Age pays: A comprehensive guide to senior discounts

These charts detail discounts for seniors by age in categories including restaurants, retail, grocery, travel, entertainment, and more.

By Cheapism.com Jan 6, 2014 7:12PM
This post comes from Emily Lugg at partner site Cheapism.com

Cheapism.com on MSN MoneyAging doesn't always have its perks, but we've compiled a list of discounts that might add a little pizzazz to getting older.


Starting at age 50, seniors can cash in on numerous price cuts just for being born on or before the date, month, and year that qualify for the bargain. To collect on most discounts, just flash an ID (be assertive and request the special deal), although a few require membership in AARP.


The comparison tables that follow showcase discounts allotted to seniors in a variety of product and service categories.


Restaurant discounts for seniors
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Apparel and other retail discounts for seniors
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Grocery discounts for seniors
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Travel discounts for seniors
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Entertainment discounts for seniors
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Cellphone discounts for seniors
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46Comments
Jan 7, 2014 2:58AM
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Most these places probably don't even know they have a senior discount!
Jan 7, 2014 8:35AM
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A few years ago I purchased a senior pass for our national parks. The cost was $10.00. This pass is for your automobile and all occupants. When we have visitors and go to the parks in Arizona, Utah and California primarily we enter at no charge. A very inexpensive investment for a day of beauty and relaxation.
Jan 7, 2014 8:23AM
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I was looking at the Waldorf in NYC. Is that a typo at $5000.00 off/nt? If you can afford that, you don't need any discounts.
Jan 6, 2014 10:49PM
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I AM PASSING THIS LIST ON TO MY FRIENDS.  KNEW ABOUT SOME OF THE

COMPANIES THAT ARE LISTED BUT NOT ALL OF THEM.  THIS IS A GREAT

ADVERTISING GIMMICK FOR THEM.





Jan 7, 2014 11:47AM
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Whether or not a senior can get a discount at these places comes down to a minimum wage clerk allowing it.  And I can guarantee that, unless they've been specifically told to allow it, they will not give a discount for fear of getting in trouble with a supervisor.  Most of these places are franchises - they don't have to honor "corporate" ivory tower pronouncements.  Seriously, can you imagine non-English-speaking immigrant in a KFC giving a discount?  They wouldn't have the first clue of how to ring it up.
Jan 7, 2014 2:27PM
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I don't have much faith in this list.  I live in Florida and after seeing Publix on the list I decided to check their senior discounts program more closely.  Instead of the 15% shown on the list above it turned out that their discounts were actually only 5%...on stores outside of Florida.  Some discounts here may be accurate but don't just assume so from this article.
Jan 7, 2014 9:42AM
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Publix & Kroger in the Atlanta market give 5% off on Wednesdays for seniors 60+. 
Jan 7, 2014 1:25PM
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While I don't frequent most of these nor are many of them in my area, don't count on it !! You have to ask for it. I don't look 65 so if there's a discount, it's given reluctantly. I'm not pulling out my license for a cup of coffee !!

For travelers & hotels/motels, I used to have both an AARP and AAA card. I dropped AARP - they give a bigger discount via AAA plus the fact if I have car trouble, AAA will take care of it. AAA also has discounts and you don't have to be a 'senior' to get some of these discounts.

Jan 7, 2014 3:00PM
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Tried Subway and Wendy's because they were on this list.  Fagetabowdit!
Jan 7, 2014 3:13PM
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I asked for the senior discount at Publix and they laughed at me. They said they would go broke in Florida if they did that
Jan 7, 2014 2:15PM
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This is a list I'm going to print out and stick in my glove compartment.  I turned 63 in January and still forget to ask about Senior discounts.  Often someone with me at restaurants has to remind me!  Golden Corral, mentioned here is one I always remember but I didn't realize Wendy's does as well.  The worker's at my local Rite Aid always ask as well as always asking if I have a loyalty card.

Jan 7, 2014 1:51PM
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In Costa Rica I show my residency card and local bus service is free. Long distance bus service is about  45% off.  People over 65 go to the head of most lines or have their own windows at banks. Winter is not discounted as temperatures are much higher than the U.S. most of the year. Lower prices and higher temps is a good trade off.
Jan 8, 2014 7:49PM
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Many of the mentioned places will not honor the discounts. AMC theaters DO NOT offer a 30% discount for those 55 and older. Best Western WILL NOT discount hotel rooms 40% for those 55 and older. 
Jan 7, 2014 1:41PM
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I was wondering if Sprint will be on the discount list in the future.
Passing on to my coworkers and friends and posting on Facebook.
HAPPY 2014 NEW YEAR. TO ALL
Jan 7, 2014 1:44AM
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Yeah right! Raise the price to 35% or more, then give a 10 to 15% discount makes some people feel good. Almost like voting for the congressional elite.
Jan 7, 2014 10:41AM
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...older people need to avoid places that encourage unhealthy eating habits...what about fitness center discounts???...
Jan 8, 2014 7:54PM
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The information in this article is largely worthless. The discounts listed are not offered in most locales most of the time. I don't know where the author of this piece got the information, but it's very misleading, and often completely  false. 
Jan 7, 2014 3:35PM
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Only knew about Goodwill, shop at some of the other places, but they never offer the discount and I obviously look like a Senior at 73!
Jan 16, 2014 12:30AM
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Don't tell OBummer about any senior discounts, he'll comeup with a tax or fee to slap on us.

Everytime he picks up that dam pen, it costs us.  When was the last time a congressmen asked us what we wanted , Not what is going tobe dictated to us.

Jan 9, 2014 2:30PM
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Well I tried to get the discount at Wendy's and at Subway.  Struck out both times.   Makes me just a little bit suspicious of this list.
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