I've hit the $2 a Day Savings Challenge target by cutting my reading costs by $21. One of my favorite magazines is Poets & Writers. With informative articles about the craft of writing and leads about grants, prizes and other income-producing writing opportunities, this publication is a must-read/must-have for me.
Bottom line: I pay $6 every two months for each edition. (There is a free on-line version, but not all of the articles are available online.) So as part of my daily savings challenge, I have paid $15 for a one-year subscription vs. the $36 ($6 x 6) for newsstand costs.
Here are other ways that I save on magazine expenses.
1) Go to the public library. Despite recent budget cuts, many neighborhood public libraries have a great selection of magazines and journals.
2) Visit bookstores. Many high-end bookstores have tables and comfy chairs for reading. Sometimes, I splurge and buy a cup of coffee. But for $3, I can hangout and read about $20 worth of magazines.
3) Accept hand-me-downs. My family, friends and neighbors often pass on their magazines to me.
4) Go on-line. Most publications have free websites. Not all of the print content is posted, but there's enough to enjoy.