"Paying attention to all the thousands of ways we spent our money that make a tremendous difference." –Amy Dacyczyn, 1990
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.
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.”
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.