Born before 1960? Claim these 7 Pensioner discounts!
By Jessica Truss | Published January 20, 2020
If you're a pensioner, you deserve to save some money!
If you haven’t done these simple hacks yet, to put it frankly, you’re wasting money every single day. Whether it be supermarkets or energy companies, they all have one thing in common: they will overcharge you as much as possible.
Here’s our top 5 things that every pensioner should be doing to save £££'s in 2020:
1. Slash a third off rail travel
If you regularly use the train you could save with a Senior Railcard.
You must be over 60 and you can apply up to two weeks before your 60th birthday. The discount may not always apply — for example, during peak times.
Apply at senior-railcard.co.uk or fill in a form at a staffed station. You will need proof of age, such as a passport or a driving licence.
2. Save hundreds on your energy bills in 60 seconds
Did you know that greedy energy companies are ripping us off to the tune of £300 or more every single year? With another round of price hikes just around the corner, it could be a brutal winter for millions of us.
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3. Enjoy cinema for less
Cinema chains including Odeon sell discounted tickets at select screenings. Odeon offers so-called Silver Cinema screenings for the over-55s, where tickets start from £3 and include tea and biscuits.
Odeon says you may need to show proof of age, such as a passport.
It's a great reason to enjoy the cinema for less.
4. Stop paying for television
Do you watch a lot of TV? You can get a free TV licence once you’re over 75.
When you renew at 74, select the ‘aged 74 or over’ option. You will be issued a short-term licence.
This will last until your next birthday, when you no longer need to pay. Your direct debit will then be cancelled automatically by TV Licensing.
5. No More Prescription charges
In England, you can get free prescriptions from the age of 60. Because your date of birth is printed on the prescription, the fee will be waived automatically.
Eye tests are also free from this age. You don’t have to say anything when you book, but bring proof of age to your appointment.
Specsavers and Boots Opticians also offer discounts on glasses for the over-60s.
6. £300 to help with winter bills
Get a lump sum of up to £300 to help with winter bills.
Winter is a tough time for many as the cold sets in, but there's help available.
- Winter fuel payments. If you were born on or before 5 May 1953, you're eligible for the up to £300 winter fuel payment.
If you get certain benefits, eg, state pension, pension credit or jobseeker's allowance, you'll usually get it automatically – otherwise you may have to claim.
Cold weather payments. Anyone on certain benefits, eg, pension credit, specific income support, jobseeker's allowance, gets £25 for every seven days there are sub-zero temperatures. It's paid automatically.
7. Get 25% off glasses
Nab extra over-60s' discounts on glasses and lenses
Glasses are an unavoidable expense for many, so use discounts where you can to bring costs down.
High street optician Specsavers gives over-60s 25% off glasses and lenses if you buy any single pair of glasses from its £69 range or above. The deal isn't valid with other offers.
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