Five We Bet You Don’t Know About
One of the great things about getting older is the plethora of senior discounts out there. We’ve all seen some great senior discounts for travel, hotels, and restaurants.
In a Starbucks era of overly priced $5.00 coffee it’s great to see restaurants offer extra incentives to their loyal customer base to keep them coming back for more. I remember when my mom was literally counting down the days to her 55th birthday so that she could start enjoying $0.67 coffee from her local McDonald’s. She was so proud of her gray hair!
Little perks and big perks alike are definitely a welcome friend. The below top five senior discounts are sure to delight:
1. Airline tickets offer an additional discount for seniors.
Who doesn’t want to go visit their adorable grandkids five states away?! A wonderful segment by CBS brought up some great ideas on how seniors can save big bucks by using a little research. One topic they brought up showed how to score senior airline discounts. Many of us now go online to book airfare tickets, but with adding one crucial step (as mentioned in this video clip), you can save an extra 5% on top of the online price which definitely adds up!
And what small step is that? It’s simply calling the airline up once you see the best price online and asking them to book that quote with an additional senior discount. Sounds easy enough and it could save some serious cash.
2. Online senior discount sites.
For computer savvy seniors, seniordiscounts.com is just about the best website for finding senior discounts in your area. With over 250,000 local listings and a very easy to use interface, it’s not hard to start your way into big savings. It also has a free newsletter to keep you up to date on the newest senior discounts.
3. Senior Pass at National Parks: $10.00
What better time to get back out into nature than during one’s golden years. For only $10, seniors that are 62 and older may purchase a National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass. The Senior Pass covers everyone in the vehicle upon entry and many locations also offer additional discounts on camping fees. This senior pass is definitely worth every red cent and good for lifetime access. The rest of us, unfortunately, have to pay $80 per year to get this same type of access. We are counting down to our golden years: Yosemite, we are coming!
4. Car Insurance discounts. Just for being a senior. Seriously.
You can even get a senior discount on your car insurance- many companies offer up to a 10% mature driver discount. Just ask your current car insurance agent about the details and how to get qualified. It is definitely worth your time and the savings add up.
5. Shopping on certain days of the week.
Many retailers offer senior discounts on certain days of the week. Ross Dress for Less offers an additional discount for seniors on Tuedays, while Salvation Army and other non-profits offer additional discounts on Wednesdays. Check with your local retailer as they may offer a discount if you ask for it even if it’s not the designated discount day.
As a bonus, here’s another one. Well, this isn’t really a secret, but if you haven’t joined yet, AARP is a great place to start for finding big senior discounts! The minimum age requirement is only 50 years old and you can enjoy savings of around 20-30% on hotel stays and exclusive travel perks. This is the #1 place to start your way into senior savings.
The list of companies and services that provide senior discounts continues to grow every year. Companies value your opinion and hope that you’ll remain a loyal customer by providing discounts and rewards programs. Here’s to you enjoying those savings!
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