I’ve long been a fan of magazines, and am surprised by how often I see cutting your subscriptions among money-saving tips. I consider a few magazine subscriptions to be part of a healthy news and information diet, and it’s just not something I’m willing to forego. I realize that most of the content can be found online, but I like the simple pleasure of lounging on the couch with a periodical. But for the sake of argument, how much am I spending yearly for this splurge?
After years of reading Newsweek, I switched to Time back in ’06. My wife tells me we’re paying about $20 a year for Time. I also subscribe to Money, which I’m told we just re-upped for $35. Recently we began a subscription to Smithsonian, mainly because it was $12 and we thought it would make us look smart. My wife gets Southern Living for about $25, which has its uses, and on a bad month at least has numerous pictures of pie.
So for less than $100 we get a steady stream of news and informational fiber. I used to get Sports Illustrated but honestly, I absorb so much sports news through other avenues that it just wasn’t doing it for me. We also recently didn’t renew Cook’s Illustrated, which is a wonderful magazine but was rather pricey for a bi-monthly. I’m considering a subscription to the Atlantic, based on the excellent stable of writers they feature on their website.
There’s a lesson to be learned here, though. Instead of renewing, it can be a lot cheaper to just let your subscription run out and then sign-up again online. For example, we blew it by paying $35 to renew Money — you can sign up new for $15.