coffee or other discounts depending on location.
-Subway: 10% off (60+) varies by location.
-KFC: free small drink with any meal depending on location (55+).
-Burger King: 10% discount depending on location (60+).
8. Hotel Rooms
Many great hotels offer discount for senior citizens, keep in mind however that these discounts may vary depending on location:
-Marriott: 15% discount (62+)
-Hyatt Hotels: Up to 50% if you make a reservation in advance and for 2 people (60+)/
-Hampton Inns & Suits: 10% off when booked 3 days in advance.
Keep in mind that many hotels may have different offers at varying locations, so as always; don’t forget to ask!
9. Take a Trip to the Movies
If you’re a movies fan, you won’t be disappointed! Many theaters offer senior discounts, for example:
-AMC Theaters: 30% discount (60+).
-Regal Cinemas: 35% discount (60+).
-Georgia Theatre Company: Varying discount offers depending on location.
Many other places offer discounts on snacks, popcorn and soda. So always ask about special senior discounts, you might end up spoiled…..you and your grandkids.
10. Visit Amusement Parks
Amusement parks offer special discounts for seniors as well, while it’s true you won’t be jumping on the rollercoaster ride; you can still enjoy the rest of the attractions.
-Busch Gardens in Tampa: various discount offers all year with the Senior Pass.
-SeaWorld Orlando: $3 discount (50+).
-LegoLand Florida: $7 discount on entrance.
Various other offers may be available depending on the park and its location, so always remember to ask before buying your ticket.
11. Tour National Parks
Many national parks offer great discounts if you’re over 62.
Yellowstone: annual pass for just $20 and a lifetime pass for $80, with this pass you will be able to visit all of the country’s parks throughout your retirement. This pass also covers your entrance and camping fees. You can enjoy the wildlife with your grandchildren whenever you’d like!
12. Public Transport
Many public transport deals are available for seniors, for example:
Rail service, Amtrak: 15% discount on tickets (62+).
Greyhound: 5% discount.
Trailways: 10% discount (65+).
Sixt: automatic discount if you book online.
Hertz: exclusive car deals (50+).
13. Talk on the Phone
Some phone deals are also available for senior citizens, as always keep in mind these may vary depending on location and other factors:
-AT&T: 200 anytime minutes and 500 for evenings and weekends for $29.99 per month (65+).
-T-Mobile: 2 lines with unlimited talk, text and LTE data for $60 a month (55+).
-Consumer Cellular: unlimited talk for $30.
Don’t forget to ask your phone company for any special senior discounts they may have.
14. Flight Discounts
If you’re thinking of taking a trip anytime soon, you should inquire about the different senior discounts airline companies may offer. For example:
-Southwest Airlines: Cheaper senior rates for retirees (upon proof of age).
-United Airlines: Senior discount (65+).
-Continental: Senior discounts on select routes.
-American Airlines: senior discounts if you contact them by phone.
15. Get Creative
If you find yourself with a lot of free time in your hands, pick up a hobby and get creative! You can start knitting, painting or making festive decorations just in time for the holidays. Many hobby stores offer great discounts for seniors, for example:
-Michael’s: 10% exclusive discounts.
-Joann: specific senior days with a 20% discount off total purchase (55¨+).