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 offering “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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll check them out and add them when we can. List updated as of January 21, 2o21.
Senior Dining Deals
Arby’s – 10% discount on your purchase, with some locations offering a free drink with purchase.
A&W – Enjoy a 10% discount. This deal varies by location, so you may want to call ahead.
Ben & Jerry’s – Seniors 60+ get 10% off.
Bonefish Grill – 10% off every day for AARP members.
Burger King – Get 10% off your purchase.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company – Show your AARP card for a 10% discount.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill – 10% off every day for AARP members.
Chart House – AARP members can enjoy 10% off.
Chick-Fil-A — Free small drink, along with a 10% discount for those 55+ at select locations.
Chili’s – Seniors 55 years and older can get a 10% discount at participating locations.
Corner Bakery Café — 10% off your check with an AARP card.
Dairy Queen – Most locations offer free drinks or a 10% discount to seniors 55+.
Denny’s – 15% off every day for AARP members.
Einstein Bros. Bagels – 10% discount if you ask for it.
Fazoli’s – Senior menu and discounts, like $4 meals every Wednesday, 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. Plus, most locations have a 10% discount for seniors, although the age requirement may vary.
Jack in the Box – Get 20% off your entire order if your 55 or older. This deal may vary, so plan to call before you order.
KFC – Seniors 55+ can get a free small drink with meal purchase. Some franchises also offer a 10% discount, but ask before ordering.
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+.
Taco Bell – Get 5% off and a free drink.
Village Inn Restaurant – 10% off any meal or drink for those 60+.
Other Senior Deals
AMC Theater movies — Movie goers age 60 and older can enjoy special senior pricing when checking out online.
Kohl’s — Discount of 15% off purchase for those 60+ every Wednesday.
Goodwill — Individuals 55+ with proof of age are eligible for a 15% discount every Wednesday. (Note: 50% off nearly everything every other Saturday for all shoppers.)
JoAnn — 20% off on select days, includes regular, sale-priced and clearance items. For customers 55 years and older.
Landmark Theatres — Regular movie ticket price reduced to a discounted senior price for age 62+.
LensCrafters – Use your AARP membership to get 50% off lenses, 30% off sunglasses, 15% off lenses or frame only purchases, and 10% off contact lens purchases. You can also save on your exam, with most locations offering a copay of $50 – $55 for members.
Michaels – Seniors 55+ can get 10% off their entire purchase, including sale items, online and in stores. Create a Michaels rewards account to use.
MY Denver Prime Card — Denver residents age 60 and older can get free access to the city’s recreation centers and pools, including drop-in fitness classes and clubs. NOTE: Currently all Denver centers and pools are closed.
National Parks Senior Pass – Seniors ages 62 and over can get an annual pass for $20, with a $10 processing fee, or get a lifetime senior pass for $80, with a $10 processing fee. (less than 10 miles outside Denver) to buy one is the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City.
RTD— Half-price fares on all buses and rail lines for 65+, including the A Line to Denver International Airport.
The UPS Store – AARP members can save 5% off UPS shipping and 15% off eligible products and services.
Walgreens — 20% off regular-priced merchandise on the first Tuesday of the month and online the first full week of the month with code SENIOR20.