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Originally posted: July 26, 2019
Updated September 5, 2020
Where can I find discounts for seniors?
Don’t be shy about asking for a discount…you’ve earned it! These discounts are usually for people aged 55 and over, but sometimes start at age 62. Stores, restaurants, travel agencies, car rentals, insurance, phone plans, tourist attractions, hair salons, tax preparation and computer classes frequently offer deals – why not use them? Many places offer a discount if you show your AARP card, but we recommend you carry an ID for proof of age also, just in case.
SIGN UP FOR AARP
SHOP AT RETAIL STORES THAT OFFER SENIOR DISCOUNTS
Check out our list of discounts for seniors in retail stores.Unfortunately these discounts are not as common as they once were, but some still offer special deals for older adults.
ASK ABOUT DISCOUNTS AT RESTAURANTS
Many fast food restaurants either give their “senior” guests a free cup of coffee or discount the entire bill. Other restaurants often have “senior” menus or early bird specials which offer significant savings. Check out the latest list of restaurant discounts from the SeniorList.
SAVE ON YOUR PHONE AND CABLE BILL
Several different plans for mobile phone service offer special discounts after age 55. And ask your local cable company if they offer any special plans on their cable bill; the discounted or “bundled” rates may not be specifically for seniors, but offer good savings.
Some car rental agencies offer promo codes online for a discount. Others give discounts to older adults with an AARP membership. And, as is always the case, it makes sense to ask before you rent a car if you are not sure what discounts might be available.
ENJOY NATIONAL PARKS
A lifetime pass to more than 2000 national parks and federal recreation areas is available for purchase to those 62 or older and a U.S citizen. They require proof of age and the cost is $80. You can purchase an annual pass instead for $20 if you prefer.
Don’t forget to ask for your discount!
Employees at locations that offer discounts do not always ask if you are eligible. They sometimes forget to inquire, or they may worry you might take offense if they do. If interested in saving money, don’t be afraid to ask! Take advantage of these deals once aware of them. When you ask about discounts at specific locations, request the best price before you ask about the “senior” discount. The discount for 55+ is not always lower than the best price they offer, especially for hotel rooms.