30 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, $967 during the 2017 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," says Ivy Chou, 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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Inquire about the Senior Circle at Alamo when planning holiday travel. Discounts apply to the base rate at participating car rental locations and vary by rental date, location, and type of vehicle.

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American Airlines offers seniors 65 and older discount fares in domestic markets. Call the carrier (800-433-7300) to see if your holiday travel destination qualifies.

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Moviegoing skyrockets during the holidays. Senior tickets for moviegoers 60 and up cost less than regular admission at AMC movie theaters.

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For some seniors, trains beat planes when it's time to visit family and friends. Many Amtrak journeys cost 15 percent less than the lowest fare for seniors 62 and up.

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Take a break from the holiday madness with a weekend getaway. AARP members and others 60 and older enjoy 10 percent off the best available rate with advance reservations at Cambria Hotels & Suites.

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Treat the family to a holiday dinner at a Chart House seafood restaurant. AARP members get 10 percent off food and non-alcoholic beverages for up to five guests at their table. Chart House has locations in 16 states.

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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's senior discount of 10 percent goes to shoppers age 62 and up for in-store purchases on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, depending on the store.

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If your plans include traveling by bus this season, Greyhound lowers fares by 5 percent for bus passengers age 62 and older.

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

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AARP members can shop for holiday gifts online and save 15 percent at jcp.com. Use AFFSHOP1 at checkout.

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


AARP members can save 45% on personalized jewelry at LimogesJewelry.com if they use the promotion code AARP. The offer is valid through Dec. 31, 2017.

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La Quinta Inns and Suites offers AARP members up to 10 percent off room rates, as well as discounts for guests 65 and older.

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

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

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The holidays can be of time of heavy decision making. Give the brain a break and pop in to Old Country Buffet, where diners can try a little of everything. Seniors are eligible for discounts every day.

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There's nothing like a gift with a personal touch. Upload a favorite photo to put on mugs, cellphone cases, T-shirts, and other items. AARP members get a 20 percent discount or $20 off any Personalization Universe gift worth at least $79.99. Use code AARP2.

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Seniors enjoy special prices on certain menu items, including a 6-ounce sirloin, chicken Monterey, and tilapia. Find out more at a nearby Ponderosa.

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Priceline offers travel packages for seniors to select destinations. Check out the deals on the Senior Getaways page.

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Weary from all the holiday hubbub? Head to the local movie house. AARP members save up to 25 percent on tickets purchased online.

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

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Seniors are beloved in Santa Fe. Find special discounts at the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens, the Courtyard Marriott, and Drury Plaza hotels, among others.

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Sometimes travel plans can change last-minute. Travelers age 65 and older are eligible for fare savings and fully refundable tickets on Southwest Airlines.

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AARP members who golf can treat themselves to an additional 15 percent break on tee fees when booking through TeeOff.com. Search for times at more than 3,000 golf courses in the U.S. and abroad.

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

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

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Belong to AARP or hit age 55 and flash a Balance Rewards card at Walgreens for 20 percent off in-store purchases such as holiday decorations, cards, and treats on the first Tuesday of the month.

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AARP members get up to 10 percent off a stay at participating Wyndham hotels. Non-AARP members age 60-plus also qualify for savings.

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Shopping excursions around town or venturing off to see the grandkids is easy with Zipcar. AARP members can join for $40 (plus a $25 application fee) and collect $40 in free driving credit. Each annual renewal saves 43 percent on the membership fee.

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