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May 23, 2007


This Week's Special Section:
In recent news, a gas station owner in Merrill, WI was ordered by the state of Wisconsin to raise his gas prices after authorities found out he was providing discounts to senior citizens and local youth sport clubs. Nice eh? So much for free enterprise. Click for article:

With this news and record high gas prices, SeniorDiscounts, this week, is looking at ways you can save gas while operating your car.

Sound Off:
What do you think about the government enforcing minimum gas prices and thus preventing a gas station owner from to providing a senior discount? Let us know what you think in our Discussion Boards.

Senior Discounts Section:
We highlight discounts available in our database on all things involving car maintenance.

Challenge Section:
SeniorDiscounts announces a new winner in the Add A Discount Challenge and Weekly Newsletter Challenge every week. Do you know which US city has the worst road rage, according to Prince Market Research?



Cheryl, from Middleboro, MA tells us that Dino's Trattoria offers a 2 for 1 special every Tuesday, all day long, to customers 60 and older.

Fleeger, in Longview, WA, lets us know that the Grocery Outlet in the area provides a 10% discount to customers 55 and older every Wednesday.

Ann, of Scottsdale, AZ, informs us that the Tres amigos World Imports offer a 10% discount at all of their locations to people 60 and older.

Thanks for all of your submissions.

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Tips for 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 your car. Find out what grade is recommended by the manufacturer of your car and use the lowest grade at or above the 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 $.08 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 $.25 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 $.08-$.80 per gallon.
- Use the recommended grade of motor oil. You can improve your gas mileage by 1-2%, a savings of about $.03-$.06 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, unless driving at highway speeds. At those speeds it is better to turn on the air and close the windows.
- 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 $0.15 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%.

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 This week, we bring you some of the discounts available for Gold and Premium Members 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, discount details and more. 
Jiffy Lube Service Centers
Many locations provide 10% off services. Age, discount and participation vary by location. Also check for other coupons that they may have available as they may be better than the senior discount and can not be combined.
 Most Saturn locations provide a 10% discount on parts and service to customers 55 and older on day per week. Check you local Saturn dealer for participation and details. 
STS Tire & Auto Center
STS Tire and Auto Centers have a Sliver Club for people 55 and older. Members receive a 5% discount on tires, services, and accessories, including those which are on sale. Contact an STS Tire & Auto Center for an application.
Midas Auto System Experts
10% off parts and/or service at many locations. The age (usually 55 and older) and discount vary by store, so Midas asks that you please call for details before bringing your car into Midas.
Details about these discounts and information about thousands more are available on our web site for our Gold and Premium members.
Do you know of a senior discount that we don't? Tell us and you could win a free subscription to our program. Click Here.
 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.

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

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, Ann Waananen of Scottsdale, AZ, will receive a one year SeniorDiscounts Premium Membership and Guide Book. Ann, 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 Premium Membership and Guide Book.

This Week's Challenge:
According to Prince Market Research, which US city has the worst road rage?

To answer this week's question and for last week's challenge and answer, click Here.

Our winner of last week's challenge, William Barth, of Dublin, OH, will receive a one year SeniorDiscounts Premium Membership and Guide Book. William, please e-mail us at: to claim your prize.


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