• Senior Savings – Best Senior Discounts

  • by Kristen Curzytek

I try to save money throughout the year but it really is in the forefront of my mind at the beginning of the year. If you are like me and are trying to pinch some pennies we got you covered! So to help you start your New Year savings resolutions off right, we have the best senior discounts list below!

National parks – If you are 62 or older you can pay a onetime fee of $10 to gain a lifetime pass to more than 2,000 national parks and federal recreations sites. This pass includes you and up to three other adults.

Cell phone carrier discounts – One cell phone carrier, Verizon, offers customers age 65 and older a cell plan with 200 anytime minutes for 29.99. While smartphone data will be an extra charge the senior plan is by far cheaper than other plans.

Restaurants – Typical senior discounts at restaurants start at 55. Popular national chains like Applebee’s, IHOP and Dunkin’ Donuts offer a percentage discount that ranges from 5 percent to 15 percent.

AARP card – Some places will require you to show your AARP card in order to give you the discount. This can range from restaurants to getting your oil changed.  Anyone over the age of 50 can get an AARP card and the cost of the membership for a year is $16.

Retail shops – Kohl’s offers shoppers 60 and older 15 percent off on in store purchases on Wednesdays. In many retail shops have discounts for seniors one day a week and can range from 5 percent to as much as 20 percent.

Movie Theater – AMC theaters allow seniors 60 and up to purchase tickets at a discount price. AARP members can receive discounts on soft drinks and popcorn!

Travel – Amtrak trains over a 15 percent discount to customers 62 and older. You can find a discount at Greyhound as well but it may be less. If you prefer to fly you can find senior fares with Southwest airlines, however you must be 65 or older to get the discount.

Hotels – The AARP card comes in handy again when it comes to hotels. Discounts can be as much as 20 percent when you show your AARP card. Many hotels offer a discount even if you are not a card carrying member of AARP.

Utilities – Out of all the items on this list this is probably the most important one. Utility companies offer seniors discounts on their bills. Check will all of your utility companies to see what kind of discount you can get. Many cable companies and electric companies offer the discounts because they know that seniors are living on a fixed income.

The best advice to get any kind of senior discount is to simply ask for it! When out and about just ask the cashier or sales associate what kind of senior discount offers they have. They will either tell you what it is or tell you they don’t have one. Can’t hurt to ask!

What kind of senior discounts do you get? Let us know with a comment below!