November 16, 2012

Senior Discounts: An Easy Way to Save

Being my age (63) has some advantages. I'm no longer asked if I am over 40 at the grocery store when I buy a bottle of wine. Which reminds me, I thought the drinking age was 21. What's with the 40 requirement? The last time I was carded at a bar was 40 years ago. Clerks or ticket takers automatically assume I am old enough for the senior discount. 

I do get all the Groupon, Living Social, Deal Chicken, and Entertainment-type emails. Frankly, 95% go into the trash but occasionally there is something I can use. I am not a big coupon person, but do like to save a little at the grocery store by using the price match policy. 

Recently a friend gave me a rather extensive list list of senior discounts and specials that she had received from someone else. I haven't verified that all these offers still apply or aren't limited in some way or another. But, it never hurts to ask. See how many of these might be of use to you.

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+)
Denny's: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members ( 55 +)
Dunkin' Donuts: 10% off or free coffee at some locations ( 55+)
Einstein's Bagels: 10% off baker's dozen of bagels (60+)
Fuddrucker's: 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+) Cousin Cathy, How's that?
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+)
Subway: 10% off (60+)
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+)
Wendy's: 10% off ( 55 +)
White Castle: 10% off (62+)

Banana Republic: 10% off ( 50 +)
Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month ( 50 +)
Belk's: 15% off first Tuesday of every month ( 55 +)
Big Lots: 10% off
Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days ( 55 +)
C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
Clarks: 10% off (62+)
Dress Barn: 10% off ( 55+)
Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kmart: 20% off ( 50+)
Kohl's: 15% off (60+)
Modell's Sporting Goods: 10% 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 +)

GROCERY (usually require a free loyalty card):
Albertson's: 10% off first Wednesday of each month ( 55 +)
American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday ( 50 +)
Basha's Supermarket: 10% off first Wednesday of month (55+)
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 first WEdnesday of month ( 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 +)
Publix: 5% off every Wednesday ( 55 +)
Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+)
Uncle Guiseppe's Marketplace: 5% off (62+)

Alaska Airlines: 10% off (65+)
American Airlines: various discounts for 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
Continental Airlines: no initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations
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)

Amtrak: 15% off (62+)

Greyhound: 5% 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 Best Western: 10% off ( 55 +)
Budget Rental Cars: 10% off; up to 20% 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 Holiday Inn: 10%-30% off depending on location (62+)
National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members

Over Night Accommodations:
Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Clarion Motels: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Econo Lodge: 20%-30% off (60+)
Hampton Inns & Suites: 10% off when booked 72 hours in advance
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: 15% off (62+)
Motel 6: 10% off (60+)
Myrtle Beach Resort: 10% off ( 55 +)
Quality Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Sleep Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)

AMC Theaters: up to 30% off ( 55 +)
Bally Total Fitness: up to $100 off memberships (62+)
Busch Gardens Tampa, FL: $3 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: 30% off Ripley's Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket ( 55 +)
SeaWorld Orlando, FL: $3 off one-day tickets ( 50 +)

AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $29.99/month (65+)
Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service ( 50 +)
Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+).


Fantastic Sams: 10% some location (62+)
Great Clips: $3 off hair cuts (60+)
Super Cuts: $2 off haircuts (60+)

I am sure this list only scratches the surface of what is available. Can you add anything that you know of? How about web sites that list great deals or have printable coupons?

That's enough for now. I'm off to watch people on the TV show Extreme Couponing buy $1,000 worth of toilet paper for $1.73.


  1. Thanks for the info...I turn 55 next year.

  2. The trick is to remember to "ask" for it! We just had a large tree cut down today...$1500. Never thought to ask about a senior discount. Luckily the arborist/owner (an older man himself) asked my husband if he was 65 and gave us a 5% discount! I know we have missed the boat many times simply because we forget that we're seniors! Thanks for the list, Bob.

  3. Thanks Bob!

    I am 50, I didn't think I was old enough to get a senior discount. :)
    It is neat to see that some are giving senior discounts to 50+.

  4. Hey, that was me buying that toilet paper already. Good list. I would only add (as I will on my Christmas freebie discount blog post), that by registering your email with most companies and stores, you will also get all kinds of free meals on your birthday and other special days.

  5. Hubs and I just enjoyed a great date nite: saw the new James Bond Skyfall for $5 each (instead of $11 each) and then had a great, lower-cost dinner at Applebee's, compliments of that fantastic senior citizen discount. Day before I got my hair cut for $13 at Super Cuts (I use that $2 senior discount all the time.)

  6. Good to know! Especially the rental car and hotel sites. I never thought about asking for a discount at a retail clothing store, but I may have to reconsider!

  7. Thanks so much for the list. Will print today.

  8. I'm half way there. Reading this blog makes me want to get closer and closer to being a senior and retirement:)

  9. I have AAA which duplicates most of the discounts on travel and entertainment (usually you get the senior discount or the AAA discount, not both). But this is still a handy list -- esp for the restaurants -- and I'm printing it out to keep in my wallet. Thanks!

  10. DH and I are 67, so we are aware that there are senior discounts out there. However, I must say that we seldom ask, so probably miss most. Thank you for the list. We do use regular grocery coupons and have the Kroger senior card and an AARP card (which we have used at Hampton Inn while traveling). Don't use Groupon or many of the ones that pop up on email. Afraid that they either aren't legit or require other info that we don't wish to give.

    1. Main stream discount programs like Groupon are completely legitimate. They don't ask for anything except your credit card number to pay for the discount. But, if you order anything on-line that is normal and quite safe. If there is any fraudulent use of your card you aren't responsible if you notify the credit card company within 60 days of seeing a charge on your bill.

      I have used Groupon, Living Social, Deal Chicken, and others with absolutely no problem.

      AARP and AAA do offer lots of discounts. I use them both.

      Thnaks, for your comments, Rian.

  11. Thanks for the list Bob. I just turned 55 this past Saturday!! I'm going to IHOP!

  12. We've found the way to go is to decide what we like and then tap into the discounts. We like lunches at Applebee's, so we use credit card points to buy a $50 gift card for $45, and then get the 10 percent senior discount as well. I like breakfasts at Denny's, and there is one on a route we often travel. We have signed up for their offers of special deals, and almost always have one when we're nearby (in addition to dollar-off AARP coffee and 20 percent for dinners). And on, and on. It's fun to plan to save a bundle if you only use the savings for things that fit into your pleasant retired life.

    1. How true, Dick. A discount for something you don't enjoy isn't worth the effort. Denny's $1 coffee all day is a great deal.