How to Get 2 Free Months of The New York Times in Under 5 Minutes

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I love The New York Times. But I hate the fact you can only read 10 articles online each month.

I often see an intriguing headline and get excited to read the story — then when I click on it, discover I’ve maxed out on my free articles for the month.  


Which is why I was stoked to learn about a promotion that gives you two months of the Times for FREE.

A digital subscription normally costs 99 cents for the first four weeks, then $3.75 per week thereafter. So, this could save you $15.99!

Keep reading for the scoop on this freebie…

Want to Get Two Free Months of The New York Times?

Intrigued? Want to get access to The New York Times online without shelling out any cash?

Follow these simple steps:

1. Sign Up for IFTTT

IFTTT stands for “If This, Then That.” It’s a service that helps you connect your favorite apps and websites to make certain tasks you tend to do again and again happen automatically, without you lifting a finger.

You could, for example, set up a “recipe” that automatically saves your Instagram photos to your Dropbox. Nifty, right?

2. Add a NYT Recipe

Once you’re a registered IFTTT user, add a “NYT recipe.”

You’ll see lots of NYT recipes to choose from, so all you have to do is pick your favorite, such as receive an email whenever new articles are posted to the NYT technology section, or add NYT Critics’ Pick movie openings to your Google Calendar.

That’s it!

The promotion is good through November and only available to new NYT subscribers. Here’s where to sign up. (Note: While testing this, the site was occasionally down for maintenance; if that’s the case, keep trying! We got it to work after a few tries.)

Your Turn: Do you love The New York Times? Would you consider signing up for this promotion?

Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.