Saving Money as a Senior Citizen

Many senior citizens live on fixed incomes making it hard to deal with continual cost escalation. This is a guide about saving money as a senior citizen.

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May 11, 2011 Flag
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I think that there are enough seniors on Thriftyfun to make use of the following list of discounts you could receive.

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May 14, 2006 Flag
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I was surprised to learn of some business's that give senior citizens discounts. Quite often, all you need to do is ask. I only know of a couple though, does anyone want to share with me where they usually get senior citizens discounts? The pharmacy I go to is one I know of, and a grocery store gives seniors a discount on tuesdays, where i live (10%). There are probably a lot more. I even heard of a fast food chain that does, but I haven't checked it out to know for sure. Thanks for all replies!

P.J. from delaware

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July 13, 20090 found this helpful

In SD, KMart and Joann Fabric used to give senior discounts on a given day. I haven't been to either one of them for seveal years, because they are both so congested with merchandize that it is hard for me to get around in them and is actually annoying. I think Kohls gives a senior discount, at times. Anyway in their ads, it will say something to the effect that a special senior discount will be applied on a certain day.

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January 23, 20100 found this helpful

I get a discount at Taco Bell and a clothing store here

in downtown Denver,CO. I love it! :)

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January 31, 20110 found this helpful

Denny's gives a 20% discount between 4pm-10pm to AARP members. Tanger and Walgreens give AARP discounts too as does The Hartford for home and auto insurance (http://aarp.thehartford.com/).

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February 5, 20110 found this helpful

The Pizza Hut in Palm Harbor FL., has a "30% off menu senior discount". You have to ask for it. I don't know if it's available at all Pizza Hut restaurants, but it's a large discount and worth asking for. Good on delivery orders too. McDonald's used to have a widely available "senior Coke" discount. Small Coke for about 30 cents and free refills I think. Haven't used it in a while and don't know if it's still around.

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July 13, 2009 Flag
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Does McDonald's offer a discount for seniors?

By johnlarn44 from Medway, MA

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July 15, 20090 found this helpful

It varies by location. The corporate owned locations in my area offer a 49 cent coffee or soft drink. Franchise costs range from 50 cents to 60 cents. No discount on food. I'm not sure of the age threshhold as this will vary by ownership also.

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July 16, 20090 found this helpful

In my area (NY) only on coffee which varies by location. Ex.: I paid 64-cents yesterday in NYC

but have also pd 96 in another area of NYC.

on L.I. it is cheaper

Wendy's gives 10% on one's total order.

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December 8, 20100 found this helpful

McDonalds, Bishop's Corner, West Hartford, CT. only give a penny off for senior coffee. Normal price $1.06. Senior price $1.05. Shame on them!

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January 25, 20110 found this helpful

D'Angelo sub shops give full 10% off everything. Wendy's also.

I just avoid McDonald's, their attitude rubs me wrong.

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May 23, 2005 Flag
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Did you know that many fast food places, restaurants, and other retail outlets offer a senior discount? Most restaurants that I go to give a 10% discount, and many of the fast food chains will either give you at least a 10% cash discount or a free drink with no minimum purchase. All you have to do is just ask, and 99% of the time you will get it!

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February 24, 2012 Flag
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Can anyone recommend a cheap cellphone service for the elderly?

By bigrex2012 from Chandler, AZ

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February 24, 20120 found this helpful

How about assurance wireless they have a free 250 minutes a month, or maybe metro pcs they are cheap.

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February 24, 20120 found this helpful

I use Tracfone. You can purchase a phone for $10 @Walmart. Activate it for a year costs about $100. So thats about $10 a month. If you need more minutes you can purchase them as you go.

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February 25, 20120 found this helpful

I also use Tracfone and love it. I have had it for several years with no problems. Each year, I purchase the 1 year card and the minutes that I did not use on the last card are added to the new card. I don't use it a lot therefore, I have accumulated a lot of minutes. I keep it with me all the time, especially when I am alone.

