Everyone loves a bargain, but for older adults – many of whom are on a fixed income – finding discounts can make their money go further just because they’re the right age. Plus, caregivers can turn discount shopping into a challenge and a game; after all, finding the best prices at favorite stores and restaurants can be fun and satisfying.
Seniors can do more than just sign up for age-related discounts to save money. You can use apps and websites to find coupons, read up on sales each week, then combine the advertised bargains with the values you get as an older adult for even more savings.
Some great apps and websites for hunting down bargains both online and in-store include:
Retail and grocery
Saving money on groceries is a national pastime, with over 90% of Americans using coupons for grocery shopping in 2020. Combine coupons with your senior discount and watch the savings add up!
- Amazon Prime: Get 50% off your membership if you’re a recipient of SNAP or SSI.
- CVS: Veterans get 20% off plus free shipping. Sign up for the Veterans Advantage Program to get discounts.
- Fred Meyer Grocery Store: Sign up to get 10% off select products if you’re 55+ on the first Tuesday of the month.
- Harris Teeter Grocery Store: Use your VIC card for 5% off every Thursday if you’re 60 or older.
- Hy-Vee Grocery Store: Seniors 55+ receive 5% off every Thursday.
- Joann Crafts: Those 55+ get 20% off one day per month at Joann stores. You’ll need an ID to get the discount.
- Michaels Crafts: Get 10% off if you’re 55+. Sign up for your discount online or in-store.
- Rite-Aid: Get 20% off plus five times the bonus points on the first Wednesday of every month if you’re 65+.
- Ross Dress for Less: Get 10% off if you’re 55+ on Tuesdays at Ross Stores. Present your ID at the store to get this discount.
- Walgreens: Save 20% in-store one day a month and online one week a month if you’re 55+ or an AARP member.
Enjoy a meal and save money with discounts for seniors. The percent off may not be a lot at some places, but you can save almost enough to cover the tip.
These restaurants offer a 10% discount if you’re an AARP member. Just present your card when you pay. Also, be sure to ask if they offer a senior discount at any restaurant where you dine:
- Bubba Gump Shrimp
- Bonefish Grill
- Chart House
- Corner Bakery Cafe
- Dunkin’ – Free donut with the purchase of XL coffee
- Joe’s Crab Shack
- McCormick & Schmick’s
- Outback Steakhouse
- Rainforest Cafe
- Saltgrass Steak House
- The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Chili’s Grill & Bar: Those 55+ get a 10% discount on any purchase.
Denny’s: Get 15% off with an AARP card on your Denny’s meal.
Einstein Bros. Bagels: Those 60+ get a 10% discount off a baker’s dozen bagels.
El Pollo Loco: Get 10% off if you’re 60+ at participating locations.
Travel can be prohibitively expensive, especially on a fixed income and strict budget. Use your senior status to save money on everything from plane trips to national parks.
Amtrak: Get a 10% discount on your train fare if you’re 65 or over. Those 60+ can get a 10% fare reduction when traveling between the U.S. and Canada.
Avis Rent-a-Car: Save 30% on car rentals with an AARP membership.
British Airways: Save up to $200 on international travel with your AARP membership.
Hertz Rent-a-Car: Join Hertz’s Drivers Over 50 program to get up to 20% off your car rentals.
Marriott: Special rates are available to those 62+.
National Parks and Federal Recreational Senior Parks Pass: This pass is $80 and gives those 62+ a 50% discount at 2,000 government-run recreation sites.
Carnival Cruises: Check for discounts on selected cruises for those 55+.
Royal Caribbean Cruises: Special rates for those 55+ are available on some Royal Caribbean voyages.
Travelodge: Get 10% off your rate at participating locations if you’re 60+.
Entertainment and activity
Stay entertained and fit with these discounts that can save plenty of money!
AMC Theatres: Discounts for patrons 60+ at participating locations.
Ancestry: Save 30% on your first year with your AARP membership.
Regal Cinemas: Save 20% on ePremiere Regal tickets when purchasing online with an AARP membership. You also save $3 on popcorn and a drink.
Silver Sneakers: Free wellness and exercise classes at thousands of locations for those 65+ with select Medicare or other health plans.
Fishing: Nearly every state licensing office offers discounted or free fishing licenses for seniors and some have an exemption (no license required).
Saving money on things your senior needs and activities they enjoy is easy with the many discounts offered by these companies.