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Old 08-01-2014, 06:18 AM
 
Location: SC
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Anyone found any real benefits to joining by age 54?
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Old 08-01-2014, 07:47 AM
 
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Anyone found any real benefits to joining by age 54?
Well, just as one quick example, Walgreens has monthly senior discount days in which seniors who qualify receive 20% off all regularly-priced merchandise. To qualify, one needs to be either 55+ or be an AARP member. So at 54, you'd only qualify for the discount by joining AARP.

BTW, this month's senior day is this coming Tuesday, August 5th.

Senior Savings Day | Walgreens
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Old 08-01-2014, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Buckeye
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I would not join this organization at any age. They helped foist the ACA on America hoping to make billions promoting required insurance sales. There are other more liberal (meaning not wanting government dictates) organizations with equal benefits.
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Old 08-01-2014, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Center City
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AARP is the largest and most effective organization that lobbies for laws and policies that improve the lives of seniors. I joined at 50 and have remained a member since then because I am willing to support this work which ultimately benefits me and others like me. This is a bigger value than any discount.
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Old 08-01-2014, 10:41 AM
 
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The big advantage is that you will never be short of paper to use to light the fireplace.

Junk mail is a major reason for NOT joining.

When AARP advocated the ACA, among other reasons, they were recognizing that ACA would make retirement before 65 possible for some by making it possible to buy health insurance at non-punitive rates.
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Old 08-01-2014, 10:47 AM
 
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Dropped my AARP membership and joined AMAC. AARP exists only to sell insurance, make a profit and support Democrats. A plague on them.
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Old 08-01-2014, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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The big advantage is that you will never be short of paper to use to light the fireplace.

Junk mail is a major reason for NOT joining.

When AARP advocated the ACA, among other reasons, they were recognizing that ACA would make retirement before 65 possible for some by making it possible to buy health insurance at non-punitive rates.
LOL..you get the junk mail even if you don't join asking you to join.
I've been getting it for years from them.

When they include postage paid envelopes I send all their "junk mail" right back to them in it

Their primary business is selling insurance.
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Old 08-01-2014, 10:50 AM
 
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I agree with ALL of the above statements, but the one benefit I use is their free income tax prep. Completely free and accurate.
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Old 08-01-2014, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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I agree with ALL of the above statements, but the one benefit I use is their free income tax prep. Completely free and accurate.
LOL..am I the only one left that sits down with a printed out 1040, papers and a calculator and does their own taxes by hand ?
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Old 08-01-2014, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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LOL..am I the only one left that sits down with a printed out 1040, papers and a calculator and does their own taxes by hand ?
No. I do it too.

I joined AARP a few years ago but will not renew my membership. I've learned a little from reading their publications but have not found any discounts based on AARP membership that interest me. Some of the online calculators are good but don't think you have to be a member to access them. I have an upcoming vacation where I will save more than $100 on the hotel bill being an AARP member. This is why I originally joined but I generally save more on hotels based on being a federal employee. Perhaps when I retire and have more health issues and am older the discounts will be more attractive and their medical articles will be more useful.

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