How Retirees Can Beat AARP Discounts

You can find better deals on certain things without paying a membership fee.

Discounts are a big selling point for an AARP membership. For just $16 a year, adults age 50 and older can join the 37-million member nonprofit organization and benefit from savings on travel, dining, shopping and entertainment. Certainly, many of the discounts are worthwhile. But in some cases money-savvy adults can find better deals through other avenues that don’t require a membership fee. Here are four AARP discounts, in particular, that can be beat by other rates and offers.

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor,

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.