5 Surprise Senior Discounts You Should Be Taking

Nowadays, there are more discounts than you can count for everything from goods for everyday living to getaways. Whether you take advantage of them is all up to you. The ones you expect like early-bird dinners and movie discounts are obvious, but there are some potential savings opportunities you might not even be aware of.

Since there is a slew of discounts for seniors that go beyond expectations, we’ve compiled a list of five as a heads up for how to save on stuff every day and beyond. Vacation anyone?

1. Enjoy crafting

senior arts and crafts

Need crafting supplies or fabric for your next sewing project? Just think of all the essentials for your notions kit that you can get for less!

At Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts, the Senior Discount is 20 percent off your total purchase, and that usually includes sale and clearance items. Be sure to look for “Senior Discount Days” at your local store.

2. Book a cruise

seniors on a cruise

The cruise industry has you covered. From Royal Caribbean to Carnival Cruise Line, among other well-known brands, there are seafaring voyages with exclusive deals made for the 55+ crowd.

Cruise anywhere in the world with all-inclusive trappings such as spacious cabins, gourmet dining, entertainment and shore excursions and more. Check out what your favorite cruise line is offering now that you’ve hit that certain age.

3. Score with auto insurance

senior driver

If you’ve got a pristine driving record — no accidents or tickets — then you may have what it takes to lower your monthly auto insurance bill. If you’re over the age of 55, you should shop around, do your homework and explore the best quotes for auto insurance by comparing quotes from multiple insurers.

Don’t be shy! Call up the insurer and let them know exactly what you’re looking for, and of course, be sure to say that you’re a senior.

4. Stay for less

senior hotels

Discounts at hotels nationwide are available at top-tier chains. Think brand names, to start. While hotel discounts may change (sometimes without notice), you just might be surprised with what you’ll come up with for your next getaway.

At Marriott, there’s a 15 percent discount if you’re 62-plus. Just ask for the senior discount when you call to make your reservation or book online. At Hyatt Hotels, you could qualify for a deal that’s up to 50 percent off in participating locations when you book at age 60-plus for two.

Above and beyond these cited spots to call home for a night, a weekend or longer, you can find discounts at La Quinta, Omni Hotels, Red Roof Inn and others.

5. Find specials for Fido

senior with dog

Did you know that Pet Supermarket offers senior and military discounts on the last Tuesday of every month? Shave bucks off on the discount day and combine those savings with your store loyalty card (which is free), and you’ll be finding everything you need for your furry friends for a heckuva lot less.

Check out other favorite pet stores with comparable senior discounts.

Go for it!

Now that you’ve reached seniordom, embrace it! It’s more than a state of mind. Being over 50 means you can start to cash in on discounts designed for your generation. From food and clothing to lodging and more, there are lots of deals to grab.

Be sure to track what the discount is and when. Oftentimes, there’s a specific day of the week for the discount to kick in and it might also only be available during a certain time of day.

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Susan FriedmanSusan Friedman is a lifestyle journalist with a background that includes real estate, interior design, architecture and kitchen and bath design. The former senior editor of Florida Travel + Life magazine, Susan resides in sunny south Florida and loves exploring the next great place to live, local culture and neighborhoods with cool vibes. Whether it’s in her own backyard or beyond, she has the pulse on what’s trending now in apartment dwelling and more.

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