While no one really relishes the thought of growing older, there can be advantages to reaching a certain age. Age has certain privileges and along with that comes the wisdom of seeking out and using senior discounts on travel, entertainment, restaurants and shopping. And don’t forget the benefits of discounts on insurance, prescription drugs, health care and other services.
Seniors, particularly those who now live on a fixed income, can extend their budget by seeking out and taking advantage of the deals offered by many Richmond restaurants, retail stores and grocery stores.
Here’s the number one rule for anyone over 55. Always ask about a senior discount. Don’t be shy or embarrassed. You’ve earned it. Some business offer discounts starting at age 50.
Here are some great discounts seniors can enjoy in the Richmond area (RVA).
Your AARP Membership will entitle you to great discounts from Alamo Car Rental. You must provide your AARP membership number, but benefits include; up to 25% off, free unlimited mileage a free additional driver, great insurance benefits, and you can reserve online.
If you’re 62 years or older Amtrak offers a 15% discount on the lowest available rail fare on most Amtrak trains. Valid proof of age is required and limitations do apply.
Avis offers AARP members up to 30% off when renting from participating locations in the U.S.
If you’re over the age of 50, most Banana Republic stores will offer a discount which is usually 10%. The discount and age vary by location. Remember to ask first.
Best Western Hotels offer a 10% discount on room rates to AARP members and anyone over 55.
Budget offers up to 20% off of rates for AARP members.
Participating Burger King Restaurants offer at 10% discount for customers 60 or older. This may not be available at all locations.
Most Chick-fil-a locations will offer those 50 and older a free small drink or coffee with purchase or a 10% discount. Restaurants are independently owned and discounts may vary by location.
There’s no discount admission for seniors but a grandparent’s membership for two allows all grandchildren under the age of 18 to enter for free.
Participating locations offer a 10% discount for customers ages 55+.
For AARP members, Denny’s offers a 20% discount from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Coffee is always just $1 for members.
Discounted Admission for seniors ages 62 and up.
IHOP offers a 10% discount at participating locations, but also has a senior-specific menu for those 55+.
Some Jiffy Lube locations will offer discounts to senior citizens, but this varies from location to location. It’s best to call ahead.
If you’re still a child at heart, King’s Dominion offers discount admission for those ages 62 and up.
Every Wednesday Kohl’s offers a 15% discount to shoppers ages 62 and up.
Some Kroger locations offer senior discount days. You need to go to the customer service desk and have them scan your Kroger Plus Card. For ages 60 and up.
Ages 55 and up can join for a discounted price of $45. Includes admission throughout the year, 2 free guess passes, and discounts on classes and purchases.
Most McDonald’s locations will provide those 55 and up with discounted coffee and beverages. Participation may vary from store to store. Some stores offer discounts for dine-in only and not drive-through.
The craft store offers discounts on Tuesdays with your AARP card. May vary according to location.
Regal Cinemas offer discount admission prices for seniors ages 60 and up. Prices and offers may vary with location and feature movie.
The Valentine Richmond History Center offers discount admission prices for seniors ages 55 and up.
For those ages 60 and up senior discounts are offered for museum admission or IMAX films or a combination of the two.
Shoney’s offers 10% discount for seniors ages 60+ and offers discount prices on all their buffets.
Individual membership at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is $60, but seniors ages 65 and older only pay $45.
You may be thinking that getting a senior discount is not paying your fair share, but in reality business enjoy offering these discounts because they know you’ll be a loyal customer.
While some business will list their senior discounts in the store or on the website, the best thing to do is ask. The reality is that some businesses will only provide the discount when you do ask. So again, don’t be shy. They want to give you the discount.
Don’t limit your asking to just retail or grocery, restaurants and travel. Ask your service providers. Need some plumbing done? Need your house painted? There may be unexpected discounts available to you for household services that are there just for the asking.
Be sure to read the fine print to know the details about your discount. Some are offered only on certain days or at certain times. Many discounts are also only offered to AARP members. The annual membership price can be well worth it when you take advantage of discounts offered.