Discounts for seniors are pretty much available anywhere you buy something but you have to know where to look to find them. Most of the time all you have to do is ask the company and they’ll provide you with a discount to help with the cost of what you’re purchasing. This rings true with retailers, your favorite place to eat, movie theaters, hotels, cruises, and more.
1. Discounts On Eating Out
Popular chain restaurants are known for their quick, and casual meals that can be found on almost any street corner in America. The only problem is, even these “inexpensive” meals can get quite costly for someone on a fixed income. That’s why it’s good to know some of America’s favorite chains offer discounts to seniors:
Applebees – They offer 10% off your bill if you’re 60 years or older, but you have to ask for this. (we’ve been told only certain locations participate, so call before you go to find out)
Denny’s – This favorite all-day breakfast spot offers 20% off as long as you have your AARP card on you.
Arby’s – Here you can get 10% off as long as you’re over 55-years-old
Chic-fil-A – customers who are 55 and older can get a free small drink or a coffee PLUS 10% off
White Castle – if you’re 62-years or older you’re eligible for a discount of 10%
Arby’s– Offers 10% off if you’re 55 and older
Burger King – 10% discount for anyone 60 and older
According to sources, in the early 70’s there was an estimated one restaurant for every 7,500 people in the United States. Fast forward to 2006 that number has jumped greatly. According to Wikipedia:
“As of 2006, there are approximately 215,000 full-service restaurants in the United States, accounting for $298 billion in sales, and approximately 250,000 limited-service (fast food) restaurants, accounting for $260 billion.Starting in 2016, Americans spent more on restaurants than groceries.
In October 2017, the New York Times reported there are 620,000 eating and drinking places in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They also reported that the number of restaurants are growing almost twice as fast as the population.“
And this means the restaurant business employs a lot of people. The Buero Of Labor And Statics reported on cooks alone in 2016:
“The food service and restaurant industry employed 912,100 cooks in 2013, earning an average $9.83 per hour. The waiting staff numbered 4,438,100 in 2012, earning an average $8.84 per hour.”
They also show statistics for the states who employ the largest number of cooks in this industry. The top 5 states in order are California, Florida, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania.
Overall estimates put around 10% of the nations entire workforce to be employed within the restaurant industry. That equates to over 14 million jobs.
And you can imagine how much money people spend on eating out each year. Americans are spending about $684 billion a year on eating out. Fortune.com compiled a list of the top 10 grossing restaurants:
- Tao Las Vegas – $42,470,345
- Joe’s Stone Crab – $37,243,159
- Tao Downtown – $33,401,819
- Carmine’s (New York) – $33,147,017
- Old Ebbitt Grill – $32,662,051
- The Boathouse Orlando – $30,814,369
- Lavo New York – $26,822,655
- Smith & Wollensky – $25,961,337
- Bryant Park Grill & Cafe – $25,400,000
- Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse (Chicago) – $24,700,825
Eating out in America is part of the culture. It has been for a long time, and will for the forseable future.