BOSTON (CBS) – For the last five summers AARP has produced an article in their July Bulletin on 99 Ways to Save.

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This year they have another crop with 20 experts giving advice. Some of it quite good, some new, some of it you have heard before and some you will never use in a million years. We are not going to cover the whole of the list. You can go the AARP Bulletin to do that.

Money tips from the AARP Bulletin:

Nab the best online deals. Before you hit the “buy” button, install a free Web browser add-on, such as PriceBlink or Shoptimate, to your computer to help you find better deals. PriceBlink, for instance, scans more than 4,000 merchants to find low prices and alerts you to coupons.

It works. I needed to replace my steam cleaner and found the best price online at Amazon.

Go for cash back instead of points and miles rewards. Credit card companies can increase the number of points and miles you need to redeem travel benefits and other perks. Cash doesn’t lose value even if a company changes policies.

This happened with my card. I was saving my points to use for a trip and I couldn’t even get one ticket with my points. I now use a Fidelity credit card and the money earned goes into my granddaughter’s 529 plan.

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Budget better. Free online tools like Mint and Level Money help you better track your spending, save money and figure out where you can make cuts.

My niece uses Mint. As a grad student money is tight for her. These apps are good tools if you use them. A recent study I found showed most folks don’t know how to set up a budget. So if you don’t want to use pen and paper use your phone!

Get cash for your electronics. Sell your gadgets over the internet. Sites like will buy your phones, tablets and other gadgets. They pay within 10 days and cover shipping costs. They also sell certified pre-owned electronics.

One more thing:

  • Show your AARP membership card at dozens of retailers to shave your bill. See the full list and any restrictions as well as other member benefits.
  • Save 15% at Denny’s all day, every day.
  • Get a free doughnut at Dunkin’ Donuts with the purchase of a large or extra-large beverage.
  • Budget Rent A Car will slash up to 25% from the rental rate and provide free upgrades for some cars.
  • Save up to 10% and get late checkout at Hampton Inn.
  • Members can save 15% on lunch and dinner every day at Outback Steakhouse.
  • Film buffs can purchase Regal ePremiere tickets online for $8.


You can hear Dee Lee’s expert financial advice on WBZ NewsRadio 1030 each weekday at 1:55 p.m., 3:55 p.m., and 7:55 p.m.

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