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Recently, I went to the movies and one of my friends offered to book our tickets as she could get 40% off all our passes with her workplace reward scheme. What further sweetened the deal was she could also hook us up with some cheap cinema snacks.
As if it couldn’t get any better – the discount wasn’t only on set weekdays. She could buy low-cost cinema tickets any day of the week.
Here I have been banging on about Meerkat Mondays (and how I managed to get my hands on a membership for just £1) – but that is limited to one extra ticket a week and only on Tuesday and Wednesdays.
This was a revelation to say the least.
Naturally, it got me thinking: what other employee discounts are available? Unfortunately, as I’m self-employed, there is no reward scheme for me – but I thought I’d pull together a few lists for you. This week, it’s discounts for NHS staff, with teachers and Armed Forces to follow in coming weeks.
SO HOW DO YOU GET THESE BARGAINS?
There are several reward schemes offered to employees of the NHS which offer invaluable money-saving opportunities. The Blue Light card, for instance, provides those in the NHS, Emergency Services and Armed Forces with discounts both online and in store – and it seems to offer money off a ton of restaurants and retailers.
While some restaurants and retailers offer money-off deals simply for showing your NHS identification card – so no need to sign up or print of vouchers in advance.
But, like with all bargains, it is crucial to do a quick check online to make sure that this is still the best savings – particularly with the restaurants. Also, your NHS discount can’t be used in conjunction with any other offers.
Here are ten NHS discounts you can get without signing up to a reward scheme.
Here NHS staff can get up to a 25% discount on the Airtime Plan of one O2 Refresh phone tariff, and one tablet or mobile broadband tariff.
The O2 Refresh Airtime Plan covers the monthly cost of your calls, texts and data. The offer doesn’t apply to your Device Plan, which is the monthly cost of your device.
A heads up: you’ll need to claim your O2 Open discount within 28 days of signing up or upgrading to O2 Refresh and the contract must have been bought directly from O2 (not Carphone Warehouse, for instance). The deal also excludes Pay-As –You-Go contracts, a standard non-Refresh tariff, a business account or a sim-only deal.
National Health Service and ambulance service employees qualify for savings of 15% on Pay-Monthly bundles bought with a phone or tablet, including Vodafone Outlet offers or get 30% off Pay-Monthly SIM only bundles
The Vodafone Advantage discount is available on phone, tablet and SIM only plans – and up to five family members or friends can save too.
Bear in mind that there is a £10 membership fee for the Vodafone Advantage scheme which will be added to your bill after the discount has been applied – so do your maths in advance to ensure you are really bagging a bargain.
With this mobile phone provider, you can get your hands on a 20% discount – and share it with four of your family and friends, so long as they are pay-monthly customers.
This perk is available online, so can’t be applied in-store or by calling 150, and purchases through indirect channels such as Carphone Warehouse are not eligible for the perk discount.
It’s worth pointing out that you’re unable to apply discounts once your order/upgrade has been processed. The discount code must be entered at the checkout at point of purchase.
But the good news is, that should you leave NHS employment, your discount will continue until the end of your contract.
Apple offers a 6% discount on desktops and laptops when you show your NHS ID card. If want a phone or a tablet, the discount drops to 2%, but you can find up to 10% on accessories, depending on what you are after. While, it might not look like a lot, your savings can soon add up: a 13.3 inch MacBook Air currently sells for £949 – so a 6% discount would shave £57 off the total.
If you are a fan of a cheeky Nando’s every now and again, you’re in luck – the restaurant offers a 20% discount for all NHS staff on the production of your badge prior to ordering. Available up to an order value of £20, the discount only applies to the purchase of food and drink.
If you are jetting off for a weekend away, Hilton Hotels are worth a look for accomodation as the chain offers up to 30% off room prices for NHS or government employees. You can book online, by checking ‘Gov/Military rates’ or call 0808 109 9798 to get the discount.
Sandwich lovers can get 10% off your meal at Subway with your NHS ID badge. Bear in mind that as restaurants are franchises, the discount may vary at each location, so ask before you order.
Take your NHS ID badge to one of the 200-plus locations across the county and receive 20% off your food bill. The only catch? You must order two main course meals to qualify.
Head down to your local Leon and get 15% off your food bill any time of the day or any day of the week. Easy.
If you are going to book a hire car, worth a look is Eurocar as it gives NHS employees up to 20% off. You will be required to present a valid ID card at the time of rental to validate this offer.