Wednesday, December 5, 2007

On Magazines

Have you bought your favorite magazine, at a store, more than four times this year? If yes, then you've paid too much.

We all know it's most expensive to buy magazines in a grocery or drugstore. We also know that subscribing directly with the magazine is a better deal. Yet, what some people don't know is that magazine subscriptions can often be found for even less on an Ebay auction. (Note: with Ebay auctions, be sure to read all the text, as some charge a "shipping" fee, when all they're doing is sending your information to the publisher, and the end cost may be higher than the direct publisher subscription.)

The magazine example is smart, and it's easy. Even if you don't want to wait for an auction to end, because honestly, I've won some subscription auctions and lost others, you are still smart to buy the subscription. In general, a magazine subscription costs about the same as three or four full-price issues. Even if you only read a magazine a few times a year (consistently), then a subscription is better. The extra issues can be given to friends, given to the hospital, or you could even put them up on a site like Ebay.

This example is the premise of Smart Easy Money: a smart and easy way to save money. You don't have to be a financial genius, you don't have to drive all over town, and perhaps most importantly -- it doesn't take a lot of time.

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