Senior Discounts You Should Know About

Your golden years come with perks that allow you to enjoy discounts at your favorite restaurants, grocery stores and retail stores and on leisure activities. Along with these savings, there are also opportunities that are completely free, from taking college courses to admission to national parks. The good news is that many of these benefits begin long before your 65th birthday. As a rule of thumb, it is always a good idea to ask whether there is a senior discount before you buy something. Otherwise, you may be missing out on savings. Even if the store does not offer a senior discount, be sure to take advantage of any rewards programs it has. You can also join AARP when you turn 50 and start enjoying the discounts that come with that membership.

Below is a sampling of discounts and freebies you can start enjoying right away. They may change from time to time, so be sure to check back.

Retailer discounts

JOANN — A 20% discount on in-store purchases is available for those age 55+. Check your local store for discount days.

Kohl’s — Wednesdays are senior in-store discount days, with a 15% discount off your purchase if you are 55 or older.

Michaels — Enjoy 10% off your in-store and online purchases every day for those 55+.

Supermarket discounts

Fred Meyer — A 10% discount on select items such as private-brand groceries is offered on the first Tuesday of every month.

Harris Teeter — Enjoy a 5% discount every Tuesday if you are 60+.

New Seasons Market — Save 10% on most items every Wednesday after you turn 65.

Restaurant discounts

IHOP — Select items are available from the 55+ special value menu.

Denny’s – Choose from the 55+ menu and save 15% off your check.

McDonald’s — Some stores offer free coffee to seniors.

Leisure activity discounts

Cinemark Theatres — Enjoy discounted senior days or early-bird movie tickets if you are 62 or older.

National parks — For a nominal annual fee of $20, you can gain entry to more than 2,000 recreation sites every day once you reach 62.

Regal Cinemas — Select locations offer those 60+ a discount on movie tickets every day.

Travel discounts

Amtrak — Those 65 or older receive a 10% discount on most rail fares on most trains.

Carnival Cruise Line — Those age 55+ receive exclusive savings.

Royal Caribbean — Those 55+ receive senior pricing on select cruises.

United Airlines — Those 65+ can save with senior fares for select destinations.

Use the Internet

Some internet providers offer senior discounts to those age 55+ living in Florida, Washington, D.C., or Puerto Rico. Check with your provider to see whether you are eligible.

More education

To keep your mind sharp, you may want to go back to school. Happily, many colleges offer free classes you can audit without the worry of doing homework or taking exams. Some colleges even offer degree programs at no cost. Check with your local college to see what class options are available to you. This is a great opportunity to explore an interest, learn a new language or complete a degree.

As the saying goes, “with age comes wisdom.” What could be wiser than to take advantage of discounts exclusively for seniors? Always remember to find out whether there is a senior discount before you make a purchase. It never hurts to ask.

Reach out to Roz Carothers and her team at Triplett & Carothers to learn more.