5 benefits uk pensioners don't know they're missing out on

By Sam Kane | Published January 21, 2020

As people live longer and retire on smaller pension pots, funding retirement poses a real challenge for millions each year.

One of the best ways of making sure your income goes as far as possible is to become a bargain-hunter. By being thrifty and searching out the best deals and discounts aimed at retirees, you can save a fortune.

If you haven’t done these simple hacks yet, to put it frankly, you’re wasting money every single day. 

Here’s our top 5 things that every pensioner should be doing to save £££'s in 2020:

1. ​Slash your bills while eating out

If you’re 50 and over, then the free Diamond Club card gets you and a guest (as long as they are aged 50 and over too) a range of discounts on food at over 100 pubs and carveries. The best discounts are usually Monday to Friday and on Saturdays before 3pm, although it varies depending on the venue.

Look out too for deals on offer at times of the day when people usually work, such as a meal deal that begins after 2pm Monday to Friday. Vintage Inns, for example, offers two courses from its fixed price menu for £8.50 at any time before 5pm Monday to Friday – perfect for lunch or an early dinner.

2. Travel for ​Cheap

  • Free bus pass  - You can get free travel on local buses in England and Wales depending on when you were born. For more information on how to apply visit the website and use the State Pension Age calculator, it will give you the exact date you can apply for your free bus pass. In Northern Ireland and Scotland the rules are slightly different – you can apply for a bus pass once you reach 60. 
  • Senior Railcard  - The Senior Railcard is available to anyone aged 60 or over. It costs £30 per year and gives you a third of standard, off-peak, first-class anytime and advance tickets. You can apply for one online using your passport of UK driving licence as ID. You can also apply at most railway stations, where you can also use your birth certificate as proof of age. 
  • Coach concessions  At the moment there isn’t a national scheme to give discounts on coach tickets for older people. However, it’s worth checking with your coach operator if they do offer any discounts. The National Express offers a Senior Coachcard for people aged 60 and over. It costs £10 per year and gives a third of prices. 

3. Save hundreds on your energy bills 

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4. go shopping and Get more, for less

Savvy retailers know that retirees are a big source of trade and acknowledge that with all manner of perks, including discount cards and special discount days for over-60s. Hairdressers, gyms and entertainment venues often offer deals of this type.

Boots offers discounts and deals to people over 60. If you are an Advantage card holder you can earn 10 points for every £1 spent on Boots-branded products, as well as get 25% off glasses at Boots Opticians (when you spend £79 or more), 15% off hearing aids and access to other "in-store events". You will need to sign up for these offers online or in a shop.

Specsavers also offers 25% off glasses and lenses for the over-60s.

B&Q has an over-60s club. Upon application, members receive a Diamond card that entitles them to a 10% discount every Wednesday.

5. Leisure for less

  • National Trust People over 60 can get a National Trust senior membership for £44.50 per year as long as they have been a member for at least five years in the past 10. A couple with one person over 60 can join for £72.50. 
  • English Heritage  If you’re over 60 you can get unlimited access to over 400 historic places with a English Heritage senior membership, costing £41 for single membership or £63. 
  • Cinema tickets  Odeon, Vue, Cineworld and Picture House cinemas offer discounted tickets for seniors.  Odeon’s Silver Cinema is a weekly film screening for those over-55. Tickets are £3 each and includes a hot drink and snack.  Vue Seniors Cinema Club screenings for the over sixties where tickets cost between £3.79 or £3.29 depending on the site, the price includes free cup of tea and a biscuit.  The Picturehouse chain – the independent arm of the Cineworld chain – offers a free Silver Screen club, where screenings before 5pm on Tuesday and Thursdays are £5.50, including free hot drink and biscuit. The membership is free and the scheme may vary from branch to branch.   At Cineworld, anyone aged 60 and over can receive up to a third off their ticket price. 

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