Join Early Retirement Today
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-23-2016, 07:05 PM   #81
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Denver
Posts: 846
Quote:
Originally Posted by samclem View Post
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.

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"

The AARPs 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.
So it is politics? I'll take my $200 discount on my eyeglasses, thank you.
__________________

__________________
COcheesehead is offline  
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 07-23-2016, 07:12 PM   #82
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 11,312
Quote:
Originally Posted by COcheesehead View Post
So it is politics?
Yes, just like Bamaman said.
But the discounts can be had easily without funding AARPs political agenda (or their marketing of substandard products).
__________________

__________________
"Freedom begins when you tell Mrs. Grundy to go fly a kite." - R. Heinlein
samclem is online now  
Old 07-23-2016, 07:17 PM   #83
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Denver
Posts: 846
Quote:
Originally Posted by samclem View Post
Yes, just like Bamaman said.
But the discounts can be had easily without funding AARPs political agenda (or their marketing of substandard products).
Real life story from today. Eyeglass store. Discount without insurance 20%. I say I have AARP. Oh, than it's 30%.
__________________
COcheesehead is offline  
Old 07-23-2016, 07:18 PM   #84
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
imoldernu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Central Illinois
Posts: 4,096
For $.04/day, we belong.
Enjoy the Magazine, and find the articles in the Bulletins to be helpful.
__________________
old age is 10 years older than me
imoldernu is offline  
Old 07-23-2016, 07:19 PM   #85
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Denver
Posts: 846
Quote:
Originally Posted by COcheesehead View Post
Real life story from today. Eyeglass store. Discount without insurance 20%. I say I have AARP. Oh, than it's 30%.
How does it get easier? Don't let politics get in the way of your goals.
__________________
COcheesehead is offline  
Old 07-23-2016, 07:29 PM   #86
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 11,312
Quote:
Originally Posted by COcheesehead View Post
How does it get easier?
Tell them you'd like the AARP discount, whether you are a member or not? They want your business, right? That's pretty easy, and you save $16 per year.
And you can handle your politics however you want, I'll do the same, thanks.
__________________
"Freedom begins when you tell Mrs. Grundy to go fly a kite." - R. Heinlein
samclem is online now  
Old 07-23-2016, 08:05 PM   #87
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Denver
Posts: 846
Quote:
Originally Posted by samclem View Post
Tell them you'd like the AARP discount, whether you are a member or not? They want your business, right? That's pretty easy, and you save $16 per year.
And you can handle your politics however you want, I'll do the same, thanks.
One problem with that approach, they need your AARP number for the discount.
__________________
COcheesehead is offline  
Old 07-23-2016, 08:13 PM   #88
Moderator Emeritus
aja8888's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: The Woodlands
Posts: 5,943
Quote:
Originally Posted by COcheesehead View Post
So it is politics? I'll take my $200 discount on my eyeglasses, thank you.
Check out Zinni:

Zenni Optical | Affordable Rx Eyeglasses Online

39dollarglasses:

Prescription Glasses | Buy Discount Rx Eyeglasses from $39

Etc, no AARP card required.
__________________
......."Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face." -- philosopher Mike Tyson.
aja8888 is offline  
Old 07-23-2016, 08:15 PM   #89
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
RobbieB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Central CA
Posts: 1,817
Do what you want to do.
__________________
Retired at 59 in 2014. Should have done it sooner but I worried too much.
RobbieB is offline  
Old 07-23-2016, 08:17 PM   #90
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Denver
Posts: 846
Quote:
Originally Posted by aja8888 View Post
OK
__________________
COcheesehead is offline  
Old 07-23-2016, 08:20 PM   #91
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
easysurfer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 6,995
Quote:
Originally Posted by samclem View Post
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.
But would you join the "other groups"? If so, then you are back to where you started.
__________________
Have you ever seen a headstone with these words
"If only I had spent more time at work" ... from "Busy Man" sung by Billy Ray Cyrus
easysurfer is online now  
Old 07-23-2016, 08:24 PM   #92
Moderator Emeritus
aja8888's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: The Woodlands
Posts: 5,943
If it wasn't for the dining deals, my AARP card would be in the trash:

