Should I join AARP

Discussion in 'Community Center' started by Shann, Nov 11, 2016.

  1. Shann


    Sep 2, 2004
    Serious question (well semi-serious). I turned 50 and got a bunch of applications to join AARP. Its only $16 for the year. The only thing I know is that if you have an AARP card you get a little discount at some hotels.
  2. severtecher


    Feb 24, 2002
    I joined for a year. The discounts were not much use to me, and these days discounts are everywhere on line. I vote no.
  3. MikeH


    Oct 18, 2001
    AARP has a political agenda that is definitely not mine, regarding Obamacare, gun rights, and other issues. I am 70, and neither I nor my wife will ever join. To us, a few dollars of savings here and there are not worth selling out.
  4. powernoodle

    powernoodle Power Member

    Jul 21, 2004
    What Mike said. Its a political organization (a radical one, in my view) masquerading as a "retired persons" organization. They send me crap too. I draw a vulgar picture and sent it back to them in the envelope they paid for.
  5. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod

    Apr 6, 2000
    I have no idea what AARP could do for me. I just hate nagging. Constant junk mail from these guys, irritates the hell out of me. Some organizations send me something a few times a year but AARP is constant.

    I don't know about their political agenda, but I get mail from nature organizations. You can guess the line they take that they think I'll go for. :barf: I'm on their side on enjoying nature and treating animals right, but STFU about international conferences banning anything that's fun. :D
  6. cj65

    cj65 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 30, 2008
    Try AMAC it is an alternative to AARP. I won't join AARP.
  7. Bastid

    Bastid Goat herding fool and resident vermin breeder. Staff Member Super Mod

    Feb 27, 2001
    at 61 that sums it up for me.
  8. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    A total waste of money.

    Join AAA. At least they'll send a truck out for you if you get a dead battery! And you get the same discount at motels on the road.
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2016
  9. Win Heger

    Win Heger Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2000
    I'm with MikeH, too, at 72 I haven't and won't join.
  10. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I generally think AARP is a waste of money. You can get as good or better prices for things like insurance if you search around (so my Dad said anyway). But I am a member as it is included with my old AOL account.
  11. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
    You can get better discounts by joining AAA, the NRA, and other organizations. Also, as mentioned above, the AMAC is a better alternative to the AARP Marxist group.
  12. CARRERA50


    Dec 20, 2008
    100% agree. AARP has a sinister agenda imho.
  13. Shann


    Sep 2, 2004
    I'm glad I asked. Will not be joining! What I saw about their benefits are minimal; especially in light of their politics.
  14. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    I agree, and this is why I stopped being a member. I do however think they do some good also in the area of preserving the rights of the elderly.
    I would not join for just the discounts. You can do as well or better without them. They take a cut on everything.
  15. Bugs57

    Bugs57 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2016
    This. I joined for a year and immediately dropped out when they sold us out for Obumbler Care.
  16. rje58

    rje58 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 21, 2013
    Agreed!!! There is an alternative organization called AMAC, if you really want to get the discounts. They bills themselves as "The Voice of Americans 50+" and "The Conservative Alternative to AARP". But as others have said, you can get discounts elsewhere.

  17. UffDa

    UffDa Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 1999
    I am piling on to what MikeH said. Besides being a bunch of leftists, AARP has turned into an insurance company.

    I am losing my medicare advantage plan at the end of the year and I only have two choices, AARP United and Humana. Humana is more expensive, but I can't see giving AARP my money.
  18. T.K.C.


    May 7, 2005
    Thank you for mentioning AMAC.
  19. mete


    Jun 10, 2003
    AARP is supposed to be non-profit !! They actually make lots of profit . Politically they are far left , buddies of Obama etc.
  20. JB in SC

    JB in SC Basic Member Basic Member

    May 19, 2001
    What others have posted, the AARP will get over 1 billion from kickbacks from selling out seniors' Medicare Advantage plans to fund Obamacare. I hope the new administration will put the IRS on them to revoke their tax exempt status.

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