Over 60's goodies!

RobM99RobM99 Forumite
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Hi all, I know I can have a Senior railcard (and I do) and a bus pass plus state pension @ 66, (I'm 64 now) - what other jolly fine bits am I entitled to?
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    p00hsticksp00hsticks Forumite
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    edited 15 August 2020 at 11:50AM
    There used to be a thread on this topic, but I suspect it's well out of date now, so worth starting again. In my experience many companies have stopped doing age specific discounts in favour of more general schemes to get in anyone at off-peak times - probably to both avoid putting unneccessary constraints on their offers and to prevent being accused of ageism. 
    (For example B&Q and Brewers Fayre used to have age related schemes, but as far as I'm aware stopped them in favour of discount clubs available to all ages).
    The few that I'm aware of off the top of my head, apart from the ones you mention;
                    - free prescriptions in England when over 60 
                    - Odeon 'Silver Surfer' special daytime screenings with free tea & biscuits for £3 (technically for over 55's although I've never actually seen them checking anyones age)
                    - National Trust and English Heritage have reduced membership rates for seniors
                    - National Express have an over 60's Senior Coach discount card
                    - Greene King have special 'Seniors menus' - smaller portions for a reduced price,     but I can't imagine they;d refuse to sell them to somone younger.
  • RobM99RobM99 Forumite
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    Soopah! Just the sort of "perk" I'm looking for. My football club (Southend United) give a discount for over 60's but the way the season went, it's more compensation than discount!
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    RobM99 said:
    Soopah! Just the sort of "perk" I'm looking for. My football club (Southend United) give a discount for over 60's but the way the season went, it's more compensation than discount!
    I know how you feel - but fingers crossed the new manager should have Brandon scoring goals for fun next season like he did at Weymouth!
    Thinking about it, quite a lot of sporting and leisure venues and visitor attractions offer reduced admission prices for seniors.....

  • Savvy_SueSavvy_Sue Forumite
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                    - free prescriptions in England when over 60  
                    - Odeon 'Silver Surfer' special daytime screenings with free tea & biscuits for £3 (technically for over 55's although I've never actually seen them checking anyones age)
    I think you get free eye tests as well when you're over 60, and the free prescriptions was a very nice surprise as I wasn't expecting it! 

    As for Odeon, it seems to me that theatres and cinemas generally offer their Senior discounts from 60, at all times of the day. And our local cinema does (used to, anyway!) a Silver Surfer equivalent, but it was open to anyone. Tuesday mornings, films released a few months previously, with coffee. And no, no-one's ever verified my age when I've asked for a senior ticket at a cinema or theatre. 

    The OP says they already have the Senior Railcard. Even better value, if you qualify, is the Disabled Person's Railcard. The discount applies to you and a companion, and the card is slightly cheaper than for a Senior. DH and I have these because we wear hearing aids: the 'proof' for that is not onerous. Just saying ... 
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  • kazwookiekazwookie Forumite
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    Savvy Sue, Thank you, I didn't know about the disabled person's railcard and it seems I qualify, as I have hearing aids, and a battery book!
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    You're welcome. I bang on about it quite a bit, because coming from a family of hearing aid users we're well informed about such things! And of course a lot of Seniors wear hearing aids but it doesn't occur to them that it would be sufficient to get a Disabled Railcard! 
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  • huwwatkins21huwwatkins21 Forumite
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    This site could be worth a look - it's a free directory of Over Sixties Perks - oversixtiesperks (co.uk)
    (Sorry I am not allowed to post the full link yet as I am new to MSE)
  • greyteam1959greyteam1959 Forumite
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    Yes free eye tests for the over 60's.
    @kazwookie
    You can get free batteries for you hearing aids I think, but you may already know that.

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