So, you are looking for ways to make ends meet on your fixed income now that you are retired. Maybe you are 50 or older and just like keeping your hard-earned shekels, even though you are still working. You might be amazed at how many senior discounts are out there for the taking. Lots of places do not post their senior discounts, but if you ask them, they will give you the “secret” discount. Every time they do, that is money in your pocket. Here are ideas for having fun with senior discounts.
Discounts can change at any time, so just because there was a discount during writing this article, it could be canceled or modified when you ask a vendor about it. Some discounts also require you to have a membership in an organization, like AARP.
Saving Money on Food
We all must eat, and just because you might have more time on your hands now, very few people's gardens provide all their nutritional needs or wants. No worries. Plenty of restaurants offer 10 or 15 percent off or freebies like free coffee to seniors. If they have no senior’s discount posted, ask about one the next time you:
- Order a pizza
- Buy groceries
- Grab fast food
- Go out for seafood or Italian food
- Pick up donuts
- Get ice cream
- Go to a breakfast place
- Hit a buffet
- Have a steak
- Get frozen yogurt
- Order home delivery meals
The travel industry is smart enough to know what a valuable segment of the market the 50+ crowd is. More companies than we can list here offer you savings, just because you have collected enough birthdays. Here are examples:
- Guided travel packages that include your airfare, lodging, and ground transportation
- European vacation packages, including river cruises
- Railway excursions in the U.S. and abroad
- Big-name online travel booking sites
- Major airlines
- Airport parking
- Rental cars
- Bus tickets
- Cruises, cruises, cruises
- All levels of hotels and motels (some save you up to 50 percent)
You finally have more time to do the things you enjoy. Senior discounts can help you afford those things on a fixed income.
- Movie theatre chains offer discounted tickets and refreshments to older adults. Some have weekly senior days with even better deals.
- Tourist destinations almost always offer seniors a break on admission prices and annual passes. Some also take 10 or 15 percent off on merchandise you buy in their gift shops and online stores.
- Tickets to concerts and other live performances frequently give older adults anywhere from 15 to 25 percent off.
Taking Care of Yourself
Eyeglass stores are in a bidding war for your business. Some offer as much as 60 percent off on your exam, 30 percent off on glasses, and 20 percent savings on contacts. Hearing aids and batteries are expensive, but some programs offer discounts and free batteries. Check with the pharmacies in your area to see who offers the best deals for seniors. Some host senior days once a week or once a month, so knowing when to make your purchases could save you a bundle.
There Is So Much More
We do not have the room to list all the great deals for seniors, but ask about discounts on:
- Cell phones and service
- Security systems
- Print, Kindle and audio books from major online vendors (and a Kindle device)
- Clothes and shoes
- Outlet malls
- Shipping packages
- Craft supplies
Talk with an elder law attorney in your area to discover other ways to protect your financial well-being, like having a durable power of attorney document. Your state’s regulations might differ from the general law of this article.
Care.com. “32 Surprising Senior Discounts.” (accessed August 2, 2018) https://www.care.com/c/stories/5431/surprising-senior-discounts/
Consumer Reports. “Senior discounts save money on nearly everything.” (accessed August 2, 2018) https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2014/07/senior-discounts-save-money-on-nearly-everything/index.htm
The Penny Hoarder. “These 100 Fantastic Senior Discounts Make Us Look Forward to Turning 65.” (accessed August 2, 2018) https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/deals/best-senior-discounts/
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