POUND SAVERS – DISCOUNTS FOR OVER 55S
Everyone loves a discount! And as someone who is over the age of 55 you are entitled to more discounts than most. Many are unknown, meaning you are spending much more than they need to on everything from travel, to days out to shopping. So, to save you more money, heyday have done the hard work and delved deep into the world of discounts to bring you the best out there that you can benefit from
If you live in England or Wales you can apply for a free bus pass by heading to gov.uk and following the links to fill out your application after putting in your postcode. If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland, just scroll down the page a little further and a link will send you to an application form. To be eligible in England you have to be at or above the female state pension age which you can check by putting in your birth details on the website. In Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland you need to be 60 or over to be eligible.
A senior railcard will get you 1/3 off train fares for a year for just £30 if you are 60 or over. The website has an intuitive journey planner that shows you how much you could save. If you are planning on a long trip then the £30 fee could be worth it even just for that single journey.
The National Express offer a senior coach card for only £10 a year for those aged 60 and over. It offers 1/3 off standard and flexible fairs to just about anywhere you can think of in the UK.
If you are a Boots Advantage cardholder and over 60 you are eligible for the More Treats scheme. This will give you 8 points for every £1 that you spend compared to the usual 4 points when you buy Boots branded products and selected other exclusives.
ATS Euromaster offers a Club60 scheme which will entitle you to all sorts of discounts and exclusive offers for your vehicle.
Not necessarily just for the over 55s but if you sign up for a myWaitrose card you will be entitled to a free coffee as long as you make an in-store purchase. If you buy a newspaper they will also deduct this from your total bill if you spend over £10.
Odeon cinemas have a weekly Silver Cinema screening for over 55s. Tickets cost only £3 each and you also get a cup of tea or coffee and some biscuits before the film starts. Other cinemas such as Vue, Empire, and Picturehouse all offer a similar deal but you will need to be over 60 to enjoy these deals.
A senior railcard not only gives you money off your train fares, it can also get you up to 50% off theatre tickets. Musicals, operas, ballet and dance shows are also included. Check the website for the latest deals.
Many football clubs offer great deals for seniors. Check out your local clubs website for further details on some excellent savings you could be making when you go on and cheer your team to victory.
Hungry Horse pubs are offering a two-course meal for over 60s at just £4.49 Monday – Friday. Check out the website to find your local Hungry Horse pub.
Many Greene King pubs across the country offer a ‘Seniors Deal’ from Monday – Friday. This includes a choice of either a starter and main or a main and dessert for only £4.99. All three courses will only cost you an extra pound. It’s best to call your local Greene King pub to see if they are offering this deal.
The National Trust offers a fantastic 25% off membership for those aged 60 and over. You’ll need to have been an individual or joint member for 5 of the last 10 years to qualify for the discounted rate.
Over 60s qualify for a 15% discount with English Heritage. This offers you discounted entry to over 400 historic sites across the UK. You can apply for this as an individual or joint membership.
The Royal Horticultural Society offers £500 off a lifetime membership for those aged 60 and over. It offers unlimited entry to RHS gardens, a free magazine, gardening advice, and discounted tickets to garden shows including g the Chelsea Flower Show.
Health and Wellbeing
Specsavers offer 25% off lenses and glasses for the over 60s although the glasses must cost £69 or above or a designer pair.
Boots Advantage card holders can benefit from 25% off glasses or prescription sunglasses. You can also get another pair for half price if you are part of the previously mentioned More Treats scheme.
The Ramblers Association gives discounted joint or individual membership to over 60s. This gives you access to group-led walks, Ramblers Routes online library and exclusive member offers.
Once you reach the age of 60 you are entitled to free prescriptions and NHS sight tests in England.
Saga has two savings accounts for over 50s that are run through Goldman Sachs. One is an easy access savings account at 1.4% and the other a fixed one-year saver at 1.15%. The accounts also give access to Saga’s Possibilities programme offering discounts on food, travel, events and competitions.
Senior Discounts + is a free app that gives a comprehensive list of discounts for those age 50+. You can sort by different categories, filter by age and save your favourites.