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April 6, 2007


Senior Special Section:
In this week's and next week's newsletter we have and will have some tips to locate senior discounts on garden supplies, tool and yard maintenance, and equipment rentals.

SeniorDiscounts News:
SeniorDiscounts now has dozens of articles about how you can save money by utilizing senior discounts. Check out these articles and learn to save. Articles.

Senior Discounts Section:
We highlight discounts available in our database on lodging, groceries, and movies among others.

Challenge Section:
SeniorDiscounts announces a new winner in the Add A Discount Challenge and Weekly Newsletter Challenge every week. According to survey done by Men's Health Magazine, do you know what US city has the best and worst drivers?


Julie Wilbur from Knoxville, TN reminds us that Goodwill Thrift stores provide a 10% discount to people 55 and older on select days of the week. (Most Goodwill Stores provide similar discounts, but the age requirement and discount can vary by location.)

Maxine Brassel, in Woodburn, OR informs us that the Woodburn Company Stores in her area provide a 10% discount to customers 50 years of age and older every Tuesday.

Deann Baird of Sanford, FL tells us know that the Central Florida Zoological Park has a 20% discount for people 60 years of age and older.

Thanks for all of your submissions.

Let us and others know about senior discounts,
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Garden Preparations

Spring is here and summer is rapidly approaching. Although many parts of the country seem to still be feeling the grasp of winter, it is still a good time to put the green thumb to work and get that yard and those plants ready for the coming warmer weather.

Every spring many of us seem to find ourselves in one of the garden or home centers looking for potting soil, those spring flowers or a new pair of gloves. Most of us probably visit one of the large home center chains because they seem to have everything you need at reasonable prices, but they probably do not offer a senior discount and if you have questions, you may have to wait to speak to someone.

We at SeniorDiscounts suggest going to one of the local garden or home centers. Many local and regional stores provide discounts for older customers and with these discounts the prices can be comparable to those of larger chains. Smaller stores also rely on their attention to customer's needs in order to compete with the larger stores. This translates to a staff that is generally more available and knowledgeable for your gardening questions.

While Ace Hardware stores may seem like a large retail chain, most of the stores are owned by local business people as franchises. This translates to many of the Ace Hardware locations across the country offering a discount to their mature customers. While they may not have everything a large retailer has, one can find most everything you would need for the garden.

Senior discounts at the local stores and at Ace Hardware stores are typically 10%, but could be higher. Garden center discounts are usually available to people 55 years of age and older while home improvement centers may start at 60 or 62 years of age. It is also common for these discounts to only be available on certain days of the week, usually a Tuesday or Wednesday.

It is always a good idea to call your local home or garden center to inquire about its discounts policy ahead of time. Most of these stores will not advertise the discount in the store or on its web site, but its staff should be able to tell you if one is available over the phone.

There is one large chain that does currently offer a senior discount, Home Depot. AARP members can receive a 4% discount on gift cards purchased online through the AARP web site only. Visit the AARP web site for more details.

Next week we will discuss senior discounts available on yard and tool maintenance as well as discounts available on tool rentals.

If you know of a garden or home center discount, let us and other seniors know about it, click here.

SeniorDiscounts will be coming out with its 2007 SeniorDiscounts Guide Book in the coming months. But until that happens, get our 2005-2006 Guide Book for only $6.95, including shipping. This can make a great gift for friends and family.
For more details, click here.
 This week, we bring you some of the discounts available in our SeniorDiscounts Database. The following discounts and over 135,000 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 a free subscription to our program.
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 Wild Oats
 Most Wild Oats offer 10% off purchases one day every week with proof of ID. Discounts day is usually Tuesday or Wednesday. Contact your local Wild Oats store for details. Age requirement, discounts amount and store participation may vary.
Details about this discount are located in our Foods and Beverages category.
 AMC Theaters

At most AMC Theaters across the country, movie goers 55 and older can see their favorite flicks at prices of up to 30% off. Age requirements and discounts can vary by location.

Details about this discount are located in our Movies category.
 Marriott Hotels
 Guests 62 and older save at least 15% on your room rate. This Senior Discount is available weekdays or weekends, seven days a week. Book online and select the Senior Discount rate or call the toll free number and ask for the senior discount.
Details about this discount are located in our Lodging category.
 Peter Pan Bus Lines
 Located on the East Coast, Peter Pan Bus Lines offer a 5% discount on fares for travelers 62 years of age and older.
Details about this discount are located in our Transportation Services category.
 Meijer Grocery Stores
 About once a month, Meijer offers a Senior Discount Day featuring 15% off General Merchandise. Senior Discount Days usually occur Monday or Tuesday from 6am to Midnight. Contact a local store for details and dates. Id is required. Excluded items include: gift cards, health, beauty and cosmetics products, prescriptions, gas, grocery, alcohol and tobacco products.
Details about this discount are located in our Foods and Beverages category.
 Find a retirement or assisted living community, nursing home or Alzheimer's care home that matches your needs at View maps and online tours or get driving directions. Check out their new, easier search, click here.

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Add a Discount Challenge

Each week in this newsletter we announce a new winner in the Add A Discount Challenge. Let your fellow senior discounters know about any new discounts you find and keep those discounts coming.

We are looking for any and all NEW Senior Discounts. This means discounts that 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.

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

Our winner of the senior discount challenge this week, Maxine Brassel of Woodburn, OR, will receive a one year SeniorDiscounts Premium Membership and Guide Book. Maxine, please e-mail us at: to claim your prize.

Weekly Internet Challenge

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

This Week's Challenge:
According to survey done by Men's Health Magazine, what US city has the best drivers?

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

Last Week's Challenge Question:
Erie Canal connects Lake Erie to which body of water?

Last Week's Challenge Answer:

The Hudson River.

Our winner of last week's challenge, Donna Luna, of Denver, CO will receive a one year SeniorDiscounts Premium Membership and Guide Book. Donna, 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 mistake you have found and please include a correction if applicable. We appreciate your help.





The Cities with the Worst Drivers in the Nation. Beginning with the worst.
(Reported by Men's Health Magazine)

Columbia, SC
St. Louis, MO
Greensboro, NC
Jackson, MS
Cheyenne, WY
Kansas City, MO
Orlando, FL
Charlotte, NC
Nashville, TX
Corpus Christi, TX
Albuquerque, NM
Phoenix, AZ
Providence, RI
Tampa, FL
Dallas, TX
Billings, MT
Wichita, KS
Little Rock, AR
Memphis, TN
Tucson, AZ
Miami, FL

For a complete list of all 100 cities, go to the Men's Health Magazine web site, click here.



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