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Old 07-22-2016, 05:35 AM   #61
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Old 07-22-2016, 05:43 AM   #62
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Recently used AARP for flight and hotel - Vienna.

Occasionally there are tips on the magazine or newsletter that serve as reminders. Think I started reading those items back in the century when mother received them in the mail.
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Old 07-22-2016, 06:07 AM   #63
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Sounds good. Where on their site are the eye exam discounts? I need to do that this year.
I just looked at the site again. Under Benefits there is a link to Vision Benefits. Once you click that, there is a button for Find Provider. Pretty straight forward.
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I throw out their mailings but DH had to join to get their Medicare supplement. OK, the supplement is pretty good- they process claims promptly and they generally pay everything that Medicare doesn't. I doubt we've used the discount for anything; we have AAA and that generally gets us the same deals, and we use Costco for a lot of other things. That's where I plan to go for new eyeglasses.


And- I hate to admit this- I read the magazine. Plenty of interviews with ageing rock stars, actors and actresses. I can relate.
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I am a member as I like the magazine. Never used the discounts.
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You must not wear glasses, use toothpaste, deordorant, paper napkins, window cleaner, razors, toilet paper or travel then. I found discounts on all of these without changing my buying behavior. Your results may favor.
Correct. I'm fine without those.
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I'm both an AARP and Consumer Cellular member so the discount applies for my mobile. Also, an AAA member so as for stuff like hotel stays, those discounts pretty much overlap.
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Correct. I'm fine without those.
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I've been a member for a decade now. I renew 5 years at a time, cheaper.

Just what I save on the phone bill pays the fee and more.
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I've been a member for a decade now. I renew 5 years at a time, cheaper.

Just what I save on the phone bill pays the fee and more.
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Free first run movies. If you live in a bigger city. Seeing at least two good ones a year equals the cost of membership. I don't use any of their other discounts, and spend about 2 minutes a month skimming through the magazines/bulletins before recycling.
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I would not send money to a PAC I loathed even if they gave me free movies and free toothpaste. And if they preyed on seniors by hawking inferior products, I'd be even less inclined to support such an organization. There are plenty of other groups that give discounts without the political baggage or the unscrupulous marketing practices. But people obviously have different opinions about this. And some people probably even enjoy the junk mail.
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I would not send money to a PAC I loathed even if they gave me free movies and free toothpaste. And if they preyed on seniors by hawking inferior products, I'd be even less inclined to support such an organization. There are plenty of other groups that give discounts without the political baggage or the unscrupulous marketing practices. But people obviously have different opinions about this. And some people probably even enjoy the junk mail.
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Free first run movies. If you live in a bigger city. Seeing at least two good ones a year equals the cost of membership. I don't use any of their other discounts, and spend about 2 minutes a month skimming through the magazines/bulletins before recycling.
Wait, free movies? Really? How?
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I have my membership linked to my Walgreens rewards program. I assume for additional discounts, but I really can't remember why I did.


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AARP in Your State – Find Local AARP Offices, News, Programs & Events for Boomers & Seniors

Click on your state, and there should be a list of events AARP is sponsoring. Sometimes there are classes, othertimes free movies (at least in Washington state).

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You can adjust your membership online to indicate your interests so you don't get the unwanted mailings.
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I used to like to read the magazine when I was 50.

Then I realized they're a liberal organization politically lobbying against my beliefs.
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I used to like to read the magazine when I was 50.

Then I realized they're a liberal organization politically lobbying against my beliefs.
I am not familiar with this part of them. Can you elaborate?
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I am not familiar with this part of them. Can you elaborate?
We would expect AARP to lobby heavily for the interests of their members. But in the recent past they have inserted themselves into political contests and have taken a position that is >not< favored by the majority of their members, but did benefit their insurance business considerably.

It's not a subject that we can go into here without resulting in a lot of discontent, but if you want to know more you can browse these links:

"AARP Left Me."
"The Love Song of the AARP"
"How AARP Made $2.8 Billion . . . "

Reaction to AARP's politics have resulted in the founding of other groups (AMAC, etc) that offer many of the same discounts but with a different political slant. These groups are still a lot smaller than AARP.

I would never join AARP.
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