|KAREN SCHWARTZ, Associated Press|
That's because the first of the so-called senior discounts kick in at age 50, generally along with an
Sure, there are savings at some chain restaurants and movie theaters, but like everything else with this generation, the boomers have put their own mark on senior savings.
"Some of our discounts would not have existed 10 years ago," said
Today's cardholders qualify for 33 percent off membership at
Plenty of discounts are available for those who aren't among the
For instance, Fred Meyer Senior Discount Days are for those 55 and older, the
To find discounts, the simplest thing to do is ask, said
He also recommends the website SeniorDiscounts.com, which lists thousands of memberships and is searchable by location.
Don't stop there, however, as senior discounts aren't always the cheapest option. Sometimes, other discounts or promotions will offer greater savings. It pays to search the Internet and shop around.
"The best advice is for consumers to compare the different available rates based on what they qualify for, and book the one that works best for them," said
While many of the senior perks are marketing moves by businesses, it's a win-win as more than half of seniors really need to stretch their dollars.
There are about 76 million baby boomers in
Financially, a lot of them are in rough shape. More than 23 million Americans over age 60 are financially "insecure," according to the
"A lot of times all it takes is one life event to push them down into poverty," she said. "They fall and break their hip. They lose their job. They have to take in a family member."
The agency offers a free tool on its website, Benefitscheckup.org, that helps those 55 and older find programs for which they might qualify. So far, the group has helped nearly 4 million people find more than
"This is beyond discounts of just getting 10 percent off your meal," she said.
Mento offers another piece of advice: The cheapest deal isn't always the best deal.
Mento, 53, said she uses senior discounts all the time. She recently used them for her hotel and rental car in
Miller, the columnist, turned 50 this year. He hasn't taken advantage of any senior discounts yet.
"Personally, I'm not too crazy about getting older," he said.
Savvy Senior: http://www.savvysenior.org
Senior Discounts: http://www.seniordiscounts.com
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