You don’t have to be a senior citizen to get “senior” discounts. For many years, stores such as Kmart offered a discount on Tuesday for senior citizens. All you had to do was shop on a Tuesday and show proof you were 65 or older and you received a 5% discount.
As the population of the US rises in age, many other businesses are jumping on board with senior citizen discounts. The catch is now you don’t have to be 65 years old - many offer “senior citizen” discounts for those age 50 and up. Once you hit 65, of course, you’re officially a senior citizen – and eligible for a spate of senior rates across the country, on everything from movie tickets to museum admission.
For the most part, many discounts are offered through membership in AARP and AAA. By paying the small annual fee you get a membership perk of discounts. Of course, there are many discounts that don’t require a membership in either company, just the requirement that you are “of age”.
For example, once you’ve hit 62, you’re eligible for an America the Beautiful Senior Pass, which, for $20 by mail (or $10 when purchased in person), provides free lifetime access to federal recreation sites including national parks, as well as discounts on expanded fees at these sites—on campgrounds, cabins and guided tours.
Click here for a comprehensive list (in PDF format) of discounts. We’ve broken the list down by category for ease of browsing. The age required to take advantage of the discount is in parenthesis.