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Even though it’s most commonly associated with people age 50 and over, AARP membership is open to anyone and can provide some great discounts.
If you’re interested in becoming a member or will be renewing your existing membership, Walgreens is once again offering a free one year AARP membership when spending $15 on Walgreens-branded health & wellness, beauty or personal care products.
- Get a free 1 year AARP membership when you purchase $15 in select Walgreens brand health & wellness, beauty or personal care products in a single transaction.
- Direct link to offer.
- Expires August 31, 2018.
- A 1-year extension will be given to existing AARP members who qualify for the promotion.
- Limit one, 1-year membership per household, domestic memberships only.
- Visit any of the 8,000+ Walgreens or Duane Reade locations nationwide to take advantage of this offer.
- Purchase requirement must be met in a single transaction, before taxes, after discounts, store credit, and redemption dollars are applied.
- Inclusion: Health and wellness products include acne, allergy, antacids, cold relief, cough relief, dental, diet aids and supplements, eye care, ear care, feminine hygiene, first aid, elastic wraps and braces, foot care, hair care (medicated only), hand sanitizers, healthcare appliances, humidifiers, incontinence, laxatives, ointments, pain relief, pediatric medications, sanitary, sleep aids, smoking cessation, sun care, vaporizers and vitamins and supplements.
Walgreens seems to offer this deal at least once a year and it represents a great way to save $16 – the standard cost of an AARP membership. In previous years, a form printed out with your receipt that you had to then complete and mail in to get the free membership. Edit: This is confirmed – my mother-in-law bought $15+ of Walgreens branded items the other day and received the AARP form with the receipt.
One of the nice features of this offer is that it’s available to both new and existing members. Also, rather than having a long list of excluded items, the terms have a long list of items that are included. Looking through that list, it seems to include pretty much every type of Walgreens-branded health and wellness product in the store.
My wife and I have been AARP members for the last few years and membership has paid for itself several times over. When staying at the Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview hotel a few years ago, the AARP rate was cheaper than even the Advance Purchase Rate, saving us $100+.
You can also get discounts at Denny’s, Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s and other restaurants, as well as Regal movie tickets and concessions.
AARP even has its own points scheme called Rewards For Good. These points can be used towards various discounted items including third party gift cards, although gift cards are usually only discounted 10% and so it’s not too exciting.
The points can also be used for discounts on local restaurants and attractions, with the coupons being powered by the company that issues Entertainment Books. This can be awesome when you’re only visiting somewhere for a few days as you can take advantage of the discounts you’ll find in an Entertainment Book but without having to buy an entire book.
For example, my wife and I recently saved 50% when tubing on the Chippewa River in Wisconsin by redeeming some of our Rewards For Good points.
It looks like this offer is only available in store rather than online, so no cashback through a portal unfortunately (let me know if that’s not the case in the comments below). If you have a Chase Freedom card though, you can earn 5x Ultimate Rewards this quarter on Walgreens purchases.