Baby boomers are learning there is at least one advantage to getting older. When they reach age 50, they qualify for a number of senior discounts and the number of discounts increases at age 55-60. While some boomers do not want to reveal their age and admit to growing older, divulging it makes good economical sense when it comes to ‘senior’ discounts.
A number of businesses offer senior discounts and special prices to baby boomers because they are considered seniors at age 50/60, something many boomers don’t want to hear. But boomers can use senior discounts on a variety of goods and services and realize considerable savings. Baby boomers can take advantage of senior discounts in:
- Retail stores;
- Fitness centers;
- Airline, train and bus services;
- Cell phones;
- Hair cuts;
- Eye glasses; and
- Eductional courses at local colleges and universities.
Senior discounts can add up to major savings. These discounts can significantly impact a family’s monthly budget. Boomers can appreciably reduce their monthly expenses by utilizing discounts available to seniors. The trick is finding them.
While many senior discounts are publicized, many more are not. So baby boomers should always ask if a senior discount is offered. If it is, boomers should go for it. Senior discounts on a variety of products and services can begin as early as age 50. Huffingtonpost reports that ‘some businesses give senior discounts just for asking,’ so boomers should always inquire.
An excellent way to locate senior discounts is to go online. An internet search will unveil a wealth of senior discounts and special deals and in many cases, these bargains start at age 50+.
Huffington recommends starting with SeniorDiscounts, a massive website that lists more than 250,000 discounts on a wide variety of products and services like airlines, car rentals, travel, recreation, local transportation, shopping, restaurants, hotels, state and national parks, medical services, pharmacies, museums and more. You can search for discounts by city and state or zip code, or by the category you’re interested in, for free.
In addition, a number of local stores designate a ‘senior day,’ giving seniors a discount on all purchases that day. A number of grocery stores and restaurants in the local area now do this. On the designated day, boomers can realize significant savings on purchases and can also save money when going out to eat. Boomers should plan ahead to take advantage of these specials, as they add up in savings.
On the homefront, local programs like Baltimore County’s Senior Box Office (SBO) also offers senior discounts to boomers 60+. For a nominal membership fee, boomers can join SBO and attend the theater, cultural events, concerts, educational programs and other entertainment events with complimentary or discounted tickets.
Finally, joining organizations like AARP are another good option to boomers for senior discounts. For a reasonable membership fee, AARP offers boomers 50+ a variety of discounts through its affiliate businesses. AARP offers a wealth of senior discounts and special deals to its members including:
- Dining; and
A complete list may be found on AARP’s website.
Boomers should also check out The SeniorList for additional senior discounts.