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Saving Money, Having Fun

AARP saves you money through information, member benefits and advocacy

More fun and peace of mind for less money. AARP empowers you to save money through expert advice, information, tools, discounts and consumer advocacy.

Here are just some of the ways members have stretched their dollar through AARP this year:

Member Benefits

Dining: Who doesn’t enjoy a good night out? Members can save with discounts on coffee, soft drink-and-popcorn packages at the movies and dinners at leading restaurants. New this year: Get a free donut at Dunkin’ Donuts when you show your valid AARP membership card and purchase a large or extra large hot coffee.

Tech support: Love using technology to keep up with family and friends, but hate the hassles? That’s why a tech support package from Geek Squad was made available to AARP members, starting in April.

The UPS Store ®: AARP members can get 15 percent off eligible products and services, and 5 percent off shipping services, at The UPS Store® locations when they show their AARP card.

Travel support: Love to travel? Save money on hotels, rental cars, airfare, cruises and more. New this year: Save up to 10 percent off the best available rate at over 3,800 Hilton Worldwide hotels.

Online coupons. It used to be that buying a Sunday newspaper was the best way to get money-saving coupons. Now, AARP members can print their own coupons for groceries and other everyday purchases — for free.

Retirement Savings Tools

Working people dream about the last day of their daily grind. No more ringing alarm clocks. No more traffic. No more pressure. Freedom. But retirement can come with its own set of challenges — and it’s important that people are prepared for it.

Developing a vision and a solid plan for the future is easier with tips, tools and information from AARP.

Social Security calculator: Deciding when to claim Social Security is complex, especially for people who are married, divorced or widowed. AARP’s online Social Security Benefits Calculator can help you determine how to maximize your benefits. Just plug in marital status, post-retirement employment plans, lifetime earnings and other factors.

Retirement calculator: Use AARP’s online Retirement Calculator to figure out how much money you need to retire comfortably.

5 Steps to Get Ready for Retirement: This online site gives you a comprehensive overview of AARP’s retirement decision tools, and walks you through the process of preparing for the rest of your life.

Money Management

Trustworthy publications: Every issue of the AARP Bulletin and AARP The Magazine is packed with money-saving tips. Members’ favorites are showcased through “99 Ways to Save” in the July/August Bulletin.

Cheapskate tips: If you brake for yard sales or get a kick out of cutting grocery costs through coupons, you might be a cheapskate. More than 5,000 AARP members belong to the online community called the Savings Challenge group. They swap tips for managing expenses, finding good deals and spending less. Ultimate cheapskate Jeff Yeager guides the group, which always welcome more participants.

Easy checklists: Looking for money-management guidance? Check out AARP’s tip sheets on managing your money. Each one includes lists to make your next steps crystal clear. Topics include creating a budget, cutting costs and Social Security for married or divorced couples. These small publications are easy to download, print and share.

Fighting to Save You Money on Utilities

AARP is fighting to save you money on utility bills. We are one of the few consumer organizations advocating for fair utility rates at both the federal and state levels.

During the first half of 2012, 50-plus consumers saved $441 million on their utility bills. These savings resulted from rate case and legislative victories across the country as part of the AARP Affordable Utilities Now! campaign.

For example, AARP members and staff in Iowa fought back legislation that would have allowed a utility to charge consumers up front for the cost of building a nuclear power plant. Other efforts are under way in 30 more states.

Our goal: to ensure utility companies receive only what is fair and reasonable — not a dime more.

Check out all the money-saving discounts and other benefits of AARP membership.

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