These days many seniors adopt the positive view that reaching the age of 60 means the beginning of the rest of their life, rather than something to be dreaded. More experience, more wisdom and more knowledge about how the world works are some of the benefits that come with getting older, although they aren’t the only ones.
Discounts on Entertaining and Dining Out
Many restaurants offer a free cup of coffee or various other freebies or discounts to older customers and these discounts can help to offset the high cost of dining out. Visiting the movies, taking in a concert or show, playing a round of golf and even theme park tickets can all be less expensive to seniors, and aging Americans can also take advantage of discounts at museums and art galleries.
Save Money At the Shops
It often pays to go shopping during the week when things tend to be a lot slower than at the weekend, and price reductions of up to 60 percent are often offered to entice customers. And many people aged over 60 can save even more at pharmacies and warehouse clubs by joining a 60 plus program or a frequent shopper club.
Lower Insurance Costs
If you are a senior you have the advantage of having plenty of experience driving and this experience can often get you a discount on your car insurance rates, unlike teenage drivers who incur high auto insurance premiums. Most insurance companies will also give further discounts to military veterans, aging drivers who have completed a safe driver course, and those who belong to AARP. If you are an older driver and just don’t drive as much, ask your car insurance company about lower rates for lower mileage.
Many seniors like to take advantage of all that extra time on their hands by traveling whenever possible, and there are plenty of travel discounts available to older Americans. Airlines, car rental companies, hotels, and cruise lines all typically have a range of discounts that seniors can take advantage of, and if you are retired you can enjoy learning opportunities offered by organizations such as RoadScholar.org. The world is your oyster if you want to travel and learn at the same time.
Medicare provides free or reduced rate health care for older Americans and is arguably one of the best things about getting older. The agency advises that over 52 million older Americans rely on Medicare, and without this help, they would be struggling with the high cost of health insurance. And seniors can save on prescriptions, hospital stays and doctor consultations by taking advantage of Medicare.
Save Money on Legal Advice
Free legal advice is just one of the many benefits that seniors can enjoy when they join AARP. If you need legal advice you can have an initial 30 minute consultation at no charge, and you can use the services of a network attorney and receive a 20 percent discount. If you are 60 or older, many states provide a free legal helpline.