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    • sunnyflower
    • By sunnyflower 21st May 16, 8:13 PM
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    Blue Light Card
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    • 21st May 16, 8:13 PM
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    Blue Light Card 21st May 16 at 8:13 PM
    This card doesn't seem to be widely known. It's for people working in the emergency services, NHS and armed forces and HMP. It costs a fiver for 3 years, there are a variety of places to use it, (my favourites ones are Bon March and Frankie and Bennies)
    Blue Light Card

    Official MoneySavingExpert insert Tue 11 Sep: Emergency Services and NHS workers, and those in the Armed Forces, can register for a free online Blue Light Card to receive discounts for online retailers. There's an optional physical card for use in high street retailers, which costs 4.99 for a five-year membership.

    Who's eligible?

    You qualify for a Blue Light Card if you're a paid employee within the below services:
    • NHS
    • Police Service
    • Ambulance Service
    • Fire Service
    • HM Prison Service/HMPPS
    • NHS Dental Practice
    • HM Armed Forces
    • MoD Civil Servant
    • MoD Fire Service
    • MoD Police
    • Highways Agency
    • Border Force
    • Immigration Enforcement
    • UK Visas and Immigration
    • HM Coastguard
    • RNLI
    • Search and Rescue
    • 4x4 Response
    • Blood Bikes
    • First Responders
    • St Andrews Ambulance
    • St John Ambulance

    You're also eligible if you're a volunteer for the HM Coastguard, RNLI, Search and Rescue, 4x4 Response, Blood Bikes, First Responders, St Andrews Ambulance or St John Ambulance.

    What offers are available?
    Starbucks has told us you can get 10% off your total bill (excluding gift cards) at all Starbucks stores when you show your Blue Light Card.

    Unfortunately, you can't see which other offers are available until you've signed up, but in the past we've spotted offers such as 10% off at Iceland, 20% off Superdry, and discounts at several popular restaurants.

    If you have a Blue Light Card, don't just assume it'll give you the best discounts - always compare offers to check you're getting the best deal.

    Check out the Deals pages to make sure you're getting the best deal.

