Retirees will be spending plenty of money this holiday season so this information from our friends at AARP is timely because it can save you money.

I and other retirees love saving money. I love these discounts because it is for stuff we are buying anyway. -Robert Fowler

Many AARP members already know of the discounts available to them on travel-related goods and services, such as car rentals, hotels, vacation packages and cruises. However, they might be surprised to learn they qualify for additional discounts on everyday costs, such as groceries, car maintenance and movie tickets.

“AARP members often tell us they enjoy the popular travel and dining discounts that are available to them,” said Angela Jones, senior vice president, business development and lifestyle products at AARP Services, Inc. “In fact, since Denny’s launched their promotion in 2010, AARP members have utilized the discount more than 48 million times.”

However, they might not know they are missing out on additional opportunities to save every day, Jones added. With an AARP membership, Americans 50 and over can unlock the potential to save on electronics, concerts, pet insurance plans, shipping costs and even regular car maintenance.

In addition to popular travel offers, AARP members can save on the following products and services:

1. Movie Tickets: Regal Entertainment Group offers AARP members up to 25 percent off Regal movie tickets as well as $3.00 off a small or larger-size popcorn and soft drink combo.

2. E-readers and Books: AARP members save 10 percent on Amazon Kindle e-readers, 50 percent on a selection of Kindle eBooks and 10 percent on a selection of print and audio books on Amazon.com from popular genres such as romance, mystery, thriller, and historical fiction.

3. Car Maintenance: By presenting their AARP membership card at time of service, AARP members pay just $17.99 every day for an oil change, tire rotation and maintenance inspection at any Monro Muffler Brake & Service or Mr. Tire location. They also save 10 percent on auto repairs at any RepairPal certified shop.

4. Shoes: AARP members save 20 percent on their entire purchase at any Reebok and Rockport Outlet Store or on Reebok.com.

5. Dining: AARP members receive 15 percent off every day at Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill and Bonefish Grill; 15 percent off the entire check at Denny’s; 10 percent off at any of the 500 Landry’s Inc. restaurants nationwide, including McCormick & Schmick’s, Claim Jumper, Chart House and more.

6. Shipping: AARP members receive 15 percent off eligible products and services and 5 percent off domestic and international UPS® shipping services when using their AARP membership card at over 4,500 retail The UPS Store locations.

7. Pet Insurance: Pet owners save 10 percent or more insurance plans with Petplan pet insurance when they sign up online. They also receive up to a $35 Petplan Visa® Prepaid Card (restrictions may apply) to help with pet wellness expenses like flea/tick preventives, vaccines, dental cleanings and more.

8. Grocery and Household Items: AARP members receive instant savings on featured products by swiping their AARP membership card at select Meijer, Family Dollar and Fred’s Super Dollar locations, and earn 10 percent back on every order of delicious foods delivered right to their door by Schwan’s Home Service.

9. Concerts and Shows: AARP members save 25 percent or more when buying event tickets in groups of four from Ticketmaster, and save up to 30 percent on Cirque du Soleil shows.

10. Mobile Phone Service: AARP members can choose from a variety of wireless service providers, including Consumer Cellular, AT&T and Cricket Wireless. Consumer Cellular offers AARP members a 5 percent discount on monthly service charges and a 30 percent discount on eligible accessories, AT&T offers AARP members a 10 percent discount on the monthly service charge of qualifying wireless plans and a 15 percent discount on eligible accessories, and Cricket Wireless offers a $20 mail-in rebate for each line of service with the purchase of a phone.

AARP memberships cost just $16 a year and can often be recouped by using just a few of the many discounts available. To take advantage of any discount or service offered to AARP members, or to find out about all the ways AARP members can save, download the free AARP Member Advantages Offer Finder mobile app for iOS and Android devices or visit aarpdiscounts.com.

Fall Road Trips

Since we have been retired, Mary Ann and I like to travel on the shoulder seasons when school is back in session and it is not so crowded. That’s a big plus of being retired, getting to travel when others have to work.

