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The Complete Guide to Senior Discounts

From discounted food to savings on movie tickets, you can get all kinds of senior citizen discounts if you're 50 or older.
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Senior citizen discounts are one of the few truly great perks that come with getting older. You can start collecting senior discounts from some stores as soon as you turn 50, so you could begin saving long before you even qualify for retirement! To help you keep track of all the deals, we've compiled a handy senior discounts list.

Be aware that for many of these businesses, the senior discount varies by location. Before heading out on a shopping spree, call your local store to ask about the discounts for seniors on offer. (This can be a helpful strategy when it comes to birthday freebies and military discounts, too.)

Senior Discounts Are Disappearing

Cheaper prices for senior citizens have been around for decades, but it seems like retailers are slowly phasing them out. In some cases — such as the Publix grocery chain — the stores are allegedly changing tactics to provide better savings all around. However, other retailers — like Gap brands — have simply dropped their senior discounts altogether.

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In another sweeping move, many brands are allowing individual franchisees to decide whether to provide senior citizen discounts at all. This is why you'll find different locations offering a variety of savings. For instance, one of your local restaurants might give you a higher percentage off than the same restaurant across town.

The Best Senior Citizen Discounts

Note that some entries are marked with an asterisk (*). These discounts have not been confirmed by the vendor, but have been reported by multiple news outlets. Always check with your local store first.

