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Ask for the Senior Discount

Updated on March 24, 2011

Once again the baby boomers are changing the way that Americans looks at retirement. This time it is the senior discount that is available for those entering into retirement.

In times past, many seniors would forgo the discount out of embarrassment or because they didn’t want to appear to be old enough to qualify for a senior discount. Baby boomers wear retirement as a badge of honor and participate fully in life after the working years.

The old attitudes have changed and the marketplace has noticed.  Retailers, businesses and service organizations all over the country now offer senior discounts.  Retirement living may include living on a fixed income but the baby boomer’s dollar is just as powerful as it has always been.   Thousands of seniors are hitting retirement age every day with plenty of time and money to spend.   If retailers want your business, they will attract you with offers.

Ask for the senior discount

Senior discounts are available at a wide variety of retailers, restaurants, parks and especially entertainment packages. There are so many different types of businesses offering senior discounts that it is impossible to list them all. Signs may not be posted about available discounts so you must always ask. While some retailers may set the minimum age at 55 and others may set the limit at 62; the majority of senior discounts will require you to be 65.

There are plenty of senior organizations that cater to the 50+ crowd offering memberships for a small yearly fee.  They may be very helpful to you but you do not need to join anything to ask for a senior discount at the shops and businesses that you frequent.  

Retirement living often includes travel.  From getting there and back to providing entertainment, businesses have discounts to offer.  Major airlines, trains and cross country bus service all offer discounts to seniors.  Combination packages that include airfare, rental cars and hotel services offer some of the biggest travel discounts.  It pays to ask.  With more and more services being advertised and offered on the internet, one only has to click on the discount button on the website, to find and include the senior discounts for their purchases. 

Saving 10% here and there may not seem like a lot of money at the time but for those living on a fixed income, these little savings will certainly add up.  Throughout retirement living, money may be tighter and budgets may not be as versatile as they once were but life doesn’t stop and neither do the baby boomers.  Estimates for available travel and vacation packages aimed at seniors are at an all-time high. 

Retirement living is often on the open road.  With camping and RV lifestyles attracting seniors from all economic groups, national parks also have discounts available.  These discounts promote interstate travel with lifetime passes for a minimal fee.  For those who have health issues and are designated as disabled, the fee is waived.  State parks may also offer specials to seniors depending on the state, but like we stated above, you have to ask. 

Closer to home, many grocery stores offer discounts to seniors as well.  These offers may not be highly publicized and you may not see ads promoted these discounts, but that doesn’t mean they don’t offer them.  A local grocer may have a senior day where seniors can purchase their food at discounted price.  The most popular method of reaching seniors and offering special savings and discounts is through the use of promotional discount cards that you must swipe at the register. 

Many pharmacies have also taken advantage of discount cards for seniors. As your prescription purchases add up, each time a certain dollar amount is reached, percentage discounts are offered on your next purchase.  This promotes repeat business so it is clearly a win/win situation.

Baby boomers have been a target for merchants since they started earning their first dollar.  This is still the case.    It isn’t just travel and merchandise retailers who offer senior discounts. Car washes, movie tickets, local eateries, parking lot fees, as well as a host of other service industries offer senior discounts.   We just can’t say it enough - Ask for the senior discount.

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    • Leaderofmany profile image

      Leaderofmany 

      6 years ago from Back Home in Indiana

      I can't wait until I get that Senior discount, that means I will be rolling in my RV all around the country with my best man and having the best peace I know. Great Hub.

    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Joni...you are very welcome. And Joni, you deserve them. Merry Christmas to you and yours and a Happy, Safe, and Healthy New Year too. Keep in touch with me. I would love that. Sincerely, Kenneth

    • Joni Douglas profile imageAUTHOR

      Joni Douglas 

      6 years ago

      Well thank you Kenneth. I appreciate the kudos. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well.

    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Joni Douglas, you are not only a talented writer, but a helpful person. I WILL start doing what you suggest in THIS hub. Man, at the savings I have missed. Thanks for your help. Voted UP and away on this hub. Sorry for being so late in getting here to read your amazing hubs. Forgive me. And have a Merry Christmas!!!

    • Joni Douglas profile imageAUTHOR

      Joni Douglas 

      6 years ago

      Why thank you manthy. I appreciate your comments.

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      Mark 

      6 years ago from Alabama,USA

      I like the way you are always thinking of others, you are a great writer. Up and awesome

      Manthy

    • 2patricias profile image

      2patricias 

      7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Tricia is not yet old enough for a discount. She doesn't usually remind me that I am older than her (which is nice) but she does sometimes sulk a bit when I claim a discount.

      Here in the United Kingdom there is a good selection of discounts, many the same as you have mentioned. I like visiting art exhibitions, for which there is often an entrance fee. However, there is usually a senior's discount. The past weekend I got 30% off an entrance fee.

