8 Savings Tips You May Not Have Known About
1. Amtrak — 10% off for those 65 and older
Let’s start with the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, otherwise known as Amtrak. It boasts 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces, and delivers more than 300 trains daily to hundreds of destinations — traveling at up to 150 miles per hour. Amtrak offers 10% off most rail fares on most Amtrak trains to those 65 and older. You only have to be 60 or older to get 10% off fares on cross-border voyages operated by Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada. If you take six train rides per year at an average price of $150 each, you can save $90 annually.
2. Wendy’s — 10% off or a free drink for those 55 and up
Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy’s (NYSE: WEN) eatery in Columbus, Ohio, in 1969 and did rather well with it. Indeed, today, you’ll find about 6,600 Wendy’s restaurants across the country (and outside it, too), offering the usual fast-food fare of burgers and fries, but also chili and baked potatoes. Special deals for senior citizens are not standard across all locations, but many will offer those 55 or older either 10% off their bill or a discounted or free drink. If you dine at Wendy’s once a week and get a free drink each time that’s valued at $1.50, you’ll be enjoying a $78 discount annually.
3. Roto-Rooter — discount varies by location
Tracing its roots back to 1935, Roto-Rooter is the largest plumbing and drain cleaning service provider in North America, with more than 600 company-owned or franchised locations that reach about 90% of the U.S. population. Roto-Rooter reportedly offers seniors a discount. Its website doesn’t seem to mention it, but online sources cite it, mentioning a 10% or 15% discount for those 55 and up or 62 and up. It will also depend on whether your local Roto-Rooter offers the deal, but it’s worth asking about. Plenty of plumbing jobs they do for you might total $250, and some might even cost $500, so getting 10% off might save you $25 or $50.
4. National Parks — discounted passes for those 62 and up
America’s National Park Service was established by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, and has grown to encompass more than 400 areas across the country with more than 80 million acres in total. Entrance fees vary by park, but annual passes are also available, offering access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Annual passes cost most people $80, while many military folks and 4th graders get a free annual pass. Senior citizens, meanwhile, get a discount: Those 62 or older can get an annual pass for just $20 — or a lifetime pass for $80.
5. Best Western — 10% (or more) off for those 55 and up
Best Western offers 10% (“or more”) off room rates at many (but not all) of its hotels and resorts. That can be a big deal, because its network features more than 4,000 establishments in more than 100 countries. Its hotel brands include Best Western, Best Western Plus, Best Western Premier, Vīb, GLō, Executive Residency by Best Western, BW Premier Collection, and BW Signature CollectionSM by Best Western — along with its newer franchise offerings: SureStay Hotel by Best Western, SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western and SureStay Collection by Best Western. If you spend six nights a year at Best Westerns and the room rates average $120, you can save $72 or more annually.
6. Kohl’s — 15% off for those 60 and up on Wednesdays
Kohl’s is a leading retailer of clothing and many other items, with more than 1,100 stores in just about every state in America. If you’re 60 or older, you can enjoy a 15% discount in Kohl’s stores every Wednesday. If you would normally spend about $500 per year on clothing and you can find what you need at Kohl’s, you’re looking at a savings of about $75 annually.
7. Pep Boys — 10% off for those 55 and up
Whether you need new tires, auto repair or auto maintenance, you can probably get it at a Pep Boys near you. Founded in Philadelphia in 1921 by four guys out of the Navy, it now boasts about 1,000 locations in some 35 states and Puerto Rico. Those who are 55 years old or older can enjoy a 10% discount at Pep Boys stores. If you run up a $250 bill there, you’ll save $25. If you have an old or ailing car and you spend a total of $1,000 in one year on one or more repairs, you’re looking at a savings of $100.