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I feel really old now!

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Riverwalk Fri 15-Jan-21 08:21:02

I've just received my first Winter Fuel Allowance - surely it only goes to very old vulnerable grannies, not me!

Don't know whether to laugh or cry grin

Viridian Fri 15-Jan-21 08:25:51

Ha ha Riverwalk. Join the clan. I started feeling old in my 50's when I let my hair go white and the bus drivers asked if I had a bus pass! I delight in actually being old now! 😂

Kim19 Fri 15-Jan-21 08:25:51

Goodness, I had mine back in November and very welcome it was too. Very few perks in some areas of maturity. I enjoy those I have and they're sometimes material. Hallelujah!

Georgesgran Fri 15-Jan-21 08:33:35

Spend it on champagne - keeps you young!! X

glammanana Fri 15-Jan-21 09:20:36

Treat yourself when you are able to go out.

BlueBelle Fri 15-Jan-21 09:22:56

You are very lucky if you don’t need it for used fuel I don’t feel old or vulnerable but I do know I find it a big help just like the free bus pass and when I was younger the family allowance

Witzend Fri 15-Jan-21 09:27:30

I first felt ‘old’ after turning 50 (!) when my mother said (in a won’t-that-be-nice? tone) that I was now eligible to go on Saga holidays!

Cue aghast reaction from me, and an offended mother!

NannyJan53 Fri 15-Jan-21 09:33:07

I remember when my ex turned 50. He rang Saga and said ' I would like a quote for car insurance for old gits'!

I received my winter fuel allowance in November, you are eligible once you are State Pension Age. When you are 80 you have £300!

NannyJan53 Fri 15-Jan-21 09:34:43

Witzend I read somewhere that SAGA is an acronym for Send a Granny Away smile

Shropshirelass Fri 15-Jan-21 09:37:06

You will have haD your £10 Christmas box too. Wow!!!

honeyrose Fri 15-Jan-21 09:39:36

I’m eligible for my State Pension this year - now that does make me feel old! It’ll be very welcome, but I can’t believe i’m this old now!

M0nica Fri 15-Jan-21 09:40:52

surely it only goes to very old vulnerable grannies, not me!

Why does everyone assume that just bcause we are old we are vulnerable? People become vulnerable at different ages for different reasons, My niece, now in her 40s, is vulnerable and always will be because she has a learning disability.

My father did not become vulnerable until his 90s and into his final illness. He was living independently, driving 90 miles to visit his children, and running several local organisations. When he became ill we had to issue bulletins to half a dozen organisations he was still involved with.

I am in my late 70s and have inherited my father's constitution. I get fed up with offers to put me on vulnerability registers merely because of my date of birth.

Should I reach a state where being on these registers would be a help, I will be on them in a flash. Meanwhile I leave them to those who really need help.

Nicolaed Fri 15-Jan-21 09:50:31

Yes I had mine this year! I remember mum getting hers many years back and £10 was a lot then and it paid for her Christmas stamps!

Applegran Fri 15-Jan-21 09:50:42

For me being old is an ever moving horizon - ten years ahead of my actual age! There are still plenty of people 10 or more years older than me who are living healthy happy lives and as long as that is true, I don't think of myself as being old.

Kate1949 Fri 15-Jan-21 09:54:49

Gosh. I've been getting mine for 11 years!

Coconut Fri 15-Jan-21 09:55:13

That was hilarious on the News yesterday.... a lady celebrating her 105th birthday, then when she had a closer look at herself on the monitor, commenting on how old she looked 🤣 just wonderful !

Rumpunch Fri 15-Jan-21 09:57:08


I first felt ‘old’ after turning 50 (!) when my mother said (in a won’t-that-be-nice? tone) that I was now eligible to go on Saga holidays!

Cue aghast reaction from me, and an offended mother!

My Mum did that to me and followed it up with the suggestion I apply for a Saga credit card too as it was good for using abroad. She couldn't understand why I was horrified at the thought of going shopping with a Saga credit card.

Esspee Fri 15-Jan-21 10:02:29

My parents were informed by a porter transferring their luggage on a SAGA holiday that it stood for Sex And Games for the Aged.
My mother was rather prim and was quite shocked at this.

Lettice Fri 15-Jan-21 10:04:00

My mum commented that now I could join her at the OAP lunch club - just for the bingo. Aaargh

Kim19 Fri 15-Jan-21 10:10:20

Monica, for the first time ever I'm a little aware of my advanced years and grateful that I may be eligible for the vaccine soonish. Had to be an advantage somewhere along the line........... Otherwise consider myself very fortunate in general and age never enters my head.

grumppa Fri 15-Jan-21 10:13:31

I got my first winter fuel allowance so long ago, I was still keeping my coal in t’bath.

Charleygirl5 Fri 15-Jan-21 10:15:11

Make the most of your fuel allowance and bus pass because I do not think we will have either this time next year. I noticed my £10 Christmas fuel allowance had slipped in. That amount must take a lot of money to administer and why it had not been added to the other amount is beyond me or is that too simple and trying to save some admin costs which must be considerable.

Teddy123 Fri 15-Jan-21 10:16:03

I remember being thrilled to get the winter fuel allowance. For the very first time to receive money from HMGov...... Wow! Every little helps though the fuel bill here currently stands at £174 per month.

Even more excited to receive free TV Licence when Oh was 75. That didn't last long 😭

Jodieb Fri 15-Jan-21 10:49:31

Do we all hate the term OAP!! I think we should be called Elderflowers! EF's for short. (grin)

inishowen Fri 15-Jan-21 10:55:53

First time I felt old was when we went out for a meal. We were both 50. The very young waitress asked if we wanted the pensioners menu! I was quite annoyed.