SENIOR NEWS LINE

by Matilda Charles

You’ve Earned Your Senior Discount

The holiday season can be quiet for some of us. While it’s a great time to sit back and enjoy the books we received and some of the holiday shows on television, we also need to get out! It only takes a little planning to join up with friends to enjoy some meals out. The bonus is that many restaurants give a senior discount.

Here’s a list of a few places you’ll find discounts, broken down by age. Most give a 10 percent discount or offer a free drink.

For those age 55 and above:

Chick-Fil-A, Dunkin Donuts, Jack in the Box (20 percent off), Arby’s, Dairy Queen, Popeye’s, Fuddruckers, Country Kitchen, Wendy’s, Denny’s (usually 10 percent off, but certain days and times it’s 20 percent), IHOP, Chili’s.

For those age 60 and above:
Sizzler, Bob’s Big Boy, Golden Corral, Applebees (15 percent discount), Roy Rogers, Burger King, Sonic, Friendly’s, Ben and Jerrys. Be sure to call in advance to make sure there aren’t any restrictions, such as days of the week or times of the day. Not all locations offer a discount. For those in the 55-plus category, call to be sure they haven’t increased the age to 60.

Don’t forget AARP if you’re looking for a discount. The website (www.aarp.org) has a list that changes. Click Member Benefits, then Discounts.

Many of us don’t want to ask for a discount in restaurants or anywhere else — but we should! We’ve earned it! Here’s a challenge for you for 2012: Ask for your senior discount everywhere you go, and keep track of how much you save through the year. You might be pleasantly surprised. Carry your AARP card at all times!

Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com.

(c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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