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Published on March 23rd, 2015 | by admin

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It’s Official, Pensioners Need Slow Cookers, Shredders And Postage Stamps Above All Else!

Here at the Post Office Shop, we’ve been interested to read the results of a survey conducted by the Minimum Income Standard Group which has revealed the items that pensioners deem to be absolutely essential in their everyday lives.

Conducted every two years, the latest findings, which aim to define what an adequate income is for different groups of people within society, has shown just what the older population thinks they need in order to have an ‘adequate’ basic standard of living.

Number one on the list of what pensioners say they need is a slow cooker. As the ideal kitchen appliance for cooking traditional dishes including beef brisket, pork shoulder and chicken thighs, slow cookers also require minimal pre-preparation.

It rates particularly highly amongst older couples though single pensioners have also stated it would be ‘nice to have’. As an economical way to cook dishes, it explains why the slow cooker topped the poll of items.

Somewhat surprisingly, at number two on the list of items pensioners say they can’t live without is a paper shredder. Clearly concerned about the risks posed by identity theft, shredding confidential documents such as bank statements and household bills ranks higher on the list of ‘must haves’ than even having access to the internet, gifts for family members, going on coach trips and having nicer shoes to wear.

Also high on the list at number three of priority items pensioners say that they can’t live without is postage stamps. Whilst we learn that most households of working-age people say they can make do with four stamps per month for sending letters, parcels and greeting cards to family and friends, pensioners claim they need more than double that number.

Indeed, consistent with the fact that adults of retirement age are less likely to embrace the digital age, pensioners claim they need an average of nine stamps a month in order to have a basic standard of living.

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