In our computer-driven era, newspapers and magazines might seem like “yesterday’s news.” However, millions of people still love to peruse them (myself included!).
If you, too, are among this substantial group, we’ve got the scoop on how to find the best prices on your favorite newsprint and periodicals — plus, some great digital deals, too.
Following are 10 ways to get discounted newspapers and magazines. Get ready to save some cash and turn some pages.
Discounted Newspapers hooks you up with newspapers around the country that are offering subscription discounts. You can save up to 92 percent off (that’s nearly 100 percent off!) the regular price, and more than 400 newspapers are available. The site even offers big name periodicals, such as USA Today, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
One of the most established of the magazine discount sites — it began offering price breaks in 1999 — Magazines.com regularly features steep discounts on subscriptions to more than 1,600 titles. Some costs are slashed by as much as 90 percent.
Mercury Magazines specializes in offering free subscriptions to magazines that fit your professional profile. To sign up, you’ll need to tell Mercury a bit about your career profile – the industry you work in, your job function and the size of your employer.
Then, wait for the offers to roll in. Mercury says it has hundreds of magazines from which to choose, so it’s likely something will match your particular profile.
As we all know, newspapers and magazines aren’t really going away — they’re just going high-tech. If you love digital publications, Magzter might offer the most economical way to get your fill of reading material.
Right now, the website offers one year of unlimited reading of more than 4,000 magazines for $49.99. That is $30 off the normal price, but the offer is for a limited — though unspecified — time.
The Texture app is an alternative to Magzter that makes sense if you’ve never tried digital magazines and want to dip your toe into the digital waters before making a commitment. The site offers a plan that costs $7.92 a month, but the first 14 days are free.
Note that selection is more limited on Magzter, with just 200 titles to peruse. But the titles are a bit more upscale. A lot of big names that make the Texture list — including Time, People, Cosmopolitan and Better Homes and Gardens — do not appear on Magzter.
Members of Amazon Prime enjoy Prime Reading, which provides free access to “books, magazines and more.” The annual fee of $99 also covers free two-day shipping for many items and a large selection of streaming television shows and movies, of course.
Current magazines for Prime readers include Golf Digest, Men’s Health, Parents, Popular Mechanics, Runner’s World and Time, among others. A six-month subscription to the Washington Post is also included with the subscription.
For $9.99 a month — less than the cost of many annual magazine subscriptions — you can subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, where you’ll have access to “over one million titles in the Kindle Store.” We’re talking digital books, newspapers and magazines covering a wide variety of topics.
Check out 10 titles at a time – there are no due dates — to read on your Amazon device or Kindle app. (Yep, you don’t even need a Kindle to do this!). Just make sure you have an Amazon account that’s credit-card enabled, and get ready to start your 30-day free trial.
Several websites will allow you to get free subscriptions to magazines after you earn points by taking surveys and completing other online tasks.
Shop through a cash-back portal, such as Ebates, and you can save even more when you use a site like Magazines.com. In fact, we recently checked and found that you could get 25 percent cash back on the already low prices at Magazines.com.
Your public library
Finally, one of the oldest and most trusted ways to access magazines and newspapers for free is to stop by your local public library. If you’re willing to wait until titles are a bit older — say, at least one week to one month — you can check out issues and read them at your leisure at home.
If you just must read the latest newspapers and magazines when they are hot off the presses, plan to spend a little time at your local library branch and read away.
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