There’s a lot to celebrate when you hit 50 or 55. Maybe for the first time, you start thinking seriously about retirement and how you’re going to spend your golden years.
When you finally reach retirement a decade or two down the road, you will have more time on your hands to celebrate birthdays, weddings and every anniversary under the sun. But you won’t necessarily have more cash on hand.
Luckily, your 50s are also the time when you become eligible for many “senior” discounts. And we’re not just talking about lower prices on car rentals. Many major retailers — from fashion stores to florists — offer special savings to shoppers who have reached the prime of their life.
Check out these retailers that currently offer exclusive discounts. The next time you throw a party, want a new outfit or need to buy a gift, visit these stores first to save big. Just be sure to call ahead first to confirm the offer is still valid.
1. Christopher & Banks
With the Christopher & Banks Advantage Discounts, seniors 55 and older get 10% off in-store purchases.
The fabric and craft store periodically celebrates “Senior Discount Day” with 20% off your total purchase, including sale items. Shoppers must be 55 and older and present a state-issued photo ID at checkout.
Kohl’s shoppers who are at least 60 years old are eligible for a special 15% coupon every Wednesday when they shop in-store. You’ll need to ask a sales associate for the discount and show proof of age.
Create a Michaels Rewards account to get 10% off your entire purchase in-store or online, including sale items. The “Senior Discount” is available to shoppers 55 years old and up.
5. Pep Boys
Car repairs are never fun, but they can be cheaper. Pep Boys offers 10% off for customers 55 and older. Simply visit a Pep Boys store and present a valid ID.
The “55+ Tuesday Discount” is a weekly promotion that comes with 10% off purchases made only on Tuesdays. Eligible customers must notify a sales associate at checkout and may need to provide a valid ID for proof of age.
Join the myWalgreens rewards program and enjoy special rewards and discounts if you’re 55 or older or an AARP member. These deals only come around once per month on “Seniors Day.” Visit Walgreens.com for more details and to sign up for the free rewards program.
AARP members who link their their AARP and myWalgreens memberships can earn extra Walgreens Cash rewards on certain purchases:
- 10% back on Walgreens-branded health and wellness products
- 7% back on Walgreens-branded beauty products
- 3% back on other eligible beauty purchases
AARP member discounts
If you’ve celebrated your 50th birthday, there’s a good chance you’ve received an invitation to join AARP. The member-based group requires an annual fee, but comes with a number of exclusive, members-only discounts at some of your favorite stores. Below are the retailers (besides Walgreens) currently offering AARP members special promotions.
Note: You may need to have your AARP card or membership number handy to be eligible for these savings.
- 1-800-Baskets.com: 20% off gift baskets or $20 off orders of $79.99 or more
- 1-800-Flowers.com: 20% off flowers and bouquets or $20 off orders of $79.99 or more
- Cheryl’s Cookies: 20% off cookies and treats
- FruitBouquets.com: 20% off fruit arrangements or $20 off a purchase of $79.99 or more
- Harry & David: 20% off online purchases, excluding wine
- Personalization Mall: 15% off personalized gifts
- Popcorn Factory: 20% off or $20 off orders of $79.99 or more
- Shari’s Berries: 20% off an online order of chocolate-covered strawberries
- Simply Chocolate: 20% off an online purchase
- Stock Yards: 20% off meat and seafood
- Tanger Outlets: Get a free coupon book that offers up to $1,000 in savings from various brand-name retailers.
- Target Optical: Extra $10 off a complete pair of eyeglasses or sunglasses; $55 eye exam
- UPS Store: 5% off UPS shipping and 15% off eligible products and services
- Wolferman’s Bakery: 20% off baked goods
- Schwan’s Home Delivery: $20 off your first order of $50 or more, and double rewards points on all online orders
- Silver Cuisine by bistroMD: 25% off and free shipping on your first order of $99 or more, and 10% off and free shipping on all subsequent orders of $99 or more
AMAC member discounts
The Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) is another special-interest group for anyone 50 years old and up. When you become an AMAC member, you can access discounts on office supplies, clothing and gifts.
Some of the retailers that AMAC partners with overlap with AARP, including:
- 1-800-Baskets.com: 20% off
- 1-800-Flowers.com: 20% off
- Cheryl’s Cookies: Up to 20% off
- FruitBouquets.com: 20% off
- Popcorn Factory: Up to 20% off
- Harry & David: 15% off
Other retailers that offer discounts to AMAC members include:
- Brooks Brothers: Gain access to the Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership Card for 15% off full-priced items
- Office Depot/Office Max: 10% off thousands of items, plus member-only pricing on Copy & Print services and free next-business-day delivery on online orders over $50
- Omaha Steaks: Free shipping on discounted packages, plus an extra 10% off your entire online order
- Puritan’s Pride: Additional 10% vitamins and supplements
- Readers.com: Three pairs of reading glasses for $30 plus free shipping
- VistaPrint: 20% off custom marketing materials
- Visionworks: 50% off a complete pair of eyeglasses or prescription sunglasses
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