Na Na pinches her pennies (aka frugal living)

Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.

Senior discounts

This list of senior discounts for people over 50 was a freecycle-chat message from a few days ago.  I thought I’d pass it along to my readers.  Maybe it will be helpful to you or someone you know.  I’m not sure how reliable the information so always ASK.

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As I was waiting in line behind an older gentleman at Wendy’s recently, I heard him ask for his senior discount. The girl at the register apologized and charged him less. When I asked the man what the discount was, he told me that seniors over age 55 — get 10% off everything on the menu, every day. (But you need to ASK for your discount.)

Being of ‘that’ age myself, I figured I might as well ask for the
discount too. This incident prompted me to do some research, and I came across a list of restaurants, supermarkets, department stores, travel deals, and other types of offers giving various discounts with different age requirements. I was actually surprised to see how many there are and how some of them start at the young age of 50 .

This list may not only be useful for you, but for your friends and
family too. Remember, you must ASK for your discount!

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RESTAURANTS:
Applebee’ s: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)
Arby’s: 10% off ( 55 +)
Ben & Jerry’s: 10% off (60+)
Bennigan’ s: discount varies by location (60+)
Bob’s Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)
Boston Market: 10% off (65+)
Burger King: 10% off (60+)
Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee ( 55+)
Chili’s: 10% off ( 55+)
CiCi’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Culver’s: 10% off
Denny’s: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members ( 55 +)
Dunkin’ Donuts: 10% off or free coffee ( 55+)
Einstein’ s Bagels: 10% off baker’s dozen of bagels (60+)
Fuddruckers: 10% off any senior platter ( 55+)
Gatti’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)
Hardee’s: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)
IHOP: 10% off ( 55+)
Jack in the Box: up to 20% off ( 55+)
KFC: free small drink with any meal ( 55+)
Krispy Kreme: 10% off ( 50+)
Long John Silver’s: various discounts at locations ( 55+)
McDonald’ s: discounts on coffee everyday ( 55+)
Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)
Shoney’s: 10% off
Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)
Steak ‘n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday ( 50+)
Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (62+)
Taco Bell : 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
TCBY: 10% off ( 55+)
Tea Room Cafe: 10% off ( 50+)
Village Inn: 10% off (60+)
Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
White Castle: 10% off (62+) This is for me … if I ever see one again.

RETAIL & APPAREL:
Banana Republic: 30% off ( 50 +)
Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month ( 50 +)
Belk’s: 15% off first Tuesday of every month ( 55 +)
Bon-Ton Stores: 15% off on senior discount days ( 55 +)
C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (50+)
Clarks : 10% off (62+)
Dress Barn: 20% off ( 55+)
Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kohl’s: 15% off (60+)
Modell’s Sporting Goods: 30% off
Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions
Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday ( 55+)
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off ( 55+)
Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month ( 55 +)

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GROCERY:
Albertson’ s: 10% off first Wednesday of each month ( 55 +)
American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday ( 50 +)
Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60+)
Food Lion: 6% off every Monday (60+)
Fry’s Supermarket: free Fry’s VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday ( 55 +)
Great Valu Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+)
Harris Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location)
Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday ( 50 +)
Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+)
Uncle Guiseppe’ s Marketplace: 15% off (62+)

TRAVEL :
Airlines:
Alaska Airlines: 50% off (65+)
American Airlines: various discounts for 50% off non-peak periods
(Tuesdays – Thursdays) (62+)and up (call before booking for discount)
Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before
booking for discount)
U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)

Rail:
Amtrak: 15% off (62+)

Bus:
Greyhound: 15% off (62+)
Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages 50+

Car Rental:
Alamo Car Rental: up to 25% off for AARP members
Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members
Budget Rental Cars: 40% off; up to 50% off for AARP members ( 50+)
Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off ( 50+) Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members Hertz: up to 25% off for AARP members

