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February 10, 2006


Senior Special Section: We hope all of you had a great Super Bowl weekend and are looking forward to a great Valentine's Day. Recently we discussed the senior discounts available at the national parks. This week we will review discounts available at your state parks.

To see the last issue regarding discounts at national parks, visit our newsletter archives located on our web site, click here.

SeniorDiscounts Card News: SeniorDiscounts was mentioned in a column titled the "Savvy Senior" by Jim Miller. This column is distributed by over 400 local newspapers nationwide. If you would like to read the column, visit the Savvy Senior web site, click here.

For more information on becoming a member of the SeniorDiscounts Card program, click here.

Senior Discounts Section: We have highlighted SeniorDiscounts Card Member discounts available on flowers, lodging and restaurants.

Challenge Section: SeniorDiscounts will now be announcing a new winner for the Add A Discount Challenge every week. Check out our Challenge Section below for more details, this week's winner and for others ways to win a free SeniorDiscounts Card Membership.

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Jim, from Waterford, MI tells us that the Golden Buffet Restaurants in his area offer a 10% discount to customers 60 and older.

Cynthia of Houston, TX tells us that many of the Brookshire's Grocery Store locations in her area provide a 10% discount on certain purchases. Age requirement and day of discount unknown.

Joy in Tucson, AZ reminds us that Coco's Bakery and Restaurants provide a senior menu with smaller portions and discounted prices to guests 55 and older.

Thanks for all of your submissions.

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State Parks

State parks are a great way to see the beauty a state has to offer and most state parks offer some form of senior discount. State parks also have discounts for children, the disabled, the financially strained, and annual passes for frequent users.

The majority of senior discounts offered at state parks are for those 62 years of age or older, although some discounts start at age 50 or 55. There are even a few states that offer both a senior discount for younger seniors and free admission for people over 70. There are no age restrictions for the disabled or for frequent use passes. Children younger than age 7 usually can get in free at many of the state parks.

The discounts for seniors can vary from state to state. Some states require that you purchase a pass which can be used at all of the parks, while others offer a discount on the entrance fee, which you can obtain when you arrive. Be sure to bring an ID with proof of age with you. Some states may require that you are a current resident of that state to receive the discount, but it is uncommon.

Frequent use passes or annual passes can be purchased at most parks that charge admission, but also check the park's web site for information on purchasing these passes online, through the mail, or via a toll free number. Passes for the disabled and the financially strained can typically be obtained this way as well. Be prepared to fill out a form and to have documentation that proves your disability or financial status.

State parks that offer passes usually only charge a nominal fee for the initial purchase. Once you have the pass, admission is either free or discounted. Passes may also provide discounts on other park services, such as cabin rentals, camping, or fishing, but check with the state park beforehand. Not all states offer discounts on their other facilities and services. State Parks that don't offer a discount pass will usually provide discounts on the entrance fees. These can range anywhere from 25% to 75% off.

One can visit our web site to locate the state park discounts, but due the sheer number of state parks within the US, is not able to list them all, although we are working on it.

To find out the specifics of the discounts available in a particular state, visit that state park's web site. There, you should be able to locate all of the details and restrictions. If you do not see information about these discounts, call or e-mail the local park or inquire about the discounts available when you arrive.

To find State Parks in your area, go to our discount search page. Click here.

If you know of any State Park discounts that we don't already have listed on our site, please let us know. Click here to tell us about the discount.

  This week we are bringing you some of the discounts available in our SeniorDiscounts Card program. The following discounts and over 125,000 more can be found at Included in each listing is the phone number, address, map of the location and more. Remember - we add more discounts every week.  

Do you know of a senior discount that we don't? Tell us and you could win $100.
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   is a nationwide provider of flowers and gifts. It offers same day delivery anywhere nationwide and is open 24 hours a day. Senior Discounts Card Members receive a 20% discount on all of their flower needs.  
Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Online Retail category.
  From You Flowers

Choose from a huge selection of flowers & gifts. Same day delivery anywhere in the country on all orders placed before 3:00pm in the delivery time zone. SeniorDiscounts Card Members save 20% on all orders.

Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Online Retail category.
  Cinquanta Restaurant
  Cinquanta Restaurant in New York City serves Creative Italian food with moderate prices; wheelchair access and price-fixed menu available anytime. SeniorDiscounts Card Members receive 20% off.
Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Restaurant category.
  Freeport Plaza Hotel
  Freeport Plaza Hotel in Illinois has 90 rooms and includes a family style restaurant and lunch facility. Handicapped rooms are also available and all rooms are fully equipped. SeniorDiscounts Card Members receive a 25% discount on regular lodging prices and a 20% discount on all food purchases. Please mention your SeniorDiscounts Card Membership when booking a reservation over the phone.  
Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Lodging category.
  The Embers Restaurant, lounge, & Motel
  The Embers in Mackinaw City, MI is a full service, affordable, family restaurant. They feature breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets. They also have a full menu and serve cocktails in the lounge and dining room. SeniorDiscounts Card Members receive a 10% discount on meals.  
Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Restaurant category.
Senior and Elder Care Resources:
Find a retirement or assisted living community, nursing home or Alzheimer's care that matches your needs at View maps and online tours or get driving directions. Check out their new, easier search, click here.

Find elder care at This free referral service helps you find everything from Home Care and Assisted Living to Financial Planning and Personal Emergency Response. Click Here.

Add a Discount Challenge

We are announcing a new winner every week in this newsletter for the Add A Discount Challenge, so let your fellow senior discounters know about new discounts you find and keep those discounts coming.

We are looking for any and all NEW Senior Discounts. This means discounts we don't already have on our web site. Ask at your favorite place of business and find out if it offers a senior discount. If it does, simply submit it on our web site. Click here.

You can also tell us about businesses you think would be interested in offering a senior discount. Provide us with the businesses' information and we will contact that business and invite it to offer a senior discount. The more discounts you enter, the better your chances of winning. Click here.

As always, we greatly appreciate your participation in adding value to our service.

Our winner this week, Cynthia Jones of Houston, TX will receive a one year membership to SeniorDiscounts Card. Cynthia, please e-mail us at: to claim your prize.

Weekly Internet Challenge

Answer the trivia question and you will be entered to WIN a complimentary SeniorDiscounts Card Membership with included SeniorDiscounts Guide Book.

This Week's Challenge:
According to Roman mythology, Cupid was the son of which god?

To answer: Click Here and tell us your answer to the Weekly Challenge. Good luck!

Last Week's Challenge Question:
Where was the first Super Bowl played?
Last Week's Challenge Answer:
Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Our winner this week, Donald Roberts of Hatfield, PA will receive a one year membership to SeniorDiscounts Card. Donald, please e-mail us at: to claim your prize.

Corrections Challenge

We can always use help keeping our database of discounts current and our web site free of errors. If you find a discount that is not correct, no longer valid, or an error on our web site, let us know and we will send you a gift. Just e-mail us at: with the correction you have found and please include a description of the mistake. We appreciate your help.


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Valentine's Day Facts

Approximately 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are sent each year.

Teachers receive the most Valentine's Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, and then, sweethearts. Children between ages 6 to 10 exchange more than 650 million Valentine's cards with teachers, classmates, and family members.

The expression "wearing your heart on your sleeve" comes from a Valentine's Day party tradition. Young women would write their names on slips of paper to be drawn by young men. A man would then wear a woman's name on his sleeve to claim her as his valentine.

Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine's Day each year.

In pagan times people believed that birds began mating on 14th February. Lovebirds soon became associated with St. Valentine.



Valentine Memories by Darby Diana (One of our readers)

Small shoe boxes turned into mailboxes of Valentine love,
Tiny envelopes say "To My Valentine".
Years go by but Valentine's Day memories linger,
Some folks get heart shaped diamonds on their Valentine's fingers,
Remember lace and hearts, all red and hung on school bulletin boards,
Candy hearts full of chocolate sweets,
Memories are like a Valentine's Day treat for me.

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