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25 Senior Discounts to Help Stretch the Holiday Budget

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Holiday merriment comes with a price. The National Retail Federation says consumers will spend, on average, $1,048 during the 2019 holiday season on gifts, food, flowers, decorations, and greeting cards. That kind of spending can be challenging for seniors on a fixed income. But with a bit of digging, there are deals to be had starting at age 50. "Getting older definitely has its perks," said Ivy Chou as a content manager at DealsPlus. "You get access to all kinds of discounts for restaurants, retailers, travel, and more. Coupled with hot holiday sales, it just might be the best time of year to be a senior."

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Cambria Hotels & Suites
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Chart House

Treat the family to a holiday dinner at a Chart House seafood restaurant. AARP members get 10% off their check for them and up to six guests. Chart House has locations in 16 states.

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Cicis

Many Cicis pizza franchises offer senior discounts. Find out if the local Cicis is one of them and chill out after a major shopping excursion.

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Dressbarn

Dressbarn's senior discount of 10% goes to shoppers age 55 and up for in-store purchases on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, depending on the store.

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Harris Teeter

What are the holidays without great grub? Supermarket chain Harris Teeter cuts prices 5% on Thursdays for customers who are at least 60 years old.

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Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores

For the crafters on your gift list, Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores are treasure troves. Seniors 55 and over save 20% on purchases. Call the local store to find out which day is senior day.

La Quinta Inns and Suites
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La Quinta Inns and Suites

La Quinta Inns and Suites offers AARP members up to 10% off the best available room rates.

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Kohl's

Kohl’s is typically a hotbed of holiday sales. Starting at age 55, Kohl's shoppers can show an ID to claim a 15% discount on Wednesdays at this department store chain.

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Michaels

This craft retailer sells holiday decorations, cards, calendars, and a variety of unique, inexpensive gifts. Shoppers 55 and older save 10% on Michaels purchases (regular and sale merchandise) every day, with some exclusions.

Related: 38 Great Gifts to Buy Your Grandkids for Christmas

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Ponderosa Steakhouse
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Ponderosa Steakhouse

Seniors age 60 and older can get 10% off.

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Ross Dress for Less
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Ross Dress for Less

Tuesday is the best time for the 55-and-up crowd to hit Ross stores. Save 10% on gifts, holiday attire, and more.

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Santa Fe

Seniors are beloved in Santa Fe. Find special discounts at museums and outdoor attractions and and hotels such as the Drury Plaza.

Southwest Airlines
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Southwest Airlines

Passengers 65 and older get discounted fares. Seniors no longer get to board early, but the airline will refund their fares in full should they have to cancel.

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TeeOff.com

The promo code­ AMAC1519, found on the website of the politically conservative Association of Mature American Citizens, can get golfers a 15% break on tee fees when booking through TeeOff.com.

Travelodge
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Travelodge

Road warriors age 60-plus rack up savings off the best available rate at participating Travelodge hotels.

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UPS Stores

When mailing gifts and other packages at UPS Stores, AARP members save 15% on eligible products and services and 5% on domestic and international shipping services.

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Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
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Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

People age 60-plus can find savings booking at Wyndham hotels..

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Zipcar

For those who need a car for a few hours at a time, Zipcar lets AARP members join for $40 for a year — a 15% discount over the regular monthly rate after a $25 application fee. The company also throws in $40 of free driving time, and says that for each subsequent year, the savings top 40%.

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