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Do you buy magazines if so which ones

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TrendyNannie6 Fri 10-Apr-20 10:37:37

I love my mags, I generally buy Take a break, Woman’s Own and Ok all of which I pass on to my neighbour who lives alone and loves to read them

Vintagegal13 Fri 10-Apr-20 10:45:15

I love the Lady, but only buy it occasionally as it is £5.95 - I always read the job adverts at the back, these are normally for housekeepers, butlers etc. They just amaze me as to how much employer expect from their employees - a totally different world from mine. I also buy Woman's weekly, and Take a Break. My neighbours and I normally pass them between each other, but due to this virus, we dare not do that. Sometimes I wonder if the magazine editors struggle to find 'new' subjects and articles to print, and are kind of re-inventing the wheel.

annsixty Fri 10-Apr-20 10:53:37

I get Good Housekeeping monthly from my bank as a freebie.
It costs £4:99 to buy and I would feel very cheated If I actually paid for it.
It is now nothing like GH used to be when I was a young wife and mother
It devotes several pages to very successful women, telling us just how successful they are and what well rounded and fulfilled individuals they are.
This month has contributions from mothers and daughters who have taught each other how to be financial wizards, I am sure you get the picture.
The cookery section has been going for so long all they can produce are mostly weird (to me) concoctions mostly using chillies.
Furnishings are always beyond my pocket.
I do not buy any others.

gillybob Fri 10-Apr-20 11:08:19

I’m with you there annsixty I used to have GH on a subscription and looked forward to it . Nowadays is just as you say....full of wonderfully successful women bragging about their own success and adverts for clothes at extortionate prices.

henetha Fri 10-Apr-20 11:12:18

'Yours' magazine. Absolutely the best for the over 50's.
I have it on subscrition and it's delivered fortnightly.
I'm not keen on modern glossy mags that are just full of adverts and endless fashion which I can't afford.
Occasionally I buy Take a Break as I like entering the competitions.
And a TV guide every week.

J52 Fri 10-Apr-20 11:13:30

Stopped subscribing long ago, for many of the reasons PPs have mentioned.
I now just get the RHS members monthly gardening magazine, handy tips and beautiful gardens to visit ( soon I hope!)
I did like Landscapes because there were very interesting articles, good recipes and few adverts. But even that became repetitive.

Grandmafrench Fri 10-Apr-20 11:18:11

I have Prima on subscription. Always look forward to it’s arrival. Keeps me in touch with what’s interesting in British shops.......and comes with a free dress pattern .

BlueSky Fri 10-Apr-20 11:19:55

Good Housekeeping still the best, with a good mix of topics. The name makes it sound a bit old fashioned but it's really quite interesting. I read that they were planning to change it but readers were against it.

Nortsat Fri 10-Apr-20 11:20:28

I have ‘Radio Times’ and ‘Homes & Antiques’, both on annual subscriptions of many years standing.
My partner has subscriptions for ‘Which’ and ‘The Pianist’.

We don’t buy any additional ones, as we already have enough ‘stuff’ cluttering up our house !

Nortsat Fri 10-Apr-20 11:20:28

I have ‘Radio Times’ and ‘Homes & Antiques’, both on annual subscriptions of many years standing.
My partner has subscriptions for ‘Which’ and ‘The Pianist’.

We don’t buy any additional ones, as we already have enough ‘stuff’ cluttering up our house !

Alima Fri 10-Apr-20 11:21:21

Used to buy magazines quite often. Very rarely buy them now, haven’t they got expensive! I borrow them from the library, Good Housekeeping, BBC History mag and Gardeners’ World. Obviously I will be about three copies in arrears by the time I get let out). Not sure if they have them on line, will have a look. I agree with those who say GH isn’t a patch on its former self. Mind you I used to read Woman and Woman’s Own all the time. They are awful now. Other awful mags are probably available.

FindingNemo15 Fri 10-Apr-20 11:24:23

I used to have House Beautiful on subscription, but they kept putting it up and there are a lot of adverts. I still miss it, but to be honest it made me feel discontent as I used to wish I had done this and that in my house.

ginny Fri 10-Apr-20 11:29:37

I have Prima and WomanyWeekly. Most of the others have too much that is just advertising.
I used to buy craft magazines but now there is so much online.

