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The best discounts for older people

27th May 2015

This news article is from Handicare UK. Articles that appear on this website are for information purposes only.

There are many advantages to being older, and one of these is the fantastic variety of discounts available to those in later life. Aside from a free bus pass, exemption from paying a TV license and reductions on certain bills, there are also a number of ways you can save if in the know.

Whether that’s shopping for essential items or simply saving on days out, we’ve sought some of the best deals for pensioners in order to share them with you. This also includes an exclusive discount for Age UK Mobility stair lift customers, so keep your eyes peeled!

Senior Railcard

One of the main priorities of many older people is to remain independent, and rail travel can be a great way to maintain this. For those who may not feel comfortable driving anymore, or rely on the use of a wheelchair, using the train can give access to a wealth of locations all across the UK. This means that you can visit family in locations that are farther away, or simply treat yourself to a day out or mini break in another part of the country.

“A 60th birthday is a big milestone. But with a Senior Railcard, it’s also the starting point for travelling many more miles too. That’s because it gives you 1/3 off Standard and First Class Anytime, Off-Peak and Advance fares. It means you can save money on visits to the grandkids, trips into town to catch a show, or weekends by the seaside – as many times as you like. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The Railcard costs just £30. So after a couple of trips, the card will have paid for itself. And over a year, you could save an average of £114.
  • Your Senior Railcard will save you 1/3 off a wide range of tickets. Why not use our journey planner to see what savings you can make?
  • Your Railcard doesn’t just save you money on travel. It saves you money with our partners too – on days out, museums, hotels and more. Visit our Offers and Rewards area regularly to keep up to date on the great deals available to you.” – Senior Railcard

Our friends at Senior Railcard have also put together a discount just for Age UK Mobility users. Head on to the Senior Railcard website or call 0345 3000 250 and use promo code ‘AGEUK15’* when prompted to receive a 15% discount when you purchase a 1-Year Senior Railcard!

Specsavers

Glasses are often something that many of us have to invest in as we get older, as our sight begins to deteriorate with age. However, with Specsavers, it is still possible to remain fashionable with the range of stylish frames that they stock, and the expert stylists who will help you find glasses which suit you best. Not only this, but Specsavers also offer discounts to older people, meaning that these can be purchased for a more affordable price.

“As we age our eyes become more susceptible to certain problems so it is really important that people over the age of 60 visit the optician regularly and have an up to date prescription for their glasses, that’s why we offer over 60s a 25% discount on glasses.” - Head of national marketing Juliet Bousfield

In addition to these services, Specsavers Healthcall provides eye care at home for people who may not be able to visit a high street optician due to physical or mental disability. It is also worth noting that pensioners may be eligible for free eye tests funded by the NHS, and more can be read about this here.

ODEON

Got some time on your hands? If yes, this is the perfect excuse to relax and watch a good film. Going to the cinema is the ultimate movie lover’s treat, and can be enjoyed equally as much either alone or with friends. Those lucky enough to be located near to the ODEON’s participating Silver Cinemas can watch blockbuster films just one or two months after release.

“ODEON Silver Cinema offers a spectrum of films for our more mature audience aged 55+ from just £3*. With complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits on offer before the film, ODEON Silver Cinema gives you the chance to sit back, relax and watch the latest releases. You can now also pre-book your tickets up to four weeks in advance, which gives you plenty of time to plan what you want to watch. Visit the website for more information or speak to a team member at the cinema.” - Odeon

English Heritage

Learning about the history of our country can be truly fascinating, and visiting the many English Heritage sites across England can provide wonderful days out. There are more than 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites to choose from, such as Stonehenge, Osborne House and Kenilworth, which are completely free when visited with a senior membership.

“We offer older people discounts on membership; one senior membership is £41 (saving £9 on one single adult membership), and a joint senior membership is £63 (saving £25 on a joint adult membership). Members also get access to exclusive days out and events, as well as talks and lectures, and reduced prices on special ticketed events.” – English Heritage

Wyevale Garden Centres

Gardening is a past time that is popular with many older people, which often goes hand in hand with browsing garden centres to purchase products to help with this. Wyevale Garden Centres are located in a number of destinations all over England and Wales, and offer many accessible places to shop for plants and garden accessories. Seniors can sign up to the Garden Club, which currently has more than 3 million members, and gives those over 60 the opportunity to earn double points on Tuesdays. Members earn 5 points per £1, which are turned into vouchers four times a year and sent to customers in the post.

Not forgetting that many of these garden centres have restaurants and tea rooms, making them the perfect place to socialise with friends and enjoy a refreshment or two!

Image Credit: Pictures of Money (Flickr.com), Senior Railcard, Specsavers, ODEON, English Heritage, Wyedale Garden Centres

This content was written by Emily Bray. Please feel free to visit my Google + profile to read more stories.

*Note, ‘AGEUK15’ promo code expires at 23:59, 31st December 2015.