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It pays to be a golden-ager. Just ask and ye shall (possibly) receive anywhere from five to fifty percent discount at thousands of places nationwide.

Haggling isn’t my nature. You tell me the price and I pay it if I want it. The other day I was strolling through an art show with a fellow senior (we’re not ancient, but we’re over 50) and my friend told me that you don’t necessarily have to pay the ticketed price. She asks very sweetly if that’s “the best price” on the piece and nine out of ten times she gets it for less! Incredulous, right?

Last summer a man named Steve Herman posted an article on FaceBook listing over one hundred places that offer senior discounts – restaurants, grocery stores, clothing stores, airlines, car rentals, entertainment, hotels and more. I read through his list and was shocked and amazed. My eyes caught Banana Republic – 30% off! American Airlines – up to 50% off! Really? How did I not know this?

Tell me more…

So I decided to do a little research on my own and found that many businesses post senior discount information on their websites. Most businesses offer senior discounts but they don't advertise it. You have to ASK for them to get them.

I checked out a site, seniordiscounts.com, and found that companies large and small offer senior discounts all the time. The site publishes a free weekly emailed newsletter (for aged 50+) that informs seniors of special offers and new discounts as well. Another site, sciddy.com, offers a searchable listing of senior discounts available by city/state/zip code. Some discounts have restrictions, like only on certain days of the week, so read the fine print carefully.

Inquiring minds want to know more, so here are some incredible offers for seniors that you might not have heard of:

  1. Most people know that the AARP card gets you discounts but how many of us ever try to use it? Did you know that AARP members (age 50+) can get up to 25 percent off car rentals from Alamo, Hertz, National, and Budget, up to 30 percent from Avis, and 5 percent off from Enterprise? Or that they can also save twenty percent on flowers from Teleflora?
  1. Did you know that The National Park Service offers America the Beautiful senior passes for people 62 and older(for $10 that gets you a lifetime pass and provides free admission to national parks, monuments and federal rec sites?
  2. Did you know that if you’re 62 or older you can save fifteen percent on most Amtrak trains?
  3. Did you know that if you’re over 55 you can get a free cup of coffee at Dunkin Donuts. (Let me see…$2.00 a cup at Starbucks v. $0.00 at Dunkin Donuts. Hmmm. Just how stuck up can I afford to be?)
  4. Did you know many states have their own version of senior citizen discount cards? Ohio has the Buckeye Card which, like the AARP card, offers a wide range of discounts throughout the state that have been pre-negotiated.
  5. Did you know that 800Wine.com will take ten percent off your order if you’re over fifty?
  6. Did you know that AMC Theaters offer seniors a thirty percent discount for those 62+ and on Tuesdays, it goes up to fifty percent discount?
  7. Did you know that most hotels offer senior discounts? For example, The Hyatt Hotels offer a 25%-50% discount for those aged 62+.

Remember, to get your discounts, you have to ask for them. In the case of airlines, you might also want to find your best price online first, then call the airlines. Sometimes the senior discount isn’t a better deal.

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