Verge of Retirement? These Establishments Offer Senior Discounts for Those 50 and Older

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One of the perks of hitting the half-century mark is that you suddenly enter the world of senior discounts — without really being a senior. Even better, people who turn 50 are typically in their peak earning years, which means discounts arrive just as you are raking in the most income.

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Although most Americans who turn 50 are still many years away from retirement — the average retirement age in the U.S. is 64 — it’s not too early to start preparing for your life beyond the workforce. This includes putting more money into your 401(k) or other retirement accounts. Finding discounts for people 50 and older is one way to free up more money for your retirement fund.

One thing you might consider is joining AARP — something you can do when you turn 50. You’ll have to pay an annual fee, but membership brings numerous perks, including discounts at select establishments. Just keep in mind that some of those discounts don’t kick in until you are older.

If you are around the half-century mark and want to scout out discounts, here’s a look at some of the establishments that offer discounts to those 50 and older, based on websites such as The Senior List, The Discounts Guy and Caring Senior Service.

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Restaurants

  • Hardee’s: Up to 10% off
  • Krispy Kreme: 10% off or a free donut with the purchase of a coffee
  • Pollo Tropical: 10% off
  • Steak ‘n Shake: 10% off every Monday and Tuesday

Retail

  • Amazon: Senior discounts (including those 50 or older) available for Prime and other services/products if you are enrolled in qualifying government assistance programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
  • Banana Republic: Vary by location, but some are as high as 30% off
  • Bealls: 15% off every Tuesday
  • Christopher & Banks: 10% off every Wednesday

Car Rental

  • Budget Rent A Car: Up to 30% off base rate for AARP members
  • Dollar Car Rental: 10% off
  • Payless Car Rental: 5% off for AARP members

Travel/Transportation

  • Busch Gardens (Tampa, Florida): $13 off one-day tickets
  • SeaWorld (Orlando, Florida): $3 off one-day tickets
  • Trailways Transportation System: Various discounts for ages 50 and up

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Note that offers change frequently and may be withdrawn without notice. Call before you go to verify your discount.

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About the Author

Vance Cariaga is a London-based writer, editor and journalist who previously held staff positions at Investor’s Business Daily, The Charlotte Business Journal and The Charlotte Observer. His work also appeared in Charlotte Magazine, Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Business North Carolina magazine. He holds a B.A. in English from Appalachian State University and studied journalism at the University of South Carolina. His reporting earned awards from the North Carolina Press Association, the Green Eyeshade Awards and AlterNet. In addition to journalism, he has worked in banking, accounting and restaurant management. A native of North Carolina who also writes fiction, Vance’s short story, “Saint Christopher,” placed second in the 2019 Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition. Two of his short stories appear in With One Eye on the Cows, an anthology published by Ad Hoc Fiction in 2019. His debut novel, Voodoo Hideaway, was published in 2021 by Atmosphere Press.
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