Getting older can be tough, but it can also be liberating. If you have enough money to retire, you can spend your time doing all the things you didn't have time to do when you were working five days a week. One of the added benefits of becoming a senior is senior discounts.
You can save quite a bit of cash if you know how to do it right. And if you are 50 and older and belong to AARP, you can save even more money on places such as restaurants and movie tickets. Read on to see the stores with the top discounts.
Get A Free Doughnut At Dunkin' Donuts
If you're over a certain age and you have a craving for coffee and doughnuts, the best place to go to save a buck or two is Dunkin' Donuts. The popular chain will give you 10 percent off your bill if you're 55 and older. And with every coffee purchase, you get a free doughnut.
And you don't have to settle for plain coffee. You can get an Americano, latte, macchiato, cappuccino, or espresso to wash down one of its delicious doughnuts, from vanilla cream to chocolate glazed.
Enjoy 20 Percent Off At Denny's
If one of your favorite meals is breakfast (or even if it's not), you can get some great deals at Denny's. If you're 56 and older, you can get 10 percent off your check. And at certain Denny's locations, they will give you a 20-percent discount if you're also a member of AARP.
However, franchise owners have the option of not granting the AARP discount if they so choose. Still, if you have a hankering for dishes such as Moons Over my Hammy or the Grand Slamwich, you can't go wrong.
Shop At Kohl's On Wednesdays For A Discount
Kohl's is a great department store because it sells so many items, from suits and jackets to casual shoes and kitchenware. If you're 60 years old and older, you can get a 15 percent discount if you shop on Wednesdays.
The downside is that you have to shop on a particular day of the week to save some money, but that's a small price to pay, particularly if you're buying a big-ticket item. In the end, the extra savings will be worth the patience of shopping at Kohl's midweek.
Go To Bealls On Mondays & Tuesdays For A Good Deal
If you live in Florida like many seniors do, then you should spend some time at Bealls, which owns Bealls Stores, Bealls Outlet Stores, and Bunulu. If you're 50 or older, you can get an extra 15 percent off every in-store purchase on Tuesday at Bealls Stores on what is known as Bealls Day.
As for the outlet, you can save 15 percent off every Monday if you're 50 or older. You can check out the Tuesday deals in advance on the retailer's website.
Get A Free Sundae At Friendly's
Ice cream lovers will appreciate Friendly's senior discount. You can save 10 percent off any meal and receive a free coffee during breakfast hours. You can also get a free small sundae during lunch or dinner as long as you ask for the treat when you're placing your order.
If you want even more savings, sign up for the restaurant's BFF Email Club. You'll receive 25 percent off your next visit and receive weekly offers and promotions.
Go To Goodwill On Tuesdays To Save Some Cash
Everything old is new again, and stores such as Goodwill are more popular than ever. People love donating things to charity in order to clean up their homes, but they also like buying used clothes, furniture, and knickknacks for bargain-basement prices.
As Goodwill notes, if you are age 60 "or better," you will receive a 10 percent discount on donated merchandise every Tuesday. So while you're cleaning out your attic, you can also pick up some good deals with some extra savings one day a week.
Enjoy Special Meals At Perkins Restaurants
If you enjoy eating out at Perkins Restaurants and you're over 54, their menu offers special deals for seniors. Their 55-plus menu includes favorites such as buttermilk pancakes, eggs Benedict, grilled pork chops, and country fried steak. Their lunches and dinners come with two sides.
The restaurant operates 324 restaurants in 32 states and four Canadian provinces, so you're likely to find one either near your hometown or during your travels. They also have several baked items to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Save Some Cash At Ben & Jerry Scoop Shops
You'll be hard-pressed to find a restaurant that gives a discount bigger than 10 percent, and Ben & Jerry's falls right in line among others in the industry. If you are 60 and older, you get 10 percent off dozens of flavors at scoop shops around the country. This includes butter pecan, cherry Garcia, strawberry cheesecake, and mint chocolate chunk.
The shops don't necessarily advertise their senior discount, so make sure you ask the server for one. You can always call in advance to make sure they offer it.
Go To Rite Aid For 20 Percent Off
If you live near several pharmacies, you may want to choose Rite Aid due to its wellness65+ program. On the first Wednesday of every month, members get 20 percent off almost the entire store. You can also receive a free pharmacist consultation as well as special monthly activities and featured products just for seniors.
If you have a government-funded prescription, you earn one wellness+ point for every $1 of co-pay up to 25 wellness+ points. This includes Medicare Part D and Medicaid prescriptions.
Go To The UPS Store If You Have To Mail Packages
There are over 4,700 retail The UPS Store locations across the United States, so if you have some packages to mail for the holidays, birthdays, or other occasions, you'll have plenty of places to go. If you want to save some money, skip the post office and use UPS.
As long as you're a member of AARP, you will save 15 percent off certain products and services. In addition, you will save five percent off domestic and international shipping. Every cent is worth it, particularly for those heavy items.
Travel On Amtrak & Save Big
If you're planning a trip and don't want to drive, you may want to consider taking the train. Not only will you avoid road rage, you'll also have time to catch up on that book you've been wanting to finish, or you can take a cat nap on the way to your destination. You'll also save some money if you're 65 or older.
When you book a trip on Amtrak, you'll get a 10 percent discount on most fares. If you're traveling across the border to Canada, a 10 percent discount is available for those 60 and older.
Get A Lifetime Pass To All U.S. National Parks
If you're 62 or older, you can get the 'America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass' for $80. While it is more expensive than it was a couple of years ago, it's still well worth the price. Lifetime pass holders have access to over 2,000 recreational areas.
The pass covers entrance and day-use amenities and recreation fees as well as some other discounts. In addition, your traveling companion also gets in the park for free.
Stay At A Marriott Hotel For 15 Percent Less
If you're traveling and have a choice of hotels, you may want to choose one from Marriott. It has a senior discount for those aged 62 and older. You will save 15 percent on your room on Marriott-brand hotels all over the world, no matter what day of the week it is.
There are some restrictions, including a limit of two rooms per night. Also, you have to show proof of age when you check in. Since vacations can be costly, this discount can save you quite a bit of money, particularly if you're staying in the hotel for several days.
Visit Salvation Army Thrift Stores For Even Deeper Discounts
Your local Salvation Army thrift store is already a great place to shop for bargains if you're looking for used household goods, books, clothing, electronics, or furniture. They also have extra savings for seniors, although it varies by location. You can save anywhere from 15 to 50 percent.
Usually these discounts are offered on a certain day of the week, and Wednesday is pretty common. As long as you are 55 or older, you are eligible for the price reduction.