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Senior Citizen Discounts

To take advantage of all the senior citizen discounts available, you must first know about them.

As a senior citizen, there are not only government programs to help make your life easier, but there are discounts on almost any thing you can think of.


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For many retirees, traveling is one of their great pleasures. However, many people do not realize that there are many ways to travel free or for almost free.

Next time you travel:

  • Be sure to ask about any senior citizen discounts.
  • Become a member of the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons). They have many discounts for travelers. From airline tickets, hotels, and car rentals.

Airlines - Most airlines offer at least a 10% discount for seniors 62 and older. (Check with each airline to see what specials they may be running for the best deals.) Become a member of a frequent flyer program.

Trains - If you prefer to travel by train, Amtrak offers year-round discounts for anyone 62 and older.

Cruises - Cruise lines prefer that every cabin is filled before sailing and are willing to give deep discounts to secure occupants. If you are able to take a vacation at the last minute, then look for cruise deals. You must be flexible because most deals are not available until less than a month before sailing. Sign up with cruise line websites to be notified of special deals and last minute offers.

Four major ways to save on travel are:

Work or Volunteer

A working vacation is a great way to travel for free.

Some ideas are to work on a cruise ship or carry a package for a courier service.

Another way to cut down on the expense of a vacation is to volunteer. While you usually have to pay for your travel expenses, the projects usually provide accommodations, training, meals, and equipment.

Swap Your House or House Sit

Save hundreds of dollars on your next vacation by swapping your home with other people.

Register with Seniors Vacation and Home Exchange.(

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Overbooked Flights

A common practice of airlines is to overbook their flights.

Volunteer to take the next flight out if they are overbooked in exchange for a free ticket on a future flight.

If the flight is really overbooked, many times you can get a voucher for more than one flight, upgrade to first-class, and overnight hotel stay, and sometimes even cash.

Be sure to volunteer as soon as you get to the airport.

Road Scholar

The Road Scholar offers moderately priced learning vacations for senior citizens who enjoy adventure and travel but who have a limited amount of money to spend.

Go here for more information on senior citizens travel discounts.


One of the great things about being a senior citizen is that you are now eligible to order from the senior menu at restaurants. However, many restaurants and fast food chains are not only offering special menus, but also free menu items to seniors. Be sure to ask about discounts that are not always advertised.

Some of the major restaurant chains that offer senior citizen discounts are:

  1. Applebees – Offers discounts and specials to customers 55 and over. Ask about the “Golden Apple Card.”
  2. Boston Market – Offers a 10% senior citizen discount to their 65 and older customers.
  3. Denny's – Offers a senior menu to customers 55 and older. They have also hooked up with AARP to offer a $1 cup of coffee and 10% off of total bill. You must show your AARP card to receive these discounts.
  4. Dunkin Donuts – Offers a 10% discount off the total bill or will discount the price of drinks. The age varies but is usually set at 55 and older.
  5. IHop – Has a senior menu or offers a senior citizen discount of 10% off the total bill. The senior age for IHop is 55+.
  6. Steak 'n Shake – Every Monday and Tuesday they offer a 10% discount to their 50 and older customers.
  7. White Castle – Offers a 10% discount to their senior customers. The age requirements seem to vary with locations.

Many restaurants offer a Free Birthday Dinner. All you have to do is show a license or some other proof of your birth date. Check with your favorite restaurant to see if they offer this freebie.

Also, you can find many discount coupons online, in the local paper, or in the back of the local phone book. These coupons are from local restaurants offering discounted prices on meals or buy-one dinner and get a dinner free.


There are all sorts of freebies for senior citizens. You only have to be aware of them and always ask just to see if there are any unadvertised discounts.

Here are a few examples:

  • Haircuts - Many local beauty and barber schools will offer free or charge a minimum fee for haircuts. The students are supervised, so you don't have to worry about getting a bad haircut.
  • Concerts - There are many free outdoor concerts and theatre productions that are offered during the summer months. Check with your local parks and recreation department or the local newspaper. Also, many theaters and opera companies will offer volunteer ushers free tickets in exchange for their work.
  • TV Shows - If you plan to be in New York City or Los Angeles and would like to see a favorite TV Show that has an audience, write to the network of that show before your visit. (Send your request in care of the “Ticket Department.) They will provide you with free tickets.
  • Movie Theatres - Many local movie theatres will offer discounted ticket prices during their slow times. This could be on slow nights or morning and early afternoon hours. Check with your favorite movie theatre.
  • Dental Care - If you need expensive dental work and can not afford it, local dental clinics and dental colleges will often offer quality dental care at little or no cost. You can also get a list of dentists who volunteer their services to help those who can not afford proper dental care. Check with the local dental society of your state for this list.
  • Vet Care - If you live near a university that has a veterinary school, you may be able to get free care for your pet.
  • Free Job Training - There are many programs to help provide training and job opportunities to senior citizens. One such government organization is Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Check your local area for such training opportunities..
  • Starting a Business - Service Corps of Retired Executives will give you free advice on starting a small business.
  • Free Shopping Coupons - One way to save money is by clipping coupons. An even easier way is to find coupons online and print them out. A couple of the more popular sites are and
  • Free Firewood - You can get free firewood for your personal use from most of the National Forests.
  • Fix Up Your Home - The U.S.D.A. Rural Housing Service can help you fix up your home in the form of grants or low-interest loans. Check with your local U.S. Department of Agriculture to see if you qualify.
  • Free Fertilizer - Call your local U.S. Department of Agriculture Extension Service to receive free manure for your garden.
  • Free Trees - Receive 10 free trees by becoming a member of the Arbor Day Foundation ( The membership cost is $10.
  • Free Trees and Plants - Order free trees, shrubs, and other plants from You pay for shipping and handling charges.

As you can see, senior citizen discounts abound. Always ask about any senior citizen discounts - you will be surprised at how much money you can actually save.


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