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Wednesday, April 6, 2005


Happy Anniversary to We just turned four years old this week and would like to thank all of you for helping us provide senior discount information for so many years. Read our contests section to find the answer to the date of our anniversary.

Senior Special Section: This week we are discussing techniques for saving money at the gas pump. This is not a senior specific discount, but with gas prices so high, we thought it important to research some ways to consume less.

SeniorDiscounts Card: Last week we announce the arrival of the NEW SeniorDiscounts Card and Guide book. We are very excited about the success of our first week. We already have many new members, and businesses are offering new discounts through our Card program every week. For more details, click here.

Senior Discounts Section: We have highlighted discounts for car maintenance and restaurant and retail chains this week.

Challenge Section: This is the last week to enter the $100 Submit a Discount challenge before the next one begins. We also have a new $200 Nominate a Business challenge available through our SeniorDiscounts Card program, click here.

PrimeTimer's Discussion Section: We would again like to invite businesses to offer a special discount with our SeniorDiscounts Card program. Read below for more details.




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Jack, from Oakland, NJ, tells us that the Master Barber Shop on Elm Street offers a 25% discount, or $3 off, to customers 65 and older on Wednesdays.

Harvey, from San Antonio, TX, tells us that Time Warner Cable provides a Senior Service Discount. Save $.50 on Basic Service, $1.25 on Standard Service and $2.00 on Digital Service.

Aletha of Silver Springs, MD informs us that Hostelling International USA offer seniors 55 and older $10 off, or about a 35% discount on their membership fees.

Thanks for all of your submissions.



Click here to visit a web site that has information about which gas stations have the least expensive gas in your area.

Saving Gas

Rising gas prices are affecting all of us. This week we are discussing some techniques you can use to help save gas. Some of these may be obvious, but they are probably worth repeating and will hopefully save you some money.

Purchasing Gas:
- Use non-brand name gas. Most non-brand name gas stations use the exact same product as the brand names.
- Use the correct grade of gas. Premium grade is not always the best for cars. Find out what is recommended by the manufacturer of your car and use the lowest recommended grade.
- Don't top off. Studies have shown that the "top off" usually remains in the hose or is lost to evaporation.

Car Maintenance:
- Check the tire pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.4% for every 1 psi drop in pressure. This can save you up to $.05 per gallon.
- Change the air filter regularly. This is an inexpensive way to improve your gas mileage by as much as 10%, or a savings up to $.15 per gallon.
- Keep your car tuned. Fixing a car that is out of tune can improve its gas mileage by an average of 4.1 percent. If your car has a faulty oxygen sensor, your gas mileage may improve as much as 40 percent or a savings of $.06-$.60 per gallon.
- Use the recommended grade of motor oil. You can improve your gas mileage by 1-2%, a savings of about $.02-$.04 per gallon, by using the recommended grade of motor oil.

- Avoid sudden stops and acceleration. Rapid acceleration and braking burns more fuel and is harder on your vehicle.
- Minimize air conditioning use. When possible use the vents to bring in outside air.
- Drive the speed limit. Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.10 per gallon for gas.
- Avoid excessive idling. Turn off the engine if you anticipate a lengthy wait. Instead of idling at a drive-up window, park the car and go in. Idling burns more gas than restarting the engine.
- Combine errands. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as a longer multipurpose trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm.
- Avoid carrying unneeded heavy items. An extra 100 lbs in the trunk reduces a typical car's fuel economy by 1-2 percent.

- Use the cruise control. Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.
- Use the overdrive gears. When you use overdrive, your car's engine speed goes down and saves gas.
- Keep windows closed when traveling at highway speeds. Open windows cause air drag, reducing your gas mileage by 10%.
- Keep items in the vehicle. A loaded roof rack can decrease your fuel economy by 5%.

(Tips for saving gas were provided by the US Department of Energy, and

  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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  Jiffy Lube  
  Since we have discussed techniques for improving gas consumption this week, we thought we should mention once again that many Jiffy Lube locations offer a senior discount. Typically the discount is 10% and for seniors 55 and older, but the amount of discount, age requirement and participation can vary by location.  
To locate a Jiffy Lube near you, click here.
  Palomino Restaurant and Bar  
  These restaurants, located in major cities across the US, offer a "First Seating" discounted menu (essentially an Early Bird dinner). This discounted 3-course meal sells for under $20. Available Monday-Friday from 5 PM to 6 PM, Saturday and Sunday from 4 PM to 6 PM. Restaurant participation may vary.  
For more information and to locate a Palomino Restaurant, click here.
  Schwebel's Bakery Outlet  
  Schwebel's Bakery Outlets located mainly in Ohio and Pennsylvania offer seniors 62 and older a 10% discount on Wednesdays. Participation, age requirement and discount may vary by location.  
To find a Schwebel's, click here.
(Search in the Retail category)

Submit a Discount Challenge

One week left to win $100 -- 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, submit it on our web site. The more discounts you enter, the better your chances of winning. Click here to enter. As always, we greatly appreciate your participation in adding value to our service.

Weekly Internet Challenge

Answer the trivia question and you will be entered to WIN a complimentary $10 gift certificate from

This Week's Challenge:
What was the world's largest oil spill?

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

Last Week's Challenge Question:
When is the anniversary of
Answers: Mar. 29, Apr. 1, Apr. 4, or Apr. 10
Challenge Answer:
April 4.

Our winner this week is Martha Lentz of Portage, MI. She will receive a $10 Gift Certificate from Martha, 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.


For great deals on books with senior discounts, click here.

Gasoline Facts

The United States consumes about 18 million barrels of oil each day or about 360 million gallons of gasoline.

In a year, the U.S. consumes about 131 billion gallons of gasoline.

A tanker truck can typically hold about 9,000 gallons of gasoline. It would take 40,000 tanker trucks to carry the gasoline the US consumes in one day.

A large tanker ship like the Exxon Valdez carries about 1.26 million barrels of oil, so it takes about 14.25 of these ships to carry all of the oil that the US consumes in one day.




    can help businesses reach the senior community. Businesses who register with the SeniorDiscounts Card program are given priority placement in our online search engine (i.e. that business is placed at the top of search results). Registered businesses will also have priority placement in the SeniorDiscounts Guide, a printed directory of generally available senior discounts as well as exclusive SeniorDiscounts Card member discounts. Newly enrolling businesses are featured in our newsletters, reaching over 60,000 seniors. They also have the opportunity to announce special offers or savings to our senior members. For more information, click here.

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If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend. -Doug Larson

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