The Best Senior Freebies

Easy Ways to Save in Your Golden Years

The Best Senior Freebies
September 3, 2015

Congratulations! You have reached senior status. You may have aches and pains and have other concerns to deal with, but you have met the most important criteria – you are still on the right side of the grass.

Some of the more well-known benefits of reaching your golden years are the discounts, starting with AARP membership benefits and increasing to other retailers and services as you age. You should take full advantage of these discounts, but in some cases you can do even better with outright freebies. Some goods and services are available to senior citizens for no cost at all, including these examples.

  • Admission – State parks, museums, sporting events, state fairs…there are plenty of places that offer free admission to seniors at specified times. Check for special nights with any place or event you would like to visit.

  • Tax Preparation – Depending on your income and the complexity of your taxes, you may be able to use the IRS’s Free File service to submit your taxes online. Should you need help with your taxes and are age 60 or older, the IRS website can direct you to nearby free assistance from IRS-certified tax specialists in retirement-related tax issues through the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program. AARP offers a similar program (AARP Foundation Tax-Aide) at various locations.

  • Preventative Care –The Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”) mandates that some preventative care procedures and screenings be covered at no out-of-pocket cost to you, regardless of age. These include blood pressure testing, cholesterol and colorectal cancer screening, various vaccines, and one free wellness visit. A guide to Medicare-related preventative health care services may be found at http://www.medicare.gov/Publications/Pubs/pdf/10110.pdf


Some health care plans cover the service as they must, but the services themselves may not be free – for example, a vaccine may be free but there may be shared costs to administer it. Check with your health plan and your doctor to verify when “free” means completely free of costs during the visit.

  • Prescription Drugs – If you qualify, you may be able to receive free prescription drugs through Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs). PAPs are set up through drug companies to assist low-income individuals who cannot afford certain medications. You can start by checking the availability of your needed medication at http://www.rxassist.org/patients. Some supermarkets with pharmacies also offer some free prescriptions as part of their loyalty program.

  • Education – Why not go back to school? Many states and universities have tuition-waiver programs allowing you to attend certain classes for free. They may not be for credit, but you can still explore areas that interest you or catch up on the latest technologies.

  • Eye Care – The American Academy of Opthamology offers free eye exams and potentially up to a year of free care through EyeCare America to those 65 and older who have not seen an eye doctor in at least three years. Check the guidelines at the EyeCare America website to see if you qualify.

States and municipalities often offer their own free assistance to seniors over a wide range of programs if they qualify based on age and/or income. Examples include assistance with simple home repairs to correct unsafe situations, shoveling snow offsidewalks/driveways, and building wheelchair ramps. Links are usually available through government websites, although some are more user-friendly than others.

Take a little time to investigate the free goods and services available to you in your current life situation. Discounts are great, but freebies are even better. Why pay anything at all if you don’t have to? We cannot think of any reason.


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Crystal | 09.03.15 @ 14:06
I had no idea that some of these existed for seniors. Need to alert my mom!
Daniel Dohlstrom | 09.03.15 @ 14:07
Some great items here that many may not be aware of. Goes to show at any age there is still more to learn.
Angie | 09.03.15 @ 14:11
This is a great article that should be shared to all seniors. I knew of a few of these, but many I didn't. Glad to share with my mom!
Wanda Langley | 09.03.15 @ 14:14
Great to know that these types of benefits are available to seniors!
Christina | 09.03.15 @ 14:22
Sending this to my mom and dad! :) Thanks!
Steffanie | 09.03.15 @ 14:26
Some new information in this article. I will definitely be sharing with my grandparents and Dad.
Erin | 09.03.15 @ 14:30
Attending classes sounds like a great way to keep your mind sharp, and if they are offered for free, it's even better!
Beverly | 09.03.15 @ 14:41
Glad to see there are some perks to growing old. You do have to find out at what age all the perks apply though. Some are as young as 50, while others don't apply until you are 65.
Meredith L | 09.03.15 @ 14:46
I think the biggest lesson is making sure that our seniors know there is no shame in asking for help. I had no idea there was assistance for things like home repair and building ramps. Thanks for sharing this.
Britt | 09.03.15 @ 14:46
I think it's really cool when companies offer discounts and freebies to the elderly.
Sarah | 09.03.15 @ 14:49
it's nice to know that these are available. I knew about some but not all of them.
Nancy | 09.03.15 @ 14:58
While this article didn't mention many specific age requirements, I personally find it interesting the varying ages that determine senior status. I have found I am a senior for AARP and several restaurants, but most places won't consider me a true senior for another 10 years. Whatever the age, bring on the savings.
Kamie | 09.03.15 @ 15:18
The Free Medicine Foundation is a partnership program to aid seniors and families in need of medication. The application process can be time-consuming, but it's worth looking into if the cost of prescription medication hampers your budget.
Irene | 09.03.15 @ 15:48
Sadly for most seniors the drastic reduction to their income and increase to their medical expenses means these few freebies and discounts are of very little help.
Carla Truett | 09.03.15 @ 15:52
This is a very interesting read. At least there is an upside to growing old other than Senior discounts at local restaurants .
Alec | 09.03.15 @ 16:05
My parents aren't quite old enough for this list, but it's good to see how much help seniors can get. I know if several other things not listed but by far my favorite is the education! There is no reason to ever stop learning all you can, especially if it's handed to you free! ;)
Elaine | 09.03.15 @ 16:05
Sharing with my parents now, some great info.
Crystal | 09.03.15 @ 16:08
I didn't know all this was out there. I will for sure share this with all the seniors in my life.
trish | 09.03.15 @ 16:32
Will be sure to share this one with my parents and mother-in-law!!
Chelsey | 09.03.15 @ 16:38
This is definetly a great list to share with our parents and let them know what they may be missing out on.
Jill | 09.03.15 @ 16:46
I'm glad these benefits are offered to seniors.
Morgan | 09.03.15 @ 16:52
I think that it is great that there are so many freebies for the elderly. They need to be taken care of!
gracie | 09.03.15 @ 17:03
These were some useful tips! I knew a few already and for the rest it's certainly worth the reminder to check things out periodically and share what we know!
Heather | 09.03.15 @ 17:23
Will be passing along this information. As you get older you need all the help you can get.
Stokes | 09.03.15 @ 17:27
A good list of assistance that seniors may not know exists.
Rindy | 09.03.15 @ 17:30
Wow, I did not know some of these freebies existed for seniors, something to look forward too.
Sara | 09.03.15 @ 17:32
Did not know there was so much. Nice to know about this, though I have a ways to go. Guess time to tell the grandparents.
Zanna | 09.03.15 @ 17:43
Some states offer free or highly reduced college tuition to seniors over 65!
Rychana Vingia | 09.03.15 @ 17:52
Discounts for seniors are great. I haven't heard of some of these.
Jo Ann | 09.03.15 @ 18:03
I am rapidly approaching 60, so this information is useful. Plus there are a great many places that offer discounts for seniors. Just ask your retailer. Some offer a discount a certain day of the week, and many restaurants offer senior discounts also.
Steven | 09.03.15 @ 18:27
Nice to know that there are a lot of freebies and discounts for seniors. Hope they are still there when I am that age.
Donnie | 09.03.15 @ 18:42
I am so glad there are services for seniors.
Kyle | 09.03.15 @ 19:14
I love hearing companies take care of the elderly with discounts and freebies. Going to pass this along to my grandmother.
Victor | 09.03.15 @ 19:30
It's great to know all of this exist, thanks
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