Store Amount Eligibility Notes
A&W 10% Varies Check your local store for details
Ace Hardware Varies 60+ Check your local store for details
Albertsons* 10% off on the first Wednesday of the month 55+ Check your local store for details
AMC Theatres Varies 60+ Check your local theater for details
Amtrak 10% 65+ See website for details
Applebee's* 10% to 15% 60+ Check your local restaurant for details
Arby's* 10%, or discounted drink 55+ Check your local restaurant for details
AT&T $29.99 Senior Nation plan 65+ See website for details
Back Yard Burgers* Free drink with purchase Varies Check your local restaurant for details
Bealls* 20% off every Tuesday 50+ Join Club 50 Plus in-store
Belk 15% to 20% off every Tuesday See website for details
Ben & Jerry's* 10% 60+ Check your local store for details
Bennigan's* Varies 60+ Check your local restaurant for details
Best Western Up to 15% 55+ See website for details
BI-LO 5% 60+ Check your local store for details
Big Boy Restaurants* Varies 60+ Check your local restaurant for details
Bonefish Grill 10% Must have current AARP membership card
Boston Market* Varies 65+ Check your local restaurant for details
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. 10% 50+ Must have current AARP membership card
Burger King* 10%, with additional discounts on soft drinks and coffee 60+ Check your local restaurant for details
C-Town Supermarkets Varies Varies Check your local store for details
Captain D's* Choice of 8 meals and drink for $4.99 or less 62+ Check your local restaurant for details
Carl's Jr.* 10%, or discounted drink 55+ Check your local restaurant for details
Carrabba's 10% Must have current AARP membership card
Carrows Restaurants Discounted breakfast, lunch, and dinner 55+ See website for details
Chart House 10% 50+ Must have current AARP membership card
Chick-fil-A* Varies Varies Check your local restaurant for details
Chili's* 10% 55+ Check your local restaurant for details
Choice Hotels 10% 60+ See website for details
Church's Chicken Varies 65+ Check your local restaurant for details
Cicis Varies 65+ Check your local restaurant for details
Cinemark Varies 62+ Check your local theater for details
Claim Jumper Restaurants 10% 50+ Must have current AARP membership card
Clarks* 10% 62+ Check your local store for details
Corky's Homestyle Kitchen & Bakery Special menu and Senior Frequent Diner Club Card (buy 9 meals, get 1 free) 55+ See website for details
Country Kitchen* Special menu 55+ Check your local restaurant for details
Dairy Queen* 10%, or free small drink Varies Check your local restaurant for details
Denny's Special menu 55+ See website for details
Dressbarn Varies 55+ Check your local store for details
Dunkin' Donuts* Varies 55+ Check your local store for details
Einstein Bros. Bagels* 10% off baker's dozen 60+ Check your local restaurant for details
El Pollo Loco 10% 60+ See website for details
Fazoli's* Special menu 62+ Join Club 62 in-store
Fred Meyer 10% 55+ Check your local store for details
Friendly's* 10%, with free coffee at breakfast or a free small sundae during non-breakfast hours Check your local restaurant for details
Fuddruckers* 10% 55+ Check your local restaurant for details
Golden Corral* Varies 60+ Check your local restaurant for details
Goodwill Retail Stores* Varies 60+ Check your local store for details
Great Clips Varies 65+ Check your local salon for details
Greyhound 5% 62+ See website for details
Hallmark* Varies 55+ Check your local store for details
Hardee's* 10%, or 33-cent drinks 60+ Check your local restaurant for details
IHOP Special menu 55+ See website for details
InterContinental Hotels Varies 62+ See website for details
Jack in the Box Up to 20%, but discounts vary by location 55+ Check your local restaurant for details
Jiffy Lube Service Center Varies 55+ Check your local shop for details
KFC Varies 55+ Check your local restaurant for details
Kohl's 15% off every Wednesday 60+ See website for details
Krispy Kreme* 10% 50+ Age and discount can vary by location; check your local store for details
Landry's 10% 50+ Must have current AARP membership card
Long John Silver's* Varies 55+ Check your local restaurant for details
Luby's* Varies 55+ Check your local restaurant for details
Marriott Hotels 15% 62+ See website for details
McCormick & Schmick's 10% 50+ Must have current AARP membership card
McDonald's* Discounted coffee every day Varies Check your local restaurant for details
Michaels 10% 55+ Available in-store only; see website for details
Mr. Gatti's Pizza $4.99 special and $1.89 drinks See website for details
Mrs. Field's* 10% 60+ Check your local store for details
National Parks $20 annual pass or
$80 lifetime pass
62+ See website for details
The Oceanaire Seafood Room 10% Must have current AARP membership card
Old Country Buffet Varies 55+ Check your local restaurant for details
The Old Spaghetti Factory Discounted 3-course meal Check your local restaurant for details
Outback Steakhouse 10% Must have current AARP membership card
Papa John's* 25% Check your local store for details; AMAC members can try "25SAVE"
Pep Boys 10% 55+ Check your local store for details
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery Special menu 55+ See website for details
Pollo Tropical* 10% 50+ Check your local restaurant for details
Ponderosa Steakhouse* Special menu 60+ Check your local restaurant for details
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen* 10% 55+ Check your local restaurant for details
Rainforest Cafe 10% 50+ Must have current AARP membership card
Regal Cinemas Varies 60+ Check your local theater for details
Rite Aid 20% off on the first Wednesday of every month 65+ See website for details
Ross Dress for Less 10% off every Tuesday 55+ Sign up for the Every Tuesday Club in-store
Roto-Rooter* 10% 55+ Check with your local provider for details
SaltGrass Steak House 10% 50+ Must have current AARP membership card
Salvation Army Thrift Stores* Varies 55+ Check your local store for details
Schlotzsky's* 10% 60+ Check your local restaurant for details
Shoney's* 10% 60+ Check your local restaurant for details on the Golden Age Club
Sizzler* Special menu 60+ Check your local restaurant for details
Sonic Drive-In* 10%, or free drink 60+ Check your local restaurant for details
Souplantation* Senior Meal Deal for $7.99, or 10% 60+ Meal deals available from 2 pm to 5 pm Monday through Thursday; check your local restaurant for details
Sprint $35 per line, per month plan 55+ See website for details
Stein Mart* 20% off red dot/clearance items 55+ Available the first Monday of every month; check your local store for details
Subway* 10% 60+ Check your local restaurant for details
Supercuts 10% off at corporate locations 60+ Check your local salon for details
Sweet Tomatoes* Senior Meal Deal for $8.29 Available from 2 pm to 5 pm Monday through Friday; check your local restaurant for details
T-Mobile $70 Unlimited 55+ plan 55+ See website for details
Taco Bell* 5% and free drink 65+ Check your local restaurant for details
TCBY* 10% 55+ Check your local shop for details
Uno Pizzeria & Grill* 25% off on Wednesdays 55+ Check your local restaurant for details
Verizon Wireless $60 Go Unlimited 55+ plan 55+ See website for details
Village Inn* 10% 60+ Check your local restaurant for details
Waffle House Varies Varies Check your local restaurant for details
Walgreens 20% off on the first Tuesday of every month 55+ Check your local store for details
Wendy's* Varies 55+ Check your local restaurant for details
Whataburger* Free drink with meal purchase 55+ Discounts can vary by location; check your local restaurant for details
White Castle* 10% 62+ Check your local restaurant for details

Readers, what are your favorite stores for senior discounts? Did we leave a retailer off our list? Let us know in the comments below!


Senior Staff Writer

Julie joined DealNews in 2015. Her work has been featured on MSN, Business Insider, Lifehacker, The Motley Fool, GoBankingRates, and Moneyish. In her spare time, she enjoys baking sweets, reading thrillers, and listening to an ever-growing list of podcasts.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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5 comments
bgerson
Any chance of making this available as a PDF without all of the advertisements?
boblalonde
Dennys offers 15% off with AARP card
Lowe's and Home Depot both offer 10% with military or va id.
Some Ace stores offer 10% with military or va card.
Kyser_Soze
The most important thing is to ask if there is a senior discount, most places won't offer if you don't, and I forget that I'm a senior!
Tony Balogna
The best deal hands down is the National Parks, I had heard they had done away with it but looks like it is back
ericandy1
Thanks for the post. This will help out my Mom. The AT&T deal is terrible, $29.99 for 250 minutes with no data. They could do so much better almost anywhere.