Digging out the discounts

Getting older has its advantages.

Among them are discounts available to seniors who often live on a fixed income and are willing to take advantage of bargains wherever they find them.

A check of a few local retailers did reveal some discounts.

If you are looking for a place to have coffee and chat with a friend, Dunkin’ Donuts offers a 10 percent discount to seniors on Wednesdays, said manager Jena Bowman. Patrons who are members of AARP can get a free doughnut anytime if they purchase a large or extra-large beverage and show their AARP card, she said.

Other restaurants, such as The Dream in Hollidaysburg, have a senior menu which offers smaller portions that are less expensive, an employee said.

Thompson’s Pharmacy sets aside a day to cater to seniors. They get a 10 percent discount on Wednesdays said Mindy Baker, manager at the East Chestnut Avenue store.

She said the discount is available on over-the-counter products, items in the gift shop and on prescriptions if the patient must pay the full amount of the prescription out of pocket, with no insurance or deductibles to share in the cost.

Even department stores, such as Kohl’s in Logan Towne Centre, give seniors a break.

Every Wednesday, Kohl’s shoppers age 60 and better will save an extra 15 percent on in-store purchases at Kohl’s stores nationwide, wrote Julia Fennelly in an email. Fennelly is with the Public Relations desk at the company’s Menomonee Falls, Wis., headquarters.

According to the kohlscorpora webite, shoppers are asked to bring identification for age verification and the offer is available in store only. The special discount is not valid in conjunction with any extra percent-off discounts, including Kohl’s charge offers.

Many stores and restaurants don’t advertise their discounts so shoppers should ask the manager and learn what the rules are before making a purchase.

Some deals are not limited to those 65 and older. If the discount is connected to an AARP card, a senior as young as 50 can enjoy the savings.

Here are some tips for enjoying the bargains:

Join senior groups: At age 50, you can sign up to be a member of AARP for $16 a year. It provides benefits like discounts and freebies to its members through affiliate partners. American Seniors Organization offers benefits, too.

Do the research: Discounts keep changing, so you need to surfing the Web to make sure they’re current. The website has a tab dedicated to discounts. It also has a section on free samples of top brands in food and beauty.

Other websites that focus on discounts for people age 50 and older include: seniordiscounts

.com,, all and, which lets you search discounts by your area code.

Be prepared: Make sure to take your ID and AARP card when you go out. Business establishments will want to see proof that you are the age you say.

The following are the types of discounts you can grab:

Retailers: A diverse group of stores offer discounts, though most offer them on a certain day of the week. Gap Inc.’s Banana Republic chain offers 10 percent off every day for customers 65 and older.

Entertainment: Movie theaters, plays, museums, zoos and aquariums provide reduced admission to seniors ages 60 or 65. Seniors age 62 and older are eligible to buy the “America the Beautiful Senior Pass,” which provides free access to national parks and federal recreational lands.

Travel and hotels: For many car rental companies, you have to be a member of AARP to take advantage of discounts. Budget Rental Cars discounts rates of up to 10 percent.

Among the hotel chains that offer discounts are Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, which operates under such names as Days Inn, Howard Johnson, Super 8 and Ramada.

AARP members can save 5 percent on select Norwegian cruises.

(Associated Press writer Anne D’Innocenzio also contributed to this story.)