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December 8, 2006


Senior Special Section: It is cold outside. Winter is here and so are those high energy prices. Learn how you may qualify for discounts on your monthly energy bills...

SeniorDiscounts News:
While supplies last, our 2006 Guide Book for only $6.95, including shipping. This can make a great holiday gift for friends and family. For more details, click here.

Senior Discounts Section: We highlight SeniorDiscounts Card Member discounts available on Costco, lodging and nutritional supplements among others.

Challenge Section: SeniorDiscounts announces a new winner for the Add A Discount Challenge and Weekly Newsletter Challenge every week. Do you know which state is the least healthy to live in according to the United Health Foundation?

If you would like to tell others about
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Shirley, from Omaha, NE tells us that Catherine's retail clothing stores provides a 15% discount, one Tuesday every month, to Catherine's credit card holders 55 years of age and older.

Vicki, in Knoxville, TN informs us that Margarita's, a Mexican restaurant in her area, has a 15% discount every Wednesday for customers 55 and older.

Joan, of Saginaw, MI lets us know that at Aunt Millie's Bakery Outlets, every Wednesday is senior day for people 55 and older, with discounts on breads, bagels, and buns.

Thanks for all of your submissions.

Let us and others know about senior discounts,
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Energy Savings and Discounts

It looks like we could be in for a cold winter this year and many of us are already feeling the strain of higher energy costs when heating our homes. This is a topic SeniorDiscounts has talked about before and wanted to touch on again as winter settles in.

Heating costs continue to rise as the price for energy increases across the country. Double digit rate increases will not be uncommon this year and some areas could be facing as much as a 20-30% increase. This added cost can be a great burden, but there are some programs to help older adults with the cost of higher energy bills; you just need to know where to look.

The best places to begin your search for energy discounts are with your local government and the companies that supply your energy needs.

Many city and local government agencies have programs for older adults in need of assistance for paying their home energy costs. These programs will have different requirements for qualification depending on the area of the country. Some require that one be of a certain age or have a certain income level, while others may require that one meets both requirements.

If there is an age requirement for participation, expect it to begin anywhere from 60 to 65 years of age. SeniorDiscounts has yet to see an age-based utility discount program begin before the 60 year mark.

If there is an income requirement, there may be no age specification to receive a discount. Programs based on income levels will take into account the total monthly income and the number of people of the household. These programs will usually count any Social Security or disability benefits as household income.


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To locate government based programs, start with your city's web site. Most cities will have a department for senior affairs with relevant contact information, while larger cities may also post the senior home energy programs on the site along with any application forms or contact numbers. If the information can not be found on the web site, call the local city information line and ask for its senior or utilities department.

Contact the local home energy supplier as well. Many energy providers are required to provide discounts on energy usage to low income or senior households. Start by visiting the provider's web site for information. Often the information is difficult to track down online, so the simplest way may be to call the local provider directly and ask if it provides any assistance for fixed income senior households.

The discounts for both local government and energy providers can vary. City program discounts may vary depending upon on the amount of income per household as well as previous energy usage. Energy providers will typically give you a discount for a percentage of your total heating bill, or will have a maximum credit they will give you per month.

Have a warm and safe winter this year.

  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 a free one year subscription to our Card program.
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  SeniorShops has thousands of products and gifts for the mature consumer, including amplified phones, magnifiers, games, bathroom aids, orthopedic support, seat cushions, loud alarms and much more. SeniorDiscounts Card Members receive a 5% discount on all orders.
Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Online Retail category.
  Costco Wholesale

Costco has extended its discount and SeniorDiscounts Card Members can join Costco as a NEW member and receive a Free $10 Costco Cash Card. (Annual Costco membership includes a Free Household Card.) To receive this offer please visit our web site and click on the web site link to print out the application form and bring it to the nearest Costco location.

Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Retail category.
  Choice Hotels
  Traveling this holiday season? Choice Hotels offers SeniorDiscounts Card Members a 20%-30% savings at more than 3,500 hotels across the United States. SeniorDiscounts Card Members can save at any Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, MainStay Suites, Econo Lodge, or Rodeway Inn.  
Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Lodging category.
  SeniorDiscounts Card Members receive a 5% discount on all orders from 1-800-PedMeds. Visit our web site to locate the promotional code that can be used when purchasing when purchasing online or ordering by phone.  
Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Online Retail category.
  Puritan's Pride
  Puritan's Pride, supplier of thousands of nutritional products, is offering Special Savings for SeniorDiscounts Card Members. Members receive $5 off any purchase over $50. Visit our web site for the promotional codes to use when ordering online or by phone.
Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Online Retail 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.

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.

You can also tell us about businesses you think would be interested in offering a senior discount. Provide us with a business's 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 of the senior discount challenge this week, Shirley Alderson of Omaha, NE will receive a one year SeniorDiscounts Card membership. Shirley, 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 the United Health Foundation's annual report, which state is the least healthy?

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

Last Week's Challenge Question:
The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is what type of tree?
Last Week's Challenge Answer:

Norway Spruce

Our winner this week, Tim Younger of Bala Cynwyd, PA will receive a one year SeniorDiscounts Card membership. Tim, 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.


Every Year the United Health Foundation in conjunction with the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention, present the America’s Health Rankings: A Call to Action for People and Their Communities.

The purpose of the report as stated on its web site:
"The purpose of America’s Health Rankings is to stimulate public conversation concerning health in our states, as well as provide information to facilitate citizen participation. We encourage participation in all elements: personal behaviors, community environment, clinical care and public and health policies. This information in the report can be used to take action regardless of whether their state is first or 50th."

The top 20 most healthy states in order:
Minnesota, Vermont, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Connecticut, Utah, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Maine, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Washington, Colorado, Kansas, South Dakota, Idaho and Oregon.


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