Watch for Free Subscription Offers
Rewards Gold, American Family and ValueMags are just three of the many websites that give free magazine subscriptions away on a regular basis. Get on their mailing lists, so you'll be the first to know when the next offer hits.
Tip: You can usually stack free subscription offers, so if you see two free one-year subscription offers for the same magazine, go ahead and grab both of them. Some magazines will automatically combine your subscriptions, others you'll have to call. Either way, turning two free one-year subscriptions into a free two-year subscription is a pretty neat trick.
Hit the Discount Magazine Sites
Forget about buying magazines direct from the publisher. You'll get a much better deal, if you go through a discount magazine website like Magazines.com, Discountmagazines or Valuemags. Amazon has some great deals, too.
Tip: All of the discount magazine sites offer daily specials. Keep checking back until they have a deal on the magazine that you want.
Hang onto Your Intro Rate
Ever noticed how the new subscriber rates are WAY better than the renewal rates? It doesn't have to be that way. Just call the publisher, and ask them to give you the intro rate (a "pretty please" may help) or start a new subscription through one of the discount magazine sites.
Snag a Multi-Year Discount
If you want a great deal, without jumping through a lot of hoops, keep an eye out for multi-year subscription offers. These may come with your renewal notice or on one of those annoying blown in cards in the magazine. Either way, they're a great way to lock in a much-reduced rate, without much effort.
Cash in Your Rewards
Everyone has a rewards program these days (or so it seems). Log into some of the ones that you belong to, and there's a good chance that you can redeem your points for free magazine subscriptions.
Rewards Programs with Free Magazine Offers:
- Rewards credit cards
- Frequent flyer programs
- Survey sites
Head to the Library
Eliminate a source of clutter from your home and save some cash by checking magazines out from your local library, instead of buying them yourself.
Swap with Friends
Subscribe to a couple magazines. Then, swap them with a friend when you're done with them. It's an easy way to turn two subscriptions into four or more!
Watch the Daily Deal Sites
Daily deal sites love to run specials on magazines. Tanga.com has a different one every day.
Sign up for auto-renewal of your subscriptions, and you better believe the publisher will "automatically" charge you the highest rate on the books when it comes time to renew. Make sure that auto-renew box isn't checked when you start a new subscription, so you have plenty of room to bargain later.
Get a Digital Subscription
Have an e-reader? Then, consider trading your snail-mailed magazines in for digital copies. You'll pay less for them, and probably get them sooner.
Grab a BOGO Deal
Generally, the "one-for-me-one-for-you" approach to gift giving isn't a good idea, but it can be with magazines. Wait for your favorite magazine to run an offer for a free gift subscription when you buy yours, and you'll have one less gift to buy each year.