Don’t be shy about asking for a discount…you’ve earned it! These discounts are generally given to people aged 55 and over, but sometimes are offered starting at age 62. Stores, restaurants, travel agencies, car rentals, insurance, phone plans, tourist attractions, hair salons, tax preparation and computer classes frequently offer deals, so why not use them? Many places will offer you a discount just by showing your AARP card, but it is a good idea to carry an ID with you for proof of age as well.
Where to Start?
SIGN UP FOR AARP
Use your AARP card to receive discounts on your purchases. Visit www.aarp.org to learn about the discounts this wonderful organization offers.
SHOP ON DISCOUNT DAYS
Many of your local department stores offer a discount, generally 10%, one day a week or once a month.
ASK ABOUT DISCOUNTS AT RESTAURANTS
Many fast food restaurants will either give their “senior” guests a free cup of coffee or a discount on their entire bill if you ask. Also, when dining in your favorite establishment, check out the “senior” menu or early bird specials to save money.
SAVE ON YOUR PHONE AND CABLE BILL
Several different plans for mobile phone service are available with special discounts after age 55. Ask your local cable company if they offer any special plans on their cable bill.
ENJOY NATIONAL PARKS
A lifetime pass to national parks and federal recreation areas is available to those 62 or older and a U.S citizen. Your entrance fee is free and in some locations you will be offered a 50% discount on boat launching and camping.
Employees at locations offering discounts do not always ask if you are eligible. They may forget to inquire, or they may be worried about offending someone by asking. If you are interested in saving money, don’t be afraid to ask! Take advantage of these deals once you become aware of them. When asking about discounts at specific locations, ask for their best price before asking about the “senior” discount. The discount for 55+ is not always lower than the best price offered, especially for hotel rooms.