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, January 6, 2005


Senior Special Section: Happy New Year. We hope everyone had a fantastic New Year's Eve. This week are discussing ways to locate senior discounts on your home energy costs.

SeniorDiscounts Card News: SeniorDiscounts will be launching some new programs for its members this month, including discounted dental and health coverage as well as special rates for final expenses.

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 on antiques, pet supplies and medical equipment, among others.

Challenge Section: SeniorDiscounts has begun a new Add a Discount challenge for a free one year membership to the SeniorDiscounts Card program and has announced our current winner. Check out our Challenge Section below for more details and for others ways to win a free SeniorDiscounts Card Membership.

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If you are interested in helping us spread the word about SeniorDiscounts Card and would like to become a representative, please contact us. Click here.


Lynn, from Mt. Sterling, KY tells us that Countryside Animal Hospital offers a 10% discount on procedures for animal owners 60 and older.

Edna in Bridgeton, MO informs us that Advance Carpet One typically offers a 10% discount on most types of floor coverings for customers 55 and older. Please inquire as the discount may vary.

Carolyn of Texas City, TX informs us that her local Whataburger Restaurant offers a free drink with purchase to patrons 55 and older.

Thanks for all of your submissions.

Tell us about any senior discounts we don't already know about,
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and you can win great prizes.

Energy Savings

Winter is upon us and many of us are feeling the strain of higher energy costs when heating our homes. This added cost can be a great burden when coupled with greater gas prices for our automobiles and increasing prices on many consumer goods, not to mention the cost of prescription drugs. But there are some programs to help older adults with the cost of higher energy bills; you just need to know where to look.

Some of the best places to begin are with your local government and the company which supplies your energy.

Many local government agencies have programs for older adults in need of assistant for paying their home energy costs. These programs may have different requirements for qualification. Some require that one be of a certain age or income level, while others may require both. If there is an age requirement for participation, expect it to begin anywhere from 60 to 65 years of age. If there is an income requirement, there may be no age specification to receive a discount. Programs will look at the number of people in your household as well as the total monthly income which will include any Social Security benefits.

To locate these government programs, start with your city's web site. Most cities will have a department for senior affairs with relevant contact information. Many of the larger cities will also post the senior home energy programs on the site along with any application forms or contact numbers. You can also call the local city information line located in the government pages of your phone book.

Try contacting your local home energy supplier as well. Many energy providers are required to provide discounts on energy usage to low income households as well as seniors. You can start by visiting their web sites, but often the information is difficult to track down. The simplest way is to call your 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 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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  SpinLife carries products from Walkers to Wheelchairs. They promise to meet or beat any published competitor's price for any wheelchair, power wheelchair, electric scooter or home medical equipment product for sale at SpinLife. SeniorDiscounts Card Members receive an additional 5% discount on all orders.  
Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Online Retail category.
  Upton Enterprises

Upton Enterprises provides quality pet doors at low prices. SeniorDiscounts Card Members receive an additional 10% discount on all products. Please call 800-300-8614 and mention your SeniorDiscounts Card Membership number or use the coupon code on the web site to receive the discount.

Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Online Retail category.
  Emerald Coast Tax Advisory, LLC
  Emerald Coast in Pensacola, FL, will prepare tax returns regardless of complexity (excludes corporate returns). SeniorDiscounts Card Members may have tax returns prepared for as little as $49.00 and trust tax returns prepared for as little as $350.00. (The regular price for this service is approximately $750.00.)
Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Local Services category.
  Georgie's Pizza, Pasta & More
  Georgie's Pizza in Berkeley Springs, WV, sells pizza, subs, appetizers, side dishes and all you can eat buffet from 11am-2pm and 5pm-8pm, 7 days a week. SeniorDiscounts Card Members receive a 10% discount.  
Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Restaurant category.
  Looking Back Antiques

Looking Back Antiques in San Dimas, CA, has hundreds of great antiques for sale. SeniorDiscounts Card Members receive 15% off all items.

Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Retail 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 elder care at This 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

The next Add a Discount challenge for a SeniorDiscounts Card Membership has begun. We will be announcing a new winner every two weeks in this newsletter, so let your fellow senior discounters know about new discounts you find and keep those discounts coming.

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.

Our current winner, Glen Caldwell of Virginia Beach, VA will receive a one year membership to SeniorDiscounts Card for the last two week challenge. Glen, 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:
What is the most common New Years resolution in the US?

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

Last Week's Challenge Question:
What year did the ball first drop in Times Square?

Last Week's Challenge Answer:

Our winner this week, Flo McCue of Langhorne, PA will receive a one year membership to SeniorDiscounts Card. Flo, 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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US Energy Consumption

Though accounting for only 5 percent of the world's population, Americans consume 26 percent of the world's energy.

Among industrialized and developing countries, Canada consumes per capita the most energy in the world, the United Sates ranks second, and Italy consumes the least among industrialized countries.

Residential appliances, including heating and cooling equipment and water heaters, consume 90% of all energy used in the U.S. residential sector.

The United States spends about $440 billion annually for energy. Energy costs US consumers $200 billion and US manufacturers $100 billion annually.



Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.
-Thomas Mann

A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.
-Author Unknown

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