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AARP Bulletin January/February 2024

Report shares how readers can stretch their budget wisely and fend off the effects of economic inflation



In the midst of economic uncertainties, AARP Bulletin offers readers crucial strategies to navigate the financial landscape of 2024. Starting the year off strong, this issue empowers readers to make informed financial moves during a period of lingering inflation and high interest rates.

In the exclusive cover story, the Bulletin shares tips on how readers can:

  • Save on skyrocketing-through-the-sunroof car costs
  • Obtain a home loan amid high interest rates
  • Get a bump in employment benefits

Plus, an extended Q&A details what precisely is going on with today’s economy, which many indicators suggest is positive and improving, yet Americans’ perception of their financial status is widely gloomy.


Also in this issue:

Your Health: Over the past few years, the medical world has made big strides in uncovering the causes and physiology of migraines and what can be done to treat and prevent them. Read this crucial update to better understand what is happening when a migraine hits and how you can alleviate it.

Fraud Watch: The arrival of an odd text led to a several-month journey dealing with a fraud attack for Rob Tannenbaum, a journalist who’s written for many of America’s most prestigious news organizations. In this harrowing first-person account, he reveals the steps he took to ultimately emerge without losing any money.

Your Life: America rightly honors and celebrates the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, people such as Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Roy Wilkins. But behind the scenes were countless others who few know by name but were essential to the progress the movement achieved. Here are the surprising and uplifting stories of several lesser-known fighters, including Willie Pearl Mackey King on MLK’s Birmingham jail letter; Charles Person on the Freedom Riders; and Fred Gray on the Montgomery bus protest.

A Perfect Home Gym: This January, many Americans will convert unused bedrooms, basement spaces or dens into workout areas. In this expansive and surprising graphic poster, the Bulletin details exactly how to create the optimal home exercise space — from flooring to wall coverings to the right technology to what gear to buy or avoid.

Live Well for Less: Nearly one in six online purchases get returned, which explains why so many e-tailers have tried to shift more of the cost and hassle of returns to the consumer. Just in time for people dealing with post-holiday gift returns, Bulletin columnist Lisa Lee Freeman provides a total guide to the fast-changing methods that companies require to return online products.


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Past Issues of AARP Bulletin

December 2023

Your most urgent health questions answered, how to read the fine print and the risks of medical credit cards.                                                                



November 2023

Details on what we can learn from ‘super agers’ and how to protect your home from scammers.                                                       



October 2023

We have a visual guide to fraud, details on the future of Medicare and how vaccinations might reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s.                            



September 2023

Find out how to recover money lost to fraud, the truth about ministrokes and how older adults are shaking up the country.                                                            



July/August 2023

Learn ‘99 Great Ways to Save,’ plus how to reduce gas mileage and what to do when a loved one gets scammed.                                                                    



June 2023

Learn how to stay safe this summer and tips to calculate how much you’ll really need for your retirement stash.                                          



May 2023

Details about AI crimes on the rise, the changing retail landscape and online health misinformation.                                                             



April 2023

This issue features the 2023 Fraud Survival Guide, the problem with extended warranty offers, and a brain health quiz.                                      



March 2023

Find out how to protect yourself from ‘check washing’ crimes, important health truths and what's next for COVID-19.                                                 



January/February 2023

Lean why heart-related health challenges are on the rise and the best ways to prevent them, plus new tax credits worth pursuing.                          



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