By Tara Rippin • 29 April 2021 • 8:41
How to save money in Spain if aged 60 plus.
WITH a bit of searching around, there are plenty of ways to save money and pay less if you’re a pensioner living in Spain.
And some of these discounts offered by travel and leisure firms, as well shops and hairdressers, are applicable to those aged over 60.
With national travel within regions becoming more and more attractive, it’s worth having a look at how to save money on train travel, advises Money Saver Spain.
Renfe’s Golden Card is aimed at anyone aged 60 and over with discounts of up to 40 per cent on most trains across Spain.
Anyone over 60 can request a Tarjeta Dorada for travel on Renfe trains. The card is valid for a year and costs just €6.
You can get hold of one of these cards at any Renfe ticket office or at your local travel agency.
It offers a 40 per cent discount on local, AVA and long-distance trains on certain days, and between 25 and 40 per cent discount on Avent trains, again on specified days, but surprisingly these include weekends.
Families with three or more children will get a minimum discount of up to 20 per cent while children under four travel free.
We all want to save a bit on our weekly shopping bills, and most supermarket chains have regular offers, coupons and discounts, including Mercadona and Carrefour which offers a 65 plus card.
These are available at your local store and you will need to be a resident in Spain and take along photo ID.
The biggest savings can be made if you purchase lots of fresh produce where you can save money with a ‘No IVA card’.
You can also make savings on new glasses, as well as banking.
Once travel across the whole of the country is allowed, legally resident pensioners in Spain can take advantage of reduced cost holidays.
Public body IMSERSO offers holidays during off-season across Spain, and on occasions to nearby countries too.
And if you are over 55, you can take advantage of 10 per cent discounts at certain hotel chains.
There are also discounts for pensioners at museums, cinemas, theatres, gyms and even group classes.
It’s worth checking out your local ayuntamiento (town hall’s) website to find out more about discounts that are available in your area.
You will need to prove your age and be a legal resident in Spain to qualify for the discounts.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
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