Aging can be terrifying for many people, but there are several exciting things you can also expect. One of the greatest benefits you can look forward to when you hit a certain age is your ability to qualify for senior discounts.
While you have to be at least 65 years old to qualify for Medicare, you can be a lot younger for a whole range of other discounts. You can claim your Social Security benefits when you turn 62.
The Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) allow you to register for a membership when you turn 50, and you will then be able to reap the rewards of senior discounts.
Discounts can encompass retail stores, grocery stores, vacations, leisure or lifestyle activities, utilities, healthcare, hotels, and various modes of transport.
The reason seniors may be able to claim these discounts is that a lot of them may be living off of fixed incomes. Senior citizens may not have too many assets either, so the implementation of these discounts can be of great assistance. After years of hard work, seniors deserve to live comfortably and securely during their retirement.
Many companies across a diverse range of industries permit discounts for this purpose. Although not all establishments will outrightly advertise their senior discounts, it never hurts to ask.
When you have a good grasp of the types of discounts available to you as a senior—as early as you hit 50 even—you can start planning your budget accordingly. In the long run, you will hopefully be able to strike a balance and come up with a reasonable budget built around this.
Nathan Justice manages community outreach programs and forums that help many senior citizens. He completed a counseling program at the University of Maryland’s Department of Psychology.