Beyond Early Bird Discounts -- Savings for Seniors

After compiling this huge list of senior discounts and freebies, I'm convinced that, if you're of a certain age, it's just a matter of asking to save money. Just remember to bring ID, as many retailers and restaurants will ask for proof of your age. After all, you look so young! - For a site that looks awfully spammy, you'd be surprised how many freebie tips and coupons just for seniors are stuffed into the free weekly newsletter. Paid memberships start at $13 and offer additional perks, but you can still get a lot out of the free membership.

AARP - members have access to an extensive list of discounts on shopping, health products, car rentals, restaurants and more for $16 a year. And you only have to be 49.5 years old, which means if you are too young to qualify for individual retailer senior discounts, AARP may be your best bet. But using your AARP card may not yield the biggest discount on hotels, says SmarterTravel.

AMC Theaters - The 60 and older set can purchase tickets at a discount. The savings vary by region, but tickets can be as low as $4.50.

Amtrak - Get 15% off if you are 62 or older on all Amtrak senior tickets, except VIA Rail Canada and Auto Train.

Applebee's - Once you hit 55, pick up a Golden Apple card for specials.

Arby's - Discount varies by location. Call to check ahead.

Bally's Total Fitness - Exercisers 62 and older can save $50 to $100 on an annual membership.

Banana Republic - Get 10% off for being at least 50, one of the lowest ages to get senior discounts.

Best Western - Snag 10% off regular room rates if you are 55 or older.

Burger King - Some locations offer call discounts, but it's not uniform so you'll have to ask a manager next time you stop in.

Choice Hotels(Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban, EconoLodge, Rodeway Inn) - Turn 60 or join AARP to get 10% off advance reservations when you request the Senior Rate at the reservation hotline (800-424-6423).

Cinemark/Century theaters - Movie tickets are 35% off adult prices once you've celebrated your 65th birthday.

Denny's - AARP members get 20% off their bill when they eat between 4 and 10 p.m. Coffee is $1 per person.

Gold's Gym - AARP members get up to 20% off a gym membership, but you may be eligible for savings even if you do not belong to the group.

Goodwill - One day a week those 55 and older get 10% off. Check which day your store offers it.

Greyhound - Riders 62 and older get a 5% discount when requested on unrestricted passenger fares.

Hyatt Hotels - Participating hotels offer 25% to 50% off for seniors 62 and older.

Jiffy Lube - Check with your local shop about a 10% off discount for labor and services.

KB Toys - Shop on Tuesday and get 10% off if you are 50 or older.

Kohl's - One day of the week, seniors 62 and older get 15% off. Check which day your local store offers the discount.

Krispy Kreme - Get 10% off once you turn 50. This is another relatively low-age senior discount!

Marriott Hotels - Those 62 and up get 15% off regular rates.

MasterCuts - Get 20% off for being 60 or older Monday through Thursday. Grab a senior discount card at any location to save the money.

Midas Auto Service - Check with your local shop about a 10% off discount for labor and services.

Salvation Army - Some locations have a senior or family day that offers extra savings. In the Northwest, seniors get 50% off every Wednesday. CAll 800-SA-TRUCK for more details.

Souplantation - Seniors 60 and older get 10% off the cost of an adult buffet and beverage.

Southwest - Senior Fares are fully refundable and offer varying flight discounts. Look for senior fares online or over the phone. You must be 65 or older to qualify.

Supercuts - Participating salons offer $2 off the adult price if you are 60 or older.

Regal Entertainment Group - Get movie tickets for 30% off when you turn 60.

United Airlines - Discounts depend on your itinerary but are available to flyers 65 and older. Call 800-589-5582 for details or book online, choosing the senior option under passengers.

Valvoline - Some locations offer 10% off labor and services to seniors. Check for details.

Wendy's - Different discounts are offered across the chain. Ask your local eatery if there is one and what the age requirement is. - Get 10% off all orders with no minimums for seniors 50 and older.
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