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Thanksgiving Day Grocery Discounts
Date: November 21, 2008
Author: David Smidt, SeniorDiscounts

For many of us, Thanksgiving dinner is traditionally one of the biggest meals of the year, and with a big meal, comes the purchase of lots of groceries. The cost of groceries can add up, but we are here to help. If you do a little research and time your trip to the store correctly, you may be able to save some money.

It can be difficult to know where to look for savings on your grocery bill. Most stores do not advertise their senior discounts, so here is some general information about what you can expect for potential savings at grocery stores as well as a list of some of the regional stores that provide discounts.

National vs. Local Stores:

While there are a few national grocery store chains that do offer discounts to seniors, it is the smaller, local specialty stores, regional chains and co-ops that are more likely to offer a senior discount. These local stores have more flexibly in establishing their pricing and are competing with the larger stores for your business.

Discount Amount:

Grocery stores usually have a low-mark up on their goods so expect to find discounts of 5% to 10%. Certain products are typically not included in most supermarkets' senior discounts. These products include prescription drugs, alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, gift cards and certificates.


Discounts are almost always offered either one day a week or one day per month, as stores are trying to attract shoppers on their slower days. But there are exceptions as some stores offer discounts every day. The most common days for a senior discount are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Age Requirements:

As always, the age requirements can vary by store, but usually begin at the age of 55, and most commonly are offered at 60 or 62.

Here are a few examples of discounts that we have uncovered at some regional grocery chains. Gold and Premium members of SeniorDiscounts can find many more in our discount search area located on our web site. For more information, click here:

Bi-Lo Grocery Store - Located in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Shoppers 60 and older save an extra 5% with the Senior Bonuscard every Wednesday.

Earth Fare – Located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. Earth Fare offers a 5% discount on select days to customers 60 and older. Participation may vary by store location.

Farm Fresh – Located in Virginia, shoppers 55 and older save 5% every Tuesday.

Foodland - Some Foodland Stores offer a senior discount of 5% one day a week to people 55 and older. Participation, day of the discount, discount amount and age requirement varies for each store.

Grocery Outlet - Located on the west coast and in Arizona, customers 60 and older receive 10% off the 2nd and last Wednesday or Thursday of every month. The day of the discount may vary by store.

Fry's Food & Drug - Located in Arizona, shoppers 55 or older save 10% on the total food bill on the first Wednesday of every month. Shoppers must be a member of the free Fry's VIP Club.

Harris Teeters Grocery Store - Located in the Southeast US. Guests 60 and older save 5% on groceries every Tuesday. Some stores may provide the discount on Thursdays. Not all stores participate and age requirements may vary by location.

Kroger Grocery Stores – Kroger stores that participate typically provide a 5% discount on Tuesdays for shoppers 55 and older. Day, age requirement, discount amount and store participation vary.

Meijer - Food and merchandise store with over 180 locations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. About once a month, Meijer offers a Senior Discount Day featuring 15% off General Merchandise. Senior Discount Days usually occur Monday or Tuesday from 6am to Midnight. Contact a local store for details and dates.

New Seasons Market – Located in Oregon, customers 65 and older receive a 10% discount every Wednesday on almost everything in the store.

Piggly Wiggly – Located primarily in the south. Some locations offer a senior discount. Since each store is independently owned and operated, so participation, age requirement and discount amount will vary from store to store. Please check with a location near you to see if a senior discount is available.

Price Chopper – Located in the Northeast, customers 60 and older receive special discounts and offers with the Senior AdvantEdge program. Visit a local store or the web site for details.

Ralph’s Grocery Store - Located mainly in California, shoppers 60 and older save an extra $1 on their grocery bill with each $10 purchase on Ralph’s Private Label Products.

Save Mart – Located in California, some Save Mart locations may provide a 5% discount on groceries one day a week. The day of the discount may vary by location. Not all locations participate and you one must inquire at a local location as to its senior discount policy.

Shop N Save – Located in the Midwest, some locations offer a 10% discount one day a week to customers 55 and older. Check with a local Shop N Save for participation and discount information.

Super Fresh - Super Fresh is a chain of supermarkets located in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey. Customer 55 and older that spend over $50 weekly will receive a gold sticker and can receive a 5% discount on Wednesdays; Customers that spend over $75 weekly will receive a platinum sticker and can receive a 5% discount on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.

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