AARP Dining Discounts
__________________
......."Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face." -- philosopher Mike Tyson.
aja8888 is offline  
Old 07-23-2016, 08:33 PM   #93
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 11,312
Quote:
Originally Posted by easysurfer View Post
But would you join the "other groups"? If so, then you are back to where you started.
I haven't seen an instance where AARP would have saved me any money at all, so I wouldn't join the other groups just to get discounts, either. But, for those who want the discounts, they can get 'em without AARP's brand of politics.
But it's not just the politics. AARP lends their name to some Medigap policies that are not especially good values, and I'm pretty sure a lot of seniors just buy it because they trust the organization and think they are getting "AARP insurance." IMO, AARP is a marketing organization masquerading as a mutual benefit society.
__________________
"Freedom begins when you tell Mrs. Grundy to go fly a kite." - R. Heinlein
samclem is online now  
Old 07-23-2016, 08:39 PM   #94
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
easysurfer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 6,995
Quote:
Originally Posted by samclem View Post
I haven't seen an instance where AARP would have saved me any money at all, so I wouldn't join the other groups just to get discounts, either. But, for those who want the discounts, they can get 'em without AARP's brand of politics.
But it's not just the politics. AARP lends their name to some Medigap policies that are not especially good values, and I'm pretty sure a lot of seniors just buy it because they trust the organization and think they are getting "AARP insurance." IMO, AARP is a marketing organization masquerading as a mutual benefit society.
Good that you won't join the other groups either. At least you are consistent.

I joined AARP for a reason (unrelated to politics at all). Namely, to look cute among friends showing that I got the "old man" card as I already got most of the discounts (mainly, hotel reservations) with my AAA card. Well, now I also get the Consumer Cellular discount with AARP.
__________________
Have you ever seen a headstone with these words
"If only I had spent more time at work" ... from "Busy Man" sung by Billy Ray Cyrus
easysurfer is online now  
Old 07-23-2016, 08:42 PM   #95
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Denver
Posts: 846
Quote:
Originally Posted by samclem View Post
I haven't seen an instance where AARP would have saved me any money at all, so I wouldn't join the other groups just to get discounts, either. But, for those who want the discounts, they can get 'em without AARP's brand of politics.
But it's not just the politics. AARP lends their name to some Medigap policies that are not especially good values, and I'm pretty sure a lot of seniors just buy it because they trust the organization and think they are getting "AARP insurance." IMO, AARP is a marketing organization masquerading as a mutual benefit society.
If you have the ability to "know" why people have bought these policies, good for you. Most of the rest of us can't read minds.
__________________
COcheesehead is offline  
Old 07-23-2016, 08:48 PM   #96
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Denver
Posts: 846
If you are against AARP because some of what they endorse is not a good deal, that's fine. I am not a dumb*ss. I can see for myself if something is not a good deal or not. Let people make their own decisions.
__________________
COcheesehead is offline  
Old 07-23-2016, 08:53 PM   #97
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 11,312
Quote:
Originally Posted by COcheesehead View Post
If you are against AARP because some of what they endorse is not a good deal, that's fine. I am not a dumb*ss. I can see for myself if something is not a good deal or not. Let people make their own decisions.
Who is against people making their own decisions? Nobody here is trying to prevent people from making their own decisions--including decisions about whether your assessment of your dumb*ssery is accurate.
__________________
"Freedom begins when you tell Mrs. Grundy to go fly a kite." - R. Heinlein
samclem is online now  
Old 07-23-2016, 09:09 PM   #98
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Denver
Posts: 846
Quote:
Originally Posted by samclem View Post
Who is against people making their own decisions? Nobody here is trying to prevent people from making their own decisions--including decisions about whether your assessment of your dumb*ssery is accurate.
You said you were against AARP because people buy policies just because of the endorsement. Or did I get that wrong?
__________________
COcheesehead is offline  
Old 07-23-2016, 10:10 PM   #99
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Major Tom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: SF East Bay
Posts: 2,951
The trouble I have with AARP is that every time I see their magazine, I think I'm in a dentist's waiting room. Not sure if I want that vibe in my home
__________________
ER, for all intents and purposes. Part-time income <5% of annual expenditure.
Major Tom is online now  
Old 07-23-2016, 10:24 PM   #100
Moderator Emeritus
Bestwifeever's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 15,817
Every time I see AARP magazines (which is all the time since we are card carriers, but don't care if other people are or aren't, nobody put a gun to our heads and demanded we join) I wonder why I don't look as good as the cover "girls" when they are my age. That's what I want, their secrets to eternal youthful looks (it couldn't be Photoshop, could it?).
__________________

__________________

Bestwifeever is offline  
Closed Thread


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
AARP Wants me Back................:) FinanceDude FIRE and Money 10 10-04-2006 07:59 PM
Home Depot GC discount from AARP KB Other topics 0 09-03-2005 08:15 PM
Is AARP worht it? Shredder Other topics 14 03-09-2005 02:49 AM
AARP Retirement Calculator says SWR is 2% intercst FIRE and Money 9 02-25-2005 05:23 AM
AARP ambivalence John Galt Other topics 20 01-14-2005 09:01 AM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:10 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.