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Date: April 2, 2008
Author: David Smidt, SeniorDiscounts
For many of us, groceries can be one of the greatest household expenses. The cost of
groceries for us and our family can add up, but if you do a little research and time your
trip to the store, you may be able to cut 10% from your annual grocery bill. That can add
up to hundreds of dollars in savings.
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.
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
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.
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 offered at some regional chains:
Bi-Lo Grocery Store – Located in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Save an extra 5% with the Senior Bonuscard every Wednesday.
Earth Fare – Located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. Offers a
5% discount on select days. 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. The day of
the discount, discount amount and age requirement varies for each store.
Grocery Outlet – Located on the west coast and in Arizona, 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. Must be a member of the Fry’s VIP Club.
Harris Teeters Grocery Store – Located in the Southeast US. Shoppers 60+ save 5% on
groceries every Tuesday. Not all stores participate. Age requirements vary by location.
Kroger Grocery Stores – Typically a 5% discount on Tuesdays for shoppers 55 and older.
Day, age requirement, discount amount and store participation vary.
Meijer – About once a month, Meijer offers a Senior Discount Day featuring 15% off
General Merchandise. Senior Discount Days usually occur Monday or Tuesday.
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 may offer a senior
discount. Since each store is independently owned and operated, 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 – Customers 60+ 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, seniors 60+ save an extra
$1 on their grocery bill with each $10 purchase on Ralph’s Private Label Products.
Shop N Save – Located in the Midwest, some locations offer a 10% discount one day
a week. Check with a local Shop N Save for participation and information.
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