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Wednesday, June 8, 2005


Senior Special Section: Enjoying an afternoon with a good book and no disturbances can be one of the best ways to wind down and relax. This week we have some books that you might find useful.

SeniorDiscounts Card News: The second edition of the first annual SeniorDiscounts Guide Book is complete. This 500+ page book is our best resource yet. We are waiting for the printing company to send them to us and as soon as we have them in our hands, we will be shipping them to our current and new members. For more information about the SeniorDiscounts Guide Book, click here.

New E-mail Publisher: Many of you may have noticed that we used a new e-mail publisher last week. It seems to be working well so far, but if you are having any difficulties please e-mail us at:

Senior Discounts Section: We have highlighted discounts available through our SeniorDiscounts Card program including lodging and senior care.

Challenge Section: There are 4 different ways in which you can earn a reward from SeniorDiscounts. Check out our Challenge section below for more details.



Health Plan Discount Guide Book
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Janice, from Seattle, WA, tells us that the Woodland Park Zoo offers a 20% discount ($2 off) on regular admission for people 65 and older.

Lola, from Boise, ID, tells us that the Del Taco at 1306 Broadway provides a 10% discount to people 62 and older.

Rosemary of Phoenix, AZ, informs us that the Fry's Marketplace offers seniors 55 and older a 10% discount on the total food bill, the first Wednesday of every month.

Thanks for all of your submissions.


Books of Interest

This week, we're highlighting books that stand out as great sources of information on how to make the most of your senior lifestyle. While there are many free resources online, these books offer more in-depth strategies for having fun, planning ahead, and (of course) hunting down senior discounts.

With The Savvy Senior: The Ultimate Guide to Health, Family, and Finances for Senior Citizens, syndicated columnist Jim Miller has turned his column into a comprehensive guide to aging. Covering topics from social security to estate planning to grandparenting and avoiding scams, Miller brings together his sense of humor and knowledge to create an informative guide. Though his tone is sometimes light, the information he brings to the table is always useful. This book is a great place to start if you find yourself confronted by a myriad of questions about aging and your future.

With people living longer than ever before, longevity planning is becoming more critical. Radio talk show host Adriane G. Berg's How Not to Go Broke at 102!: Achieving Everlasting Wealth is a good primer for longevity planning. Berg details broad trends and common perils in long-term financial planning while offering some basic ideas on how to think ahead. For specific planning advice and strategy, Making the Most of Your Money by Jane Bryant Quinn is a terrific resource. In an easy-to-read style, Quinn helps you evaluate whether your savings will be enough to cover your upcoming needs. She then gives an overview of the effectiveness of a wide array of investment approaches. The savvy investor may be underwhelmed by some of the advice, but all in all, this is a comprehensive and understandable overview.

ElderCarelink provides free helpful information an array of elder care service providers varying from Financial Planning and Personal Emergency Response to Home Care and Assisted Living Facilities. The detailed questionnaire on ElderCarelink's web page allows you to specifically detail your or a loved one's elder care needs, then puts you directly in touch with local providers who are able to help. Click here.

A lot of senior discounts are not advertised. Others must be asked for at the time of purchase. Books on senior discounts can more than pay for themselves with strategies for finding discounts.

From air fare to walking tours, Unbelievably Good Deals and Great Adventures That You Absolutely Can't Get Unless You're Over 50, 2005-2006, by Joan Ratner Heilman provides frugal insight for physically active and travel-oriented seniors. This well-organized book gives tips for big and small budgets alike, and its widespread offerings can be used to do adventurous things near home, as well as when you're on the road. Heilman also includes information on clubs and programs that can help you increase your savings.

Free Stuff and Good Deals for Folks Over 50, Second Edition by Linda Bowman provides just what it promises. While some of the freebies in this reference-style book - free catalogs and recipes, for example -- aren't all that exciting, there are a lot of deals that will more than cover the purchase price. The author has written an entire series of "Free Stuff and Good Deals" books. As a professional bargain hunter, she does a great job of finding free and discounted prescription drugs, health care, travel, and magazine offers.

For more SeniorDiscounts approved books, and to purchase the books mentioned above, check out the "Useful Books" link at the bottom of our home page.

  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.
Click Here

  GRAND Magazine  
  Members of the SeniorDiscounts Card program receive a discount of $7 on the regular $19 one-year subscription to Grand Magazine. This magazine provides information on grandparenting and those issues important to grandparents. For more information click on the link provided.  
Click here to go to our discount search page and search under Internet Services for more details.
  Rice Senior Care Inc.
  Rice Senior Care in Houston is a well-known source of non-medical in home assistance providing transportation, companionship, light housekeeping, meal preparation, computer assistance, pill taking reminders, bill paying reminders, and much more. SeniorDiscounts Card members receive a 20% discount.  
For details, click here. Located in the Health and Nutrition category.
  Senior Summer School
  The $50 registration fee is waived plus $100 off any program for SeniorDiscounts Card members. Senior Summer School 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.
  Auto Service Warranty  
  SeniorDiscounts Card members receive $100.00 off any Complete Coverage Policy (0% interest plans are available.) Call Auto Service in Ohio for details and have your membership number available. Available in most states.  
For details, click here. Located in the Auto Services category.
  FairField Inn Spartanburg North
  Located in Spartanburg, SC, this FairField Inn provides quality accommodations. Their guest rooms include a well-lit work desk, iron, and a remote-controlled TV with free cable among other amenities. SeniorDiscounts Card members receive 10% off the rack rate every day.  
For details, click here. Search the Lodging category.

Nominate a Business Challenge

We have begun the new $200 Nominate a Business Challenge. 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:
Nelly Kelly is noted in the 1927 version of one of the most widely sung songs in America over the past 70 years. What is the title of the song that Nelly was mentioned in?

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

Last Week's Challenge Question:
Many believe that June was named after this goddess. Who was the goddess?
Challenge Answer:

Our winner this week, R. F. Marazas of Belvidere, NJ, will receive a $10 Gift Certificate from R.F., 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 containing senior discounts, click here.

Ever Wonder?
(Submitted by one of our readers)

If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?

If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?

You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff?!

Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?

Why can't women put on mascara with their mouth closed?

Why don't you ever see the headline: "Psychic Wins Lottery"?

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?

Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?

When dog food is new and improved tasting, who tests it?

Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?


We have started a new Nominate a Business challenge this week and would like to hear what businesses you would like see offer a discount through our Card program. To nominate a business, click here.

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


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