Now I’m not that big on paying for memberships that offer discounts, either they cost too much, or they don’t give me discounts on things that I actually want to buy.
The Defence Discount Service is different though. It only costs £4.99 and lasts for five years, but to qualify you have to be a serving member of HM armed forces (including reserves) or a veteran, or a MOD civil servant, or a spouse/partner/widow(er) of armed forces personnel and be able to prove it.
I bought mine a few years ago and to be honest didn’t really use it until I retired and moved to Wales. Much to my surprise it qualifies me to free swimming at our local leisure centre which I’ve used three times now. It also allows you discount on-line to hotels such as Travelodge (10% discount) and International Hotel Group (30% discount at Holiday Inn including Express) both of which I’ve used recently.
I’ve also used it to get 10% discount at a number of shops while buying clothes for my daughter – New Look and my wife – Bonmarche! Sadly I’ve yet to get a KFC (10%), Harry Ramsden’s (30%) or YO! Sushi (25%) since joining but you never know!
It really is worthwhile to join and I’ve definitely saved ten times the cost of membership in the last few months alone.
Go for it (if you can)!