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August 12, 20130 found this helpful

Safelink also offers 250 free minutes per month to those who qualify. If you draw SS benefits, more than likely you qualify.

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November 14, 2011 Flag
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Do Best Buy stores give senior citizen discounts?

By DG

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November 14, 20110 found this helpful

Call the different stores and ask if they provide this discount. From what I have heard the ones that do provide senior discounts don't have it every day of the week and some of them start at age 55, whereas others start at later ages. It doesn't hurt anything to call the stores and ask.

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November 15, 20110 found this helpful

Here's a list of some senior discounts -

Age 50:

Join AARP (http://www.aarp.org) for thousands of discounts and special prices on everything from auto insurance and travel to home security systems and amusement park admission. Membership is $12.50 per year (which includes membership for you and your spouse or partner). Members also get access to sales. For example, through July 13, Crystal Cruises

is offering AARP members a $400 shipboard credit when they book a cruise.

Virgin Atlantic (http://www.virgin-atlantic.com) offers senior pricing 5% to 15% off all fares. You must book over the phone and request the discount.

Sign up for Dollar Rent A Car's (http://www.dollar.com) Silver Dollar Club, which offers 10% off regular rates.

Select Banana Republic (http://www.bananarepublic.com) stores provide discounts. The store in Denver's Cherry Creek Shopping Center, for example, offers a flat discount of 10%.

Age 55:

Discounts of 10% at select locations of:

Wendy's (http://www.wendys.com) Old-Fashioned Hamburgers,

Arby's (http://www.arbys.com),

TCBY (http://www.tcby.com),

Chili's (http://www.chilis.com) Grill & Bar

IHOP (http://www.ihop.com) Discounts of 10%.

Omni Hotels (http://www.omnihotels.com) offers discounted rates  about

10%  with its "Leisure 55" rate.

Thrifty Car Rental (http://www.thrifty.com) offers 5% off regular rates.

Age 60:

Discount of 10% at select locations of:

Burger King (http://www.bk.com) Restaurants

Mrs. Fields (http://www.mrsfields.com) Original Cookies

Join Rite Aid's (http://www.riteaid.com) Living More senior reward

program to save 10% off cash prescriptions and all Rite Aid-brand

products. Shop on Tuesdays, and you'll save 10% on most other items.

You can buy a senior movie ticket at AMC Theatres

(http://www.amctheatres.com). In New York City, that's $7 instead of

$10.75  a 35% discount.

At Regal Cinemas (http://www.regalcinemas.com), you can get a senior movie ticket. In Alexandria, Va., that's $7 & $0.50 less than the adult price for a matinee, and $3 less than the adult price for evening shows.

Hilton Hotels (http://www.hilton.com) offers a Senior HHonors program. In addition to regular reward program benefits (points accrued with each stay for free accommodations), Senior HHonors members specially priced room rates and dining discounts of 20% at hotel restaurants.

Alamo Rent A Car (http://www.alamo.com) offers special senior rates 5 to 10% off. You must book over the phone and request the discount.

Age 62:

Marriott (http://www.marriott.com) offers a 15% discount off the regular room rate.

Buy a Golden Age Passport from the National Park Service (http://www.nps.gov). For $10, this pass gets you lifetime admission into all national parks (plus any accompanying passengers). If your trip includes certain activities, say, camping, swimming or boating you'll also get 50% off those park service fees.

Amtrak (http://www.amtrak.com) offers a 15% discount off the adult fare price.

Greyhound (http://www.greyhound.com) Bus Line has a 5% discount off the adult fare price.

Age 65:

Continental (http://www.continental.com), Delta (http://www.delta.com) and SouthWest (http://www.southwest.com) all offer special senior fares; however, availability and pricing vary by flight. Southwest, for example, discounts fares by as much as 70%, capping prices at $129 for a one-way ticket.

Margaret from Denton, TX

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November 15, 20110 found this helpful

You could probably actually call them and ask.

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March 4, 2005 Flag
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Wherever you go ask if they have a senior citizen discount.
If you are a senior be sure to get the discount.

By Susan

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