Free Magazine Subscriptions May Not Actually Be Free

The Hidden Costs of Free Magazine Subscriptions

Free magazines are easy to come by these days. Many companies will “sponsor” magazine subscriptions, and it is entirely possible to get more than ten regular subscriptions mailed to your house at no cost to you. Free magazines can be a fun thing to receive in your mail every week, but are they really free or are there strings attached?

Why Are They Free?

Sponsors pay for your free magazine subscription in an effort to expose you to their ads in the magazines. Take a look at some of your magazines. Most have ads in them. If you receive a magazine subscription free, you will generally be inclined to have a positive opinion of it because free usually translates to favorable for many people. Reading the magazine, you will likely be enticed by the intriguing ads and you may want to buy some of the products you see. Just think of how often you see a character on your favorite sitcom eating ice cream only to find yourself ambling toward the refrigerator on the next commercial break for a pint of Haagen Daas.

A Wonderful Deal for the Immune


If you are the type of person who is not easily susceptible to suggestion, you can probably continue receiving your free magazines without worry. However, if you are the type of person who is easily lulled by colorful ads and have to run out to the store to try the latest products you see advertised, your free magazine subscriptions are probably not really “free.” Sure you don’t have to pay for the subscription, but if you’re spending habits have increased based on what you see advertised in your free magazine subscriptions, you are indirectly paying a high price tag in the form of unneeded purchases.

Reconsider your free magazine subscriptions. If you want to avoid the temptation to spend, limit your subscriptions. Pick two magazines relevant to the hobbies or personal interests of each family member and decline the rest of the free magazine subscriptions.

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