I'm not sure I'd even attempt to fill out that poll
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Husband: Mother Jones / Classic Motorsports / Corvair newsletters
Son #1: PC Gamer (I got a cheap offer from Amazon for buying a piece of game equipment for the other son)
Son #2: Game Developer / Computer Graphics World
Local Newspaper x 7days/week
We used to get Nuts & Volts but I don't know if we have a current subscription.
I don't subscribe to any currently. There are lots of cheap ones out there that don't have much content in them. And they can get expensive when they do. I should be subscribing to trade journals but dang I can't afford them! They're really meant for people who's employers pay for them or who can deduct business expenses.
I tend to donate to thrift stores when I'm done with what I read. My husband tosses or keeps depending on the mag.
I don't subscribe to anything right now, but I do pick up a few whenever I'm at the bookstore. Usuals are: Threads Magazine (sewing), whatever interests me in the science/astronomy mags, Smithsonian, Archaeology, Asimov's SF and Analog SF (both sci-fi short story collections). I might browse through some others if I'm bored or really short of reading material.
And I usually keep my mags, at least for a while. I'll recycle them or collage them when I'm certain I don't need them anymore.
We get several magazines & periodicals ...
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My aunt gave me a subscription to Cooking Light, a food/lifestyle magazine that has articles on nutrition and fitness plus lots of recipes. My husband has a subscription to F1 Racing magazine. Our kids have a subscription to Game Informer, a video game magazine.
The professional societies to which my husband and I belong send us their magazines and journals. We get magazines from our local museum, zoo and public TV station because we're members. And US Master's Swimming has a bi-monthly magazine.
We hang onto most of the magazines for at least a couple of months, some of them a lot longer. The professional society zines are all archived online, though, so I usually recycle those after we read them. I should probably just sign up for the "online magazine" option the next time I renew, but I do like reading an actual paper publication.
Actually, our magazine reading has gone down over the past couple years. We bought several subscriptions from our older son's magazine-selling school fundraiser, but have since allowed most of them to lapse. Also, two magazines that my husband used to subscribe to went out of business.
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local - Texas Monthly, San Antonio-related magazines
health - two for specific conditions
religious - weekly news (National Catholic Reporter, archdiocesan paper); Scripture study; general weeklies and monthlies including Commonweal, St. Anthony and U. S. Catholic (some of these I read at the parish library)
Well, I still don't, but I try anyway. (They're good reading matter for the "throne.")
I subscribe to Astronomy, Archaeology, Smithsonian, Discipleship Journal, and Pray! magazines. Astronomy is the only one I keep. The rest I pass on to whoever else might want to read them. Thank goodness only Astronomy and Smithsonian are monthly, or I'd never keep up!
My sister gets PC Magazine and some gamers magazine. I have no idea which. And my folks let us have their copies of Reader's Digest, Gaither Magazine, and Reminisce, when they've finished reading them.
I am celebrating the fact that I have scaled back to only two publications.
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For a moment we are going to ignore my little OCD trip into the world of crochet magazines. I canceled them all about 7 years ago. I am completely rehabilitated and have been allowed to return to normal society. *twitch, twitch*
Currently, I only receive Birds & Blooms and Biblical Archaeology Review. I have kept them stacked up in boxes until recently. I decided that I was keeping a LOT of paper that I wasn't necessarily using or wanting, so I started ripping up the magazines from my past and putting the parts I want to save into page protectors (and from there they went into binders...lots and lots of binders). The only one I haven't touched to rip apart is my stack of BARs. I am currently organizing some other things in the house so I can't get to that right away.
I must say it feels very good to have put that 5' tall stack of Texas Highways into the recycling bin. It felt good to go through 10 years' worth of 17 different crochet publications and save ONLY the one or two patterns from each that I wanted to keep. It felt fantastic to go through all of the Old House Journal, Old House Interiors, Fine Homebuilding, and other like magazines and peel out the small handful of articles we wanted to have on-hand for restoring our home. I was practically giddy about ripping apart the recipe magazines. That trip to the recycling bin in town was one of the heaviest loads we have ever taken.
*disappears back into the shadows to finish organizing her sewing patterns*
I get a number of magazines, special interest type stuff, and newspapers, delivered to my home in actual paper form ! and I really read them, on paper. I'm not one to read online versions of magazines or newspapers. There is something so pleasant about getting the magazine delivered in the mail, or the newspaper. There's usually a magazine in any little corner of my house somewhere at any given time. Although I don't hoard them or keep back issues. I either give them away or toss them. I go online for news and information, but there is nothing like holding something in your hands and reading it. I pray paper magazines and books never go away. I love reading on paper.
That's why we don't subscribe to National Geographic anymore.
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I couldn't bear to throw them out, but nobody else really wanted them. Finally, I put them in a big box and had a garage sale. Some kid and his dad carted off the whole box after I told them they couldn't have just one or two issues. All or none. There was only about 5 or 6 years worth, but it adds up. I can't believe some people have saved NG for many more years than that.
I just don't have time to do all that web-surfing. And you can't really curl up on the couch as easily with the laptop. Plus, if I slosh my coffee, a magazine isn't destroyed the way the laptop would be. And you can't do a sudoku puzzle online the way you can with a pencil and the newspaper.
Sports Illustrated, National Review, The Weekly Standard, Military History, The Limbaugh Letter, Boys' Life, the local paper and my hometown paper.
I usually read them and pass them on, and sometimes they get tossed. I've saved a few special issues, such as the NR tribute to William F. Buckley, Jr., when he passed away. We've saved a lot of the MH, just because it's so nicely produced and full of so much info. We've only gotten a couple issues of BL, since Little Eruvande only joined Cub Scouts a few months ago. It's part of the Cub Scout membership. But we've saved them as well.
Thanks to everyone who answered my poll!
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"UU World" (the magazine of the Unitarian Universalist Association) and "Saudi Aramco World" (a very yummy free magazine with articles on Islamic culture and art).
I also get "Science News" second hand from my dad, and then pass it on to my brother-in-law.
I take the "Rocky Mountain News", which may be folding soon. That makes me very sad, since I've read it for over forty years now.
I get magazines from organizations I donate to, like the Human Rights Campaign and Amnesty International.
I get "The College Mathematics Teacher" from the Mathematics Association of America.
Oh, and the AARP has a very nice and interesting magazine.
My father-in-law gets me a subscription to "Readers Digest" every year. I've been reading that for over forty years as well.
I read Time Magazine and Scientific American online, or at my parents' house. They also get the Christian Science Monitor and I look at that there too.
I usually recycle my magazines after a year or so, and my newspapers after a week. But my husband saves his. He has Playboys going back to the 1950s. He finally stopped taking magazines, because he didn't have room for any more, except for a couple on model railroading. But he used to take "Vogue" as well as his men's magazines: he's always been interested in fashion.
We inherited stacks of National Geographics from my grandparents when they moved into their retirement home. They're still here, of course. All this time I thought earthquakes were to blame for the slight settling of the house; now I know we're facing a double threat - those magazines are tilting the house and causing the earthquakes! We also inherited a full encyclopedia set. That's got to factor in too.
If their figures are right, it means that if I ever vanish suddenly and inexplicably from TORN it'll be because an earthquake caused a sinkhole that my house fell into and was then covered by a mudslide. Just watch for it on the news.
My most favorite magazine, and the one that I do hold onto after reading is 'RENAISSANCE' magazine. I love history, and I find the 14th thru the 17th centuries very appealing to read about. The knights, the ladies, kings, queens, castles, the beautiful clothes, all that wonderful stuff.