Friday, June 25, 2010

Why My Magazine Basket is Overflowing

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
Real Simple
House Beautiful
Classical Singer Magazine
Golfer's Digest
The Ensign
The New Era
The Friend

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.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I am a magazine fan, too - I keep two different baskets. But they are the perfect read for a mom!!! Glad to know how I can get a few more for CHEAP!!!

  2. I am so backlogged on my mag reading it's pathetic. Nice on the free ones!

  3. I love me some magazines too.
    Saving mine, currently, for our summer trip.

  4. I get my subscriptions on eBay!

  5. I loooove magazines, but I don't have any subscriptions besides the Ensign. If I could get a $5 subscription to Mertpolitan Home I would be a happy girl.

  6. My subscriptions became too much to read. They just collected and made me feel guilty that I read people more than the ensign. I'm going to let it expire. gulp.

  7. I love getting free or highly discounted magazines. That is also how I get almost all of mine (although I pay full price for the religious three, too).

    I need to go through the old issues, take out the ideas I like and recycle, though, my pile is getting too large!

  8. I LOVE magazines! At one time I subscribed to nine myself. I will need to check out the Amazon Black Friday deal this year...

  9. My hubs is addicted to magazines. He does the same thing with airline miles and whatever other deals he can find.

    Car and Driver
    Entertainment Weekly
    Consumer Reports
    Ready Made
    This Old House

    and I'm sure I'm forgetting some. Admittedly, this drives me nuts...but I'm learning not to say so :)

  10. I love magazines too. I will have to follow your frugal tips to get some consistent subscriptions.

  11. I've been sorely tempted w/ some of the free subscription offers, but I struggle to read the mags I get already!

  12. I am always behind on my magazines these days, and I think hard about which ones to renew as a result. I unfortunately moved too often as a grad student, so I went a little renew happy on a few of them, and I am now waiting for one of them to expire!

  13. Cool! I'm going to have to see if I can get free copies of Writer's Digest.