Four places to ask for a discount

Many people assume that because a discount isn’t advertised, there simply isn’t one to be had. However, it’s often a case of ‘if you don’t ask …’ so here are the places where it’s at least worth enquiring if there are any savings to be had.

Supermarkets
Supermarkets aren’t known for their generosity, however, there are some that will offer seniors discounts on a certain day, or as part of the state’s seniors week. If you have an independent supermarket or grocer, there is a strong likelihood that your continued custom will be rewarded with a discount.

For example, Ritchie’s offers a five per cent seniors’ discount every Thursday on transactions over $20.

Hairdressers
Whether it’s the local barber or a swish salon, hairdressers are the best places to secure a discount. Most will offer money off on traditionally quiet days or on certain services. And if they don’t offer a discount, they may throw in an additional service, such as a colour treatment, for free.

Clothing retailers
There’s no need to pay full price for your new outfit. There are high street retailers that are more than happy to offer a seniors’ discount or a reward card that gives you money off the more you spend. Some retailers also offer free or reduced alterations if you’re a senior, so don’t be afraid to ask.

Millers offers 10 per cent to Seniors Card holders while Noni B offers a 10 per cent discount in certain stores on Tuesdays.

Cinemas
As well as offering concessions, many cinemas will have special seniors showings or days when seniors can buy reduced price tickets. Some will ask you to sign up to their movie club, while others will simply ask you to show your seniors card or prove your age.

Village Cinemas offers $8 tickets to seniors’ sessions on a Friday morning, while Event Cinemas offer $9 tickets every day and a free session once you’ve booked six.

Do you know of any retailers, national or local, that are happy to offer discounts to seniors?

Written by Debbie McTaggart

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