Thursday, January 22, 2009

Feeding My Magazine Addiction Just Got Tougher


A couple of years ago my husband was paying the bills when he came across multiple invoices for my magazine subscriptions. At the time it was Cottage Living, Southern Living and Traditional Home up for renewal. He started to rant and carry on that I was spending a fortune on magazine subscriptions and questioned how many I had. I quickly did the tally in my head (the ones already mentioned plus House and Garden, Country Living, Vanity Fair, Home, Midwest Living and Better Homes and Gardens). Apparently he thought that was too many (Too many? Not enough!) and did the quick calculation that we were spending about $120 a year on decorating magazines.

Being fast on my feet I quickly pointed out that decorating is my one addiction, my hobby, and my passion and that perusing magazines brings me great joy much like golf does for him. And to say my husband likes golf would be an understatement. He loves it. It's his passion and he's very good at it. So in order to stay good at it he has to play alot. And as you probably know, golf is not a cheap sport. It's not like basketball where he can just go grab a ball and head to the driveway and play some hoops. No, golf requires shoes, clubs, greens and cart fees.

So I pointed out that he plays golf an average of 5 - 6 times a month with a conservative estimate (depending on the course) of $30 a round. He sat in his chair, checkbook open, pen in hand, looked at me and said "Should I renew for one year or two?" I tell you, the man's not stupid!

It looks like we'll be spending less on magazines this year though because sadly times are also tough in the shelter magazine world. This morning's Washington Post newspaper reported three of my favorite magazines: Cottage Living, O at Home and Country Living (my perennial favorite) have all announced their demise. With fewer magazines to peruse nightly, I'm going to have a lot more free time on my hands. I may actually start watching television. What are the good shows these days?

BREAKING NEWS........I went to the Washington Post online to see if there has been a correction to the announcement that Country Living is one of the magazines that is shutting down and discovered they changed the online version to read Country Home. A couple of other readers posted comments questioning the accuracy of the original article in today's edition. Turns out they must have been confused and it's Country Home not Country Living. Either way, I'm sad.

50 comments:

tardevil said...

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! I just got notice that my Cottage Living would be added on to my Southern Living subscription, and I saw that Nancy Soriano had stepped down (along w/ tons of other long time employs), but I had no idea Country Living was going under. It was my FAVORITE MAGAZINE of all...and my style isn't even country. I'm sad now. :O( Boo Hoo!!!

Kasey said...

country living is not leaving. not yet anyways.
They are struggling but not leaving quite yet:)

C Maisy said...

I subscribed to Country Living.....got one edition and then received a post card saying that the magazine is no longer being printed and that I will now be receiving Southern Living. I don't want Southern Living.. Boo-Hoo!!!
I just got my first copy of SL and was not happy.
Oh Well!!!! I try really hard not to sweat the small stuff.. I have one thing to say UGH!!!

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laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Wow! you know how to work your husband. Maybe you could do a post to let the rest of us know how to do that. One of the bloggers suggested the other day that shelter magazines will all be on line in the future. I cannot hold my laptop in my lap while I'm on the toilet! (sorry, but that's what I was thinking). laurie

Martha said...

Print media seems to be suffering -- not only magazines but newspapers. Advertising dollars are not going to print which is why they are struggling.

I refused to transfer my Cottage Living subscription over to SL -- requested a refund!!!

I love the shelter magazines, take way too many (I pay the bills DH doesn't know) and buy some at the supermarket if they have something interesting inside (Iperuse them while I wait in line -- isn't that what they're for? Taking your mind off of beingin line?)

I think we may lose some more -- I'm not country either but I did like both Country Home and Country Living -- did not subscribe but would buy an issue or two when I liked what I saw inside.

Sad Day!

Rita vindedzis said...

Aha!! another magazine addict. I think as far as addictions go it's a pretty good one to have. Not fattening, educational, and stacks of them make a trendy night table. I don't subscribe to any I just go to the local bookstore, enjoy a Starbucks and then lug them home. There you go-you can also use them as weights!!

JudyBug said...

I love magazines but have been trying to cut down to the ones I really really enjoy. I've got some great deals from eBay on magazine subscriptions so I feel justified in keeping more. ;-)

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