This is directly from my savings blog, but I thought it might be useful to those here:
We get a lot of magazines at our house but we never pay for a subscription. The quality of magazines range - from ones I love like Harper’s Bazaar and Lucky to mediocre ones like Maxim and Blender (now defunct). We probably get ten to fifteen different magazines a month.
Lots of people have asked me how I manage to get these subscriptions for free - and I admit, it used to take a bit of research. But since I have found the Free Magazines forum over at SlickDeals, finding free magazines has become a lot easier!
You mainly get free magazines through companies that sell trade magazines - specialised magazines for a specific line of work. To bump up the subscription numbers these companies add a consumer magazine to try to draw more people in. You don’t have to sign up for the trade magazine to get the consumer one.
RewardsGold and FreeBizMag are two popular websites to find free magazines. If you go through the forum and find one you want to subscribe to, click on that forum post. Find the link in the post to the offer, and click on that. Typically you enter in your first and last name and an email. I have a “freebies” email that I use for stuff like this - it’s a yahoo account that I never check. When it comes to picking a business and trade, find something that is similar to your line of work, or just pick “student” for everything. It will ask you to narrow down your line of work, and like I said, just pick something that is similar. (Honestly, I just go through and pick whatever my cursor lands on.) I then click “Submit”, and go to the next page, where you typically enter in your address. I make sure I do NOT put a check mark or choose any trade magazines.
When you are done, the magazines typically come pretty quickly. I have gotten subscriptions like this for a couple of years now, and it works great.
Another, although less “free” method of getting magazines is through a Points program. We are with National City, and we get 2 points for every dollar that we spend on our debit cards. Subscriptions are pretty low on the points scale but they tend to be a bit higher in quality compared to the completely free ones.
I hope this helps - we enjoy magazines, but they can get pricey! This is a good way to keep ourselvs entertained for very little effort.