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Wait. When did 55 become the new senior citizen age?!

Lenten Reflections #12

I was wading through my email today and received a random email titled “Top Senior Discounts in 2019” that piqued my interest…for my parents. I was just about to press delete but remembered I come from a long line of bargain hunting, frugal family members, so I opened the email with the sole intention of letting my parents know where they could find a deal.

After clicking…the list of discounts went from teeth whiteners and walk-in bathtubs to cheap cruises (wonder why) and a free donut at Dunkin Donuts, the list went on and on. Then I saw the restaurant heading and even though my parents don’t eat out often due to dietary restrictions, I thought I’d take a peek…and there it was:

10% off for ages 55+.

Wait. What?!?


That’s just mean.

No, I’m not 55 or even that close to it, BUT who has ever thought about being a senior citizen at 55?

Nonetheless, there they were…all those discounts. So tomorrow I’ll call Mom and Dad and give them the scoop.

In return, they’ll give me the pan comment, “Well, we can’t take it with us.” Which of course means they can’t take their money up to heaven, because, well, it’s heaven and the discounts are endless.

They’re the best. Smart, good, honest, loving parents who respect hard work and always appreciate good discounts and respect reputable businesses.

Well, at least when I’m 55, we can go shopping together and enjoy all the bargains!

Thanks for reading and remember to go for a walk, pray for others and WASH YOUR HANDS.


Here are some of the restaurants they listed, just don’t forget your AARP card:

Back Yard Burgers has a 10% senior discount for your order at participating locations, reasonably certain the age is 55 and over…

Burger King has a 10% discount for ages 60+, and additional discounts on coffee and soft drinks. As of Oct. 2015, though, Burger King may be like Denny’s, i.e., some stores give discounts and some don’t.

Chili’s is 10% off for ages 55+.

Denny’s gives 10% off for age 55+. They will make it 20% off if you are an AARP member. As of 2014, each franchise owner was making his/her own decisions regarding this, so your results may vary.

Dunkin’ Donuts does 10% off for ages 55+. Or a free donut (doughnut) when buying coffee.

IHOP is 10% off for ages 55+.

Jack in the Box has a 20% beverage discount for seniors age 55 and over. Though again, as of August 2013, the Jack-in-the-box discount may not be a sure thing.

KFC will give you a free small drink with a meal if you are 55+, although again, it’s reported some KFC’s will and some won’t.

Long John Silver’s has various discounts for 55+. It depends on location, so your results may vary.

McDonald’s has discounts on coffee and soft drinks for the 55+ crowd.

Outback Steakhouse has a 15% senior discount, age demarcation unknown.

Roy Rogers Restaurants gives a 10% discount for seniors, age demarcation unknown.

Sonic gives a choice of free beverage or 10% off for folks 60 and older.

Subway is 10% off for ages 60+; though at least occasionally, a store owner will deny the discount, either because they are uninformed or because of individual franchise policy.

Taco Bell is 10% off, apparently up from the former 5%; plus free beverages. Age requirement is 65 and over. Discount may be franchisee specific.

Wendy’s is 10% off for ages 55+, though at least one Wendy’s in Topeka, Kansas gave a free drink in place of the 10% discount. Not known if this is the new policy or a franchisee-specific incident.

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