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, December 22, 2005


Senior Special Section: We would like to wish everyone happy holidays. This week we have provided some web sites that can help you get ready for your celebration.

SeniorDiscounts Card News: For a limited time, receive your SeniorDiscounts Card membership at a discounted rate. Scroll down to the bottom of the newsletter for more details. We are also offering savings for friends and family. You can also view a recent newsletter with more detailed information, click here.

For more information on becoming a member of the SeniorDiscounts Card program, click here.

Senior Discounts Section: We have highlighted SeniorDiscounts Card Member discounts available for car rentals, restaurants and dental work, among others.

Challenge Section: We have a winner this week for the $100 Add a Discount challenge and have begun a new challenge for a free one year membership to SeniorDiscounts Card. Check out our Challenge Section below for the winner and for others ways to win a free SeniorDiscounts Card Membership.

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Joan, from Saginaw, MI tells us that El Farolito Mexican Restaurant offers a Senior Special every Monday from 2pm - 5pm for customers 55 and older. Purchase a meal and beverage at regular price and get a second meal with a beverage for 50% off.

Joan also informs us that at Aunt Millie's Bakery Outlet every Wednesday is Senior Day for customers 50 and older. Breads, bagels, and buns are only 39 cents. Contact store for details.

One of our readers, Tom, reminds us that Home Depot has a senior discount for members of AARP. Receive 4% off all gift certificates over $25.

Thanks for all of your submissions.

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Holiday Season

The holidays are just around the corner and we wish everyone a very happy holiday, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah. Below we have listed some web sites to help you get ready for the weekend.

Here are some web sites that have recipe ideas and tips from cooking your holiday dinner to making those great drinks. - This site has thousands of recipes for cooking a holiday dinner and creating those wonderful desserts. For Christmas ideas, click here. For Hanukkah ideas, click here. - This site has tons of great recipes and decorating ideas for your holiday celebration. - If you want to make eggnog this year, this site has many recipes to choose from. It also has many hot drink ideas for those cold holiday evenings. - This site provides some history on the famous Christmas eggnog as well as many different recipes. - If you want some tips for eating healthily, this site may be able to help you. They have a collection of recipes for every holiday. - This site not only has low fat recipes for the holidays, but it also has tips for eating sensibly this holiday season.

If you would like to add some holiday decoration to your home but do not want to spend a lot of money, these web sites may help. - HGTV has a great web site with lots of ideas on how to create your own decorations easily and with little money. - This site has many great crafts your children or grandchildren can make for the holiday weekend. - This site has everything from making ornaments to setting your table for the holiday feast.
Better Homes and Gardens - Better Homes and Gardens has good ideas and tips for planning a Christmas party in a short time.

Need to do some last-minute shopping? has some last-minute shopping ideas that can be done with your computer. Don't forget that you can always order online gift certificates for your loved ones from many of the major shopping web sites and have them immediately e-mailed to the recipient with a personalized message. Be careful, however, for hidden fees and charges.

If you like to watch sports during the holidays, these web sites can help you find all the dates and times of your favorite games. and - These two sites have all you need for the latest information on all of the upcoming bowl games. - Of course if you want information for all the upcoming holiday sporting events, this site can help.

There is no doubt that many of you have family and friends that will be missed during the holiday season. While many of us celebrate the holidays at home, it is important to remember those in the military that are stationed in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and in other parts of the world. We wish all of you happy holidays and a safe return to all of your friends and relatives. We would also like to send our best wishes to those located in the areas ravished by hurricanes this year.

Best wishes to all of you during this holiday season and for a healthy and happy 2006.

  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 a free membership.
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  Budget and Avis
  Budget and Avis Car Rentals have regular special offers for Members of the SeniorDiscounts Card program. Visit our web site for their currents offers.  
Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Car Rentals category.
  The Embers Restaurant, Lounge, & Motel

The Embers in Mackinaw City, MI, is a full service, affordable, family restaurant. They feature breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets. They also have a full menu and serve cocktails in the lounge and dining room. SeniorDiscounts Card Members receive a 10% discount on meals.

Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Restaurant category.
  Home Suite Home-Hughes Vacation Rental
  Centrally located to all the wonderful attractions of downtown Grants Pass, OR. This 3 bedroom/2 bath vacation rental offers all the comforts of home. SeniorDiscounts Card Members receive 10% discount. Children and grandchildren stay free with senior guest.
Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Lodging category.
  Smiles Ahead Family Dentistry
  Smiles Ahead Family Dentistry in Columbus, OH is a full-service general dental practice offering quality dentistry in a comfortable environment by considerate and friendly staff at an affordable price. SeniorDiscounts Card Members receive a 15% discount.  
Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Medical Services category.
  Centrol, Emergency Response Systems
  Located in Plymouth Meeting, PA, 24/7 Medical Alert is a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) that operates through existing telephone lines for In-Home use. SeniorDiscounts Card Members receive a one-time rental fee for the 24/7 unit discounted from $75.00 to $50.00 and $24.00 monitoring fee/month. Available nationwide.  
Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Medical Services category.
Great Senior and Elder Care Resources:
Find a retirement or assisted living community, nursing home or Alzheimer's care that matches your needs at You can now view maps & get driving directions. To start your search, click here.

Find care for Mom or Dad at Free referral service helps you find everything from Home Care and Assisted Living to Financial Planning and Personal Emergency Response. Click Here.

Add a Discount Challenge

We have a winner. would like to congratulate and thank our winner, Joan Harrod from Michigan, for all the discounts she submitted. Thanks Joan.

The next Add a Discount challenge for a SeniorDiscounts Card Membership has begun. Many thanks to everyone who participated and we look forward to seeing your new contributions in this next contest.

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. 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.

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:
What shape are snowflakes?

A: Octagons, Hexagons, or Pentagons

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

Last Week's Challenge Question:
According to USA Today, how much will the average consumer spend this holiday season?
A: $568, $645, $763 or $836
Last Week's Challenge Answer:

Our winner this week, Leena Hautaniemi of Placerville, CA will receive a one year membership to SeniorDiscounts Card. Leena, 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.


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Holiday Facts

Winter Solstice celebrations are held on the eve of the shortest day of the year. During the first millennium in what is today Scotland, the Druids celebrated Winter Solstice honoring their Sun God and rejoicing his return as the days got longer, signaling the coming of spring. Also called Yule, this tradition still lives today in the Wiccan traditions and in many cultures around the world.

A huge log -- the Yule Log -- is brought into an outdoor clearing and becomes part of a great bonfire. Everyone dances and sings around the fire. All the noise and great excitement is said to awaken the sun from its long winter sleep, hurrying spring on its way as the cycle begins once again and the days grow longer than the nights.



SeniorDiscounts has offered our SeniorDiscounts Card program to our newsletter subscribers for the discounted rate of $19.95 since we first began. As of January 1, 2006, that rate will no longer be available, and will only be offered at its standard $24 rate.

There are a number of benefits for becoming a SeniorDiscounts Card member and now is the time to do so while the discount is still available.

We are also offering a discounted rate for purchases of more than one membership. Current members of the SeniorDiscounts Card program can purchase additional memberships for friends and family for only $15.95. This is a great opportunity to buy your family and friends a membership for Christmas. If you are not already a member, you will first need to become a member at our newsletter special $19.95 rate. Simply register on our web site using the promotional code sdcard01 during check out and we will provide you with a special promotional code to access this great price. Current members will receive an e-mail that provides them with this special code. If you are a current member and have not received the special code, please e-mail us at:

To visit the SeniorDiscounts Card web site, click here.

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If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

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