Magazine Subscription Savings

Certainly, in a difficult economy, everyone needs to look for ways to trim costs.  One way that people will often recommend is to get rid of the extras in your life.  This might include cable T.V., magazine subscriptions, drinking soda and coffee, going out to the movies and more.  These are great ideas – but at the same time, you still have to continue living and enjoying your daily life.

So, with that said, here are some recommendations for creative ways to save money on magazine subscriptions – while still enjoying those great reads.

1. Library: You might find great magazines that you can check out of the library.  All it will require is a library card.  Now, you may find that most of the good magazines are already taken by the time you get there each month, but it’s worth a try if you want to save that money.

2. Kindle or other reader: Yes, there is a large initial investment if you want to purchase Amazon’s Kindle or another e-reader.  Then, however, you’ll be able to get subscriptions to your favorite magazines at reduced rates and will have them at your fingertips wherever you are.

3. Magazine Subscription Companies: There are many companies that offer magazine subscriptions at reduced rates.  Companies such as National Magazine Exchange, Magazine Deals Now and others have great packages.  You can buy just one magazine, or a series of great reads, for reduced prices.  And, you can usually switch magazine titles mid-subscription, which allows for great flexibility in your subscription.

4. Magazine Exchanges: Get together with a few friends and swap magazines.  This will require a bit of coordination and you’ll have to make sure that you like the magazines that your friends read.  It will, however, allow you to read a number of magazines each month without paying for all of them.  Enjoy O Magazine, Time Magazine, Vogue and so much more without having to pay for them all from your pocketbook.