    Big thanks to sunnyflower for the spot!
    This Forum tip was included in's weekly email!
    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 12-09-2018 at 12:09 PM.
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    • Clowance
    • By Clowance 22nd May 16, 8:26 AM
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    • 22nd May 16, 8:26 AM
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    • 22nd May 16, 8:26 AM
    interesting, but there isn't anything I can see without registering about how much discount is offered? Also, if its not widely known, surely there would be difficulty in presenting in shops etc as they would never have seen one before. What is your experience?
    Don't forget quidco/topcashback - I do!
    • sammi86
    • By sammi86 22nd May 16, 4:32 PM
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    • 22nd May 16, 4:32 PM
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    • 22nd May 16, 4:32 PM
    My mum has this through the NHS (i have an NHS card but havent signed up to the blue light) she just says shes got an NHS discount card when she gets to the till. Generally i think its 10% off in most places that accept it but then again, ive only seen her use it in a handful of places. (BHS, New Look, Dorothy Perkins, Nandos, F&B's). But from what ive seen, it just the same as showing the normal NHS card but with a few more specific deals, offers and discounts
    Last edited by sammi86; 22-05-2016 at 4:38 PM.
    • sunnyflower
    • By sunnyflower 23rd May 16, 9:37 AM
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    • 23rd May 16, 9:37 AM
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    • 23rd May 16, 9:37 AM
    When I first went to Bon Marche they hadn't seen one before, but found the code eventually, and not had any problems since.
    I used it a couple of times at the cinema and they recognised it straightaway.
    I have used it on-line for fragrance direct, Bulldog and BM without any problem (plus Nectar points with BM &#128512.
    • tonycottee
    • By tonycottee 19th Jun 17, 11:51 AM
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    • #5
    • 19th Jun 17, 11:51 AM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 11:51 AM
    I've signed up to this recently and found some useful discounts. Some of the discounts you can find easily elsewhere, but I think some of them are quite exclusive. There's a review about the card here.
    Last edited by tonycottee; 10-07-2017 at 11:41 AM.
    • jenniewb
    • By jenniewb 21st Jun 17, 3:31 AM
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    • #6
    • 21st Jun 17, 3:31 AM
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    • 21st Jun 17, 3:31 AM
    My sister has one of these (works as a nurse), I don't know what all the offers are but remember the ones she mentioned seemed pretty similar to what you can get if you are a registered student and use Unidays and NUS Extra.
    • Skoorb
    • By Skoorb 21st Jun 17, 1:45 PM
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    • 21st Jun 17, 1:45 PM
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    • 21st Jun 17, 1:45 PM
    If you are in the NHS (or for anyone in the country who can be bothered to join free as a public member of their local Foundation Trust), there is also the larger Health Service Discounts website, which is free but only offers discounts online and by phone rather than in store.
    • firelw
    • By firelw 20th Feb 18, 3:14 PM
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    • #8
    • 20th Feb 18, 3:14 PM
    blue light card
    • #8
    • 20th Feb 18, 3:14 PM
    you still need to do your homework before using the card. companies such Apple, offer very poor discounts, and you can buy items cheaper on line, apple tv 4k 175, elsewhere on line around 120. don't assume you are getting a good deal.
    • Squeeks Mum
    • By Squeeks Mum 21st Feb 18, 8:11 PM
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    Squeeks Mum
    • #9
    • 21st Feb 18, 8:11 PM
    Worth having
    • #9
    • 21st Feb 18, 8:11 PM
    I have this card - Employees of the British Red Cross are also eligible - and I use it loads. 14.50 off a meal for 4 at Frankie & Bennys, 8 off a meal for 2 at Toby, saving of 4 on cinema tickets and nearly 50 off our Christmas holiday
    • vmaxjude
    • By vmaxjude 24th Feb 18, 5:48 PM
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    I work for the Home Office and was told about the Blue Light Card by my head of unit, who said his wife saves loads on it. I signed up and paid my 4.99 for a 5 year card. There are literally dozens of companies who offer discounts or deals for card holders - a lot of them are obscure, but a lot are mainstream as well, including all the main cinema chains. I have just bought 2 Odeon cinema tickets for my daughter and I for this evening and have saved 9 - so that has paid for the card already and then some. You pay through the Blue Light Card site (adult and U12 child tickets are available) and you get a code which you use to pay for your tickets on the cinema booking site. It's very easy. There are 2 types - inside and outside the M25.
    Outside the M25 are cheaper, but even the inside the M25 tickets are nearly 5 cheaper than full price. If you only use the card to buy cinema tickets then it is a fantastic deal!

    Update 24 March 2018 - I presented my card in Prezzo in East Grinstead where I was having a family meal for my niece's birthday. It saved us 65 off our bill for 8 people. 65!!
    Last edited by vmaxjude; 24-03-2018 at 3:26 PM.
    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 12th Sep 18, 9:35 AM
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    • BizKiTRoAcH
    • By BizKiTRoAcH 12th Sep 18, 6:05 PM
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    I've had mine a few months. Used it to buy a few cinema tickets for odeon (saved about 8) and got 20% off at nandos when I was out for food with the missus the other week
    • Frugalfamily3
    • By Frugalfamily3 15th Sep 18, 8:11 AM
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    This is a great little piece of plastic! I used mine in B@dy Shop this week and got 25% off, no minimum spend either. Also sent my sis-in-law some flowers and got 10% off. There's been other discounts too.

    In total I've saved around 30 (excluding the initial 5 fee to get the card) and I've only had it for 2 months.
    Last edited by Frugalfamily3; 15-09-2018 at 8:14 AM.
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    • bowlesbargain
    • By bowlesbargain 16th Sep 18, 10:49 AM
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    P&O cruise
    I tried to use it to book a cruise it gives extra OBC, but you have to book direct with P&O so if you have a agent who gives a discount you have to check which is better to use the card or have the discount off the agent.
    I did contact P&O all they would say was it had to be used at time of booking my agent phoned them with the code but they said they could only use the code if the booking was direct with the. I went via my agent as she gave a discount of 65 I think the OBC was 50 but I had the service of a agent to do all the paperwork.
    Hope that helps, But the card is worth having
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