We are heading up to Tennessee on a road trip soon and hope to see some fall color that has not made it down to us yet. A road trip in this cooler weather will be great.  I just don’t want to handle the Summer heat in a car anymore.

We are not alone in our thinking. AARP just did a survey that finds 45+ adults prefer road trips in the fall. As we celebrate the first day of fall adults 45+ are planning their fall getaways and according to a recent study by AARP a majority will be traveling via car. The survey found that 87% of adults 45+ will take at least three road trips this year.

We were just talking about taking more road trips and less flying or even cruises, now that we have the time. We had identified a few places we would like to drive to including the Carolina Outer Banks, Myrtle Beach (the home of the Shag dance) and maybe back up to Williamsburg VA. Also last year we missed our annual trip down to Destin FL, so we need to get that back on schedule.

Key findings from the AARP Survey include:

  • On average, the one-way drive time for a Road Trip is 9 hours.  Upon arrival at the final destination, road trippers spend approximately 5 days, making the total Road Trip a 7-day excursion. (Note: 9 hour sound like more that we are used to, we usually about 5 hours one way)
  • Regardless of drive time, the 45-plus road tripping audience consistently cites their trips involve 2-3 family members driving together in only one vehicle (95%) – likely a car (55%) or SUV (30%).  (Note: wife and I equal 2. Don’t think I would want to travel too far with much more. But that’s just me.)

Road trip activities show some differences between Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers:

  • Boomers are more likely than Gen-Xers to do some routine maintenance on their vehicle prior to their trip. (Note: Yep, better be safe than sorry!)
  • Boomers are more likely to use a car on their road trip, while Gen-Xers are more likely to drive an SUV.

Some common Road Trips must haves:

  • Water, sunglasses and snacks top the list of non-tech items.
  • And when it comes to tech must-haves (beyond a cell phone), 62% cite cell coverage as imperative, followed by an iPad/Tablet (40%) and a digital camera (39%). ( I agree 100% with the cell phone or should I say Smartphone. Besides directions, you can find anything from places to east to attractions, etc. )

To see more, visit AARP’s Travel Research Survey

Travel Resources also from AARP include:

AARP Fall Travel Discounts:


AARP Travel Tools for Fall Road Trip:


10 Good Reasons to Attend AARP’s Life@50+ Event in Miami

AARP has two national events per year and for 2015 the Spring Life@50+ event will be at The Miami Beach Convention Center.

Mary Ann and I attended the Lifeat50+ AARP National Events in 2013 (Atlanta), 2014 (Boston) and now plan on being in Miami,  May 14-16, 2015 for this year’s event too. We are excited!

So we want to share some good reasons we like to attend the AARP Lifeat50+ Events, especially the one coming up in Miami.

10 Reasons to Attend Life@50+ Miami

1. Frankly it’s an exciting and fun thing to do.

So many new experiences  and things to see all at one place. See how much fun we had in Boston!

2. The price is only $35 for the whole event.

Yes that is correct. Very affordable.

3. Ideas@50+ Miami Speakers

The following celebrities and experts will be on stage to inform, entertain and engage with attendees at Ideas@50+ in Miami. Check back often … More speakers will be added soon!

James Brown

James Brown

Friday, May 15, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

  • Emmy Award-winning broadcaster
  • Founding partner of the Washington Nationals
Samantha Brown, AARP Travel Expert

Samantha Brown

Friday, May 15, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Robert Carter appearing at the AARP National Event & Expo.

Robert Carter

Saturday, May 16, 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

  • Senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.
Jean Chatzky, AARP expert on money

Jean Chatzky

Friday, May 15, 4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Diego Chauca leading morning fitness at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Diego Chauca

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

  • Certified group fitness and Zumba instructor
  • Health awareness promoter to corporations and nonprofits
Jeff Cole appearing at the Ideas@50+ National Event & Expo in San Diego.

Jeffrey Cole, Ph.D.

