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Recommended Frugal Magazines: All You, ShopSmart, and Mother Earth News

Years ago, I had paid subscriptions to numerous home design and women’s magazines. Then I discovered the library and never looked back. Being the thrifty person I am, it just pains me to actually pay for a magazine subscription, so it has to be really worthwhile. I have to get more out of the hard copy than I would the website version. Well, never say never, but I am now paying for two magazines subscriptions (these magazines aren’t available in my libraries as of yet).

I discovered All You at Walmart one day. I bought one, sort of liked it but didn’t really use any of the coupons in the magazine. But I liked the articles–inexpensive recipes, save money on this, save money by doing that, etc. Somehow I ended up with a promotional subscription for $1 an issue and grabbed it. I still don’t use many of the much-touted coupons, but I do love the reading. And, by the way, you can only find this magazine at Walmart. If you’re not a fan of Walmart, this magazine is not for you, but if you can bypass the Walmart mentions, then it’s worth it for all the other good tips.

ShopSmart Cover (July 2012)

I heard about ShopSmart, but thought it must be like that magazine, Lucky, which is not my kind of magazine. But ShopSmart is different. I grabbed a free issue and just fell in love with it, so I bit the bullet and shelled out the $22 for six issues (gulp). (There are no doubt better deals on this subscription.) The magazine is produced by the editors of Consumer Reports, and it’s more than just a shopping guide (as the title says it is). In addition to honest product reviews, the articles give welcome advice (how to fix privacy problems with Facebook to how many steps you need to make on your pedometer for maximum health). And, true to its title, there’s “no hype + no ads + just great buys.”

Mother Earth News Cover

Mother Earth News Cover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another magazine, Mother Earth News Magazine (Aimee has a subscription to this publication and it may be available at the library….), is on my radar screen for a possible subscription. I find that I gravitate to the magazine if it’s sitting out on Aimee’s dining room table, and I love the articles. I think I’ll just ask for that subscription for the holidays–I’m already over my budget for annual magazine subscriptions.

~Marilyn, TFF

3 comments on “Recommended Frugal Magazines: All You, ShopSmart, and Mother Earth News

  1. cindyonrhinebeck
    June 18, 2012

    The $1 an issue price for All You has expired. You can log onto their website, however and read some of the articles for free:
    Same with Shop Smart. Some free articles are online:

    My library discontinued renting out magazines. But luckily, most have free online content.

  2. Antionette Blake
    June 18, 2012

    @allyou magazine is the best thing since sliced bread – lol. I love it because it is filled with great recipes, coupons and articles. I am not sure how I signed up for a subscription, probably via and online contest, but I am glad that I did!

    • TFF
      June 18, 2012

      Your comment reminded me that this weekend, I misplaced the new issue and couldn’t get to sleep until I found it (hiding under a pile of papers and almost thrown into the recycle bin)! I guess I do love this magazine! ~Marilyn

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