Last week, we explored a variety of local discounts in home services
available to seniors, and how you could locate them on your own.
This week, we are going over other local businesses that you may
not have thought even offered a senior discount. These include
salons and barbers, mechanics and car washes, real estate agents
and mortgage lenders, repair services and handymen, legal services
and bankers, carpet and dry cleaners, film developers and photographers,
computer classes and repair and even dance classes and self defense.
As we mentioned last week, local services are typically operated
by single owners and there are no consistent age requirements
or discount amounts. Age requirements for the services we've listed
above can vary dramatically and many businesses may not even have
a set age. Small business owners can be flexible and may provide
a senior discount just as long as you ask for it. On average,
these discounts begin at age 60 or older, but always ask. A 10%
senior discount is fairly standard for local businesses, but some
offer better savings on particular days of the week.
Locating local businesses that offer senior discounts can be difficult.
We have thousands listed on our web site but there are surely
thousands more out there. Local businesses do not typically advertise
the senior discount on the front window, and many store employees
may not have been trained to offer one. Our SeniorDiscount suggestion:
call the business in advance. Try selecting ten or 20 businesses
that you frequent or have thought about visiting and call to inquire
about a senior discount. You will save yourself time and the effort
it takes to go and ask in person. Be sure to get the age requirement
and discount details before you hang up.
We wrote this last week, but it's worth repeating. Small businesses
can be flexible. Many a senior has told us that a favorite business
did not have a specific senior discount policy in place, but when
asked about offering a senior discount, the business provided
them with a great deal.
To search for local discounts in your area, go to the Discount
Search Form located on our web site and select the Local Services/Other
If you know of any local service discounts in your area, please
tell us on our Senior Add a Discount page, (you could be eligible
to win $100). Click
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Judy, from Encinitas, CA, tells us that the Quail Botanical Gardens
provides seniors 60 and older with savings of up to 35% on admission
and that the first Tuesday of every month is free.
Margie, from New Orleans, LA, tells us that the Delgado Community
Colleges in Louisiana will waive tuition for seniors 60 and older.
Bonnie of Willmar, MN informs us that Culvers Restaurant provides
a 10% discount on meals to seniors 60 and older.
Thanks for all of your submissions.