By being both old (even age 50 may qualify) and bold, you may be eligible for all kinds of senior discounts to help you stretch your retirement dollars farther.
Use your age advantage to score discounts at museums, national parks, and, of course, many of the establishments you frequent on a regular basis, like grocery stores, pharmacies, and restaurants.
For example, if you’re 62 or older, you can purchase an America the Beautiful Senior pass ($20 annual pass or $80 for a lifetime pass), entitling you to visit all of America’s parks throughout your retirement, including 2,000 National Forests, grasslands, and recreational sites.
To obtain many senior discounts, you might have to prove your age with an ID, sign up for a free loyalty program or shop on a certain day of the week, but these requirements seem like a small inconvenience to realize significant savings on a variety of purchases.
For competitive purposes, participating companies may vary their discount by percentage, age or even the day of the week you shop. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all policy.
Many companies may offer discounts less as a gesture of goodwill than as a business decision to keep up or outperform their competitors. That’s plain old capitalism at work, which you need to take advantage of.
So, before making another purchase, whether in person or online, make sure you’re aware of the provider’s senior discount policy. And often, the easiest or fastest way to get that information is simply to ask the question, “Do you offer a senior discount?”