There are so many smart ways to save money when eating out that there’s practically no reason ever to pay full price at a restaurant. And that’s especially true for older folks.
Diners who are at least 50 years old are eligible for “senior” discounts at restaurant chains across the country.
At some, you must also be a member of an organization to snag a discount. At others, you simply have to ask for the senior discount — or ask if one is available. Discounts can vary from one location to another within the same chain due to franchising.
Here’s everything you need to know about senior price breaks at the following restaurants:
1. Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Folks who belong to AARP — you can become a full member if you’re at least 50 — save 10 percent at this chain. Just present your AARP card to get the discount.
Carrabba’s has locations in most states.
Note that the chain is also among the many that are offering gift card freebies through December as part of seasonal promotions available to folks of all ages.
Chili’s does not offer a company-wide discount for seniors. Such offers vary by location, so the company advises asking specific locations directly whether they offer a senior discount.
Chili’s has locations nationwide.
3. Corner Bakery Cafe
This eatery is currently offering two limited-time promotions, according to the AARP member benefit website:
- Save 10 percent on in-cafe purchases through Feb. 28. Use code “386” and show your AARP card when ordering.
- Get a free $5 bonus card if you buy a large Cinnamon Creme Cake or $25 in gift cards before Dec. 28. You can redeem the bonus card in January.
Corner Bakery Cafe has locations in more than 20 states.
Many of this pizza buffet chain’s locations offer discounts to certain groups of people, such as seniors or military members. They vary by location, though, so ask your nearest location whether it offers a senior discount.
Cicis has locations in most states.
Close to two dozen restaurant chains currently offer discounts to AARP members, according to the member benefits website. Most are for 10 percent off — but Denny’s is an exception, offering 15 percent off. Just present your membership card.
Denny’s has locations nationwide.
6. El Pollo Loco
Guests who are 60 or older get a 10 percent discount, which is good for up to $1 off. Ask the cashier for the discount before you pay.
El Pollo Loco has locations in six states, all of which are west of the Mississippi River.
Members of the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) — another advocacy group for folks age 50 or older — get access to special Friendly’s coupons. To redeem one, download or print a coupon from AMAC’s website and present it to your Friendly’s server.
The coupons that are currently available on AMAC’s site include:
- One free adult entree with the purchase of an adult entree
- $3 off a purchase of $15 or more
- One free sundae with the purchase of a sundae
Friendly’s has locations in the eastern U.S., primarily the Northeast.
8. Golden Corral
Check with your local Golden Corral for senior discounts, as they vary by location. For example, the one in Roxboro, North Carolina, offers both lunch and dinner early-bird specials to folks age 60 or older, according to its webpage. Other locations don’t list any senior discounts, however.
If you’re 60 or older, you might also want to join Golden Corral’s Good as Gold Club. When you sign up, you can check the “Seniors (60+)” box to indicate that you want to receive information specifically for folks of that age — in addition to the offers available to anyone who joins the club.
9. Outback Steakhouse
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