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Thursday, May 12, 2005

Senior Special Section: This week we refer to a SeniorDiscounts personal experience on locating a senior discount for a broken window.

SeniorDiscounts Card: In the following week, we will be posting a list of the discounts we have obtained in the month of April for our SeniorDiscounts Card members. Although these discounts are listed in our search engine, we want to provide an easy reference for our members as well. For more details about the SeniorDiscounts Card program, click here.

Senior Discounts Section: We have highlighted discounts available in our SeniorDiscounts Card program, from fine art to computers.

Challenge Section: There are only three weeks left to enter our $200 Nominate a Business challenge available through our SeniorDiscounts Card program. Click here. Read our challenge section below for more details and other available challenges.

PrimeTimer's Discussion Section: Last week we asked for your thoughts on Social Security and some of the senior organizations that are lobbying for different types of reform for this system. Read below for more details.


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Dolly, from Merrick, NY, tells us that Merrick Townhouse Diner offers a 10% discount on the lunch menu. Must ask for discount.

Arthur, from Ridgecrest, CA, tells us that Campbell Heating & Air Conditioning provides a 10% discount for people 65 years and older.

Dennis of Crystal City, NV informs us that Biltmore Tahoe Lodge & Casino offers seniors 60 and older a lunch special from 11:00am to 5:00pm for $4.95.

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Locating Senior Discounts

Last week I had one of my senior moments while working on my home. I was unloading some landscaping bark from a truck and I backed my wheel barrel up into the front window of my house. I ended up with a broken window and cut finger. How is this relevant to senior discounts, you might ask? Well, after tending to my finger, I had to find someone to fix the window. I knew there had to be a company that would offer a senior discount. I thought I would share the process I went through to locate that company and the senior discount.

My first search was, of course, in the database. I searched in the local services category within my zip code. I found some discounts for plumbers and electricians but did not locate a discount for window repair. We try to find as many discounts as we can, but even we can not locate them all.

Next, I turned to some online search engines. is a great resource for locating information with multiple search parameters. On the search box, I typed: "window repair, senior discount, my city name". The search engine of course returned thousands of web sites. Typically, the first two pages are the most relevant. I found one business that had a web site in my area and offered a senior discount. I wrote down the contact information, but wanted to try one more place before calling.

I next turned to the local phone directory. Many businesses will advertise their senior or military discounts in their listings. I was able to locate one other company that advertised a senior discount. I then chose two more companies that have been around for some time and had smaller ads. The smaller companies tend to have the ability to offer a senior discount, since you may be dealing with the owner or manager directly.

After calling these four companies and asking about senior discounts and estimates, I found that three were willing to offer a senior discount and chose the one with the best price. The discount was the same across the board, a standard 10%, but one had a lower rate overall with the discount.

This may seem like some work, but I saved some money and I now have a company to turn to if I have another senior moment. I also have some more discounts to add to the database and it felt good that I could tell others about it.

  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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  Senior Summer School  
  The $50 registration fee is waived plus $100 off any program for SeniorDiscounts Card members. Senior Summer School, located in Coconut Creek, FL, offers education vacations for adventurous seniors from June through September at 8 different college campuses across the nation and in Canada.  
For details, click here. Search the Local Services category.
  Apogee Mortgage Group, Inc.
  Apogee Mortgage in Denver, CO, is a full service mortgage company that specializes in Reverse Mortgages for Seniors. SeniorDiscounts Card members receive a free appraisal on a closed Reverse Mortgage - A $350 Value.  
For details, click here. Search the Local Services category.
  Laurel Fine Arts Foundation
  SeniorDiscounts Card members receive up to 50% off list price. Please mention the Senior Discounts Card program and have your member number available.  
For details, click here. Located in the Online Retail category.
  TMSR Computer Solutions  
  TMSR located in Garland, TX, provides computer supplies on both hardware and software. SeniorDiscounts Card members receive 50% off on computer purchases and free computer training with each computer purchase.  
For details, click here. Located in the Retail category.
  Chele's Treasures
  Chele's Treasures specializes in personalized gift products created by you. SeniorDiscounts Card Members receive a 10% discount on online orders.  
For details, click here. Located in the Online Retail category.

Nominate a Business Challenge

3 weeks left to win $200. SeniorDiscounts Card is always looking for new exclusive business discounts to add to its discounts program. If you know of a business you think would be interested in offering an exclusive senior discount for our Card members, simply let us know and we will send it a registration form. Click here to enter.

Submit a Discount Challenge

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, simply 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:
In March 1937, Ernest Ackerman received the very first Social Security retirement benefit payment. It was a one-time, lump-sum payout. How much was it for?

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

Last Week's Challenge Question:
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Battle at Puebla. In what year did it take place?
Challenge Answer:

Our winner this week, John Shiratsuki
of Salinas, CA,
will receive a $10 Gift Certificate from John, 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.


Social Security Facts

The Social Security Act was signed by FDR on 8/14/35. Taxes were collected for the first time in January 1937 and the first one-time, lump-sum payments were made that same month. Regular ongoing monthly benefits started in January 1940.

Social Security was first used in the U.S. by Abraham Epstein in connection with his group, the American Association for Social Security. Originally, the Social Security Act of 1935 was named the Economic Security Act, but this title was changed during Congressional consideration of the bill.

From 1937 (when taxes were first collected) through 2003 the Social Security program has received more than $9.3 trillion in income.




We would like to thank all of you for writing to us and expressing your thoughts and ideas about the future of Social Security. We were surprised by the strong opinions people had regarding AARP and USA Next, the two senior associations we mentioned last week.

We would like to say that we do not have any political agenda. Our only agenda is to locate more and better discounts for you. We believe that Social Security is a very important issue for all of us and want to ensure that our readers are aware of the different reforms that are being proposed.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please e-mail us at:


"We will reform Social Security and Medicare, sparing our children from struggles we have the power to prevent."
George W. Bush - January 20, 2001

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