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Magazines are my go-to reading material during a flight or layover, while sitting in a waiting room, for passing time during a long car ride, or on a lazy afternoon lounging around in the hammock, and despite my eco-friendly practices, I still prefer a printed magazine over the digital version. Being a blogger and running an online boutique, I spend far too much time on the computer and on my phone — I like to disconnect with some real paper between my fingers.

Right now, we have subscriptions to Sunset, Better Homes & Gardens, Travel + Leisure, Afar, Eating Well, House Beautiful, This Old House, Healthairbnbmag, Woman's Day, Whisky Advocate, Good Housekeeping... I think that's it.😂 (Ask me how many of them I've had time to read lately...) In the past, we've received Food & Wine, Country Living, Rolling Stone, and Conde Nast Traveler, as well — all absolutely free.
I occasionally randomly send them to friends and family members, too. So if you've ever received a magazine subscription and you have no idea where it came from... it was probably me.😌

So, how do we get all of these magazine subscriptions for free? Honestly... you just have to know where to look!

As of October 8th, 2017:

Mercury Magazines — There are no strings attached. No credit card information is requested. You'll never receive a bill. Your subscription will not automatically renew. Simply x-out of any pop-ups during the sign-up process. *After you submit, you'll be given the opportunity to select up to 5 other magazines for just $2.00 each, if you'd like.
  • For a free one-year subscription to House Beautiful, head here and fill out the requested information.
  • For a free one-year subscription to Parents, head here and fill out the requested information.
  • For a free subscription to Woman's Day, head here and fill out the requested information. 
  • For a free subscription to Cosmopolitan, head here and fill out the requested information. 
  • For a free subscription to Good Housekeeping, head here and fill out the requested information.
  • For a free subscription to Seventeen, head here and fill out the requested information. 
  • For a free subscription to Marie Claire, head here and fill out the requested information.
  • For a free subscription to Elle, head here and fill out the requested information.
  • For a free subscription to O, The Oprah Magazine, head here and fill out the requested information.
  • For a free subscription to Afar, head here and fill out the requested information. *Currently Out of Stock
  • For a free subscription to Women's Health, head here and fill out the requested information. *Currently Out of Stock
  • For a free subscription to Men's Health, head here and fill out the requested information.  *Currently Out of Stock

Freebizmag — There are no strings attached. No credit card information is requested. You'll never receive a bill. Your subscription will not automatically renew. You will be presented with offers for other publications during the sign-up process. You do not have to sign up for these offers to get the free magazine subscription. Simply click 'Continue' when these offers are presented and x-out of any pop-ups during the sign up process.
  • For a free one-year subscription to Better Homes & Gardens (One of my favorite subscriptions!), click here and fill out the requested information.

RewardSurvey — With RewardSurvey, you sign up for an account and answer surveys in order to redeem points for magazine subscriptions. The subscriptions have varying point levels, but one survey that was worth $30 in reward points was enough for 1-5 subscriptions. This is how I got This Old House and Whisky Advocate. I now have $68 in reward points that I could redeem for a number of magazine subscriptions... but I think we're getting more than enough right now!😊 They have several dozen magazine choices, from Time to People to Sports Illustrated. There's something for everyone's tastes.

Mags For Miles — I used this to get one-year subscriptions to Sunset, Afar, and Health. I've only used this option once, and only because I had to  — I would much rather use our airline miles for flights, but unfortunately Frontier Airlines' miles expire if you don't accrue any miles within a six month period and I was about to lose them if I didn't use them. Mileage redemption levels start as low as 600 miles per subscription, and they have 36 magazines to choose from.

If you have a craft beer loving, homebrewing husband like I do, you might be interested in a magazine subscription to one of the beer and/or brewing magazines. However, they don't usually do any free subscription offers — The best I can do is a free issue. You'll have to cherish it, or actually splurge for a regular subscription. Sigh.
  • For a free issue of Zymurgy, click here and fill out the form with your information. *You can't be a previous American Homebrewers Association member to qualify. If you're interested in joining the AHA, one of the membership perks is a six issue subscription to Zymurgy. AHA membership costs $43.00 per year and comes with an array of benefits, the best of which are the member deals at participating breweries, pubs, restaurants, and homebrew supply shops and access to the Great American Beer Festival ticket pre-sale and Saturday afternoon members-only session.
  • For a free issue of Beer Advocate, click here and follow the steps to sign up for and verify your account. 

I'll update this list as I become aware of new opportunities for free subscriptions and as the ones posted expire, so check back if you don't see anything that interests you right now!

*Note: There are other ways to get free issues or subscriptions to different magazines, but I do not recommend them as they require the need to cancel when a bill arrives or you to provide your credit card information and then cancel before a certain date in order to avoid being charged. With so many free magazine subscription options that don't require credit card information or the hassle of needing to cancel, why go through the trouble?

Oh, and I wouldn't be me if I didn't tell you what I do with the inevitable stack of magazines that results after they've been read — I either turn them into kindling for our next campfire (Though, they don't burn terribly well – They tend to create a lot of ash.), or I post them on our local Facebook selling pages for people that plan to repurpose them for craft projects or that don't mind reading them a month or two after they were released. You might also be able to donate them to your local library, to area nursing homes or retirement communities, to women's or family shelters, to doctor or dentist offices or hospitals for the waiting room areas, or to preschools and daycare centers for use in craft projects.

Share with us your favorite magazines, and let us know if you snag any free subscriptions!

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