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Living on a Budget
by AARP Bulletin, June 21, 2010
We’ve given you 99 savings tips. Here are even more ways to stretch your dollar with your AARP membership, plus lifestyle programs available to everyone on health, fitness, jobs and retirement.
CLICKING FOR COUPONS
The AARP Grocery Coupon Center, powered by Coupons.com, offers online coupons for food and beverages, household items and health products (grocerycouponcenter.com).
Learn about AARP’s tips on low-cost home modifications and no-cost ways to improve energy efficiency, plus save money and make your home more comfortable and beautiful (aarp.org/homeupdates).
The AARP Travel Center, powered by Expedia, features domestic and international vacation packages, cruises, flights, hotels and rental cars. Receive discounts from most AARP Travel hotel and car providers, plus extra onboard credits on select cruises. No airline or cruise booking fees (1-800-675-4318; expedia-aarp.com).
Receive up to 50 percent off on products from national chains such as Target.com, Sears, Kmart and hundreds of other participating retailers online at Everyday Savings Center, powered by Next Jump. Discounts are available on everything from electronics and books to apparel and furniture (everydaysavingscenter.com/deals).
PARK AND FLY
Save 10 percent at more than 130 off-site discount airport parking facilities operated by Park Ride Fly USA nationwide. Complimentary services include “curb-to-curb” shuttle service to and from the airport, valet and/or self-parking and luggage assistance (1-877-503-7275 toll-free; parkrideflyusa.com/aarp).
DISHING UP DEALS
Save 20 percent off your check every day from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Denny’s restaurants by showing your AARP card(1). Also, coffee for you and your guests is a dollar, 24/7 (1-800-733-6697; dennys.com).
BE A BETTER DRIVER
AARP offers the nation’s first and largest driver refresher course in the classroom and online at a discounted rate for members. In some states, finishing the course may save you money on insurance premiums (1-888-227-7669 toll-free; aarp.org/drive).
CAR AND HOME COVERAGE
If you insure your home and auto with the AARP Auto and Homeowners Insurance Program from The Hartford (2), you’ll receive up to a 10 percent discount on your homeowner’s insurance rates and an additional 15 percent on your auto insurance coverage (1-800-689-9089, code 440160; aarp.thehartford.com/msb).
EYE SEE SAVINGS
Save up to 30 percent off the regular price of eyewear, including bifocals, trifocals, lens options and frames, at LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Target Optical, JCPenney Optical and many private practitioners. Offered through EyeMed Vision Care (3) (1-888-352-3924 toll-free; aarphealthcare.com).
You can get six free health screenings from AARP and Walgreens on the AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour, which is visiting cities nationwide and in Puerto Rico through next February (1-866-484-8687 toll-free; aarpwalgreens.com/tour).
Check out AARP’s Doughnut Hole Calculator to find less expensive, but therapeutically similar, drugs for preventing or treating medical conditions. Those who have fallen into Medicare Part D’s “doughnut hole” will receive a $250 rebate check from Medicare automatically this year (aarp.org/doughnuthole).
Get fit. Stay fit. Have fun. Visit our online fitness center for exercise news and motivational tips. You’ll find helpful articles about getting and staying active, plus interactive health tools. You can also join an online group, Fat2Fit, that has helped nearly 4,000 people lose weight and become more physically active over the past year (aarp.org/fit).
KEEP ON WORKIN’
Looking for no-cost job-search assistance or career counseling to help you stay marketable in a changing economy? AARP offers free advice and resources, including career fairs and access to employers that value workers 50 and older (aarp.org/work).
FOR A BETTER RETIREMENT
AARP provides free webinars that offer tips on how to better stretch your money and make ends meet, resources to help you avoid investment fraud, and calculators to help you figure out how much to save for retirement (aarp.org/moneywebinars).
SAVE ON CELL PLANS
Receive a free phone from Consumer Cellular when you sign up for new service. The plan includes 5 percent off monthly service and 30 percent off selected accessories. No long-term contract required (1-888-437-9226 toll-free; consumercellular.com/aarp).
WE NEVER STOP WORKING FOR YOU
AARP saves you money and defends your interests in the halls of Congress and in all 50 statehouses. Together, we’re fighting to:
(1) Not valid with any other coupons or promotional offers. Taxes and gratuity not included. Alcoholic beverages not included in discount. Valid at participating Denny’s restaurants only. (2) The AARP Automobile Insurance Program from The Hartford is underwritten by Hartford Fire Insurance Company and its affiliates, One Hartford Plaza, Hartford, CT 06155. This Program is provided by The Hartford, not AARP or its affiliates. The Hartford pays a royalty fee to AARP for the use of AARP’s intellectual property. These fees are used for the general purposes of AARP. (3) EyeMed Vision Care is the network administrator of AARP Vision Discounts. These are not insurance programs and may be discontinued at any time. Cannot be combined with any other discounts. EyeMed pays license fees to AARP for use of the AARP trademark.
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