How to pinch extra pennies in your sixties: These are the fabulous discounts that every pensioner should know – from entertainment to travel
Turning 60 is a major milestone, so enjoy the party!
But alongside the fun make, sure you take some time to capitalise on one of the major benefits of reaching your sixth decade – the veritable bonanza of discounts you’re suddenly entitled to.
Lots of shops and attractions offer lower prices for over-60s – particularly during weekdays – so always check the advertising and, if in doubt, just ask.
If you love spending time exploring nature or old buildings, then the National Trust’s Senior Membership is something worth considering.
It’s available to over-60s who’ve been members for at least five years out of the previous 10 and entitles you to 25 per cent of adult rates. Not bad!
Man sitting in a train to the city.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) also offers discounted life membership if you are over 60, with more than £500 sliced off for the bill for individual members.
You’ll enjoy all the benefits of membership, including free access to the charity’s five spectacular gardens and 220 more that are run by partner organisations.
To take advantage of all the stunning attractions you can now visit for less, you’ll of course need to travel.
Well, you’re in luck! The over-60s railcard from National Rail costs £30 a year or £70 for three years and gives you a third off all rail fares, as well as additional discounts for days out.
One of the most popular benefits for older people are bus passes.
In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland you can get a free bus pass once you turn 60, while in London you can bag free travel on tubes and some trains too – potentially saving you hundreds of pounds every year.
If you’re jetting away, some airlines offer special discounts for seniors – so be sure to check before you book.
Health and wellbeing is another area well covered by discounts, with over 60s entitled to free prescriptions and sight tests in England.
Lots of gyms and leisure centres offer lower rates for fitness classes or exercise sessions too – so do your research!
When it comes to the home, Age UK provides handyman services for older people who need help with small practical jobs like repairs and fitting carbon monoxide detectors.
You’ll usually pay a fee, but it’s usually cheaper than what it would be on the open market.
And if you are a dog owner, the Dog Trust offers 50 per cent off membership for the over 60s, which includes unlimited access to 24 hours emergency advice and third party-public liability insurance.
That’s not something to growl at!
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