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Senior discounts not just for seniors

Senior discounts not just for seniors

By Carla Hindman, Director of Financial Education, Visa Canada

For a long time, my mother-in-law really resisted using 'seniors' discounts – after all, she didn't feel like she was a senior! Eventually the discounts and deals proved too good to ignore and she started to take advantage of what was on offer. But for her, and others like her – good news! The organization formerly known as the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP.) no longer requires its members to be returned. After all, life is changing – people choose to work longer or some are able to retire quite early! Now, anyone can join CARP ( , and can take advantage of some of the great deals they offer.

You can join CARP for a $14.95 annual fee and be eligible for all sorts of discounted products and services they've secured for members. And if you have a spouse, they can share your membership for free! Here are some of the many great deals available:

Hotels. Most hotels offer senior discounts, although some are pretty minimal, so check around. CARP offers members discounts at a wide variety of hotel chains, which you can find online at under 'Benefits'.

Car rentals. Budget, both for car and truck rentals, offers a CARP member discount - but check their other specials first before making a reservation.

Other transportation. CARP offers roadside assistance packages to its members as well!

Insurance. CARP has offers for home, auto, health/dental, life, critical illness, and even pet insurance for its members to investigate.

Entertainment. From museums to music, CARP has a wide selection of cultural events available at a discounted price.

A few more tips:

  • Always check other offers/promotions to ensure you're getting the best deal. Make sure you fully understand all terms and restrictions.
  • Before making any purchase, ask about senior discounts. Many stores, restaurants, theaters, museums and sporting events offer discounts or senior days/hours, but you may need to ask.
  • Always ask for your discount when making a reservation, ordering a meal or checking in. Waiting until you settle the bill may be too late.
  • Carry photo identification showing your birth date.

Everybody loves a bargain. And if it's the word "senior" that bothers you, just ignore it. You're only as old as you feel – and a deal is a deal.

This article is intended to provide general information and should not be considered legal, tax or financial advice. It's always a good idea to consult a tax or financial advisor for specific information on how certain laws apply to your situation and about your individual financial situation.

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