There are literally thousands of discounts on a wide variety of products and services including restaurants, grocery stores, travel and lodging, entertainment, retail and apparel, health and beauty, automotive services and more. Discounts, typically ranging between 5 and 25 percent off, can add up hundreds of dollars each year.
The first thing to know is that most businesses don’t advertise them, but many give senior discounts just for the asking, so don’t be shy.
You also need to know that while some discounts are available as soon as you turn 50, most don’t kick in until you turn 55, 60, 62 or 65.
Because senior discounts frequently change and can vary depending on where you live and the time of the year, the internet is the easiest way to locate them.
A good place to start is at TheSeniorList.com (click on the “Senior Discounts” tab), which provides a large list of discounts in categories, i.e., restaurant dining, grocery stores, retail stores, prescription medications and travel discounts.
You can also search for discounts by provider. Go to a search engine like Google or Yahoo and type in the business or organization you’re curious about, followed by “senior discount” or “senior discount tickets.”
If you use a smartphone, there are also apps you can use like the “Senior Discounts & Coupons” app, which categorizes discounts by age and type.
Another good avenue to senior discounts is through membership organizations like AARP, which offers members age 50 and older a wide variety of discounts through affiliate businesses (see AARPdiscounts.com).
If, however, you don’t like or agree with AARP, there are other organizations you can join that also provide discounts like the American Seniors Association (AmericanSeniors.org), the American Automobile Association (AAA.com), or for retired federal workers, the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE.org).
Here’s an abbreviated rundown of some of the different types of discounts you can expect to find: