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Discounts for Seniors

November 18, 2013

A friend had shared this on Facebook, so I thought it would be useful to share here at Thrifty Texan. I know many of you are like myself and have years to go before you reach the age to receive these discounts.  But, you likely have parents and grandparents who can get the savings.  Feel free to share this by clicking on the share buttons at the bottom of this post.

Applebee’s: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)
Arby’s: 10% off ( 55 +)
Ben & Jerry’s: 10% off (60+)
Bennigan’s: discount varies by location (60+)
Bob’s Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)
Boston Market: 10% off (65+)
Burger King: 10% off (60+)
Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee ( 55+)
Chili’s: 10% off ( 55+)
CiCi’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Denny’s: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members ( 55 +)
Dunkin’ Donuts: 10% off or free coffee ( 55+)
Einstein’s Bagels: 10% off baker’s dozen of bagels (60+)
Fuddrucker’s: 10% off any senior platter ( 55+)
Gatti’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)
Hardee’s: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)
IHOP: 10% off ( 55+)
Jack in the Box: up to 20% off ( 55+)
KFC: free small drink with any meal ( 55+)
Krispy Kreme: 10% off ( 50+)
Long John Silver’s: various discounts at locations ( 55+)
McDonald’s: discounts on coffee everyday ( 55+)
Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)
Shoney’s: 10% off
Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)
Steak ‘n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday ( 50+)
Subway: 10% off (60+)
Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (62+)
Taco Bell : 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
TCBY: 10% off ( 55+)
Tea Room Cafe: 10% off ( 50+)
Village Inn: 10% off (60+)
Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
Wendy’s: 10% off ( 55 +)
Whataburger: 10% off (62+)
White Castle: 10% off (62+) This is for me … if I ever see one again.

Banana Republic: 30% off ( 50 +)
Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month ( 50 +)
Belk’s: 15% off first Tuesday of every month ( 55 +)
Big Lots: 30% off
Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days ( 55 +)
C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (50+)
Clarks : 10% off (62+)
Dress Barn: 20% off ( 55+)
Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kmart: 40% off (Wednesdays only) ( 50+)
Kohl’s: 15% off (60+)Modell’s Sporting Goods: 30% off
Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions
Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday ( 55+)
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off ( 55+)
Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month ( 55 +)

Albertson’s: 10% off first Wednesday of each month ( 55 +)
American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday ( 50 +)
Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60+)
Food Lion: 60% off every Monday (60+)
Fry’s Supermarket: free Fry’s VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday ( 55 +)
Great Valu Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+)
Harris Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location)
Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday ( 50 +)
Publix: 15% off every Wednesday ( 55 +)
Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+)
Uncle Guiseppe’s Marketplace: 15% off (62+)

Alaska Airlines: 50% off (65+)
American Airlines: various discounts for 50% off non-peak periods (Tuesdays – Thursdays) (62+)and up (call before booking for discount)
Continental Airlines: no initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations
Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
Amtrak: 15% off (62+)
Greyhound: 15% off (62+)
Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages 50+

Car Rental:
Alamo Car Rental: up to 25% off for AARP members
Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members
Budget Rental Cars: 40% off; up to 50% off for AARP members ( 50+)
Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off ( 50+) Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members Hertz: up to 25% off for AARP members
National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members

Overnight Accommodations:
Holiday Inn: 20-40% off depending on location (62+)
Best Western: 40% off (55+)
Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Waldorf Astoria – NYC $5,000 off nightly rate for Presidential Suite (55 +)
Clarion Motels: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Econo Lodge: 40% off (60+)
Hampton Inns & Suites: 40% off when booked 72 hours in advance
Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+)
InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+)
Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler’s Discount (50+); 20%-30% off (60+)
Marriott Hotels: 25% off (62+)
Motel 6: Stay Free Sunday nights (60+)
Myrtle Beach Resort: 30% off ( 55 +)
Quality Inn: 40%-50% off (60+)
Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Sleep Inn: 40% off (60+)

AMC Theaters: up to 30% off ( 55 +)
Bally Total Fitness: $100 off memberships (62+)
Busch Gardens Tampa, FL: $13 off one-day tickets ( 50 +)
Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+)
Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off
Massage Envy – NYC 20% off all “Happy Endings” (62 +)
U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+)
Regal Cinemas: 50% off Ripley’s Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket ( 55 +)
SeaWorld, Orlando , FL : $3 off one-day tickets ( 50 +)

AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $19.99/month (65+)
Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service ( 50 +)
Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+).

Great Clips: $8 off hair cuts (60+)
Supercuts: $8 off haircuts (60+)

(Thanks, Kanietha!)

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Here’s a cool way for teachers and students (includes homeschoolers, too!) can earn FREE tickets to Six Flags Theme Parks:

Read to Succeed is an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Students who complete six hours of recreational reading earn free tickets to Six Flags! The program is available to teachers and schools at no cost to participate, and it’s a great way to motivate kids to read.


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If you or someone in your household wears contact lenses, be sure to read this post.

My husband wears contact lenses.  A few weeks ago, he visited the optometrist and received a new prescription, so I set out to find the best deal on a years’ supply of contacts.  In previous years’, Walmart Vision had the best deal because they were partnered with 1-800Contacts and you could get a discount by purchasing a minimum of 8 boxes. This year, I was told that Walmart and 1-800Contacts are no longer in partnership, so I’d receive no volume discount. That meant I’d be paying $19.88 per box for Acuvue2 contacts and I was limited to purchasing only 8 boxes.

So, I set out to find a volume discount.

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I chose to purchase from ContactLensKing, where I was able to purchase the contact lenses for $15.45 per box, and could order 10 boxes!  That’s a savings of $4.43 per box!  There was a $4.95 handling fee, but the shipping was free.

If I would have purchased locally from Walmart Vision, I would have paid $159.04 (+ tax?) for 8 boxes, where by purchasing online I spent $159.45 for 10 boxes that were shipped straight to my door.

In addition to saving money, I received the contact lenses in only a couple of days!  I was extremely pleased with my experience purchasing online, and am confidant that I will do so again in the future.

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Be sure to price around for the brand you wear.  You may find that ContactsAmerica or 1-800-GET-LENS offer a better deal for you.

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Have you ever wondered if you were really getting a great deal on a sale item – or if it was just a mediocre deal?  To help you know, I have added an easy to find link to my Price Point Sheet on the sidebar.  Simply scroll down any page on Thrifty Texan to just below the Coupon Database image to find the image pictured above.  Once you click on the image, you will be taken to a pdf file where I have listed many of the items we see sales for.

I hope this feature makes it easier for you to know when to stockpile items and when to wait for a better sale!

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Do You Have Missing Money?!

February 9, 2013

Have you ever heard of If not, is a national database that was established in 1999 by the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) and enables people like you and me to perform comprehensive searches for lost assets required by law to be turned over to the states and provinces.

The most common types of unclaimed property include:

  • Bank accounts and safe deposit box contents
  • Stocks, mutual funds, bonds, and dividends
  • Uncashed checks and wages
  • Insurance policies, CD’s, trust funds
  • Utility deposits, escrow accounts

To search for your own missing money, here are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. Click here, enter your name, and click on “go.” You can do an individual, family or business search (you can even search for a deceased family member).
  2. If you find a match, you must complete a claim form. Most states and provinces require a specific form to be completed which asks pertinent information about the property and proof of ownership, such as copies of checkbook, passbook, bonds, etc.
  3. Follow the instructions to complete the specified form and supply any necessary documentation and identification.
  4. The claim form and ID are then mailed to the state for review. The state will respond to you directly after they have reviewed your submission and verified that you are the rightful owner.
  5. Most states send you an acknowledgment letter after receiving your claim. Claims processing time frames vary between states and provinces and property to property based upon claim activity.

Please note that there are currently only 45 states whose records are contained in the MissingMoney database: click here to view the list of participating states.

*I found money that was owed to my husband, once requested the check was sent very quickly!

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It’s that time of year again where you’ve likely heard of a friend who has become engaged.  With wedding season just around the corner, I thought I’d share this post from the archives.

When Robert and I married almost eleven years ago, there was one gift in particular we received that was practical, useful and very much needed. Each time I used a product I remember being so thankful for the gift.  It was a simple laundry basket filled with various cleaning supplies. 

Prior to our wedding day, I had filled our pantry (imagine that!), but had purchased very few cleaning supplies (guess I wanted to keep him fed more than impress him with a clean house :) ).  There are so many things to buy all at once when starting out on your own - especially when you’re moving from your parents’ home as we both were.  Not to mention the cost of purchasing that many items at once.

Since it made such an impression on me, I have given the same type of gift over and over to newlyweds. Here are some ideas for creating your own unique gift for a newlywed:

Cleaning Basket:

  • Laundry Detergent
  • Fabric Softener
  • Stain Remover
  • Dish Washing Soap
  • Multi-Purpose Cleaner
  • Antibacterial Cleaner
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Window Cleaner
  • Scrub Brushes / Sponges

Paper / Plastic Goods Basket:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Napkins
  • Facial Tissue
  • 13-gallon Trash Bags
  • Storage Bags
  • Sandwich Bags
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Foil
  • Paper Plates


I generally purchase a fairly large laundry basket from Walmart or Dollar General for around $6 – $8 and fill with things I already have in my stockpile.  I can usually fill a basket like the one pictured above for close to $20 out-of-pocket.  The laundry basket and a roll of ribbon to make a large bow for the top being the two most expensive items.

It’s a gift that you will be thanked for many times over and one that will help the newlyweds get started on the right foot!

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[Archive Post] 2 Phone Calls Has Saved My Family $36.25 Per Month ($435 Year!)

January 4, 2013

While paying monthly bills recently, I made a note to call the telephone company and cell phone provider to see if we could reduce our monthly bills.  So I took a few minutes today to give them a call, and by making a simple call, our landline monthly bill was reduced $22.76 and our cell […]

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Teaching Children to be Givers

November 8, 2012

Several months ago I came across a Gaither Homecoming video which was filmed in South Africa where they were handing out Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, and my heart was torn.  Torn because those children are so excited to recieve a small shoe box, when all the children I know (including my own!) tend to think their […]

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My Favorite Cash Back Sites

November 8, 2012

With Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all other shopping kicking into high gear, I wanted to highlight my favorite cash back sites. Now is the time to join, before you start making online purchases this holiday season. I know many are unsure of cash back sites, I know – because I was a skeptical one. Once […]

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