Living Well on a Budget

Summer Issue

Growing older means becoming eligible for all kinds of special deals and discounts. With some companies, you’ll only need to be 50 (or older), while others start offering discounts at age 55, 60, or 65. Ready to shop, eat, vacation and be entertained more affordably?

5 Easy Ways to Save Money.

  1. Cash in on senior discounts.
    Many businesses offer senior discounts – including retailers, restaurants, grocery stores, gyms, utility providers, auto services, hair salons, airlines, travel services, museums and more. Ready to start saving? Ask a business what kind of discounts it offers, or poke around the company’s website.
  2. Take advantage of Veterans’ discounts.
    Many retailers, grocery stores, restaurants and other businesses give discounts to veterans, so always be sure to ask what’s available. And be prepared to show your valid military ID to take advantage of the deals.
  3. Join a discount club.
    Depending what your interests, lifestyle and purchasing habits are, it may pay off to become a member of a seniors’ discount club. Here’s a snapshot of four organizations that advocate for and cater to the 50+ crowd:

    AARP®
    AARP® is a nonprofit, members-only organization whose stated mission is to “empower people to choose how they live as they age.” The organization promotes positive social change and provides resources, advice and discounts on healthcare, employment, income security and travel for members. aarp.org

    The Seniors Coalition
    The Seniors Coalition is a non-partisan, non-profit, education and advocacy organization that represents the interests and concerns of America’s senior citizens at the state and federal levels. A membership entitles you to deals on travel, shopping, car insurance and even a discount healthcare program. senior.org

    American Seniors Association (ASA)
    The American Seniors Association describes itself as an independent and conservative voice for seniors. The ASA offers a wide array of benefits, including Medicare/insurance plans, roadside assistance, discounts at restaurants, travel benefits, hunting & fishing discounts, and wireless plans. americanseniors.org

    National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE)
    The only organization solely dedicated to the general welfare of all federal workers and retirees, the NARFE delivers valuable guidance, timely resources and powerful advocacy. As a NARFE member, you’ll enjoy discounts on travel, health services, insurance and more. narfe.org
  4. Visit public institutions.
    Many public libraries, parks, schools, or community centers offer free or discounted services, educational opportunities and events. Are you taking advantage of them? Many parks host free concerts. Some colleges offer reduced or free non-credit college tuition for older adults. And libraries are famous for free programs and classes. Plus, why buy books and movies when you can borrow them?
  5. Snag a pass to the National Parks.
    Beautiful” National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Lifetime Senior Pass ($80) or Annual Senior Pass ($20) are available to citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. nps.org

Source: Medicare.org

Eat, Shop, Save Local.

From fast food to restaurants. From groceries to toiletries. From clothing to crafts. From the movie theater to the zoo. If you know where to look, you’ll find lots of senior discounts around the Kansas City area. In fact, there’s an ever-growing list at Kansas City on the Cheap – your local resource for freebies, discounts and deals.

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