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    Former MSE Natasha
    Great 'What discounts can I get now I'm over 60?' Hunt
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    • 30th Mar 10, 1:03 PM
    Great 'What discounts can I get now I'm over 60?' Hunt 30th Mar 10 at 1:03 PM
    Around a fifth of the population are 60 years old or over, so it's no wonder some companies (plus the Government) offer extra discounts and incentives to tempt the group's custom and loyalty. So we'd like to tap MoneySavers' knowledge for where these discounts, savings and promotions can be had.

    Examples include annual winter fuel payments between 125 and 400, the Freedom TFL travel pass if you live in a London borough and 10% off Boots brand products if you join its free health club.

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    Last edited by Former MSE Natasha; 05-04-2010 at 11:20 PM.
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  • Dodder
    My mum's council in Richmond North Yorkshire doesn't do that offer so i think it's only some....
    Originally posted by NEH
    You're right I'm sure... just for the record, my local council is Shropshire.
    • NEH
    • By NEH 7th Apr 10, 5:46 PM
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    You're right I'm sure... just for the record, my local council is Shropshire.
    Originally posted by Dodder

    Well they do have two councils covering that area and I couldn't find it anywhere...Mum ended up buying hers at she needed it but perhaps it's one of those things that you have to phone up and ask...
    • stingyscot
    • By stingyscot 7th Apr 10, 6:28 PM
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    Free swimming at certain pools
    My husband goes at least 3 times per week and hasn't paid a penny for over a year!
  • Claphamite
    It's cheaper to sign up to English Heritage if you're over 60, and you can take up to six grandchildren/nephews and nieces each on visits to castles and other historic properties. If you agree to pay by direct debit, you get 15 months for the price of 12 at the moment, and you can always cancel after that.
    • islandman
    • By islandman 7th Apr 10, 7:37 PM
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    Wherever we are due to pay, out comes the lines,:-

    "do you give pensioners discount please?"

    " do you give registered disabled discount please?" (for my wife)

    if my daughter/son-in-law are with us it is:-

    "do you give Forces discount please?".

    Something that might be worth considering, in view of the fact that this could well be a regional thing, is should we somehow try to divide the country as in N.S.E. & W?
    • hethmar
    • By hethmar 7th Apr 10, 9:13 PM
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    5 for the railcard? My council says 19 (instead of 26 on the train sites)
  • PP60
    Hollywood Bowl have a concession rate for the over 55's, 2.25 off peak, compared to an adult ticket of 4.75 peak time, or 3.15 off peak. x
  • maria74
    Transmanche ferries (part of LD Lines) in Newhaven (4hr crossing to Dieppe) give 20% off travel if the lead passenger is over 60 - the rest of the party can be any age.
    You need to either book over the phone or go to the port in person (there are other discounts too such as under 25, student under 27 or people with disabilities).

    Here are the contact details as found on the website (no discount online)
    You can find the best fares for you then phone up or go down there. You do have to ask for the discount though.

    United Kingdom and Ireland : 0844 576 8836 (National UK numbers only)
    or United Kingdom : 0800 917 1201

    Transmanche Ferries Newhaven
    Newhaven Ferry Port
    Railway Approach
    East Sussex BN9 0DF
    • terryw
    • By terryw 8th Apr 10, 9:13 AM
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    Most racetracks offer discounts to "OAP"s - I find it sufficient to show your travelcard to obtain the discount.
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    • seven-day-weekend
    • By seven-day-weekend 8th Apr 10, 9:23 AM
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    Thankyou Maria24 for the post about Transmanche ferries from Newhaven, we were thinking of using that route to return to Spain after our stint in the UK.
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  • PhilP
    over 60's concessions
    Opera lovers visiting London should note that ENO sell seats at half-price to over 60's three hours before curtain-up at the Coliseum.
  • hallcross
    According to Working Lunch and the featured directgov website if your 60th Birthday falls after 6th April 2010 you will have to wait until your 'normal' pension age to get this benefit. The eligible date appears to follow the same staggered calculations as the incremental dates which change the women's pension age from 60 to 65. This applies to both men and women for the pass.
    Originally posted by J & J
    A bit confusing this, I am 60 in October, are you saying I have to wait until I am 65?
    Direct Gov website is a bit unclear on this?
  • briansilk
    Cheap for over 60s
    Bus pass is great. Lots of cinemas and theatres give discount if asked. They do not always advertise so you should always ask. Pensioner meals at restaurants - you dont generally have to be an OAP.
    FREE swimming - some areas do (Brighton) some don't (WORTHING)

    Doesn't matter what age, always ask for discount whenever you can. Doesn't always work but age helps!
  • hallcross
    Everyone Active Gyms have concessions for membership for 60+, you may have to ask for it.
  • Equity
    Many theatre performances – both profesional and amateur – offer concessionary rates (typically a couple of pounds) to we over-60s.

    Another saving (for men at least): cheaper OAP haircuts at many barbers if you avoid the weekend.
    Last edited by Equity; 08-04-2010 at 5:44 PM.
    • islandman
    • By islandman 8th Apr 10, 6:33 PM
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    Just discovered that by showing your bus pass, you get the use of free deckchairs in Weymouth, BUT, you have to be a resident !
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 8th Apr 10, 9:40 PM
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    For those aged 50-59, it may be worth looking through this older thread. (And I may ask if I can rename this one to include us youngsters! )

    If anyone spots anything useful from that thread, please add the details here!
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  • magpies122
    The last time I renewed my car insurance, I asked if there was any discount for pensioners....and there was! Got 35 knocked off the premium.
  • kenbaker04
    The Leisure Peninsula
    On the Wirral apart from travel passes on merseyrail and bus services, over 60's can swim free in the local swimming pools, get allotments at half price (about 13 a year), and the council issue a passport costing 3.10 which gives up to 50% discount on local authority Cultural and Leisure services
  • J & J
    A bit confusing this, I am 60 in October, are you saying I have to wait until I am 65?
    Direct Gov website is a bit unclear on this?
    Originally posted by hallcross
    No, the change from 60 to 65 is staggered for women's pension age and for everyone's bus pass entitlement. Their website: gives your eligibility for a bus pass as being between 6 Mar 2011 and 6 May 2011 depending on your actual date of birth.
    Hope this helps.
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