50 Plus – Shopping Benefits

by Lori Sciame | March 10th, 2011 | Money Saving Hints

Turning 50 just got a little sweeter. Why? Because membership in AARP offers lots of ways for consumers to save money on useful items, from books to hotel rooms to food.

I was first introduced to AARP savings last year when my husband turned 50. While at an eye doctor appointment, he learned that AARP offers member discounts on the purchase of a complete pair of glasses. For a mere $16 membership fee, we were able to save approximately $45 on his bifocals. Since then, I’ve learned all the ways that the AARP card can save our family money. A quick review of the benefits and eligibility requirements listed below will tell you if membership might be right for you!

Shopping Discounts

Shopping discounts abound with the AARP card. Stores such as Borders, Dunham’s Sports, and Walgreens offer special savings for AARP cad holders. At Walgreen’s members just show their AARP membership card at time of purchase for an opportunity to receive exclusive offers available only to them. This month’s special is spend $20 at the store and receive $5 off your next purchase (valid 2/27/11 – 3/26/11).

Tanger Outlets also participate. Members receive a free Tanger Coupon Book including up to 20% discount offers when they show their AARP membership card at any Tanger Shopper Services Center or Management Office across America.

Reebock and Rockport Outlet Stores provide the following benefit: Members receive a 25% discount on the lowest ticketed price of each item when you show your AARP membership card at U.S. outlet locations; plus four member savings events throughout the year.

(These are just a few examples of the shopping discounts available through AARP. There are also many ways to save on online purchases. See the website for a complete listing of participating retailers).

Dining Discounts

Of course we’ve all heard about dining discounts for senior citizens, but the AARP card allows members to enjoy savings at 15,000 restaurants nationwide. One example of a participating restaurant is Denny’s, where card holders can save 20% off their total check every day from 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Travel Benefits

Membership in AARP can save money on car rentals, hotels and resorts, and even cruises. An example given on the AARP website states that, “Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National offer members up to 25% off on car rentals, along with exclusive insurance benefits.” Specific hotels, resorts, and cruise lines also offer discounts, so it is well worth the time it takes to investigate the cost savings.

Health Products

AARP also offers savings on health-related products. Members can save on dental, vision, and prescription drugs. The company has also included discounts geared at keeping you fit. For instance, at Gold’s Gym, “Members save on a discount enrollment fee of $39 and up to 20% off monthly membership costs with no long term contracts.”


Health, life, auto, and home insurance from respected companies, including New York Life and the Hartford, are also available through AARP.


Requirements for membership in AARP are simple, you must be 50 years or older, and pay a $16.00 membership fee; however, spouses receive membership benefits at no extra charge. Visit the AARP website for detailed information on joining and member benefits.

I’ll admit, it was difficult at first to use my AARP card, but now I smile each time I take the card out of my wallet. Turning 50 is a good thing when it comes to shopping.

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