Many of us don’t like having to admit our age, but the reality is age alone can open up some really great opportunities. Here are three great categories of benefits that you can take advantage of based upon the date of your birth:
1. Discounts Galore
You may be surprised by the number of businesses that offer discounts to seniors. The big secret about these discounts; however, is that they are rarely listed or posted. The key to enjoying most of these discounts is that you simply have to ask for them. Employees at nearly every location are trained to give you a discount, as long as you say the magic words. Sure you may not want to admit your age by asking for a discount, but not asking is like leaving money on the counter.
Restaurants: Many fast food and sit down restaurants offer percentage discounts on your order. Some of these locations offer discounts starting as young as age 50.
Retail Stores: Many mall and department stores offer special discounts on a set day of the week. For example, some stores offer an extra 10% off your purchase on Tuesday, while other stores offer an additional 15% off clearance items on Friday. The best way to take advantage of retail discounts is to call your favorite store and ask if they offer senior discounts and get more information on the terms. That way you will know which day to shop and save extra money.
Travel: Most of the major airlines, hotel chains, and rental car companies offer special discounts to seniors. While some of the discounts are listed online, the best way to receive these discounts is to call the airline, hotel, or car company directly and ask for the discount over the phone before booking.
Entertainment: You may be able to snag a discount on movie tickets, theater or concert tickets, museum admissions, etc. Again, the key to receiving these discounts is asking about them.
So the next time you are visiting any business for any reason, be sure to ask about a senior discount. Why not use the extra savings to enjoy even more?
2. National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Pass for Seniors
Who Qualifies: U.S. citizens and permanent residents age 62 or older
Cost: $10.00 for a LIFETIME pass if purchased in person ($20 if purchased online)
What it Covers: Access to more than 2,000 sites across the country managed by five federal agencies. If the site is a vehicle entry site, the pass will cover the pass holder’s entire vehicle. If the site is an individual entry site, the pass will cover the pass holder and up to three additional adults. (Kids under age 16 are always free.)
Extra Incentives: The pass may qualify you for additional discounts on campsite fees and guided tours. Make sure you ask about additional discounts at any site you visit.
What You Need to Know: Keep your pass in a safe place. If you lose your pass you will have to buy a new one. Passes are not transferrable (even to a