    • Joni Douglas profile imageAUTHOR

      Joni Douglas 

      7 years ago

      Thanks shygirl. Glad you stopped by.

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      shygirl2 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the reminder. : ) Up and useful!

    • Joni Douglas profile imageAUTHOR

      Joni Douglas 

      7 years ago

      Don't we all denise, lol. Good for you on the movie tickets. Thanks for stopping by and I love that I am not the only one who forgets where I put things when I place them in a spot that I am sure to remember.

    • denise mohan profile image

      denise mohan 

      7 years ago from California

      Oh yea, discounts, I almost forgot. I do that alot latley. I guess the badge would come in handy if I only remembered where it was. LOL! Getting the movie discount is easy (and needed) because they are not allowed to ask for i.d.

    • Joni Douglas profile imageAUTHOR

      Joni Douglas 

      7 years ago

      thanks tsmog. Welcome.

    • tsmog profile image

      Tim Mitchell 

      7 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Great hub , , ,I learned a lot , ,,

    • Joni Douglas profile imageAUTHOR

      Joni Douglas 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Healing Touch. Appreciate the vote ups. I am glad you found this hub helpful.

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      Laura Arne 

      7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      Joni

      This was a great and useful hub. I will pass it on. I hit all buttons.

    • Joni Douglas profile imageAUTHOR

      Joni Douglas 

      7 years ago

      Hi dearabbysmom. That is a nice savings. Those attitudes about hitting a particular number are changing quite a bit. And there just too many of us to ignore.

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      dearabbysmom 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      I don't understand why people are so freaked out about a number--I carry that AARP card with pride! On a trip to visit my college son in Florida, I saved over $100 using the card at hotels and restaurants.

    • Joni Douglas profile imageAUTHOR

      Joni Douglas 

      7 years ago

      Hi Wayne, nice to see you. Glad you stopped by. We can wear wear that badge with honor for sure.

    • Wayne Brown profile image

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Lots of great ideas here, Joni...a good write and you are correct, we boomers don't mind wearing that badge at all! Thanks much. WB

    • Joni Douglas profile imageAUTHOR

      Joni Douglas 

      7 years ago

      Hey Nifty, thanks for stopping by. Good reminder and thanks for adding that. However, not all states allow seniors to remove school taxes from their property taxes. I just read that some of the communities that do allow it are looking into doing away with it altogether because the schools need the money so badly.

    • nifty@50 profile image

      nifty@50 

      7 years ago

      Don't forget the huge senior discount of removing school taxes from your property tax in many parts of the country. On my home you're talking over $750.00 a year! But you have to ask!

    • Joni Douglas profile imageAUTHOR

      Joni Douglas 

      7 years ago

      Fay, Thank you for reading and for letting me know that you found this helpful. Good to know it can help folks.

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      Fay Paxton 

      7 years ago

      Boy is this useful information, not just for me. I plan to share your hub with friends and relatives who can take advantage of this invaluable information too. Bookmarked

    • Joni Douglas profile imageAUTHOR

      Joni Douglas 

      7 years ago

      Good for you. Thanks for the comment.

    • SUSIE DUZY profile image

      SUSIE DUZY 

      7 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      Senior discounts are great. I use them always.

    • Joni Douglas profile imageAUTHOR

      Joni Douglas 

      7 years ago

      Well at least you know you come in handy once in a while....lol. Thanks for adding your comment.

    • GNelson profile image

      GNelson 

      7 years ago from Florida

      My wife likes it when I am with her. She gets the senior discount without asking!

    • Joni Douglas profile imageAUTHOR

      Joni Douglas 

      7 years ago

      You bet FGual. Thanks for reading and for your comment.

    • FGual profile image

      FGual 

      7 years ago from USA

      I agree. Ask for that senior discount, and be proud, you earned it and you deserve it. Just surviving that long is an honor.

    • Joni Douglas profile imageAUTHOR

      Joni Douglas 

      7 years ago

      To David: thanks for the email, all fixed. I thought I had included in the link section as it is a great resource.

    • Joni Douglas profile imageAUTHOR

      Joni Douglas 

      7 years ago

      Thanks dahoglund, Diamond,RN, Will Starr and Jeff. So glad you stopped by and added your comments. You guys are the best.

    • Jeff May profile image

      Jeffrey Penn May 

      7 years ago from St. Louis

      Even though not technically retired, I do get into movies cheaper now. Good advice. And true about boomers not being embarrassed. After all, we often ran around naked.

    • WillStarr profile image

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Good advice.

      I almost always forget to ask.

    • DiamondRN profile image

      Bob Diamond RPh 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      I'm not the least bit bashful when it comes to asking about and taking advantage of senior discounts, Joni.

    • dahoglund profile image

      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I'll take any discounts I can get.

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