For the last three years I’ve been getting all my magazine subscriptions for free. These magazines include Good Housekeeping, Saveur, Cosmopolitan, Martha Stewart Living, Field & Stream, Wired, Money, Men’s Health, etc. How do I do it?
Various sites give away free magazine subscriptions in exchange for some personal information, which quite often may include no more than your name and email address. Other sites allow you to earn points for filling out surveys or taking certain actions; these points can be later redeemed for free magazine subscriptions. Likewise, third party sites follow online freebies, which can include magazine subscriptions, and will notify you when a free subscription is available. Here are some examples:
1. Mercury Magazines. This site occasionally offers free magazine subscriptions in exchange for providing personal and work information. Premier magazine subscriptions might require that you input your work and salary information; I’ve heard that selecting “homemaker” as an option opts you out of a lot of follow-up questions and makes signing up easier.
2. Recyclebank. This eco-minded site offers free magazine subscriptions in exchange for earning and redeeming points. It’s best if you can log in and earn points on a weekly basis in order to build up your point total faster. You are not obligated to buy anything to earn these points- although points are awarded for purchases.
3. Julie’s Freebies and Hey It’s Free. These online sites aggregate information about free magazine subscriptions as well as other free stuff (e.g., samples) and publish this information online. If you sign up to their email newsletters, you will also obtain this information on a regular basis in your inbox.
What I personally love about obtaining my magazines from these sites is that they don’t try to “trick” you into providing your credit card information so that you are later charged for a subscription when your free trial runs out and you forget to cancel. That’s very important when you’re signing up on almost a weekly basis for free magazine subscriptions.
Currently, I have about 20 free magazine subscriptions. I also have a free subscription to the Wall Street Journal via RewardsGold, which is another points earning site much like Recyclebank. Having access to all these magazines provides me with a lot of useful information and writing ideas. And, when I am done reading through the magazines, I earn a few bucks for turning them in at my local Half Price Books store.