Nothing beats the late winter blues like a new magazine and a cup of good strong tea or coffee (I prefer coffee). I’ve been cutting back on my magazine subscriptions lately, and a single magazine purchased at a store can cost $5 or $6! I prefer to get them for free.
I have friends who share magazines with me. I also swap subscriptions with friends by trading my magazines with them when I am finished reading. I find magazines in Free Boxes at garage sales and library book sales as well. If you find a sale that is selling magazines, you can often pick up what didn’t sell free for the hauling at the end of the sale. People are generally very tired and ready to be done and are grateful not to have to deal with the recycling!
I also get a lot of “free” magazines by borrowing from my local library. I sometimes get copies to keep when they periodically (sorry, can’t resist a good pun) thin their collections because of limited storage space.
My favorite way to get a fresh, new magazine for free (or just the cost of a stamp) is by answering “One-Issue-Free” offers. Most of these offers come in the form of “Junk Mail” or postcard pack promotions delivered to my door by my mail carriers, Cheryl and Dan! You also can find these offers on line at many magazines’ web sites.
A few things to remember about taking magazine publishers up on these offers:
- Keep track of your paperwork. Make a note that you have sent for one of these offers. Sometimes they will send you the bill before they send you the sample. Wait until you get the magazine before returning the canceled bill, or you will never get the magazine sample!
- When the magazine arrives, be sure to mark the bill Please Cancel and return it promptly. The deal is for one free magazine, not two—that would be cheating.
- There is a danger in all this. Publishers make this kind of offer because they are hoping to hook you and sell you a subscription. If you are a helpless magazine-oholic, you may end up spending more money then you intended, so “ know thyself” before you send off for any of these freebies. The unexamined life can be expensive!
Lest you think that I am a stingy, tacky person. I want you all to know that I added that last item to my list because some of my most cherished magazine subscriptions: Backyard Poultry http://www.backyardpoultrymag.com/ and Countryside http://www.countrysidemag.com/ began with a free issue! Happy reading! Begonia.