Magazines – Do you buy them?
Every so often, I like to write a post that asks a question to you. You guys are smart and I really appreciate and value your opinions on things. One of the purchases I’ve been trying to decide on whether or not to make is regarding a few magazine subscriptions. I really struggle with magazines as I love reading them and love the information in them, but the fact that you have to pay for them and that they use paper bothers me. I’d rather be able to read the information online for free that’s supported by advertisers.
I do wonder why all magazine subscriptions can’t be free like the free magazines I offer here on Gather Little by Little, especially considering most if not all magazines are chock full of paid advertisements. I mean here on Gather Little by Little, I run advertisements but I don’t charge a subscription fee. My content is free and the time I spend writing and researching my articles is compensated for through my advertising. Am I missing something? I probably am.
Anyway, here are the one’s I am considering:
- Make Magazine – Features geeky do it yourself at home types of projects. From what I’ve heard, I think it would give my kids and I some really fun projects to work on together. Cost is $34.95 for 4-issues. A little steep, but I understand the magazines are very high quality and more books than magazines. If you are a subscriber, I’d appreciate any feedback you might have.
- Backwoods Home – I first read about this magazine from Frugal Dad. My wife and I are very excited about starting our vegetable and herb first garden this year and now that we have about 4 acres of property, we would really like to for opportunities to really utilize it and lean more towards living “off the grid”. Cost is $24.95 for 6-issues. Again, a little steep, but from what I’ve read it’s a highly respected and very good magazine.
- Model Railroader – I’ve subscribed off and on to this magazine over the years. Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved both real and model trains. My 12 year old son has become very interested as well looking through my old issues of Model Railroader. Him and I have begun planning a small layout for our downstairs area. We plan to begin working on it this fall (we’re saving some money into a hobby fund). Cost: $42.95 for 12 issues.
All together, these three magazines would cost me $102.85/year. The frugal side of me cringes at that cost, but the more practical side of me seems to think I would get that much value from them.
So my main questions are: What would you do? Do you subscribe to magazines? How do you determine whether or not the cost is justified?
I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback on the subject. Please add a comment and let me know what you’re thinking.
If you like magazines, I’d really encourage you to check out my free magazines page as well. After all, they’re free!
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