Senior citizen discounts are available at tons of locations, if you know where to look for them and how to look for them.
I am going to give you a few tips and ideas that will enable you to find discounts for just about any type of service available.
The biggest and most important thing you have to do is ASK for them. I learned this when I was out with my Dad at the movies…currently he is 71.
Despite the fact that they list the senior discounted price the girl behind the counter said that management does not allow then to ask if you qualify for the discount. It wasn’t anything deceptive…it had something to do with age discrimination where they didn’t want to offend anyone by asking if they qualified for the discount and didn’t qualify yet.
Yet at the same time they never checked any ID if someone asked for the senior discount to confirm their age, there the….
Easiest Way To Find Senior Citizen Discounts…
So the single biggest thing you have to do is ASK FOR THE DISCOUNT.
There could be plenty of discounts that you currently qualify for…amusement parks with the grandkids, auto body work on your car, telephone and cell phone discounts, discount on your oil bill, plane and hotel bills, etc… You will never know unless you ASK!
Next, consider joining one of several organizations. One would be AARP. Hundreds of companies have special deals for AARP members and one of the things I would is go to the discounts section of the AARP website to see what type of discounts they have available (http://discounts.aarp.org/).
These AARP senior citizen discounts are broken down between shopping, dining, home & auto, health & wellness and (most importantly in my opinion) local deals, where you can just plug in your zip code and the discounts will come up by zip code.
The next source would be SeniorDiscounts.com. Theirs is a subscription service…$12.95 a year for the premium service, which gives you access to 250,000 discounts throughout the country.
Personally, I think you could use the free service and get all the information you need to find the local discounts. I had no problem going to their site, entering my zip code and finding plenty of local discounts without signing up for the premium subscription.
One other thing I could mention…many companies offer senior discounts, but not all the time. Supermarkets are infamous for this, giving you a 10% discount on Wednesday’s, for example, by not the rest of the week. They probably do this because this is the least busy day of the week in the supermarket so re-arrange your schedule to get the discount.
Restaurants do the same thing with their “early bird” specials, where the discount is given during a slow point in the day…3-5pm before the dinner rush. You will never know unless you ask.
So I hope this helps you search for senior citizen discounts…and if you know of any feel free to enter them in the box below.