Free and Cheap Magazines for Healthy Foodies

Posted by on February 21, 2009 | 20 Comments

I have a confession to make, I am a recovering magazine addict.  I couldn’t help it, they called out to me.  In fact, for years, I was a closet foodie who couldn’t cook. Every time I went to the store I had to buy a foodie magazine. I oohed and awed over the recipes, clipping them out … but I didn’t cook. Beyond your basic Top Ramen and nuking veggie burger I was lost. 

Of course, buying magazines one by one got far too expensive, so I got a few subscriptions.  Then my husband came into the picture, and he started finding free subscriptions for me (on the ground that I actually start trying the recipes!).  Oh, the moral hazard of it.  We are minimalists … no storage unit, no garage; just two neat and tidy closets and a largepantry full of food and necessities. Yet, that pile of magazines follows me everywhere. I vowed that I wouldn’t enter 2009 with those 200+ magazines I still had milling about, but here they sit.


(Yes, those are 2006  and older issues, and no, Organic Style doesn’t even exist anymore – at least I am up to the 2000’s! There are several huge piles of magazines sitting next to this table, I just couldn’t bear to photograph them!)

cookinglightThen, I vowed no more magazine subscriptions until they were cleaned out.  But, then my husband found a free three-year subscription to Today’s Diet and Nutrition (I am so sorry, I didn’t realize he did, and the coupon code expired, otherwise I would have posted it! – but good news ahead), which is in my current top five.  And then, for Valentine’s Day he couldn’t resist getting me a subscription to Cooking Light … my all time favorite, which I have missed so much.  If you are a Cooking Light fan, then you know that discounts can be hard to come by, but here is what he did:

He went through’s Cashback; you have to sign up, but we have been using for a long time now without a problem.  Once signed up, find, and go to it (be sure to go there through your account to get 25% cashback). Once on, place Cooking Light in your cart and use the coupon code wintermags on checkout. You will pay $13.00 for one year, and then get cashback from for an end price of $9.75. 

bodyandsoulNow, how about a freebie?  So, I found a free 1-year subscription to Body + Soul Magazine, no strings attached. Do this quick survey, which signs you up for their RewardsGold club, and gives you the choice to get this free year subscription.  No credit card required, it really is free and the survey is very short and painless! I have never actually bought this magazine myself, but signed up for the free year, and am looking forward to giving it a test run.

Since stores can vary just about everywhere, I don’t post up local deals I find, but will keep posting online deals that I think fellow foodies might like.  Is this a good idea?  Would you be interested?

My two new recipes this past week weren’t post-worthy (not yet anyway), but there are more recipes (and giveaways) to come! In the mean time, wish me luck in finally cleaning out these magazines before my new subscriptions start to arrive!


Filed Under: Tips, Ideas, and Deals

Comments (20)


  1. VeggieGirl says:

    LOVE ALL these magazines!!

    Good luck!! 😀

  2. Ugh, I hear you on the magazine thing. I have so many that they pile up before I get a chance to read them all! And I always cut out ideas, but I cut out so many that I get overwhelmed!

  3. Nowheymama says:

    Yes! I would be interested! Specific request: where do all of you frugal foodies find good bulk deals online?

  4. meg says:

    I am a magazine addict too! Thanks for the link!

  5. jaime says:

    body and soul is great! thanks for the info girl

  6. pam says:

    Fellow magazine addict here. I can’t help it. I just picked Cooking Light back up after letting it drop. But really $10 for a whole year, I couldn’t refuse. Body & Soul and Everyday Food sometimes send coupons out to get both mags for just $10.

  7. Oh She Glows says:

    Thats too funny I am a recovered magazine addict myself!!!

    I used to spend at LEAST $10 per week on magazines! Then I went to just 2 subscriptions + the occasional magazine purchase. Now I dont buy ANY and I am so happy. I got Runners World for a gift at Christmas and that is the only one I have now.

    PS- Added your fabulous blog to my blogroll!

  8. Oh my gosh, I wish I had all those magazines!

    I’ve started a new blog event called Thrifty Thursdays if you are interested in blogging along! 🙂

  9. Jackie says:

    Thanks for visit.

    Wish we could get them here but most don’t do overseas or charge shipping which is more expensive than the mag itself. But sometimes lucky and we get a few of these mags bought by shops that outdated mags by weight. I then go crazy and buy a huge pile for next to nothing.

  10. Sandie says:

    I *was* a reformed cooking-magazine addict, but recently fell off the wagon during a school fund-raiser. Now, I’m greatly enjoying a few of my previous subscriptions again and don’t feel so guilty about all the wasted paper as long as I keep recycling the magazines when I’m done!

  11. Christine says:

    I was a magazine addict also. The problem with the old magazines is that musty smell. I would sneeze when leafing through them. I got rid of them. Now I borrow the magazines from the public library. It is much easier now to go online to Epicurious to find the old recipes.

  12. coco says:

    I’m a magazine fanatic too! I love reading them on Ellipticals! 😀
    HOw’s Diet & Nutrition?

    oh.. thanks for stopping by my blog. So glad that I found yours too, you have so many amazing recipes!!!

  13. Michelle says:

    I totally feel ya on the magazine loving. If I wasn’t so frugal, I’d be subscribing all over the place! Now i just read ’em at the barnes & nobel down the street or at the gym! yayy!!!

  14. Count me in as another magazine addict. I’m so sad that O at Home, Cottage Living and domino are folding. If you’re even looking for crazycheap magazine subscriptions though, check out It searches all the online sites to find you the best deal.

  15. Kelly Turner says:

    free and cheap- my two favorite words!

    Kelly Turner

  16. Liz says:

    Oh my Gosh! I’m a magazine addict too. Ususally, I only buy them when flying, but it’s something I need to work on. I bought four during my last trip.

    Also, great tips! I think I may partake in that Cooking Light deal 🙂 You’re just feeding my addiction more… 😉

  17. Andrea says:

    I love magazine, too, but only get three – Vegetarian Times, Veg News and Peta. However, when I travel I load up at the airport, just like Liz. Can’t seem to resist.

  18. Amy Dumas says:

    LOL, when you finish clearing out your magazines you could head on over and tackle my pile, or better yet my husband’s stack. Between the two of us we could supply every doctor’s office in 3 cities with great reading materials! :~)
    And now I’ve gotta go get Body and Soul magazine, can’t pass up a freebie…

  19. kazari says:

    I am also looking at clearing out my foodie magazines. But I’m also a sucker for second-hand cookbooks, so I have a heap of those as well!

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