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AARP's newest members aren't retired. They're in their 20s

A new report found 20-somethings are taking advantage of AARP's discounts to save money on everything from restaurants to eye exams.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The TikTok generation isn't the first group you think of when senior discounts come to mind, but a new report from the Wall Street Journal says Gen Z is wise beyond its years when it comes to money-saving habits

The report found that 20-somethings are becoming new card-carrying members of AARP, otherwise known as the American Association of Retired Persons. Surprisingly, AARP is gaining steam among younger folks. Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be over 50 to join the nation's largest nonprofit advocating for the older generation. In fact, AARP doesn't even have an age requirement. 

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AARP members save on restaurants, hotels, rental cars, cellphone service, shipping costs, eye exams and much more. And while you don't have to be a certain age to join, there are some benefits that are exclusive to older members. 

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Members between ages 18 and 50 enjoy all of the benefits that aren't restricted by law or contract, like age-restricted insurance products, according to AARP. Even so, with membership priced at just $12 for the first year and $16 for subsequent years, it makes sense that people are joining, no matter their age. 

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