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Restaurants offering senior discounts

After the kids moved out and many of us had to cook for one, some of us quickly grew tired of it. A lot of us prefer not needing to shop, or wash dishes, unfortunately, the prices are often not compatible with a tight budget.

According to a GoBankingRates study, the average American spends about $200 per month on restaurant meals. 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.

An important note: 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, and participation may vary by local restaurant. Always check with your local restaurant about senior discounts.

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Applebee’s. 10% to 15% off at participating locations for customers 60 and older.

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.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill. Show your AARP membership card to get 10% off.

Chick-fil-A. Offers vary by location but are usually a free small drink or a 10% discount. 

Chili’s. Seniors who are at least 55 years old can get 10% off at participating locations.

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 for both dine-in and pickup orders. 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 (maximum value $1).

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.

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.

McDonald’s. Customers who are 55+ can receive discounts on coffee.

Outback Steakhouse. AARP members can show their card to get 10% off lunch and dinner at participating locations.

Taco Bell. Get 5% off and a free drink at participating locations if you’re 65 or older.

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