Nowadays, there are many advantages to becoming a “senior citizen”, but the one bargain hunters appreciate the most are the discounts offered by many retailers and restaurants. We’ve rounded up a few deals around town for the “older crowd.”
Because few senior offers are heavily promoted, review the following guidelines:
- The definition of “senior” varies widely — the minimum age can be 50, 55, 60, 62 or 65. Ask first and be prepared to show a picture ID.
- Price and participation varies greatly. This is particularly true for fast-food restaurant chains. If you’re unsure, call ahead or ask a manager before ordering.
- Senior discounts may not apply to the entire party or bill — only the qualifying customer. Again, ask first.
- Many offers are limited to specific times of the day or days of the week. Double-check, before making plans.
- Senior discounts are not limited to national chains. Many locally owned businesses love older customers because of their loyalty. Stop by your favorite neighborhood spots and ask about deals.
- Know what you’re getting. Many restaurants offer a senior menu at a discounted price, but it also usually means smaller portions — so the true savings may be minimal or non-existent.
- Use your age to your family’s financial advantage. Consider tagging along with “the kids”, so they can use your discount — especially at drug and craft stores that offer “Senior Days.”
- Several deals require an AARP membership which costs $16 annually. The minimum age to join is 50. (The discounts alone are well-worth the price of membership.)
Look for other discounts, too. Don’t assume a “senior discount” is your only or best option. Oftentimes, you can find better savings via coupons, promos and offers available to the general public.
If you frequent a business or restaurant often, consider joining their e-club and/or loyalty program for exclusive coupons, promos and discounts. (Typically, you’ll receive better offers than just 10% off.)
Here’s a list of current deals. If you know of any we’ve missed, please send them to email@example.com. We’ll check them out and add them when we can. List updated as of February 18, 2017.
Senior Dining Deals
Applebees – 15% off total bill for those 60+.
Boston Market – 10% off discount for those 65+.
Bonefish Grill – 10% off every day for AARP members.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill – 10% off every day for AARP members.
Chick-Fil-A — Free small drink or coffee, along with a 10% discount for those 55+ at select locations.
CiCi’s Pizza — 10% off any pizza order or buffet ticket for those 60+.
Del Taco — 10% discount or a free drink for those 55+.
Denny’s – 15% off every day for AARP members.
Dunkin’ Donuts – Free donut with the purchase of a L or XL beverage for AARP members.
Einstein Bros. Bagels – 10% discount if you ask for it.
Fazoli’s – Senior menu and discounts for Club 62 members.
IHOP – Customers 55 and older can order from an exclusive senior menu, which features smaller portions of classic dishes including create-your-own omelets, French toast and pancakes – at a low price.
McDonalds — Drink discount for those 55+.
Outback Steakhouse – 10% off every day for AARP members.
Steak ‘n Shake — 10% discount on Mondays and Tuesdays for those 50+.
Sweet Tomatoes – $7.99 Senior Special (beverage and coffee included) from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday.
Village Inn Restaurant – 10% off any meal or drink for those 60+.
Wendy’s — Free drink (no purchase required).
Other Senior Deals
AMC Theater movies — $5.38 with STUBS card on Tuesdays for seniors.
arc Thrift Stores — Senior Day Tuesdays with 50% off most items for age 55+. Note: 50% off most items every Saturday for all shoppers.
Goodwill — Individuals 55+ with proof of age are eligible for a 15% discount every day and 25% off on Mondays. Note: 50% off nearly everything every other Saturday for all shoppers.
JoAnn — 20% off on select days, includes regular, sale-priced and clearance items.
Landmark Theatres — Regular movie ticket price reduced to $9.50 for age 62+.
National Parks Senior Pass – good for life. $10 for now, but rising to $80 later this year.
Regal Cinemas — offers a senior admission, usually about $1 off regular ticket prices.
Rite-Aid — 20% off regular-priced merchandise the first Wednesday of the month.
Ross Dress For Less — 10% off every Tuesday for those 55+.
Walgreens — 20% off regular-priced merchandise the first Tuesday of the month.