Do your homework as a pensioner and you’ll be surprised by how many discounts are available for you out there
OLD age isn’t for sissies. Noticing a few more wrinkles and grey hairs or having your grandkids treat you as if you know nothing can be a bit of a blow to the ego. But there are some perks to being over 60 – for instance, being able to take advantage of great discounts on everything from groceries to movies, bus tickets and hotel stays.
While everyone else is paying full price, you could score yourself as much as 50% off. You just have to know where to go.
GENERAL RETAIL STORES
Pick n Pay Over-60s can earn double Smart Shopper points on Wednesdays.
Spar Check with your local Spar if they have any specials for over-60s. Because they’re franchises, not all stores have the same discounts.
Game Be sure to sign up for the Game Senior Citizens’ Discount Card so you qualify for pensioners’ discounts on Wednesdays.
Builders Pensioners can look forward to a 10% discount on Wednesdays on all products that aren’t already discounted.
Makro Over-60s get up to 10% off general goods and up to 5% off food items on Tuesdays. You just have to present your pensioner’s card (see box far right for information about how to get one).
HEALTH AND BEAUTY
Dis-Chem With its 60-Plus benefit programme, the pharmacy chain offers double points on Wednesdays for items bought in stores.
You also qualify for a free blood-pressure check each month if you buy your chronic medication at Dis-Chem.
Pensioners are also given discounts on selected salon treatments and invitations to 60 Plus tea parties.
You can sign up for a DisChem Loyalty Benefit Card – which includes the 60 Plus programme – in stores, online or via the Dis-Chem app.
Clicks With a Seniors ClubCard, you earn double points on every second
You could score as much as 50% off if you know where to go
Wednesday of the month on everything you buy. If you’re already a ClubCard member and over 60, simply switch to the ClubCard Seniors programme and start earning. Spec-Savers Pensioners aged 65 and up receive a free selected frame worth R599 when paying for an eye test and prescription lenses. Torga Optical Pensioner deals are run daily. Check at your local branch. Weigh-Less Women over 60 and men over 65 pay less in subscription fees.
TRAVEL AND TOURISM
Mango Airlines Senior citizens qualify for a 10% discount on selected flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. They just have to provide proof of identity.
Greyhound buses Over-60s get a 15% discount during off-peak periods, which is valid on prebooked and standby tickets. The discount is available only when booking at Greyhound outlets and
through the Greyhound website and Greyhound call centre. You need a valid pensioners’ card or ID when booking and boarding.
Intercape Passengers who are 60 and over score a 15% discount on all buses. You just have to present a valid ID.
InterCity Xpress Pensioners are given a 5% discount on tickets when they produce either their pensioner’s card or ID when paying.
Shosholoza Meyl Pensioners over 60 qualify for a 25% discount during off-peak periods. This offer is available for tourist class only – not economy – and an ID is required when booking a ticket.
Tsogo Sun The hotel group offers a wide range of specials and discounts for over-60s. You can save 50% off the best available rate of the day, subject to availability. SANParks South African National Parks offers up to 40% off various rates. But these don’t apply on Friday and Saturday nights or long weekends. Proof of identity is necessary.
AA The Automobile Association 60+ Advantage roadside cover provides over-60s with peace of mind for just R81 a month.
FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT
NuMetro The cinema chain offers a number of discounts on movies, depending on the type of movie you’re watching – whether it’s 3D or 2D, for instance.
All discounts are applicable only when booking at a NuMetro counter and proof of identity is required. Go to your nearest cinema to find out more about specific discounts.
Ster-Kinekor Seniors who are SK Club members get a 22% discount on all ticket types except on Tuesdays. You’ll also have access to exclusive club screenings and the VIP lounge.
The Barnyard Theatre The chain offers over-60s a 50% discount on shows. This offer is valid on Sunday afternoons at Johannesburg theatres and on Wednesdays in Cape Town. Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts Selected stores offer between five and 10% discounts to over-60s on specific days.
Spur Some franchises offer a special Seniors’ Menu, so check at your favourite branch if they have one.
OTHER COOL DISCOUNTS
Tiger Wheel & Tyre The company offers discounts on tyres and other selected products and services to customers over 60 every Tuesday. A valid driver’s licence must be produced to qualify for the discount. Property rates Many local municipalities offer discounts on property rates to pensioners. Check at your local office or the council’s website to find out how you can qualify and save.
Spec-Savers and Torga Optical offer deals and discounts for pensioners.