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AARP Bulletin July/August 2023

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


AARP’s “99 Great Ways to Save” is back! The 14th annual edition of this hugely popular feature showcases an all-new collection of tips to help readers save big dollars, even as inflation stubbornly hangs on in America. The AARP Bulletin’s personal finance experts unearthed the latest shopping apps, sales patterns, customer service secrets, digital couponing techniques and old-fashioned frugality tricks that together can save thousands of dollars in a year. Inflation may be coming down, but some hot spots (including groceries, travel and car costs) keep on rising!


In this special July/August issue, learn about:

  • How you can reduce your gas mileage by de-junking your trunk — and the place in every town where gas costs are almost always cheaper.
  • Three specific things to do before you head to the grocery store to save big.
  • How to use your calendar to land lower airfares and discount hotel stays.


Also in this issue:

Fraud Watch: When a loved one gets scammed

Falling victim to scams can leave older adults feeling embarrassed, angry, violated or even suicidal. Supporting a loved one during or after a scam can make all the difference in bolstering their mental health, protecting assets and preventing future fraud. In this month’s issue, fraud experts provide strategies to help you support a loved one.

Your Health: The truth about OTC hearing aids

The official arrival of over-the-counter hearing aids last October came with a promise of affordability and ease-of-access for millions of Americans with mild to moderate hearing loss. But instead of instant solutions, many consumers found confusion. Too many choices, unclear marketing and varying prices left potential customers wary and sales far below projections. This month’s Your Health gives an honest assessment of why OTC hearing aids are off to a slow start but also why they hold huge potential for so many older Americans.

In the News Special Report: Why is it so hard to expand a home?

Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) offer so much potential to help resolve America’s housing problems: What better way to make loved ones (be they aging parents or grown kids) secure than by building a home for them in your backyard or over your garage? But zoning laws, homeowners associations and other forces often conspire to block ADUs. Local regulations can make building one next to impossible. This month’s special report highlights the surprising politics of home expansion; why so many barriers to construction exist; and how each of us can find out what’s allowed or blocked in our own neighborhoods.

Your Life: Why water bills are surging

Monthly home water bills have surged in recent years to the point that they often are higher than electricity or gas bills. Turns out all these increases have little to do with global warming and water supplies (those increases are coming later). The shocking truths about why water costs have become so burdensome and whether there is anything to do about it (the answer is yes!).


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Past Issues of AARP Bulletin

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.                          



December 2022

Discover whether to add solar panels to your roof, how to improve the Wi-Fi signal in your home and if it’s time for you to go gluten-free.                          



November 2022

Learn how to stay healthy this winter and how to not fall victim to scammers who try to manipulate your emotions.                                                        



October 2022

Tips on how to fight inflation, the future of hearing aids and an interview with Gary Sinise in this edition.                                                                     



September 2022

Find out about drug price relief, our Teen Mental Health Crisis special report, and where to find free clothes, appliances, household gear and more.



July/August 2022

AARP’s “99 Great Ways to Save” feature returns with a brand-new collection of tips to help readers save money during this period of record-setting price hikes.



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