Freebies and discounts for over-55s | RetireWise with Key

When you’re in or approaching retirement, you may have to start caring for the pennies a little more. And there are schemes, discounts and dispensations in place to help you. But do you know when you become eligible for them? We’ve rounded up some of the more common ones below so you can get your hands on a whole host of discounts and freebies. We’ve listed the ones you need to know here.

55+

Cheap cinema tickets

Although money may be a bit tighter, that doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying yourself. For example, every Wednesday, Odeon Cinemas hold Silver Screenings for over-55s.

Tickets are £3, which also includes free refreshments. You can see what’s on near you here.

Vue and Empire offer similar deals, although you have to be 60 or over to claim.

60+

Free bus pass
If you live in London, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, when you turn 60, you can apply for a free bus pass. It’s a great way to keep up your social or work activities while saving a little bit of cash.

It’s a straightforward application process too. If you live in England or Wales, head over to the gov.uk website using this link, type in your postcode, and you’ll be directed to your local county council’s website where you can apply.

If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland, there are links to where you need to visit a little further down the gov.uk page.

For those who live in England, but outside London, you can get a free bus pass when you reach female State Pension age, which depends on when you were born. Check your State Pension age here.

Senior railcard

If a bus won’t cut it, or you simply prefer to travel by train, then get your hands on a senior railcard.

It’s £30 a year and will get you 1/3 off rail fares across Britain. On their website, they show you how much you could save on a single journey. So, if you have a long trip to make, it may even be worth it for a one-off.

Free prescriptions

There’s no getting away from it, as you get older, it’s likely you will need to visit the chemist more. And with prescriptions in England £9 per item, it can be costly.

However, when you reach 60, you no longer have to pay.

Free NHS sight tests

Similarly to prescriptions, once you reach 60, NHS sight tests become free. As well, Specsavers and Boots Opticians offer discounts on glasses to those over 60, including big-name brands.

65+

Winter fuel payment

Winter fuel payments come in the form of a tax-free annual lump sum. Last year, more than 12 million people received one. And as things stand, if you’re 65 or over, you will too.

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