Cash in on Senior Citizen Discounts

Everyone likes to save a few dollars here and there, and one great benefit of being in your golden years is the senior citizen discount. From national chains to independent stores and attractions, discounts are available everywhere for you to take advantage of. This list we’ve compiled is just a sampling of the savings you could be getting!
 
On food:
There are plenty of food chains that offer discounts and free items to senior citizens, including:

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  • Boston Market
  • Burger King
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Chili’s
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Dairy Queen
  • Denny’s
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Eat ‘n’ Park
  • Friendly’s
  • Golden Corral
  • Hardee’s
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  • Hoss’s
  • IHOP
  • KFC
  • Longhorn Steakhouse
  • Long John Silvers
  • Ponderosa
  • Sonic
  • Steak & Shake
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell
  • Wendy’s 
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On products and services:

  • Anyone age 50 and over can get 20% off of their order at 1800flowers.com when you use the promo code SENIORS. Send flowers to family and friends without breaking the bank!
  • Most Ace Hardware locations will offer up to a 10% discount to customers 60 and older.
  • AT&T and T-Mobile both offer special packages for senior citizens.
  • While not available at all locations, many Roto Rooter branches offer a 10% discount to customers 55 and older.
  • Is Banana Republic just your style? Fill your closet with a 10% discount, offered daily at most locations to shoppers over 50.
  • While the discount varies by store, Goodwill stores typically offer a 10-20% discount to shoppers 55 and older, often on certain days of the week. The Salvation Army also offers discounts up to 50%.
  • Tuesday is the best day for you to shop at Kmart, as you’ll save 10% as long as you’re 55 or older.
  • Shoppers 60 and older shouldn’t forget their ID at Kohl’s on Wednesday, or they’ll miss out on a 15% discount.

On activities:

  • Planning on doing dinner and a movie? Save a few dollars by going to an AMC or Carmike theater! AMC theaters often offer a 30-60% discount on a regular ticket prices for customers 60 and older, while certain Carmike locations offer up to a 35% discount to those 65 and older.
  • The Andy Warhol Museum is located in Pittsburgh’s Cultural district, which is filled with galleries, restaurants and theaters. Make a day of it and save $3 on your museum admission with proof that you are 55 or older.
  • Speaking of museums, those 65 and older can also get $3 off their admission to the Carnegie Museums of Art and History.
  • The Carnegie Science Center is a fun activity for science students of all ages. Anyone 64 and older can get a discount off of their admission ranging from $4-6 as well as $2 off Omnimax shows.
  • History buffs and Pittsburgh’s biggest fans ages 62+ can save up to 15% off their admission to the Heinz History Center.
  • Have a day of fun and flight at The National Aviary for $1 off if you’re 60 or older.
  • Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens offers a beautiful view of nature year-round. Just as beautiful is saving $1 off admission fees if you’re 60 or older.
  • The exact same deal as Phipps applies at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium.
  • The Kelly Strayhorn Theater, located along Penn Avenue, offers $5 discounts to theater lovers 65 and older. 

On travel:

  • Did you know that senior citizens age 65 and older can ride Port Authority transportation (busses, the T and the Mon Incline) for free? All you need is a Senior Citizen ID card, which you can apply for at the Port Authority’s Downtown Service Center or at your local senior center.
  • Many airlines offer discounted ticket prices to senior citizens. If you’re booking with your favorite company, be sure to ask if there are any specials available to you.
  • Considering a cruise? If you book through Carnival Cruise Lines you could save more than $100 on a cruise. Be sure to ask about this discount if you are 55 or older.
  • Enterprise offers discounts to AARP members, and many other car rental services, such as Hertz, offer discounts to senior citizens. AARP members get a long list of discounts, which you can browse on the AARP website.


Many businesses offer senior citizen discounts without promoting them too much, from heating and cooling companies to local coffee shops. If you think you might be able to score a great deal, don’t hesitate to ask!

10 Reasons to Love Summertime in Pittsburgh

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy your city. And luckily for our residents at Sherwood Oaks retirement community, we’ve got quite an exciting city to explore. In fact, in June, the “Best Cities To Retire In America List” named Pittsburgh the best metro area for Boomers to retire in.

This is partly because of the easy access to healthcare that comes with Pittsburgh’s top-quality healthcare systems, such as UPMC. However, the vast array of activities for retirees in close distance to Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community is another reason our residents are going to have plenty of fun in the sun this summer.

Here are the top 10 reasons we LOVE summertime in Pittsburgh:

  1. Free Summer Concerts – Pittsburgh has birthed musicians such as Dean Martin, Perry Como, and George Benson. We continue to keep the tradition of musical excellence going all summer long with free and low-cost concerts throughout the city. Visit Hartwood Acres for their summer concert series, featuring the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and folk rock singer Rickie Lee Jones. Or grab lunch in Market Square downtown and take advantage of their free Lunchtime Concert Series, as well as other events throughout the summer.
  2. Phipps Conservatory – The Phipps Conservatory public gardens are perfect for those Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community residents with a green thumb, or just an appreciation for one. Seniors 62 and older can visit Phipps for just $14 and take in the beautiful array of flowers and plants all day long. From now until September 2, enjoy the featured Butterfly Forest.
  3. PNC Park – PNC Park has been referred to as one of the top ballparks in the country. And with the Pirates on a winning streak this summer, it’s a great time to pay a visit! With a wide variety of summertime food favorites and discounted tickets from Giant Eagle, you can spend a night at the ball game that will leave your stomach – and wallet – full.
  4. Culture – There is no denying the rich culture that Pittsburgh has to offer. This summer, pay a visit to one or many of Pittsburgh’s wonderful museums, including the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Heinz History Center, and the Fort Pitt Museum, just to name a few. Each of these museums have a senior citizen discount.
  5. The Pittsburgh Zoo – The Pittsburgh Zoo is a great place that our residents can enjoy with their children and grandchildren. Grandparents even get free admission on Grandparents’ day when accompanied by a grandchild! When visiting on a normal day, be sure to use your senior citizen discount and stop by to see the newborn baby tiger!
  6. The Strip District – If you’re looking for fresh produce, meats, cheeses, pastas, and more to whip up a great summer dish, look no further than the Strip District. For our residents who enjoy spending time in the kitchen, we recommend picking up ingredients at the shops and stands of the culturally eclectic Strip District. While you’re there you can also enjoy shopping for delicious foreign foods and souvenirs for friends and family that are uniquely Pittsburgh.
  7. Kennywood – Kennywood has been entertaining Pittsburgh residents since 1898. Since that time, their selection of rides for visitors of all ages, shows and entertainment, and food options have expanded immensely. Seniors 55+ can get a fun day pass for just $19.99. And July 11, 15, 30, and 31 are Kennywood’s Boomer Days, featuring a DJ playing oldies but goodies in Pavilion 1.
  8. The Duquesne Incline – The Duquesne Incline offers a breathtaking view of Pittsburgh from Mount Washington, with plenty of dining options near the lookout. It’s the perfect afternoon “staycation” for couples.
  9. Local Parks – Pittsburgh has plenty of beautiful city parks, great for enjoying some fresh air and getting in some exercise by biking or walking. Most parks offer events all summer long, so be sure to check out the Citiparks website for a full list.
  10. Cinema in the Park – One fantastic park offering is the Cinema in the Park series, with movies being shown throughout the city – for free!

While we offer only the best in living arrangements to our residents, we encourage them to get out of the house and enjoy all of the summertime activities that Pittsburgh has to offer. What are some local activities and attractions that YOU recommend?