After the kids moved out and I had to cook for one, I quickly grew tired of it. At home, I get caught in a routine of chicken soup, pasta and sauce, or fish and potatoes. But when I dine out, I am a global traveler – spicy ethnic food, or juicy burgers and fries. I don’t have to shop, and I don’t have to wash dishes. I feel like a queen. Unfortunately, the prices are fit for a queen.
According to a recent Zagat survey, the average individual cost of dining out is $36.40 per person. If you eat out once per week, you could be spending $1747.20 per year. You could stay at home and pretend that tuna casserole is pecan-crusted salmon. Or you could take advantage of deals and discounts to cut your spending on dining out.
If you receive a 10% senior discount on that meal, you will knock down your annual cost of dining out to $1572.48. That’s $174.72 that you keep in your pocket. Take pride in your age and take advantage of the savings. Pay attention to the age requirements, as they vary according to the establishment. We’ll continue to update this list, but the deals may change without our knowledge. Always check with your local restaurant about senior discounts.
Arby’s. Get a 10% discount on your purchase, and some locations offer a free drink with purchase.
A&W. 10% senior discount. Varies by location, so make sure to call ahead.
Ben & Jerry’s. 10% off for seniors 60+.
Bonefish Grill. Present your AARP card for 10% off food and nonalcoholic drinks.
Boston Market. Most Boston Markets have a senior discount available. Ask your local restaurant about age requirements on any discounts.
Burger King. Seniors can receive a 10% discount on their purchase.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Another 10% off deal with your AARP card.
Captain D’s Seafood. Those who are 62 and older get special discounts on Wednesdays. But the deal varies by restaurant, so ask before ordering.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill. Show your AARP membership card to get 10% off.
Carrows Restaurant. Offers a Golden 55 menu where seniors 55+ can get value priced meals.
Chart House. AARP members receive a 10% discount.
Chick fil-A. Offers a free, refillable senior drink with purchase. Excludes coffee.
Chili’s. Seniors who are at least 55 years old can get 10% off at participating locations.
Corner Bakery Café. Save 10% on your check with an AARP card.
Dairy Queen. Participating locations offer free drinks or 10% off purchase to customers who are 55 years of age or more.
Denny’s. 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.
El Pollo Loco. You must be 60 years of age or older to receive the 10% discount.
Fazoli’s. Join their Club 62 for deals, including a $4 meals every Wednesday.
Fuddrucker’s. Fuddrucker’s has a senior platter (hamburger and side dish) for 10% off.
Hardees. Seniors over 55 years of age receive up to 10% off any order, and there is a special price for beverages. Be sure to ask at your local Hardees before ordering.
IHOP. The 55+ Menu offers lower prices for smaller portions of dinner entrees such as pot roast and lemon chicken and breakfast favorites such as French toast. And most locations have a 10% discount for seniors, although the age requirement may vary.
Jack in the Box. Seniors age 55 or older can get up to 20% off their entire order. Check before ordering, though.
Joe’s Crab Shack. Use your AARP card to get 10% off your check.
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.
Landry’s Seafood. Seniors can get 10% off their check when they present their AARP card.
McDonald’s. Customers who are 55+ can receive discounts on coffee and other drinks.
McCormick & Schmick’s. Another AARP deal – get 10% off.
Oceanaire Seafood Room. Get 10% off with your AARP card.
Outback Steakhouse. AARP members can show their card to get 10% off their meal.
Panera Bread Not just for senior citizens, Panera Bread has special deals for MyPanera club members, including surprising members with a free bagel every day of one month.
Rainforest Café. Present your AARP card for 10% off.
Red Lobster. Members of the Fresh Catch Club receive coupons and promos by email.
Saltgrass Steak House. Earn 10% off when you present your AARP card.
Taco Bell. Get 5% off and a free drink.
TCBY. Enjoy your yogurt for 10% less if you are over 55.
Village Inn. Receive 10% if you are 60+.
Whataburger. Guests over 55 years of age receive a free drink with meal purchase.
White Castle. You can get 10% off deals on those little square hamburgers and more if you are older than 62.
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