Posted by The Frugal Diva on April 10th, 2012
The Frugal Diva knows that getting older sucks. Sure people say age is just a number but did you notice that no one under fifty ever says that – unless they are trying to comfort a senior citizen. The number that really counts is how many dollars you save by embracing the discounts offers and reduced fees. Proudly declare you want that senior fare, ticket, or meal for yourself or your parents or grandparents.
Save on restaurants with the national AARP Restaurant Discount Center and the age for joining AARP is 50. Flash that card proudly at Budget Rent a Car, Walgreens, Golds Gym and other vendors on the AARP Benefits List. They even give you a discount on some technology.
The National Parks offers the Senior pass (one time fee of $10) – a lifetime admission and discount pass for citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are age 62 or older. The Senior pass admits the pass owner and any accompanying passengers in a private vehicle if a park has a per vehicle entrance fee. Where a per person entrance fee is charged, the Senior pass admits the pass owner, and three adults. Plus there is a 50% discount on camping and other activities.
And think about getting to that National Park with an Amtrak Senior Discount. Amtrak travelers 62 years of age and over are eligible to receive a 15% discount on the lowest available rail fare on most Amtrak trains.
Ross Dress For Less gives everyone over 55 a 10% discount on Tuesdays at all their stores. You’ll find more up to date discounts and coupons at Senior Discounts. It is a membership site however you may perform preliminary searches for the over 150,000 discounts on their web site, receive their weekly e-mail newsletter and utilize many other features on their web site for free.
Thumbs up to the Laemmle Chain for embracing seniors with reduced prices everyday and extra reductions for matinees on Wednesdays. Popcorn and a drink are $4 for seniors all the time. Another great reason to take your parents or grandparents to the movies. Some theaters are more generous than others so check out your local chains.
When ordering anything don’t be shy. Ask if there is a senior discount. At museums, hotels, amusement parks, and many other venues, the answer will often be “yes.”
Check out the Gift Card Granny for more specific regional discounts.