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How to Use an AARP Membership

by eHow Relationships & Family Editor

You have approached the fabulous age of 50 and joined the ranks of card-carrying American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) members, but have you figured out what to do with the card or is it just sitting in your wallet taking up space. You have already made the investment, now it is time to make sure you are taking full advantage of your AARP membership.

Ask your various insurance companies whether or not they offer an AARP membership discount. This includes prescription, medical, auto, life, and homeowners. You can also change insurance companies in order to receive the discounts.

Switch from the American Automobile Association to the AARP Motoring Plan (See Tips) and save approximately $20 a year with comparable benefits.

Mention your AARP membership when you are renting a vehicle from most national car rental agencies to receive an additional discount.

Contact AARP when booking a vacation to receive discounts and packages through the AARP Passport program.

Attend AARP member events. These events are hosted all around the country at different times of year and are a good way to learn about issues facing individuals over the age of 50 as well as make new friends and spend a day out and about.

Items you will need
  • AARP membership

Tip

  • Read the emails and newsletters that the AARP sends out on a regular basis to make sure you are staying on top of the best offers available to you.