The Complete Guide to Senior Discounts

From discounted food to savings on haircuts, 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 might begin saving before you even qualify for retirement! To help you keep track of all the deals, we've compiled a handy senior discounts list.

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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 Verizon and 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, you might see one of your local restaurants 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
Ben & Jerry's* 10% 60+ Check your local store for details
Best Western 10% 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
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
Carl's Jr.* 10%, or discounted drink 55+ Check your local restaurant for details
Carrabba's 10% 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
Cricket Wireless $20 rebate Must be current AARP member; see website 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
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
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
McDonald's* Discounted coffee every day Varies Check your local restaurant for details
National Parks $20 annual pass or
$80 lifetime pass
62+ See website for details
Pep Boys 10% 55+ Check your local store for details
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen* 10% 55+ Check your local restaurant for details
Regal Cinemas Varies 60+ Check your local theater for details
Rite Aid 20% off on first Wednesday of 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
Salvation Army Thrift Stores* Varies 55+ Check your local store for details
Schlotzsky's* 10% 60+ Check your local restaurant for details
Sonic Drive-In* 10%, or free drink 60+ Check your local restaurant for details
Sprint $35 per line, per month plan 55+ See website for details
Subway* 10% 60+ Check your local restaurant for details
Supercuts 10% off at corporate locations 60+ Check your local salon for details
Taco Bell* 5% and free drink 65+ Check your local restaurant for details
TCBY* 10% 55+ Check your local shop for details
T-Mobile $70 Unlimited 55+ Plan 55+ See website 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

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


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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.
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3 comments
williamtwo
AT&T Wireless - AARP members, age 50+, you're eligible for the AARP discounted rate plan. UP to $50 off per month on almost all plans. Will have to complete forms and provide AARP member #
Twig
Carrabba's and Bonefish recently put restrictions on AARP discounts. It used to apply the 10% across the board. Then suddenly stopped applying it to things like Amore Monday and 2 for Tuesday. Managers claimed new computer software prevented applying the discount anymore. I couldn't find any reference to this change on any of the restaurant or AARP website so I just stopped going regularly.
Jerry0923
* Harris Teeter offers seniors age 60 and older a 5 percent discount on Thursdays. The discount is applied after all coupons are calculated. Tuesday is the day to save 5 percent at Kroger. The discount applies for seniors ages 60 and older.

* Safeway some locations have a senior day every week, which is the only day when each location offers a senior discount.

* Midas offer service discounts. The age requirement and the discount varies by location.

* Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Carnival cruise lines offer discount rates to cruisers 55 and over. Amtrak offers a 15 percent discount to travelers 62 years or older. Those of you that same age also qualify for a 5 percent discount on Greyhound bus travel. Southwest Airlines offers special senior fares for those 65-plus.

* Continuing education programs are available at many colleges and universities to those 60 and over for a small fee. It may even be free, so check with the programs near you.