So many things in life get better with age: wine, vintage fashion and, yes, discounts.

Now I may not be the authority on life as a senior citizen, but I have to say, reaching a certain age has its fair amount of perks. If you're older than age 50, you'd be remiss not to take advantage of them.

One of the easiest ways to gain access to senior deals is to subscribe to AARP. It costs $16 a year, but the exclusive discounts are certainly worth it. With an AARP membership card, you can score deals on everything from life insurance to hotel reservations.

For example, if you show your AARP membership card at the Tanger Outlet Mall in North Charleston, you can pick up an entire book of coupons to stores in the shopping center.

But that's certainly not the only path to senior savings. Here's a list of some of the best discounts for seniors to look for as they shop, dine and venture out to local attractions.


Belk has a senior day on the first Tuesday of every month when shoppers age 55 and older receive 15 percent off their purchases. Kohl's offers a 15 percent off discount every Wednesday for shoppers age 60 and older. Seniors and military personnel who have a Goodwill Rewards Card can save 25 percent off their purchases on Wednesdays at local Goodwill stores.

Some restaurants also have respect for their elders' wallets. IHOP, for example, has a specially priced menu for patrons age 55 and older.


Stocking the pantry doesn't come cheap, but it's a little easier on the budget at some grocery stores if you're of the older generation. Shoppers age 60 and older can save 5 percent on Wednesdays at Bi-Lo and Publix and on Thursdays at Harris Teeter.


Many attractions offer discounted tickets for older patrons. Those older than 60 can save up to 30 percent off admission at Regal theaters, for example.

Visitors at Patriot's Point who are age 62 or older can get $3 off the general admission price.

There are so many retailers and attractions that offer senior discounts, it would take about 15 columns to list them all. So the next time you or your older loved one are heading to the mall or even the movies, make sure you ask whether they offer senior specials.

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