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More Ways to Save With Your Own Tips

AARP members add great ideas to our 10th annual list of bargains, discounts, deals and more

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Nos. 90-99: Members' Tricks and Hints

90. No Cable, No Problem

En español | I purchased a $20 TV antenna. With that antenna I can get 27 channels for free. —Marge Holley, Filer, Idaho

91. Pump Payoff 

Every month my grocery store has a coupon for a $50 gas gift card for $40, as long as you make a $50 purchase. So I can get 20 percent savings on my gas while buying food that I use. Plus, I buy those groceries with a 6 percent cash-back card. —Jack Howarth, Lakeland, Fla.

92. Trimming Costs

My husband and I get our haircuts together on the half-price senior day they have at our local beauty school. It costs me $4, and he pays $3. We can leave a tip and walk out for $10! —Kathryn Bankhead, Lehi, Utah

93. Sunny Savings 

Our 14 solar panels can produce more electricity than we use, saving on utilities. —Bill Davidson, Placitas, N.M.

94. Splitting the Rent

Having a roommate has saved me between $500 and $800 in monthly rent, depending on the house's amenities at the time we were sharing. And the companionship is a nice bonus. —Tony Pastore, Orlando, Fla.

95. Tag Sale Treasure

I found a used $200 pickup topper for only $15. The secret? It was the end of the day and they wanted it gone. —Larry Behnke, High Springs, Fla.

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Cheap Seats

I look out for summer concerts or music festivals at county and state fairs around our region every summer. Sometimes you can get free lawn seats or save with early bird discounts. —Grace Kufahl, Brodhead, Wis.

97. Frugal Freshener

I use scented bar soap remnants to freshen closets, drawers, cabinets and trash cans. —Lawrence Cohen, Cumberland, R.I.

98. Butcher the Meat Bill

We purchase family-size packages of beef, pork and chicken, which are generally cheaper per pound than smaller packages, then split them into several meal portions and freeze. —Carol Gee, Atlanta, Ga.

99. Tap Into Savings

My bathroom faucet corroded badly within 10 years of use. I called the manufacturer, and they agreed to send me a brand- new faucet free of charge! I saved the $152 a new faucet would have cost. My mantra? Always ask. —Cindy Wesley, Wells, Minn. 

12 Ways We Can Help You Save 

AARP members have access to hundreds of benefits that offer real value. Here are just a few.

Bonefish Grill: Members save 10 percent on food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Denny's: Members save 15 percent on their check all day, every day.

Corner Bakery Cafe: Get 10 percent off every day at participating locations.

Ticketmaster: Members save on tickets to select shows and events. Conditions apply.

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts: Members get 10 percent off the best available rate.

Grand European Travel: Members save $100 per person on over 300 guided vacations and river cruises throughout Europe and destinations around the world, even U.S. national parks.

Avis and Budget Rent A Car: Members get up to 30 percent off base rates, plus get an upgrade on compact through full-size-car class bookings (based on availability).

LensCrafters: Members save 30 percent on complete pairs of eyeglasses (frames and lenses) at LensCrafters, a participating retailer in AARP Vision Discounts provided by EyeMed.

Budget Truck Rental: Get 10 to 20 percent off truck rentals.

British Airways: Save $65 to $200 on round-trip tickets purchased online.

Prescription savings at CVS Pharmacy and other participating retail pharmacies through AARP Prescription Discounts provided by OptumRx.

Free hearing test: Take a confidential hearing test by phone every year. Learn more at

For a full list of benefits, go to

99 Ways to Save

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