BlueBelle Fri 10-Apr-20 11:33:45

No I never buy a magazine unless I m travelling I have cosmopolitan sent to me by my bank every month (some useless scheme to make me think I m getting something important) and don’t even bother to open it I pass it straight in to a friend it’s just full of nothing that interest me at all

travelsafar Fri 10-Apr-20 11:34:27

I have recently started to buy What's on TV each week as i found that i didn't have time to read a newspaper every day. Use to buy a paper every day then reduced to a Tuesday and Saturday for tv mag but they remained largely unread. This mag is perfect and I am able to read paper on line. smile

Lilypops Fri 10-Apr-20 11:36:02

Since the lockdown. I found offers for 6 issues at a £1 each of , GH , Prima and Woman’s Weekly, , I wouldn’t subscribe normally to GH as it is very different to how it was, full of expensive clothing. Eg. Skirt £499 , Blouse £250. And as a previous poster said full of successful business women saying how they turn their life around and bragging about it all,
I like Woman’s weekly it’s a lot more downto earth , I like the short stories gardening hints and craft , I like Prima for the same reasons and you get a free pattern every month, Not sure I will carry on with the mags when we are all over the lockdown but for the time being at a £1 an issue. It’s good value and something to read ,

eazybee Fri 10-Apr-20 11:39:39

I could chart my life in magazines; always had one as a little luxury. I read my grandma's Woman's Weekly,and my mother's Woman's Journal; I started with Woman's Own, wasn't allowed Honey because it was too expensive, then the wonderful Woman's Mirror, (Marge Proops, Penny Vincenzi, Irma Kurtz et al) then Nova, onto Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping when I married, then Woman and Home, until I discovered all the home magazine porn: Ideal Home, Country Homes and Interiors, 25 Beautiful Homes.

Given them all up now, as they are repetitive, over-priced, and not about homes, but about the wives of husbands in 'banking' with more money than sense, and their interior designers; there is increasingly a little note at the end to say this beautiful property is available as a holiday let, at an eye-watering rate.
(I do read an awful lot of books as well.)

Eglantine21 Fri 10-Apr-20 11:41:21

I had high hopes of the new magazine ‘Platinum” but after the first edition it was just as boring and facile as all the others.

They’re all just bubblegum. I can read/flick through a whole magazine n 15 minutes or less.

BBbevan Fri 10-Apr-20 11:45:39

I gave up my subscription to GH, for much the same reasons as mentioned above. Mostly I buy what I fancy at the time, but often Country Living. My DD gets Landscape, which she passes on to me. Love this

axxliz Fri 10-Apr-20 11:47:04

I have the RSPB magazine and the SAA (Society for all Artists),
The Spectator and TV Times. They all interest me but I just read them as and when. So different to my youth because then I was so impatient to receive my magazines and would sit on the stairs awaiting delivery!

ninathenana Fri 10-Apr-20 11:56:20

I buy Take a Break the articles are often trashy but I love the crossword and other puzzles. I also buy Yours which is aimed at our generation so the fashion and beauty tips are more appropriate.
Occasionally buy House & Home or similar

Niobe Fri 10-Apr-20 12:06:58

I subscribe to the Radio Times and I buy other magazines e.g Gardner’s World, Good Housekeeping etc if the current issues interest me but not every month.

GabriellaG54 Fri 10-Apr-20 12:09:09

I do buy mags but not the trash like Take a Break or sleb mags (Hello)
I buy
Country Living
Woman & Home
Country Life
Good Housekeeping
Good Food*
The first 4 I buy are £6 for 6 copies sent monthly, usually from Hearst mags.
I make a note of the end date and unsubscribe the month before.
At that time I take out further subs with another agency for the same mags at same price...and so on.
The asterisked mags are occasional add ons, only 1 or 2 a couple of times a year if on offer.

BTW, The Lady mag is on offer at £3 for 3 copies via Hearst.

sodapop Fri 10-Apr-20 12:11:07

My friend and I take it in turns to get GH and W&H. Usually if one of us is visiting UK or we know some one who is.
I enjoy browsing through them but couldn't afford a regular subscription.
We can get Radio Times here, there are interesting articles in there as well as TV programmes.

CanadianGran Fri 10-Apr-20 12:12:15

I love magazines, they have always been my little luxury enjoyed at my breakfast coffee before the family woke up.

I try to buy Canadian ones, since the content is more relevant to me, and also the sources whether it is clothing or furnishings. I have for more than 30 years had a subscription to Canadian Living, which would probably be very similar to Good Housekeeping.

I read 2 or 3 different ones a month. The above one, plus either a home and decor or a gardening one. I bring them to either the senior's centre or the hospital lobby afterwards.