Older persons could save up to £500 per year by searching online for deals on products and utility services, but recent research shows many may not be taking advantage of web-based shopping.
"Our research shows how easy it is to save nearly £500 by buying your products online," Steve Sweeney of moneysupermarket.com told the Daily Telegraph. "The discounts available online for insurance
, and the savings from opting for an internet-based energy account, are huge."
But nearly two-thirds of older persons in the UK have never been online, and that could mean paying more for services, notes the newspaper.
Nancy Johnson of Age Concern concurs, saying that being online is now "a necessity to ensure you get the best information and the best deals," and that the government should increase the number of classes for pensioners and promote them.
Age Concern and other agencies offer training courses for older persons who want to learn how to use internet services, and the free sessions may help those looking to save money and utilize email or other programs.