Seniors: Don't Discount a Discount

When people reach a certain age or just get near to being senior, they may become unwilling to acknowledge it because they are embarrassed or they can’t accept the reality that they have reached THAT age.

There’s nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, there are many valuable offers and discounted deals just waiting to be discovered, that are available only to the “older generation”.

Some deals are extended only to those aged 65 and older, but many are accessible to people from 50 and up. These special offers and discounts are easily obtainable as long as legitimate proof of age is presented, which can be a state ID, driver’s license, or any official document which will guarantee the actual age of a person.

Another way to save, is by joining various groups like AARP, the American Seniors Association, the Seniors Coalition, and the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. They are membership organizations for people 50 years and above, which provide a variety of discounts and a lot of information and assistance to senior citizens, especially in these times when they need all the support that they can get to maintain a decent life after retirement.


There are many advantages to growing old, especially in Northern America, where discounts and special deals are available to the senior population. Not all businesses offer these benefits, and not all businesses that offer them, advertise them. It is up to the senior to inquire if they can receive those benefits from the establishment.

Here are some senior discounts that may not be very well-known to the older folks:

• Some restaurants offer discounts, some offer special dishes, some offer free coffee or free dessert. It’s good to know that many popular food chains in North America offer special deals for seniors, including, but not limited to, IHOP, KFC, McDonalds, Krispy Kreme, Subway, etc. Remember, if your favorite eating place is not listed here, just ask them!

• When planning to go places around America and Canada, there are transportation facilities that are friendly to older travelers. Travelers aged 62 years or older will get a 15% discount on rail fare on most Amtrak trains, while those 60 years or over traveling on cross-border services operated jointly by Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada will get a 10% discount.

VIA Rail Canada also offers a "Bring a Friend" special deal for seniors, where their companion travels for free. North American Rail Pass, offers a good deal for those seniors who plan to travel more. It offers a 10% discount on a one month ticket for travel to various destinations in USA and Canada.

• For affordable storage while traveling, Sentinel Self-Storage offers a 10% monthly rent discount to customers 60 years and older. This low-cost public storage throughout Canada allows seniors to enjoy their travel with peace of mind.

More and more establishments are offering benefits to the older folks; it’s about time these folks benefit from their generosity.