After the kids move out, cooking isn’t the same. Empty-nesters quickly grow tired of it. At home, you get caught in a routine of chicken soup, pasta and sauce, or fish and potatoes. But when dining out, you can be a global traveler — spicy ethnic food, or juicy burgers and fries. You don’t have to shop, and you don’t have to wash dishes–feel like a royal. Unfortunately, the prices are fit for a royal budget.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American household spent about $250 per month on restaurant meals in 2021. 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. See our list below.
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.
Applebee’s. 10% to 15% off at participating locations for customers 60 and older.
A&W. 10% discount at participating locations. Ask your local restaurant about age requirements.
Ben & Jerry’s. 10% off for seniors 60+.
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.
Carrows Restaurant. Offers a Golden 55 menu where seniors 55+ can get value-priced meals. No coupons accepted for Golden 55 menu.
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.
El Pollo Loco. You must be 60 years of age or older to receive the 10% discount (maximum value $1).
Fazoli’s. Join their Club 62 for deals, including a $4 pasta with side salad every Wednesday.
Fuddrucker’s. Fuddrucker’s has a senior platter (hamburger and side dish) for 10% off. Call to be sure it’s offered at that location.
Hardee’s. 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 Hardee’s 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.
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.
Sizzler. The “Honored Guest” menu offers discounts to diners age 60 and older.
Taco Bell. Get 5% off and a free drink at participating locations if you’re 65 or older.
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 (may vary by location).
White Castle. You can get 10% off deals on those little square hamburgers and more if you are 62 and older.
Restaurants with AARP discounts
At the following eateries, you can get a discount if you are an AARP member. As always, participation may vary and can change without notice. See details for the discount offered at each restaurant on the AARP site.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Corner Bakery Café
Denny’s. 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.
Joe’s Crab Shack
McCormick & Schmick’s
Moe’s Southwest Grill
Oceanaire Seafood Room
Saltgrass Steak House
Make sure to check
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