Saturday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

  • Expert in technology and emerging media
  • Founder of the World Internet Project
Adam Gazzaley will be a speaker during AARP's Life@50+ in Miami

Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D.

Saturday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

  • Neurologist specializing in how brains handle memory, attention and aging
  • University professor
Carla Hall appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Carla Hall

Friday, May 15, 2015, 4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Co-host of ABC’s The Chew
  • Restaurateur, cookbook author and former competitor on Bravo’s Top Chef
Ingrid Hoffmann appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Ingrid Hoffmann

Saturday, May 16, 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Host of Simply Delicioso on the Cooking Channel
  • Owner of Rocca in Miami
Michio Kaku appearing at the Ideas@50+ National Event & Expo in San Diego.

Michio Kaku, Ph.D.

Friday, May 15, 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

  • Renowned theoretical physicist
  • Best-selling author of The Future of the Mind
Rita Moreno performing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Rita Moreno

Saturday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.

  • Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Academy Award-winning performer
  • New York Times best-selling author
Alonzo Mourning appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Alonzo Mourning

Saturday, May 16, 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

  • NBA All-Star and hall of fame inductee
  • Founder of the Mourning Family Foundation
Tracy Mourning appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Tracy Mourning

Saturday, May 16, 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

  • Broadcast journalist, motivational speaker
  • Founder of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program
Robin Roberts appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Robin Roberts

Friday, May 15, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • Coanchor of ABC’s Good Morning America
  • Author of her memoir Everybody’s Got Something
Jon Secada performing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Jon Secada

Friday, May 15, 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

  • 2-time Grammy Award-winning Cuban-American singer, songwriter and performer
  • Professor and mentor for young singers
Ernestine Shepherd leading morning fitness at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Ernestine Shepherd

Friday, May 15, 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

  • Fitness guru and exercise coach
  • Honored by Guinness World Records as the “Oldest Living Bodybuilder”
Donnie Simpson appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Donnie Simpson

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

  • Detroit and Washington, D.C. radio disc jockey
  • BET video jockey
Ben Stein appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Ben Stein

Friday, May 15, 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

  • Economist and lawyer
  • Emmy-winning actor known for portraying the economics teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Reed V. Tuckson, M.D. appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Boston.

Reed Tuckson, M.D., FACP

Friday, May 15, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

  • Author of The Doctor in the Mirror
  • Managing director of Tuckson Health Connections
Blair Underwood appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Blair Underwood

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

  • Award-winning actor, director and producer
  • Portrayed Jonathan Rollins on NBC’s L.A. Law

4. Community Day of Service.

AARP volunteers and Rebuilding Together helped renovate and improve the home of Leonard Edwards in San Diego.
AARP Lifeat50+ Volunteer

Life@50+ begins Thursday, May 14, with the Community Day of Service sponsored by AARP Credit Cards from Chase.  In the morning, volunteers will hear from community leaders, then volunteer groups will be brought into Miami neighborhoods to engage residents in projects that will improve their daily lives. Some activities will take place inside the Miami Beach Convention Center.

5. Movies For Grownups® Film Festival

Friday May 15th, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.   We had been featuring AARP’s Moives For Grownups on our Baby Boomer Movies page and get to see their excellent recommendations and reviews. Here, in person, you will see a screening of a new movie and meet some of the stars in the movie.

6. Learning Tracks are truly mind expanding and life altering.

I came away so motivated by the knowledge I had been given. Mary Ann and I especially like the AARP TEK seminars. These “learning tracks” as I will call them are reason enough to attend Lifeat50+ in Miami.

AARP presents a way for you to learn, engage and interact with others who share the same interests and passions as you at Life@50+. Attendees will experience all that AARP has to offer and discover their real possibilities through five tracks:


Health & Wellness

From brain health to caregiving to simple steps to get fit, the Health & Wellness track will provide comprehensive information and ideas from top experts in the field.


Money & Work

Are you in need of smart advice about money? Looking for a career change? Maybe you’re interested in starting a business? Our Money & Work track can help guide you in the right direction.


