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Save on bills, travel with senior discounts

August 8, 2013

Discounts are one of the biggest perks of senior living, and while the deals offered through AARP membership and the free small coffee at the local cafe are certainly appealing, they are not the only options available. There are often many senior discounts just waiting to be taken advantage of, and according to Fox Business, you just need to know where to look.

One of the most important things to remember is that it never hurts to ask. Some senior discounts are not widely advertised, and it's on you to see whether they are available. This is especially true when it comes to expenses such as cellphone, cable and utility bills. Experts say that while they are not as common as other deals, sometimes they are out there and there's only one way to find out.

"If you are getting a regular bill in the mail, it never hurts to call customer service and ask if there are any discounts that might be available to you as a senior," David Smidt, president of, told the news source.

In fact, Verizon offers a plan specifically for the 65-and-older crowd. Known as the 65 Plus Plan, it provides 200 anytime minutes for $29.99 on a single line, according to Verizon's website. 

Many seniors plan on traveling during their golden years, and if you're among them, taking a trip does not have to make a big dent in your savings. There are many senior-specific discounts available, including an especially popular one offered by the National Parks Service, which gives adults 62 and older a $10 lifetime pass. According to Fox Business, individual parks also provide discounts on things like hiking, camping and guided tours.