One of the benefits of aging is the numerous discounts available to seniors — a big perk you’ve certainly earned. Typically, the age qualification number begins with 50, but keep in mind it’s not a number that’s the same across the board. If there is uncertainty, just ask a business or service for more clarity about available discounts for senior citizens.

From grocery stores and travel to retail and restaurants, the percentage of savings add up, and 10% saved here or 20% saved there can make a difference. We’ve compiled a list of some of the top categories where you or your loved one can save. The overall scope of where you can save is expansive, and the numbers may fluctuate, so it’s important to do your research about cost benefits available.

AARP Discounts

One of the first places to start your senior citizen discount adventure is by becoming a member of AARP. Founded in 1958, it serves as “the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people to choose how they live as they age.” Membership eligibility starts at 50 years of age and for a minimal fee per year, you’ll have access to great member benefits.


Looking for that perfect outfit for a special event or that perfect gift for a special occasion? A discount is most likely in your favor. Every retailer is different (and may vary by location), so make an inquiry on whether they have certain days designated for seniors or if it’s a daily opportunity. For example, one retailer may offer 10% off every day, whereas another retailer may only offer a 15% discount on Tuesdays. And make sure to get your senior citizen discount with Amazon Prime!


If you have any travel plans in the future that require a hotel stay, this is definitely an area where you can save big. Always check for senior discounts when it comes to rates. Whether it’s a 10% or 30% discount or anything in between, you’ll be happier when that final bill comes your way. Please note, age requirement varies at participating hotels.

Attractions and Entertainment

Are you a fan of going to the movies? Every theater is different, but there’s most likely a discount ready for you. Some movie chains have a certain day of the week when you can save big or purchase a matinee special. Either way, see what’s applicable in your area and enjoy a new release. The same goes for museums, attractions, special events, etc. Many of these places may offer reduced or free admission, so hop online or call to find out what is available.

Cell Phone Plans

If you have a cell phone, this is fantastic area to take advantage of a discount. Talk to your loved ones, make appointments, handle business dealings, and more — all while saving with a plan that works for you. Most major cell companies have discounted plans based on age eligibility and/or location, so make sure to see if your cell carrier can reduce your rate while still enjoying the same great service.

Senior Living in North Carolina

If you’re looking for retirement options in the North Carolina area, consider visiting our ThriveMore communities — two Life Plan Communities offering the full continuum of care, one community offering assisted living and skilled nursing, and a free-standing assisted living community. To learn more about us, contact us today!