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Financial Health and Senior Citizen Discounts

Financial health means staying on budget, so why not take advantage of senior citizen discounts? Staying on budget is a day-to-day habit that can help you to feel confident and secure.

Sometimes, when people retire, they experience stress and worry about their finances. It can be difficult, particularly when there are healthcare needs—from health insurance fees to doctor appointments and prescriptions—that add up to big expenses.

If you are a senior citizen, there are many available discounts. If you are retired, these discounts can also help you to get out and remain active in your community.

Senior Citizen Discounts for Vacations

Many baby boomers are traveling on a regular basis. If you are going to be on the road (or in a plane) once or more this year, save money in the process. If you are 62 years old or older, you can save on Amtrak fares and Southwest Airlines offers special pricing for travelers 65 and older.

Or if you prefer to travel in your own car, stop by a National Park or two on the way to your destination. National Parks offer lifetime passes to seniors 62 and older for only $10.

Save Money Dining Out

Dining out with friends and family is a perfect way to try new things and stay connected with those you love. When dining out, ask about senior citizen discounts at every restaurant you visit. It’s worth asking, as some have policies in place that aren’t posted.

For example, many fast food restaurants offer 5-15% for seniors. You may even be eligible for more savings if you are a member of a retirement organization such as AARP.

Or, if you are more interested in casual dining, places where you can sit down and have a server, opt for places such as Applebee’s, Denny’s, Golden Corral, or O’Charley’s Restaurant. And be sure to ask at your local independent spots too, they may have a senior menu and other perks as well.

Stay In Budget When Shopping

Also, if you and your household are in need of clothes or housewares, it is another good time to ask about senior discounts. There are oodles of opportunities to save when you do your research.

Places to start include Banana Republic, Clarks, Dressbarn, Hallmark, Kohl’s, Michael’s, and TJ Maxx. All of these a savings of 10% and higher to purchases made by senior citizens. That said, each business differs by location, so call ahead and ask for the particulars. An example of this is at Kohl’s. For most Kohl’s, the discount is 15% off but is only on Wednesdays, but that could differ in your area.

If your finances are causing you to worry, or if you have another personal problem you need to talk about, reach out to Van Blarcom Consulting. Talking through issues you are experiencing will help you to find solutions.

Kendall Van Blarcom is a senior helping seniors. Contact Van Blarcom Consulting today for help with your personal problems. Or, reach out to provide support for an older adult in your life.

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