Technology & Innovation

Whether you’re learning how to embrace the latest trends and exciting devices, staying connected to the people and passions in your life, or you’re already on the cutting edge and want to meet others like you, the Technology & Innovation track is right for you.


Travel & Lifestyle

Your journey begins here! Whether you are looking for inspiration for your next dream trip, digging for home and garden suggestions or want to find out about how you can play a larger role in your community, the Travel & Lifestyle track will be your road map for success!

Life@50+ Miami Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

The creative arts are a true outlet of human expression. Join with people from all disciplines to learn, connect and share in a brand new Life@50+ experience.

Crossing all tracks, Life Reimagined is designed for adapting to new aging challenges and possibilities. Today’s 50-plus Americans are living longer, healthier lives and, at the same time, are navigating economic, health, social and technological realities unlike any generation before them. We’ll help equip attendees to lead the type of life they imagine and prompt them to consider the most important questions they face.

7.  Health Innovation@50+

LivePitch Health Innovation@50+
LivePitch Health Innovation@50+

You will really like LivePitch for health technology and innovation for people 50 and over. In Miami, companies will be giving pitches about how they can improve lives in the 50+ community. Watching this live is truly fascinating. The Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch  is  Thursday May 14th 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

8. Meeting, sharing and socializing

Connect with other attendees from all over the country. They are excited to be there and we are too! There will be a number of activities each day that will bring us together with exciting activities planned for us.

9. Exhibitor Hall

Ideas@50+ exhibit floor at the San Diego Convention Center.Here is an opportunity to talk first hand with company representatives that provide the services you and I need. You learn about discounts you never knew about that will save you some money. They will answer your questions.

I like that many of the sponsors are companies I use having meet them via AARP, like United Healthcare where I have my Advantage plan. I am switching to Consumer Cellular this week and getting the AARP discount to save much $$s. This is information we can use..  Take a look at these Lifeat50+ sponsors listed by track.

10. Play tourist in Miami Beach!

One main thing I like is to travel to Miami and Miami Beach and enjoy the city, the Miami’s restaurants and the historical sites. It has been a few years since I was in Miami (except to catch a cruise). I wonder if Joe’s Stone Crab Shack in Miami Beach is still great? Maybe I will find out! Here is Miami Sightseeing Tours, Attractions & More! on MiamiAndBeaches.com

Did I say 10? Well here is one more for good measure.

11. Amazing concerts

Several things going on here.

Looking for the Next Singing Sensation – AARP Superstar 2015

Superstar Contest 2015The finale of the AARP Superstar 2015 Contest will be held Friday, May 15. Finalists will compete at Life@50+ in front of a live audience and a panel of celebrity judges. Don’t miss this fun and exciting night of music, and help crown the winner of AARP’s Superstar 2015! Tickets will go on sale soon.

Big Show on Saturday Night

This Just In

Gloria Estefan performing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Gloria Estefan

Rita Moreno and Jon Secada performing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Rita Moreno                      Jon Secada

Sweet Sounds in South Beach

International superstar and seven-time Grammy Award winner Gloria Estefan joins forces with Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Oscar-winning entertainment legend Rita Moreno and two-time Grammy Award winner Jon Secada on Saturday for a night of music that will have you dancing into the streets of South Beach.

Life@50+ Saturday Entertainment Packages* start at $35 and are on sale now. Don’t miss out on this epic event! Get Your Tickets Now!

Entertainment at Lifeat50+
Entertainment at Lifeat50+

Gloria Estefan will close out Ideas@50+ with a show on Saturday night, live in Miami. This is a don’t miss opportunity. Stay tuned to see who it is.

Just Do it!

Now is the time to plan your trip.  Here is Ideas@50+ Miami info including registration. You will be glad you did.

Robert and Mary Ann Fowler
Retirement Media Inc.

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At the LifeAt50+ event you will meet many of the AARP providers that provide member benefits listed here: