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What type of senior discounts are available for people 55 and older?

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Senior discounts for adults age 55 and older are available at many restaurants, grocery and clothing stores and hotels. Car rentals, Amtrak, Greyhound and entertainment venues also offer reduced fares. Most range from 10 to 15 percent off, though some places offer as much as 30 to 50 percent off.

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What type of senior discounts are available for people 55 and older?
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Finding these discounts may take a bit of research. Consumer organizations such as AARP provide regularly updated lists of discounts as one of many benefits to their members, for $16 per year. With a bit of online searching, however, seniors can discover many money saving programs on their own.

There may be restrictions to some of these discount programs. Discounts may be limited to a certain day of the week or month. Others may only offer discounts between certain hours of the day. Age requirements can vary considerably. The most common minimum age for discounts is 55, but some establishments start offering specials and discounts at 50, while others may require patrons to wait until 62 or 65. Some businesses require seniors to sign up for their loyalty card programs to get a discount. Some programs aren't publicly listed in the establishment, but may be advertised online. Even when an establishment doesn't have a specific policy, asking about a senior discount is often enough to get one.

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