For many, money is tight after retirement – but there are ways to save money, not just on your shopping but on having a good time too. Here are some tips on making the most of your money – and your retirement.
• B & Q
Over 60s can apply for a Diamond Card and get 10% off all purchases on Wednesdays.
Apply for an Advantage Card and you’ll get 10 points for every £1 spent on Boots and No7 products, 25% off glasses costing £79 or more and 15% off all hearing aids, plus exclusive over 60s offers.
• The Book People
The Book People offer a concessionary rate for OAPs – simply order by post first time (or next time, if you are already a customer) and include your pensioner number. The concession will be applied to all following orders, whether you order online, by phone or by post.
LIVING THE HIGH LIFE
• The Diamond Club
Over 50s can apply for Diamond Club membership to get discounts in over 100 pubs and restaurants.
• Cinema Discounts
Vue has a Seniors Cinema Club, with special viewings and prices that include a cup of tea and a biscuit. Empire Seniors is similar, with special showings on Wednesdays that also include tea/coffee and a biscuit, with tickets costing just £3, while Odeon has a similar Senior Screen. At Cineworld, Senior Tickets are the same price as Student Tickets and prices remain the same after 5pm (whereas standard ticket prices rise sharply. Vue, Empire and Odeon all offer discounted over 60s tickets.
Most museums offer concessions for seniors and English Heritage and National Trust offer reduced membership fees. Many theatres and theatre companies also offer concessions for seniors, including The National Theatre, The Royal Opera House and The English National Opera, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Barbican and the Really Useful Group of theatres which comprises The Lyric, The Apollo, The Gielgud, The Queen’s, The Palace (all on Shaftesbury Avenue),The Duchess, The Theatre Royal Drury lane, The Cambridge, The Garrick, the New London, Her Majesty’s Theatre and The London Palladium.
A National Express Senior Coachcard saves you a third on fares and can pay for itself in just one trip, so if you’re planning a day trip or short break, check their website for details. A Freedom Pass gives you free travel in London, whether you’re using a river service, bus or any train (National Rail, Underground, Overground or DLR), although restrictions apply.
Marriott Hotels offer a saving of 15% or more on your room rate if you’re over 62.
Many other companies, shops, gyms, leisure centres, pubs and restaurants offer discounts or special deals, so stay on the lookout for offers – and if you can’t see one advertised, ask! What have you got to lose?
If you need advice on any of the services offered by Associated Stairlifts, including renting a stairlift, then don’t hesitate to get in touch!