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Savvy seniors can save dough and stretch fixed incomes with discounts

Donna Williams Lewis | 10/7/2016, 6 a.m.
Aging comes with a lot of perks – discounts on meals at restaurants, clothes, and admission to attractions and venues, ...
Georgia State Parks offer discounts for seniors 62 and older, including Annual ParkPass discounts of 50 percent with valid driver’s license, as well as 20 percent off cottage rentals, camping fees and more.

Aging comes with a lot of perks – discounts on meals at restaurants, clothes, and admission to attractions and venues, but a las, lots of merchants who offer these special deals for seniors, are not always big on promoting them.

So, if you want to save money on everything from groceries to cell phones and cruises, you have to ask if they offer senior discounts.

“Senior” can mean anything from 50-plus to 65-plus, depending on the merchant and retailer and the discounts can vary widely among businesses in the same chain.

They also vary depending on the day of the week and the hour of the day.

To access senior discounts, it doesn't hurt to ask the stores and restaurants you frequent, if they offer discounts.

To help you stretch your fixed retirement income and your social security benefits, here’s a sampling of some current local senior discounts:

  • Denny’s

15 percent off the tab for AARP members all day, every day at the new Lithonia location, 2657 Panola Road.

  • Georgia Power

Discounts for 65-plus

Up to $18 off monthly metered service and fuel credit of up to $6 for seniors with combined income less than $23,760.

To apply, visit www.georgiapower.com/residential/billing-options/senior-citizen-discount.cshtml.

  • Golden Corral

Discounts for 60-plus

$7.99 Early Bird Special of buffet and drink from 10:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

All metro Atlanta locations.

  • Georgia State Parks

Discounts for Seniors 62-plus

Annual ParkPass discounts of 50 percent for senior citizens who present their drivers license. Seniors get $20 off individual or family membership in Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites, plus 20 percent off

  • Cottage rental rates (Sunday–Thursday, December 1–March 31). Not valid with any other promotions or discounts. Limited to one cottage per stay.

  • Campsite rates (year-round). Not valid for group camping. Discount applies only when vehicle is registered to a senior. Limited to one campsite per senior.

  • Individual lodge room rates (year-round). Limited to one room per stay.

  • Golf green fees.

For more information visit http://gastateparks.org/ThingsToKnow. Buy a park pass at

https://gastateparks.org/signin?gologon=%2fnet%2fcommerce%2fAddToCart.aspx%3fs%3d0.0.0.5%26priceid%3d66%26itemid%3d147919&s=0.0.0.5

  • Goodwill

Discounts for 55-plus

25 percent off every item every Tuesday at the 4822 Flat Shoals Parkway location.

  • Kroger

Discount for 60-plus

5 percent discount on Wednesdays.

  • Publix

Discounts for 60-plus

5 percent discount on Wednesdays.

  • Rite Aid Pharmacy

Discounts for 65-plus

20 percent discount for Wellness 65+ members first Wednesday of every month. Prescriptions excluded.

  • Ross Dress For Less

Discounts for 55-plus

10 percent discount on Tuesdays.

  • Stone Mountain Park

Discounts for 62-plus

$3 off Adventure Pass, which is valid on select dates in March through December.

  • University System of Georgia

Discounts for 62-plus

Free tuition at any of the system’s colleges and universities, space permitting.

Contact college for information.

  • Walgreens

Discounts for 55-plus and All AARP members starting at age 50

Subscribe to email updates from the store’s Balance Rewards program to get alerts about Senior Discount Days. Previous discount days have usually occurred on the first Tuesday of the month, offering 20 percent discounts on regularly priced in-store items and some online items.