Our mailperson must hate us because we subscribe to a ton of magazines. Like a 1000. OK, more like 15-20.
There are more. Just wait. I know, it seems weird because we’re cheap about buying books but splurge on magazines? Here’s the thing, we don’t really splurge. We probably spend about $80-100 a year on all but one of our subscriptions. The secret? A combo of Ebates and this site. I’ll find a $5 subscription to Glamour on Price Search, buy it via ebates so I can get 10% back and end up with 12 issues for $4.50. That’s about how much one issue costs. We occasionally buy via Amazon.com too. My latest subscription to Sunset was $5 through them. I think I bought the 2 year deal.
I feel like buying magazine subscriptions is a good choice for us. I used to buy 2 or 3 magazines at the airport every trip and maybe 1 issue of something at the grocery store every month. I average about 4 or 5 trips a year so at $4.50 each, that comes to about $50-70 a year. Add in the monthly issue at the grocery store and that comes to $70-$120 a year. For the same amount we get Outside, ReadyMade, Women’s Health, Bicycling, Esquire, Sunset, the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Jazz Times, Glamour, Cooking Light and Dwell. We used to get more (Martha Stewart Living, InStyle and Real Simple) but we let those expire. I love Martha Stewart but I fell like I’m 5-10 years too young (and a little too poor) for it plus her website is really great. We’ll probably let a few of these expire and maybe think about current events magazine and/or investment/money magazine. We’ve toyed with the Economist but we both have access to them at work.
On top of the magazines above, I splurge on one Australian magazine, Real Living. I fell in love with it during our honeymoon and had to have it. I found a deal online but it’s still expensive. It’s like Domino, Martha Stewart Living and Sunset had a magazine baby. Love it!!
I just got this months issue and I’m dying to read it. Here is a spread I snapped a photo of quickly.
I love those chairs with that table. I really like the orange, red, pink combo with the dark wood and white kitchen.
Instead of throwing away all the magazines we get, I take them out to Anne in Zambia when I travel or ask co-workers to carry them out. In return, she hooks me up with great photos and occasionally her South African editions of House and Leisure (pictured above). It’s really great and has a different perspective on design than Real Living or Dwell. You can get digital issues of House and Leisure too.
Did I mention I also pick up LivingEtc in London when I fly though Heathrow? I have a problem, I know.
If we ever get an iPad, color Nook or Kindle (in color one day?), our magazine habit will probably stop but until then our mailperson will be busy.
Do you get as many magazines as us? Which ones do you subscribe to?