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Money Tip: Trade Magazines With Your Friends

While we often align green living with having to spend more, the clever folks at Inhabitots have thought of ways that going green can actually save money. Most of their ideas are geared toward kids, but this one could work for anyone who is into magazines: The article suggests organizing a magazine co-op.

The idea is to gather five or so friends and assign a subscription to each person. While the magazine would be sent to each subscriber's home, there would be a schedule to rotate the mags each month. I don't know about you, but too often my magazines get lost in the shuffle and go unread. I'm not only wasting money; I'm wasting a lot of paper. Organizing a group like this would force me to read the magazines, and if I didn't get around to one of the bunch I wouldn't feel guilty about being wasteful.

I know some people like the freedom to rip out pages in their mags when they find something save-worthy, so a co-op might not be the best solution for everyone. Could you see yourself and one or more friends organizing a magazine trade?


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mllejkk mllejkk 8 years
I use a website called, it's sort of like Netflix for magazines. I'm subscribed to about 10 magazines right now, and it costs about $11 a month! The first month is free too, so if you're a huge magazine junkie like I am, it's definitely worth checking out.
gbychan gbychan 8 years
I also had stacks on old magazines laying around until I stumbled across the perfect recipient. My sister's work has a lounge with a magazine trade thing going on between employees. I give her my old issues (mostly political, fashion, and design related), and she picks up ones I like but don't subscribe to (mostly business travel related). My room is cleaner, and I know I've contributed to boosting employee moral, providing them with more turnover in reading material. :)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
this is a really good idea. the thing that i do (which is probably a no no) is that i work in advertising on the media side, and i reach out to magazines to get on the comp list so that i don't have to pay for them. it's great!
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
I try to do this when I remember. Or I just take my old magazines in to work and leave them out for anyone who wants them.
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 8 years
I do this with a coworker and I love it. It makes me feel like I am getting my money's worth out of my magazines.
Xandara Xandara 8 years
I have to add, since I process magazines for my local library, that going to the library to read magazines is always a great option - it's TOTALLY free! :D But otherwise, I'd say this article is a good suggestion, too. Some of the more scholarly, library-oriented magazines the library gets are routed through a list of staff members to read. When I enter it into our system, it automatically prints a list of names that gets stapled to the cover. It gets sent to the first person on the list, who reads it, crosses off their name, and passes it on to the next person, and so on and so forth, with a note at the bottom on who to return it to when everyone has seen it. That would be a good idea to do if you are passing it through a list of friends, because then each person would get their own subscription back at the end, and nobody would have to scramble calling people to see who's already read which title before passing it on. :)
ebgirl ebgirl 8 years
I've done this for a couple of years. My friends and I trade off fashion magazines, Vanity Fair, and Real Simple. I'm also lucky because there is a beautiful library close to home, and I will sometimes sneak in my cup of coffee and spend a nice relaxing afternoon curled up in a chair and reading magazines there. I don't subscribe to weekly mags like the Economist even though I love to read it because I can never keep up with all the reading, so the library is also a nice option for me.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
This would sure save me $$ - I am a magazine freak!! I subscribe to about 25-30!
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
I actually do this with my bff. She always buy the gossip mags and I always buy the style mags and after we've browsed our own, we switch them out
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great idea!
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Kind of a cool idea. I think I'll try to do this with my sister when I move up there.
valancyjane valancyjane 8 years
I did this with a friend for a while. But I like to read magazines two or three times (to make sure I’ve gotten everything out of it) so it wasn’t a great fit. I take my old magazines to doctor’s offices; some doctors have horrible taste in magazines and I figure I’m not the only patient who thinks so. Or I leave them in the break room at work and they always get snapped up.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I save Coke Rewards points and I use them to subscribe to all the magazines I want for free. When I'm done with them, I donate them to the library and they sell them at the Used Book sale. I do keep all my Fitness, Self, and Bon Appetit back issues because I like the workouts and the recipes in them.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
Man, if any of my friends actually *read* magazines, I'd totally go for this. I spend like $20-30 almost every two months buying magazines from the bookstore [I haven't been at one address for more than a year in a really long time, so getting a subscription doesn't make sense - I'd forget to get the address changed and probably miss an issue]. Now I have - get this! - A 50 GALLON PLASTIC STORAGE TUB full of magazines - most in PRISTINE condition. I have absolutely NO idea what exactly to do with them now...I thought about donating them to a library or the hosptial or something [who doesn't want something to read there?], but I just have no idea...soo much paper. If anyone reads Psychology Today, SciAm Mind, or Real Simple and you're missing an issue from the last 3-4 years, I've probably got it!
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