National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members

Overnight Accommodations:
Holiday Inn: 20-40% off depending on location (62+)
Best Western: 10% off (55+)
Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Waldorf Astoria – NYC $5,000 off nightly rate for Presidential Suite (55 +)
Clarion Motels: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Econo Lodge: 40% off (60+)
Hampton Inns & Suites: Up to 20% off, depending on location
Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+)
InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+)
Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler’ s Discount (50+); 20%-30%
off (60+)
Marriott Hotels: 25% off (62+)
Motel 6: Stay Free Sunday nights (60+)
Myrtle Beach Resort: 30% off ( 55 +)
Quality Inn: 40%-50% off (60+)
Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Sleep Inn: 40% off (60+)

 

ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT:
AMC Theaters: up to 30% off ( 55 +)
Bally Total Fitness: $100 off memberships (62+)
Busch Gardens Tampa, FL: $13 off one-day tickets ( 50 +)
Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+)
Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off
U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services
including camping (62+)
Regal Cinemas: 50% off Ripley’s Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket ( 55 +)

CELL PHONE DISCOUNTS:
Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service ( 50 +)
Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+).

MISCELLANEOUS:
Great Clips: $8 off hair cuts (60+)

NOW, go out there and claim your discounts — and remember — YOU must ASK for discount — no ask, no discount.

I know everyone knows someone over 50. Please pass this one on!

[From MOGUL: Please do note that some of the discounts above may vary from location to location, so you may ask and find that the discount has been tailored per your geography. We have updated the list from time to time to reflect the feedback from our readers.]

Source: Steve Herman

 

 

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7 comments on “Senior discounts

  1. Nancy
    April 3, 2015

    Thanks for the list! I didn’t realize there were that many places. A cashier at Kohls gave me a discount without my asking. Didn’t know it was available, she was nice enough to just give me the discount. Think my walker and balding grey head gave my age away? 😉 enjoy your Easter.

    • Na Na
      April 7, 2015

      Yeah, I think that’s what gives me away all the time too. 😉 I want all the discounts I can get these days.

  2. Nathalie
    April 3, 2015

    As far as I see it, that’s the one good thing about getting older! I’m at the point when I’m counting down the years when I can join the AARP. I went to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore thrift store yesterday to buy a patio set that I had wanted and the cashier asked me if I was 55+ because seniors got 20% off yesterday. I think she wouldn’t have questioned me if I had said “yes” but I don’t like lying so I told her no. Dang it, I would have saved $15. Goodwill also always asks me “Do you qualify for any discounts?” and I always answer “All of them!” but that hasn’t worked so far 🙂

    I agree that you should always ask. The worst they can do is say “no”. I believe that some cities also offer discounts on their public transportation passes. Our county offers extra homeowner’s exemptions for property taxes but you have to fill out the paperwork with the county’s tax appraiser’s office, it’s not an automatic thing. Check with your city/county for discounts for seniors on all kinds of services.

    • Na Na
      April 7, 2015

      Our city does give seniors a discounted bus ID so we can pay less. I use mine lots because I use public transportation. I did apply for a discount on my sewer bill and got it last month. Its a new program here. I’m hoping the water company will offer a senior discount too. I also have a discount on my homeowner taxes.

      I won’t become a member of AARP. In the past it was truly a non-profit organization to help older low income people age with dignity but now its nothing more than the biggest marketing and money making organization in America. It’s just one big, greedy, insurance company. I really can’t see how they actually help the low income people anymore and you don’t have to be a senior to join. The discounts they say are for members only are not. Check with any of the individual companies and you find the exact same discounts offered without being an AARP member. Even the name has been changed from the American Association for Retired People to simply AARP. OK, gonna stop now before I get into a full rant about the evils of AARP. Check them out for yourself.

  3. sarasinart
    April 3, 2015

    I have to ask for my discount at a local grocery store, cos somebody got offended when a cashier asked the customer about it. Hey, I’m proud of this gray hair and earned that discount, so I speak right up!

    • Na Na
      April 7, 2015

      Yeah, I would not hesitate to ask either. A penny saved here, a penny saved there, soon adds up to dollars in your pocket. The person who got offended should take another look at getting that discount.

      • sarasinart
        April 7, 2015

        Yes they should. And 5% at that store, I’ll take it!

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