For many older adults living on a fixed income, opportunities for savings based on age are greatly appreciated. There's a variety of nationwide chains that offer senior discounts in categories like travel, entertainment, fitness, personal care, and retail shopping.
For franchises, senior discount pricing may vary from location to location, so it is wise to check with your local stores to determine whether a particular senior discount is offered in your area.
If you are looking for unique senior savings opportunities, here are some steals and deals to consider:
If you are in the market for a haircut, Great Clips offers a $3 discount to people who are 60+. With over 3,700 locations in the U.S. and Canada, Great Clips locations are convenient to many older adults. Similarly, Fantastic Sam's stores typically have a designated senior discount day, where older adults can get 15 percent off the price of a cut.
If you are not interested in going to a chain salon, you might consider checking out your local community college cosmetology program. Many cosmetology programs offer free or reduced cost haircuts by students for seniors. The students are supervised by instructors, so there is no need to worry that you will be dissatisfied with your style.
You can show off your new style while enjoying a meal at one of several national chains offering senior discounts. Here are a few notable places to save while you dine:
• Applebee's offers 10-15 percent off for those 60+, depending on location
• Boston Market offers 10 percent off for those 65+
• Subway offers a 10 percent discount to those 60+
• Waffle House offers a 10 percent discount to those 60+ on Mondays
This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it will get you started with savings right away.
Travel and Entertainment Discounts
You may be surprised to learn about the multitude of savings options for older adults who wish to enjoy entertainment and travel. Here are a few places that cater to those on a fixed income:
• Carmike Cinemas offer 35 percent off for those 65+
• AMC Theaters offer up to 30 percent off for those 55+
• Amtrak offers a 15 percent discount on the lowest rail fare nationally and a 10 percent discount on cross-border services into Canada for those 60+
• Avis Car Rental offers a 10 percent discount to those 50+ and a 30 percent discount to AARP members
• Many airlines offer senior discounts of about 10 percent off the regular fare
Super Senior Deals
If you do a little digging, there are many deals that are worth a look. Here are two examples of significant savings for older adults:
1) National Parks Lifetime Pass
For just $10, older adults can purchase a lifetime pass to all national parks. The pass allows older ones and their car companions to enter national parks without further entrance fees. An additional perk of the lifetime pass is a 50 percent discount on federal use fees for camping, swimming, parking, and tours within the national parks.
2) SilverSneakers Fitness
SilverSneakers is an active adult wellness program provided as part of many group health plans, Medicare Advantage plans, or Medicare Supplement plans. If your health plan includes a SilverSneakers membership, you get access to basic amenities and special fitness classes in over 13,000 fitness locations around the U.S. If you want to know if you are a SilverSneakers member, you can contact your health plan advisor for more details.
More Ways to Save
AARP Memberships: AARP is a membership program for people 50 and older. AARP members enjoy discounts in restaurants, travel, insurance, financial products, retail, apparel and many more everyday discounts. You can check out the list of AARP discounts here.
AMAC Memberships: AMAC is another membership program for people 50 and older. AMAC considers itself the “conservative alternative” to other older American membership programs. AMAC members benefit from a variety of discounts including insurance, finance, automotive, travel and lodging and many more. For a complete list of AMAC discounts, click here.
For a complete list of senior-related membership organizations, check out this article from Sound Mind Investing.
Beyond those mentioned here, there are thousands of local and national organizations that offer a stunning variety of discounts to older adults who identify themselves as seniors. For a more comprehensive list of available savings opportunities, check out our senior discounts list today.