Americans spent more than $7 billion dollars purchasing magazines last year, according to Adweek.
And that’s just print magazines. Apparently, we spent billions more on digital subscriptions and e-newsletters.
Listen, I love kicking back with a magazine just as much as you, but there are several ways you can get your favorite magazines for absolutely no out-of-pocket costs. Yes, I’m talking about free magazines!
A big part of getting your budget under control is weeding out all these little line items, which really add up to big bucks.
Here are four solutions to check out:
This company rewards consumers with magazine subscriptions just for answering a short survey.
I just did this one myself, and there are about 20 questions to answer. It only took me three minutes, and then they let me spend the reward points I earned to buy magazine subscriptions. How cool is that?
Some of the magazines they offer are Martha Stewart Living, Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, Family Circle, Better Home & Gardens, Entrepreneur, Shape and many more.
Here’s the signup link.
2. Your Local Library
Most public libraries have an extensive collection of magazines you can check out for free.
Yes, they have a number of 1980s Reader’s Digests, but you can also find current magazines.
My advice is to make friends with your local librarian, because he might be willing to set aside a few magazines for you or let you know when the newest copy of your favorite magazine gets added to the shelf every month.
3. Mercury Magazines
Mercury is a great resource for getting free trade magazines. Just tell them your profession, and they’ll let you pick several magazines that are relevant to your job.
They offer great magazines for IT Professionals, Entrepreneurs, Dentists, Health Care Workers, Construction Crews and more.
Here’s the signup link.
4. Next Issue
Next Issue is a cool resource for those of you who like to read digital magazines.
However, there is a cost to this one: they charge $9.99/month for unlimited access to any magazine, including back issues. And yes, that applies to many of your favorites, like People, National Geographic, Entrepreneur and Backpacker.
Next Issue also offers the first 60 days for free, and you can cancel at anytime.
We’re not crazy about the cost, but if you read a lot of magazines, this might be a good way to save some money, rather than having a lot of separate subscriptions.
Your Turn: Do you pay for a magazine subscription? Would you try one of these solutions to save money?
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