Age is more than a number. At the time when you qualify for Social Security and Medicare, you also qualify for a whole range of senior discounts. Whether you are still working or are retired and living on a fixed income, knowing ways to get more for your money is always a good thing.
Two major tips to find senior discounts are to ask when paying for a purchase and to enroll in free discount programs. If you have a smartphone, you can download a store’s free app that generally offers larger discounts than using their paper coupons or asking for a senior discount.

Some businesses offer senior discounts every day while other stores only offer senior discounts on certain days of the week.

Tips to find senior discounts

Where to ask for senior discounts

While local merchants will frequently accommodate a request for a senior discount, there is a long list of major chain stores and restaurants that have a standard discount of 10 to 15 percent for seniors who ask for the reduced prices. You can enjoy a senior discount just for asking at many major establishments.

Types of commercial businesses that may offer discounts for seniors:

  • Bowling Alleys
  • Restaurants
  • Fast food dining
  • Movie Theaters
  • Amtrak
  • Greyhound
  • Airlines
  • Hardware stores
  • Cellphone Service
  • Car Rental
  • Craft Stores
  • Department Stores
  • Automotive Services Hotels
  • Cruise Ships

Another group to consider joining is the Seniors Discounts Club that specializes in reduced pricing for all of your everyday eating and shopping needs. You can enroll online to join this club for free and it will notify you about exclusive offers designed specifically for seniors.

This is not a complete list of all of the businesses that cheerfully offer free senior discounts, so be sure to ask about a discount the next time you visit the stores.

Senior Discounts with a Free Membership Card or AARP membership card

Grocery stores, pharmacies, hotels, and other businesses offer store membership cards that entitle you to regular store discounts in addition to special senior discounts. Don’t worry about carrying a lot of membership cards or remembering your card number because most stores recognize your account with just your phone number. You will need to show your membership card at those locations that offer discounts with proof of AARP membership. You’ll enjoy stretching your dollars at any of those businesses.

More tips to find senior discounts

Because prescription prices, car insurance plans, homeowners’ policies, and other personalized plans vary from person to person and from state to state, you may be eligible for a senior discount. It is worth the time to call your policyholder or potential plan provider to ask about a senior discount.

Many companies offer military discounts to active and former service members. Be sure to ask about this type of discount when you are shopping or signing up for a service.

Some companies offer senior discounts to present and former government and railroad employees. It is worth the time to ask about potential savings for your years of public service.

Bottom Line

Being a senior means you have avenues available to you to save a lot of money for everyday expenses, travel, and special events. Take advantage of your special age-related status by getting the best deals while paying less than retail prices. All you have to do is ask.

Related articles:

Does Medicare Cover Medical Alert Systems? (Opens in a new browser tab)

Does Medicare Cover YMCA Membership?