Using AARP Discounts to Save Money Over the Holidays and Every Day

When I first joined AARP, I didn’t take it too seriously. I mainly used my membership for the interesting publications and online articles. That was about it.

aarp membership card with green join buttonBut it wasn’t long before I began to experience a little age discrimination with regard to increased prices I was paying for commodities that I had purchased for many years. I knew that the general economy was suffering, but I’m certainly not in a financial position to take too many hits of higher prices. So, I let my AARP membership start to do a little work for me.

The first action I took was to explore the AARP website to see what they had to offer. It was overwhelming just trying to wrap my head around all of the products and services that partner with this organization. It was clear that I was in for some serious research, so I put my nose to the grindstone and picked a place to start.

For many years, as part of its membership benefits, AARP has offered discounts on hundreds of name brand products and services. But, a relatively new addition is the discounts on everyday purchases like groceries, clothing, entertainment and electronics. For just $16 a year, your AARP membership gains you 24-hour online access to, their provider for downloadable and printable product coupons. So now, before I head out the door to do my weekly (or holiday) grocery shopping, I visit for extraordinary savings on the brands I purchase most often.AARP Grocery Coupon Center Webpage

Do yourself a favor and keep track of your savings. You’re sure to find that the holidays are a little brighter when you spend a little less, and the website’s front-page banner reveals just how much savings can be enjoyed. Today, is offering a coupon assortment with a collective value of $796.49.

With the onset of the winter holiday season, gift giving is moving front and center in our minds and budgets. Truth be told, one of my all-time favorite gifts to give and receive are movie passes. With my AARP membership, I’m able to save up to 25% on Regal ePremier tickets if I purchase them online. The Regal ePremier tickets only cost $9.50, and have a gifting option. This option includes the ability to send a private message and receive confirmation when it is accepted by its recipient.AARP Regal Crown discount webpage

If the moviegoer is an AARP card member and a Regal Crown Club member as well, they can get $3 off a small or larger popcorn and soft drink combination. Now, that’s a very nice gift idea for under $10. Let’s face it, you’ll have difficulty finding a more fun and thoughtful gift for less money than that.

In addition, don’t forget to visit the Everyday Savings Center powered by NextJump for incredible deals on electronics and computers, apparel and home products, gifts and toys, jewelry and cosmetics, and so much more. And, these discounts are offered by top retailers such as Ann Taylor, Nordstrom, Macy’s, LL Bean, Sephora, Lenova, Banana Republic, and Disney. I’m confident that these retailers will have more than enough of a gift selection for any, and every, family member or friend.AARP Everyday Savings Center webpage

AARP is making it possible for those of us who grew up in a more modest shopping era to stay within our means and still be able to, as James Taylor so beautifully sang, “shower the people we love with love” and keep our holidays warm and wonderful.

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