Once you’ve reached a certain age, you may begin to wonder when you’ll be eligible for senior discounts. You may not like being called “Aunty” or “Uncle” by someone who appears to look your age, but ageing does come with some perks as after all.
And, we are not talking about the coveted rights to the priority seat on public transport.
We have compiled a list of all the discounts and perks that are available once you turn 50 – from supermarkets, restaurants to tourist attractions.
Senior discounts become available for you once you turn 50, although most (i.e. better ones) are only available once you reach 60, so this is a reason to look forward to the next milestone in your golden years.
Watsons and Guardian both offer up to 10% discounts once you turn 50. Notably, these are some of the only pharmacies that offer discounts at this age.
Guardian offers a 5% discount on products, but only if you have its Guardian Golden Senior Card.
Watsons is generally more generous, offering a 5% discount storewide, and 10% off when purchasing prescription medicines.
Unity offers discounts once you turn 60, with 2% discount on Wednesdays. Once you turn 70 this is increased to 3% on Mondays as well.
|Watsons||50||5% storewide, 10% for prescription medicines||Anytime|
|Guardian||5% with Guardian Golden Senior Card|
|Unity||70||3%||Mondays and Wednesdays|
Supermarkets are largely similar when it comes to senior discounts. The maximum discount offered by the main supermarket chains in Singapore is 3%, although the date and items this amount applies depends on the supermarket.
Sheng Siong and Cold Storage both offer 3% off on Wednesdays for seniors above the age of 60, although Sheng Siong only allows discounts for purchases of up to $200, while Cold Storage has no limit.
NTUC Fairprice also has a $200 purchase limit, and also follows the same discounts as Unity (due to Unity being owned by NTUC).
Giant has a 3% discount on Tuesdays for those 60 and above.
Prime Supermarket also offers a 3% discount on Mondays and Fridays for seniors above 60.
|Sheng Siong||60||3% for purchases of up to $200||Wednesdays|
|Prime Supermarket||3%||Mondays and Fridays|
|NTUC Fairprice||2% for purchases of up to $200||Wednesdays|
|NTUC Fairprice||70||3% for purchases of up to $200||Mondays and Wednesdays|
Many restaurants offer a senior discount. However, this is not fixed as restaurants are generally independent, privately-owned businesses and hence do not have to stick to a more constant discount rate.
For instance, the buffet restaurant [email protected], located at the Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel, offers a $33 buffet lunch to seniors above the age of 60. The usual price is $42 for adults. Buffet City is another buffet restaurant that offers buffet lunches starting at $22.80 on weekdays for those 55 and above.
Korean BBQ restaurant Seoul Garden offers 20% off for a buffet lunch from Mondays to Fridays for those above 60.
Pizza Hut also has a 50% off lunch deal from 1:30 PM to 5 PM on weekdays for those 55 and above.
|[email protected]||60||$33 buffet lunch, $38 buffet dinner||Daily|
|Buffet City||55||$22.80++ buffet lunch||Mondays to Fridays|
|Seoul Garden||60||20% off buffet lunch|
|Pizza Hut||55||50% off from 1.30 PM to 5 PM|
Refer to this list for more information.
Various tourist attractions also have senior discounts, so you won’t have to worry about paying too high a price for entrance if you ever feel like bringing your children or grandchildren there.
One of the most popular attractions in Singapore, Jurong Bird Park offers an entrance ticket at $9.80 for seniors above the age of 60 if they have to PAssion Silver card.
Night Safari also offers tickets for $14.70 to seniors of the same age who have the card, as does Singapore Zoo/River Safari for $11.20.
Wild Wild Wet water park offers tickets at $18 on weekdays and $24 on weekends for seniors 55 and above. However, those 70 and above are considered part of the Pioneer generation, and are granted free entry.
SEA Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa offers tickets for as low as $20 on weekdays and $26 on weekends to those above 60. Universal Studios Singapore, also located in Sentosa, offers tickets priced at $41 for those also 60 and above.
|Jurong Bird Park||60||$9.80 with PAssion Silver card||Daily|
|Night Safari||$14.70 with PAssion Silver card|
|Singapore Zoo/River Safari||$11.20 with PAssion Silver card|
|SEA Aquarium||$20 (weekdays), $26 (weekends)|
|Universal Studios Singapore||$41|
|Wild Wild Wet||55||$18 (weekdays), $24 (weekends)|
|Wild Wild Wet||70 (Pioneer)||Free|
Refer to this list for more information.
If you’re disappointed to find that most of the discounts above only apply to those 60 and above, don’t worry. All cinemas in Singapore offer discounts to seniors aged 55 and above.
Shaw, WE Cinemas, Filmgarde, and Golden Village all offer tickets for $5 and under, from Mondays to Fridays before 6 PM. Cathay offers tickets for $4 on Wednesdays for all day, while it follows the same rates as the rest on all other days (except weekends).
The Projector, a retro-styled and generally more premium cinema located in Golden Mile Tower, sells tickets at $11.50 any time and any day of the week.
|Shaw||55 and above||$4||Weekdays before 6 PM|
|Cathay||$4 (Wednesday only), $5||Wednesday any time, weekdays before 6 PM|
|The Projector||$11.50||Any time|
MoneySmart Singapore has a very detailed chart that you can find here:
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