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Senior discounts for the 50-plus crowd

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Senior discounts from retail shops and restaurants are typically added on to any other special deals, according to Smidt. So you can pile on the savings if your timing is right.

Museum and live-entertainment theaters offer discounts of up to 50 percent, and seniors get in free at some state-owned theaters, Smidt says. With your AARP membership, you can get up to 20 percent off tickets to Cirque du Soleil performances.

Or how about dinner and a movie? If you take your AARP card to one of the more than 530 Regal Entertainment Group theaters, you can get $3 off your popcorn and soda combo and up to 33 percent off your ticket price. Add that savings to the discount for AARP members at many participating restaurants.

Several major movie theater companies have their own senior savings programs. For example, AMC Theatres gives discounts every Tuesday at select theaters for those 60 and older; Cinemark gives discounts every Monday for those 62 and older; and Landmark Theatres gives senior discounts that vary by locale.

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