I Wish I had Joined AARP in my 30s!

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On May 6, I became one of the 38 million plus members of AARP (American Association of Retired Persons). AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age. I used to think you had to be at least 50 years old to join. I discovered recently that anyone 18 or older is eligible. You can also add a spouse or partner at no additional cost. If you are under age 50, you are considered an Associate Member, however, you still have all the same benefits as a Regular Member that are not restricted by law or by contract with a particular service provider.

Although I'm 44, I wish I had known years ago that I could have joined AARP sooner to take advantage of the many discounts available to its members. Here's a link to their various member benefits: Click here. After reviewing the list, I am interested in the travel, restaurant, entertainment, hotel & resort discounts. Since my wife routinely reminds me of how much I LOVE food, I must admit the 10% savings at Outback and McCormick & Schmick's did catch my attention.

You will have to determine if the benefits of joining AARP will outweigh the membership costs based on your particular situation. Because my wife and I travel quite a bit and eat out a few times a month, the savings will more than make up for the initial first year membership fee of $12 (25% discount included).