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sprite66 Wed 01-Jul-15 10:06:11

Just wondering if subscriptions are still popular? And if so which magazines?
I usually renew my Good Housekeeping one, some years add in Country Living- does anyone remember the competition debacle many years ago now and the offshoot forums set up as a result? RHS comes with membership as does OH's National Trust magazine. .

janerowena Fri 03-Jul-15 22:19:33

I did see their point, but I also saw the table completely empty of anything readable and wasn't going to give the receptionists first dibs! You need something to read to take your mind off things when you are at the Dr's. And that doesn't include posters warning you about nasty genital warts etc.

I once went to a Dr's who had a little tv showing a short film about various exciting sexually transmittable infections one could catch, on a loop. It was about ten minutes long and I had to watch the bloody thing three times before I was called in. I would have done anything for a twenty year old Reader's Digest, I can tell you.

janeainsworth Sat 04-Jul-15 01:40:45

Absolutely agree about the posters janer!

Gracesgran Mon 06-Jul-15 10:27:29

I have The Economist on subscription as a present from my brother and I do love having it but would not buy it for myself as I couldn't afford to.

I have had craft magazines on subscription in the past, sometimes hooked in by the offers, but I have now decided to go month by month through the back copies as little seems to change. The UK craft magazines (I am not into paper crafting, more yarn, thread and fabric hobbies) seem to appeal to the beginner over and over again. There are some US and Australian magazines that I like and that are specific to one area and go much further into the craft they major on and may, one day smile subscribe.

Eloethan Mon 06-Jul-15 12:45:14

Mslexia - I think it is quarterly - is the only one I've ever subscribed to and I don't even get that now.

On the whole I think magazines, particularly the glossies, are very expensive for what they are - mostly filled with adverts. I'd rather buy a paperback - more expensive but much better value I think.

I do read them at the dentist/doctor/hospital though just to pass the time.

Ariadne Mon 06-Jul-15 13:37:15

I share in an app, called Readly, with DD. there is a decent free trial, then a subscription, but you can share it with up to five (I think) other people. There is every sort of magazine, including the real tripe, specialist ones etc. when I think of the price of even the old favourites, it seems a bargain. I sometimes browse through things I'd never buy, and the cookery ones are very useful too.

Hope I'm not advertising - just sharing. grin

Marmight Mon 06-Jul-15 13:52:27

I bought a lifetime subscription for Saga Magazine for DH's 50th birthday as a joke. That was 23 years ago and it still keeps on coming... I think it must be the best moneys worth ever, in fact I reckon it is now free! It has improved quite considerably over the years having far fewer adverts for stair lifts, false teeth fixers, nursing homes and walk in baths and has more interesting articles on relevant-to-me subjects like travel and money grin

Albangirl14 Mon 06-Jul-15 16:55:33

I usually take out a new subscription to Woman and Home or Good Housekeeping when their is a gift I want or a very good deal. I don,t do direct debit as the subscription usually reverts to full price. So I leave it to run out then start again! I use a lot of the recipes and pop them into those cheap plastic sleeves and put them in a ring binder. I do often find the health advice in mags useful too