Self-Sufficiency Series

Saturday, February 16, 2013

My official "old lady" card

Well here it is, five months after my fiftieth birthday, and I finally got in the mail what I'd been anticipating for the past year: my AARP membership application. Or, as Don so delicately put it, my official "old lady" card.


I'm surprised it took so long to get here. Don's AARP application came at least five months before his fiftieth birthday.


I did, of course, do the same thing Don did with his AARP application: burned it. I will also call them on Monday and ask to have my name taken off their mailing list.


I have no interest in having my dues supporting a powerful and progressive lobbying group that makes sweetheart deals with various presidential administrations in support of socialized medicine and other increases in unconstitutional government power grabs into health care.

If Don and I wanted to join a senior group (which we don't), we'd join AMAC instead.

Good riddance AARP!

33 comments:

  1. Amen, Patrice!
    It saddens me to see how some elderly (I'm AARP material myself) think they are doing a good thing by paying their dues to this awful organization.

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  2. Good move! I didn't ever ask to have my name removed and they still pester me with mailings (and I'm 67!)

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    1. Ray, try using their pre-paid envelope to send their application back with "NO OBAMACARE" written across it and they might leave you alone.

      It worked like a charm for me.

      A.McSp

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    2. Ha! Worked for me too... and my husband.. and my brother..and my SIL...

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  3. Well said. Our exact sentiments...especially their ties to health insurance as well as being lobbyists for themselves, not seniors. They don't speak for the seniors in this household - or actually any other households either.

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  4. If you leave your name on their mailing list, they can keep wasting money sending you stuff you won't use for anything except starting fires. And you can keep popping their postage paid junk mail envelopes back to them empty. No, I'm not nice.

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    1. Ditto. We make them burn the stamp & pay the envelop stuffer. Mail the postage paid envelop back with a bunch of flat washers taped together.
      That way they get a nice surprise & a $5 postage bill. :)

      Razor in the Benewah (with to much time on my hands)

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    2. I'm even less nice. I put a whole bunch of other junk mail into the envelope so that it costs them extra in postage.........

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    3. LOL I never thought of that! If they waste their money on mailing that's less money they will spend on selfish political issues! Thanks for the idea!

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    4. I tear junk mail into pieces, stuff it all into the enclosed envelope and mail it back to the sender. Unless I need it to start a fire.

      sidetracksusie

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  5. I did the same thing with my card. The AARP is just a lobby for the left on so many issues.

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  6. Whew - when I first started reading this I was seriously worried. Thanks for no supporting AARP...

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  7. Our AARP junk mail makes good fire fodder too. We recently switched insurance (home/auto) companies and they asked if we were AARP members (for a discount). They also asked how much education we have had. I asked why they needed to know about education levels for taking out auto/home insurance .. supposedly for other discounts. When I asked if they give discounts for high school graduates, veterans, people out of debt including no mortgage .. they turned us down for a discount.

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  8. yippee!! welcome to the non-aarp's.........what they lobby for in the name of seniors is shameful!

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  9. Hey Patrice, just turned 50 last week, after i saw your post i joined AMAC! Used rural revolution as my link to where i saw to join. (hope you don't mind) Thanks as usual! Jim

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  10. Being a sheet metal worker, I cut a 9 and a 1/4 X 4" piece of 6mil. It fit into the
    AARP return envelope perfectly. Sent it back. Now, it perturbs me that AARP has to pay the postage for that slice of metal, but they don't give me a voice, so I figure we're even.

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  11. Oh, I love the way Xa Lynn thinks. Nice fire. ;o)

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  12. Ditto on the burn! I asked several times to be removed from their mailing list to no avail. Not a surprise really. I'm definitely glad there's an alternative out there like AMAC, though.

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  13. I got an application a couple years ago- I wasn't even 30 yet!

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  14. I got them for a while, too. I ignored them, then when that didn't work I began sending their application back in their postage-paid envelope with the words 'please remove my name from your mailing list. thank you.' It's always worked to stop junk mail.

    But not AARP. Still they persisted.

    Finally I wrote "No. Why? OBAMACARE."

    I've never received another piece of mail from them.

    A.McSp

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  15. Doggoneit, I didn't get one! I'm 50, been so for quite a while. They musta missed me somehow. I want my own AARP invitation to burn!

    Though it reminds me of something I heard many, many years ago. A resourceful fellow in a rural area got on every mailing list he could find. It got to the point where he practically had his own USPS truck for delivery. Why would anyone do such a cock-eyed thing? Simple. He had one of those roll-and-tie gizmos and he made nice tight logs to heat his home through the winter.

    Jeff - Tucson

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  16. I did the same.... but I ripped the card and information packet to shreds and called to tell them to remove my name and telephone number from any lists they had. I still get mail from them fairly regularly and follow that same procedure each time. This has been going on for years now..... doesn't speak well to me about their organizations capabilities, even if they weren't minions of the progressive (communist) movement.

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  17. You had me worried there for a moment. Did someone slip Patrice some Kool Aid at the last potluck? Whew! I'm glad you found an appropriate receptacle for that AARP card!

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  18. I've been getting letters from them for about five years. I'll be 40 in 2 years :)

    AARP seniors are one of the main factors in the passage of obamacare and reelection of Obama. Way I see it, they sold out their kids and grandkids. I've no use for them or their ilk.

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  19. Patrice,
    When AARP came out in support of Obamacare, I immediately contacted them and requested a refund of my dues. They complied. I would encourage anyone who is disgusted with the organization's political activities to do likewise.
    God bless,
    Charles Sanders
    Indiana

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  20. Fred from Ann ArborFebruary 18, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    Good for you! My wife and I resigned our membership(s) about 5 years ago when we saw how they were turning a hard left. Their support of Obamacare just showed us we made the correct decision. Much like we cut up our BofA cards when they began giving credit cards to illegals.
    Blessings to you and yours',
    Fred Schillack
    Ann Arbor, MI
    (5 square miles of progressives, surrounded by reality)

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  21. My second son gets his invitation from AARP every month. A few months ago he told me he was considering signing up because they were offering a "really cool" duffel bag. I was eager to encourage him to sign up, not because I am any fan of AARP, nor am I even of age for membership. I just wanted to see how long it would take them to figure out they had been soliciting membership to a 12 year old.

    Love your blog!
    Brenda

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  22. Like everyone else I almost passed out as I read the notice of Patrice receiving her AARP card, and so excited to receive it, then thank goodness putting it where it belongs. I sent them their envelope with lots of garbage mail since they paid for it. Fair is only fair, send me something I did not ask for and I give it back to them many times over. Don't you just love them(AARP)!

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  23. Like everyone else I almost passed out as I read the notice of Patrice receiving her AARP card, and so excited to receive it, then thank goodness putting it where it belongs. I sent them their envelope with lots of garbage mail since they paid for it. Fair is only fair, send me something I did not ask for and I give it back to them many times over. Don't you just love them(AARP)!

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  24. Thanks for the laugh! I got my old man card last year....it never made it into the house...and now they keep pestering me!

    AMAC is a great choice vs. AARP.

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  25. Old man, old Lady card! well I see some more American born folks are being reminined they are appropacing the "over the hill gang" and they to have AARP on the mailing list, now tell me how do they know how old you are? do they have list from the Gov. showing everybodys birthday? and what right is it theirs to remind you that you are approaching that "age"? I to just junk their trash, they support the Government on everything including gun control! Better a thousand times careful, then one time dead!

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  26. Ha ha! Agreed.
    Except it's their money they waste sending me mail for the past 15 years, long before I turned 50, not my problem.

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