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July 3, 2006


Senior Special Section: Have a Great Fourth of July. This week we discuss locating senior discounts on local services. Read below for the full article.

SeniorDiscounts News: SeniorDiscounts has partnered with organizations to bring you low cost vision, dental and other medical services. These services are now available to you. For more information, click here.

Over 5,000 business locations now offer exclusive discounts for members of the SeniorDiscounts Card. For more information on becoming a member of the SeniorDiscounts Card program, click here.

Senior Discounts Section: We highlight SeniorDiscounts Card Member discounts available on hotels, first aid, vitamins and more.

Challenge Section: SeniorDiscounts announces a new winner for the Add A Discount Challenge and Weekly Newsletter Challenge every week. Check out our Challenge Section below for more details, this week's winner and for other ways to win a free SeniorDiscounts Card Membership.

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Newsletter Topics
Every week we try and bring you useful information about certain types of businesses that offer senior discounts. We would like to know what you are interested in or would like to hear about in future newsletters. Please e-mail us with any ideas or topics you would like us to research and bring to you.
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Charles Schwartz, from San Francisco, CA tells us that California Bank & Trust provides seniors 55 and older with a Classic Checking service that provides added benefits for seniors.

Jack, in Woodbridge, VA informs us that Travel 2000, a luggage store, offers a 20% discount to seniors 55 and older. Discount may only be available on certain days of the week and you must ask for it.

Nancy, of Swampscott, MA tells us that the Paradiso Ristorante in her area provides a 15% discount on Thursdays and Sundays to diners 60 years of age and older.

Thanks for all of your submissions.

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Local Services

One of the most popular discount categories on our web site is the Local Services/Other category. This category contains discounts from all kinds of local merchants in specific geographic regions.

The local service discounts can include plumbers, electricians, roofers, air conditioning and heating services, tree services, handyman and repair services, landscaping and lawn services, salons and barbers, mechanics and car washes, real estate agents and mortgage lenders, legal services, carpet and dry cleaners, film developers and photographers, computer classes and repair and even dance classes and self defense.

Local services are typically owned and operated by single owners, and therefore have no consistent age requirements or discount amounts. Most of these begin at age 60 or older, but some discounts start as early as 50. Some businesses will even provide a senior discount as long as you ask for it.

Most services will offer around a 10% discount from the regular total or hourly rate and may extend that discount to parts as well. You may also find senior discounts offered on particular days of the week.

Locating local businesses that offer senior discounts can be very difficult. We have thousands listed on our web site but there are thousands more. Local businesses do not typically advertise a senior discount at their premises, and store employees may not always be aware the discount. One suggestion is to call the business in advance. Try selecting 10 or 20 businesses that you frequent or have thought about visiting and call to inquire about a senior discount. This way you can save yourself time and any embarrassment you might have asking someone in person. Be sure to have the age requirement and discount details before you hang up.

We have also found that many businesses will advertise their senior discount in their yellow pages advertisements. Some phone books may also provide the symbol "SD" next to businesses which offer a senior discount. Another place to look for discounts is a local senior or community center. Businesses may post discounts or leave discount information at the center.

When researching these types of discounts, always ask for the business for its regular rates before asking for a senior discount. Some businesses may increase their hourly rates if they know you are asking for a senior discount, thus voiding the discount.

The great thing about senior discounts for local services is that small businesses can be flexible. Seniors have told us that in some instances a business did not have a senior discount policy in place, but when asked about offering a senior discount, the business provided them with one. It never hurts to ask.

To search for local discounts in your area, go to the Discount Search Form located on our web site and select the category Local Services/Other. Click here.

If you know of any local businesses in your area that offer a senior discount, let us and other seniors know about them. You could even win a free SeniorDiscounts Card Membership. Click here.

  This week we bring you some of the discounts available in our SeniorDiscounts Card program. The following discounts and over 130,000 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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  Members of SeniorDiscounts Card can take advantage of a new mortgage benefit program available through CitiMortgage, a member of the world's leading financial services company, Citigroup benefits include $500 off closing costs, preferred interest rates, a pre-approval program, streamlined processing, on-time closing guarantee, and much more.  
Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Local Services category.
  Costco Membership

We have had some people inquire about the Costco Membership discount and how to get it. SeniorDiscounts Card Members can join Costco and receive a Free $10 Costco Cash Card. Annual Costco membership includes a Free Household Card. Members must either call the toll free number listed on our web site or print out the form provided on our web site. This will ensure that the local branch will accept the discount.

Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Retail category.
  Helping Hands First Aid & CPR
  Helping Hands First Aid & CPR Safety Company offers a First Aid book to help families handle emergencies at home, work, or play. It has nearly 100 illustrated pages covering over two dozens different topics for injuries and sudden illness. It even covers CPR for pets. SeniorDiscounts Card Members and families will receive a $4 refund on each book ordered. Type the word “senior” anywhere on the online order form, or write the word senior on the mail form.  
Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Online Retailers Category.
  Sleep Inn
  Sleep Inn offers SeniorDiscounts Card Members a 20%-30% savings at all of its hotels across the United States. Simply call the toll free number 800-4CHOICE and quote the discount #00062600. Card members can also save online by going to and entering the code in the Special Rate ID field.
Click here to search for these hotels in our Lodging Category.
  Puritan's Pride
  Puritan's Pride is offering Special Savings for SeniorDiscounts Card Members. Members receive $5 off any purchase over $50. Visit their web site and enter the promotion code located on our web site during the checkout process. Or place your order by phone at 1-800-645-1030 and mention the coupon code also located on our web site. You can reach them online or on the phone 24 hours a day.
Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Online Retailers Category.
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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.

You can also tell us about businesses you think would be interested in offering a senior discount. Provide us with the businesses' information and we will contact that business and invite it to offer a senior discount. The more discounts you enter, the better your chances of winning. Click here.

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

Our winner this week, Charles Schwartz of San Francisco, CA will receive a one year SeniorDiscounts Card membership. Charles, please e-mail us at: to claim your prize.

Weekly Internet Challenge

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

This Week's Challenge:
Who was the only soccer player to win Three world cup winners’ medals?

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

Last Week's Challenge Question:
Who won the Soccer/Football World cup in 2002?
Last Week's Challenge Answer:

Our winner this week, Debra DeCristoforo of Boston, MA will receive a one year SeniorDiscounts Card membership. Debra, 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.


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Soccer/Football Facts

The World Cup is the biggest soccer tournament in the world. It is held every four years in a different country. Billions of people watch the televised games each tournament.

The World's First Football Club - Sheffield Football Club - was founded in 1857 by Colonel Nathaniel Cresswick and Major William Priest, two British Army officers.

The First International Match was played in Glasgow, Scotland on November 30th, 1872 when Scotland played England. The Scottish Football Association did not then exist - it was not founded until three months later. The team England played that day was actually the oldest Scottish club team, Queen's Park, founded 1863.

The First Professional Players were reputedly two Scots - John Love, and Fergus Suter, who played for a north of England club called Darwen in the 1879 season and were paid for their soccer talent.



The rules of soccer are very simple, basically it is this: if it moves, kick it. If it doesn't move, kick it until it does.
- Phil Woosnam

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