Top savings available with your Seniors Card
THE changes to the Pensions Asset Test from January 1, are putting even more pressure seniors wallets.
However, with a Seniors Card, it is often possible to make your money stretch further by utilising the available discounts on everyday services and items.
There are thousands of savings to be made, with a search of the state government seniors websites or the Seniors Card Directory laying them all out.
We have trawled the lengthy list for some of the best discounts and freebies on offer.
TRAVEL & TRANSPORT
- AIG Insurance offers 20% off its domestic and international travel insurance products for NSW Senior Card holders.
- InsureandGo offers Senior Card holders a 15% discount on its travel insurance.
- In NSW, Uber offers access to discounted trips, workshops on how to use the Uber app, and briefing sessions for anyone interested in becoming an Uber driver.
- Jax Tyres offers a 10% discount on mechanical repairs and 5% off tyre purchases.
- Ultra Tune offers 10% off its manufacturer's handbook service.
- Queensland has a reciprocal agreement with New Zealand so holders of the Queensland Seniors Card, Seniors Card +go and Seniors Business Discount Card can get discounts and special offers on goods and services from businesses participating in New Zealand's SuperGold Card program.
- Specsavers offers Senior Card holders 25% off the total price (which includes frame, lenses and any extra options) when purchasing a pair of glasses from the $149 range or above.
- Anytime Fitness offers a discount on club membership at the discretion of the local gym manager.
- White Lady Funerals offers Seniors Card holders $250 off the cost of a prepaid funeral or funeral service. This offer is valid until December 31, 201
ENTERTAINMENT & TECHNOLOGY
- Most Coffee Clubs offer a 10% discount on all full-price food and drinks to Senior Card holders.
- Sizzler restaurants offers a 20% discount off food when purchased any time on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and before 6pm on Thursday through to Sunday.
- Telstra offers a free or low-cost Tech Savvy program in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales. The program is designed to give Seniors training to develop their skills in using technology.
- Telstra also runs a free Broadband for Seniors service at Telstra kiosks, where Seniors can learn to use computers and how to access the internet. For more details, visit www.bfseniors.com.au or call 1300 795 897.
- In Queensland, Senior Shopper is a free phone-shopping service that helps Seniors Card, Seniors Card +go and Seniors Business Discount Card holders get the best price on a whole range of goods and services. Visit seniorshopper.com.au or call 1300 366 265.
HOUSE AND HOME
- In NSW, AGL offers 22% off electricity usage, 15% off gas usage, and an account credit of $50 when signing up for gas and electricity online. In Victoria the electricity and gas discounts are higher.
- Lite n'Easy offers a 5% discount on its meal plans and delivery service.
State governments also offer a range of discounts on public transport, health and public facilities. These are detailed on each state's individual Senior Card websites.
For NSW, visit http://www.seniorscard.nsw.gov.au/
Links to all of the other states Seniors Card websites are available at www.australia.gov.au/content/seniors-card.
Each State has a card program with the rules of eligibility being consistent - you must be a resident of the state, 60 years of age or over, and not working more than a set numbers of hours per week in paid employment.
The rule of thumb for any Seniors Card discount or freebie is you must have your card with you, and you should always check before you buy to ensure the Seniors Card discount is better value than the existing or sale price of the goods or services.
Not every business displays a Seniors Card Welcome Here sticker, so don't be afraid to ask if a discount is available.
Some states also have reciprocal arrangements for using a Seniors Card interstate.