Senior Discounts: Age 50
Ah, 50, what a wonderful age! In fact, this was my mom’s favorite age. She had always loved her 40s, but when 50 came she became an adamant saver through senior discounts. One of the things that she looked at was joining AARP – just for the extra savings that it can provide “seniors.” Though honestly, 50 is hardly a senior in anyone’s eyes these days! I’ve heard it said that 50 is the new 30 – who knows? After all, age is just a number… a number that gets you extra discounts and savings (woohoo)!
A great place to start if you are new to senior discounts is AARP. AARP costs just $16 a year to join for an individual or a couple, but if you take advantage of a few of the many discounts available, you will soon make your investment back in savings. More than eighty percent of its members have taken advantage of AARP discounts over the past year, according to Dave Austin, vice president of marketing services for AARP. Most of the discounts for the fifty and up age group come from AARP, formerly the American Association of Retired People. Other discounts are usually reserved for the sixty and up crowd. So even if you just join AARP until you get a bit older, it is well worth it.
Here’s a list of discounts you’re eligible for once you have an AARP card or reach 50 years of age:
- Ben & Jerry’s: 10% off
- Chili’s: 10% off
- Dairy Queen: 10% off
- Krispy Kreme: 10% off
- Mrs. Fields: 10% off
- Shoney’s: 10% off
- Steak ‘n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday
- Subways: 10% off
- TCBY: 10% off
- Tea Room Cafe: 10% off
- The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday
Apparel and Retail
- Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month
- C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday
- American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday
- Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages 50+
- Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, National: up to 25%
- Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off
- Best Western: 10% off
- Comfort Inn: 10% off
- Comfort Suites: 10% off
- Holiday Inn Express: 15% off
- Hyatt Hotels: 10% off
- Marriott Hotels: 15% off
- Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler’s Discount
- Ramada: 20% off
- Sheraton: 20% off
- Weston: 20% off
Check out more great ways seniors can save big on travel.
Activities and Miscellaneous
- Busch Gardens Tampa: $13 off one-day tickets
- SeaWorld Orlando : $3 off one-day tickets
- Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service
- LensCrafters: 30% off (learn more about saving money on eyeglasses)
- UPS: 15% off
Many of the above discounts come with the AARP membership, but it is still worth asking everywhere you shop if there is a discount for seniors. Many local stores that are not part of a chain also offer discounts – but only if you ask.
Also, you don’t have to qualify by age to join various auto clubs which often offer membership discounts. If you are a member of one of these, be sure to compare which discount is better – you will only get one discount but fifteen percent is better than ten percent. So check it out.
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