According to a recent Zagat survey, the average cost of dining out ranges from $28-$48 in cities across the country. If you eat out once per week, that can add up to an eye-popping $1500-$2500 per year. To take a bite out of dining out, we’ve got a list of deals and discounts to help cut your bill by 10% or more. We’ll update this list a few times a year and it’s always good to confirm before you order that a chain restaurant is participating in a national deal.
Pay attention to the age and other requirements (such as an AARP card), as they vary according to the establishment. Regardless of whether your favorite restaurant is listed here, always ask about a senior discount wherever you dine or shop. Bon Appetit!
Senior discounts on restaurant meals
Applebee’s. (10 locations) Diners who are 60 and up used to get 10% to 15% off with a Golden Apple card, but most Applebee’s restaurants have discontinued the card. However, your local Applebee’s may have a senior special in place, so ask your waitress or call ahead for information.
Arby’s. (Multiple locations) Get a 10% discount on your purchase, and some locations offer a free drink with purchase.
A&W. (8 locations) The offer varies by location, but you can get a 10% discount off your purchase.
Bonefish Grill. (2 locations) Present your AARP card for 10% off.
Chick fil-A. (9 locations) Small drink or coffee plus a 10% savings for those over 55.
Dairy Queen. (Multiple locations) Participating locations offer free drinks or 10% off purchase to customers who are 55 years of age or more.
Del Taco. (Federal Way) 10% discount for customers 55 years of age or older.
Denny’s. (Multiple locations) AARP members receive 15% off their purchase. And if you are feeling spunky, ask your server for something off the secret menu. It’s so secret that some locations don’t even know about it. French Toast Grilled Cheese Sandwich. You are welcome.
Jack in the Box. Seniors age 55 or older can get up to 20% off their entire order.
KFC. Seniors who are 55 or older can get a free small drink with meal purchase. But we found the franchises may offer a discount of up to 10%, excluding any coupons or sales. Ask before ordering.
Senior discounts on snacks and beverages
Ben & Jerry’s. (6 locations) Seniors who are at least 60 years of age can get 10% off at participating warehouse and Scoop Shop locations. And remember, you can ask for a free taste of any flavor in the scoop freezer.
Krispy Kreme. If you’re lucky, your local Krispy Kreme participates in a 10% off deal for customers over the age of 50. Ask before ordering.