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Discounts Abound If You Play Your Card Right in Santa Clarita

April 23, 1998|GERI COOK | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

There is one way that more than 25,000 shoppers in the Santa Clarita area realize bargains every day. They use the Twenty-Five Score card, which offers discounts from 5% to 50% at more than 400 local businesses.

Retail stores and restaurants participate as well as many service businesses including carwashes, dry cleaners, moving companies and even legal services.

The one-membership-per-family-rule caused a touchy situation recently when the husband and wife in a divorce action each sought to benefit from the "$100 off on $500 or more" deal at a law firm by using their Twenty-Five Score card. "Sorry, we can only represent one party in a divorce," they were told.

It would be hard to live or do business in Newhall, Saugus, Valencia or Canyon Country without realizing a saving of well over the $25 investment with this discount membership card.

The teen crowd likes the deals at fast-food restaurants such as Pizza Man, McDonald's, Del Taco, Carl's Jr. and Arby's. For instance, Arby's gives cardholders 20% off all regular prices.

Mom and Dad can see some results at TGIF, where they get $5 off a $20-plus bill, or at Farrow's, where the savings are 10% of the total.

Retailers big and small participate in this business that was launched in 1989 by Eric Shulman, a local Realtor--which may explain why some real estate agents give the cards to new homeowners.

Sears offers 10% off in 11 departments, and Carriage Trade, an independent dry cleaner, deducts 25% from a bill over $12. One local car dealer offers $500 off sticker price.

This certainly is a lot easier than clipping coupons, which I never seem to have with me when I need them.

Besides, coupons usually have a short life, whereas the membership for Twenty-Five Score card is good for one year, so cardholders can realize the same bargain many times over.

This discount membership is simple and covers a wide range of stores. It would be nice to see more cards like this in every community. For information, call (805) 257-2673.

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WEEKEND SUPER SALE: Starting Friday and continuing through May 10, the outlet room at Homemakers will be devoted to a clearance of Ashley furniture. Sofas start as low as $369, cocktail tables begin at $89 and wing chairs are $139 instead of $239. These are good-quality pieces, and the prices are never better. Homemakers is a member of Twenty-Five Score and offers cardholders free delivery. Homemakers, 18901 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. (805) 252-6052.

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