I love me some magazines. I love to read, and magazines are nice to have around for all the times when I don't have the luxury to immerse myself in a good book. Because once I'm reading a good book, I can't stop until I'm finished. With a magazine, I can stop after one article or three.
Much better for the mommy lifestyle.
We have LOTS of magazine subscriptions:
Better Homes and Gardens
Classical Singer Magazine
The New Era
Now, you're probably wondering how cheapskate me would be willing to pay for all of those subscriptions.
Well, wonder no more because I'm going to tell you my secret.
For all of those yearly subscriptions last year, I paid exactly $36.00. Which, is probably considerably less than I would have paid for one month's worth at the grocery checkout, if we were to pretend that church magazines were actually available there. The best part is that most of them were totally free.
Here's how I did it.
I paid full price for the church magazines (The Ensign, The New Era, The Friend), because I don't think there's such thing as a discount. But they're cheap anyway. That was $26.00 for all three magazines.
Every year, on Black Friday, Amazon does a $5.00 magazine subscription deal. (Here is a list of the available magazines from this last year.) That's how I got Real Simple and House Beautiful. And that's an incredible deal, considering that both of these magazines cost more than $5.00 for one issue if you buy them at the store. So that's $10.00.
The rest I got free.
I got a free subscription to Classical Singer Magazine last year with my NATS membership. It was a great thing they offered, and of course, I'm now hooked and have paid a discounted price, available to NATS members, for the next year. Joel actually likes this magazine just as much, if not more, than I do.
I got a free subscription to Better Homes and Gardens by buying a bookshelf at WalMart. I might not have noticed it, but when I was putting the shelf together, out fell a card offering a year free of the magazine with my purchase. It took several months for it to start coming, but when it did I was pleasantly surprised, and very happy.
Finally, we used airline frequent flyer miles to get the TIME, Money, People and Golfer's Digest subscriptions. We don't fly much, but when we do, we always get a handful of miles, but never enough to actually earn a free ticket. I don't know how common knowledge it is that you can use your miles for magazine subscriptions, but you can. The list isn't always great, which is why I stooped so low as to get People Magazine, previously only purchased for the very plane rides that earned me the subscription. Those other three magazines are for Joel, although I do occasionally look at TIME. Mostly, I just like my artsy fartsy magazines.
Now my only problem is finding time to get through all of them.
Which is why my magazine basket is a mess.