If Stores Offer Senior Discounts, Why Need an AARP Card?

Written By: Elizabeth Kogut
Reviewed By: William Rivers
Published: August 12, 2021
Last updated: August 20, 2023

Senior discounts are offered in more establishments than you think, but you should definitely apply for membership in the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a senior to get an associate membership. Interested applicants who are below 50 can still access the benefits of a membership. 

This, in itself, proves that an AARP membership is well worthwhile. If you are 50, you are automatically eligible for membership. The AARP is your gateway to a wealth of discounts and deals across a range of industries, products, utilities, and services. Through their Rewards Program, you can also earn rewards points to trade in for other deals and opportunities.

You will only spend $12 for membership on your first year, and it will be automatically renewed for $16/annually afterwards. You will be able to cancel this any time. If you plan on being a member for years to come, then you can also avail of their multi-year membership plans. You will get 10% savings on the annual rate for 3 years, and 21% savings for 5 years.

For this relatively low price, you will have countless membership benefits. AARP is popular for benefits within these categories, as defined on their website:

  • Advocacy
  • Community
  • Entertainment
  • Family Caregiving
  • Finances
  • Gas & Auto Services
  • Health & Wellness
  • Home & Real Estate
  • Insurance
  • Magazines & Resources
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping & Groceries
  • Technology & Wireless
  • Travel
  • Work & Jobs

To stay updated on the latest news regarding Social Security, Medicare, healthcare, politics, society, and the like, you will also be able to access AARP The Magazine and the AARP Bulletin as a member. If you want to learn more about senior discounts, check out the rest of Senior Strong today!

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Elizabeth Kogut works as the editorial head of Senior Strong. Armed with her degree in Nursing from the University of Missouri, Elizabeth ensures that all the site’s content is relevant to seniors today. 
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