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Every penny counts: Businesses across Fairbanks offer senior discounts

Published: Feb. 22, 2021 at 4:38 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Across Fairbanks, Alaska many businesses offer special discounts for senior citizens. From restaurants to auto shops, salons to groceries, there’s plenty out there for seniors looking to save a little money.

A quick visit to Google will reveal plenty of national chains that feature senior discounts; but in Fairbanks, the available selection of these large chains is limited. However, many local chains and individual businesses offer discounts as well, frequently on Tuesdays.

One such store is the second hand retailer Value Village. Shannon Ladd, Value Village Store Manager summarized their senior discount policy saying, “Every Tuesday we offer a 30% off for all of our seniors that are 55 or better.”

Grocery chain Fred Meyer offers a similar discount for seniors over 55 - 10% off select items - which takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. This once a month timing is shared by Walgreens which offers a 20-30% discount to seniors, and local grocery chain Sunshine Health Foods.

Brain Reagin, son of the Sunshine Health Foods’ owner, said he “wanted to let all of our seniors know that we are offering a 15 to 30% discount on the first Tuesday of every single month, both on supplements and on food items.”

Senior discounts that apply every day can be found as well in businesses throughout town such as the restaurants, barber shops, automotive repair shops, borough services, travel destinations and family activities.

Grocery Stores

  • Sunshine Health Foods - First Tuesday every month offers 10-20% off to seniors 55 and up
  • Fred Meyer’s - The first Tuesday of every month, seniors age 55+, can take an additional 10% off select items.
  • Walgreens - Offers a 20-30% discount first Tuesday every month to to people age 55+ on non sale items

Stores

Travel & Tourism

  • Test the Waters - People age 55+ get 15% off
  • Best Western - Seniors can save up to 15% when booking reservations.
  • Alaska Railroad - 65+, or Medicare card holders, half-price fares during several months of the year.
  • National Park Service - Seniors can buy a lifetime America the Beautiful Pass—which allows admission to national parks and recreation areas, as well as other federal units—for the same price as a regular annual pass.
  • Chena Hot Springs - People age 65+ pay $13 instead of $15 to use the pool [plus AARP discount on rooms at the resort]
  • Pike’s Waterfront lodge - AARP discount on rooms
  • Marriott - Offers a 15% discount or more to those 62 and older on stays at participating locations.

Restaurants

Services

Education

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks - Alaska residents who are 66 years or older and receiving full Social Security Benefits can attend any school in the University of Alaska system without paying tuition. Seniors must meet other admission criteria and may have to pay other associated fees and enrollment expenses.

State Services

  • Senior Property Tax Exemption:

Phone (Anchorage Office): (907) 269-4501

Website

Under AS 29.45.030(e), Alaska law exempts real property owned and occupied as a permanent home by an Alaskan resident age 65 and older (or by a disabled veteran) from a portion of local property tax. Currently, this exemption applies to the first $150,000 of assessed value for the primary residence of a senior citizen, age 65 years and older, or a disabled veteran with a service connected disability of 50% or more. This exemption must be applied for by a deadline enacted at the local level. (A municipality may waive timely filing for good cause.) All municipalities are required to grant this exemption.

  • State of Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles

Toll-Free: (855) 269-5551 Phone: (907) 269-5551

Website: http://doa.alaska.gov/dmv%5Creg%5Csenior.htm

Alaska residents who are 65 years of age or older may be exempt from paying fees and taxes when registering a vehicle. For more information and to apply for the fee waiver, please contact your local Department of Motor Vehicle office.

  • State of Alaska Fish & Game License

Phone: (907) 465-6085

Website: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=huntlicense.proxy

Alaska residents who are 60 years of age or older and meet the Department of Fish and Game’s residency definition are eligible for a senior identification card in order to hunt, sport fish, or trap at no charge. Persons aged 60 years or older are not required to purchase a king salmon stamp to fish for king salmon or an Alaska state conservation stamp to hunt waterfowl.

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