Small Steps to Major Savings: How to save money with digital magazines

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How to Save Money (and the Environment) with Digital Magazines

Here’s where I am: I love to save money. And I want to spend as little time and energy on it as possible. Small Steps to Major Savings: Money-Saving Tips for Everyone is full of easy tips on how to save money without much effort.

Money-Saving Tip: Go digital with magazine subscriptions

I love magazines. LOVE.

And I love all the free and cheap magazine subscription offers that are around.

What I don’t love, though?

The clutter.

And the paper waste. (Even though they’re all recycled, in some fashion, of course.)

That’s why I was THRILLED to find out this morning that our local library system is now offering patrons FREE online magazine downloads with your library card.

The service is called Zinio and it’s an online newsstand. It offers full digital copies of your favorite magazines and you can read them right on your computer or mobile device.

Here’s how to save money on magazines with Zinio:

1. First check to see if your library is offering the service.
2. If they are, you should be able to sign up for a Zinio account using your library card number, name and e-mail address.
3. To sign up, check for a link to Zinio.com on your local library website. This takes you directly to the titles that are available free with your library card.
4. Once you have a Zinio account, you’ll be able to choose your magazines and read right on your computer or mobile device (using the Zinio app)!

I signed up for the service right away and started scouring the available titles – nearly 200 titles!

And I have to say, I’m so pleasantly surprised. Many of our favorites are there, including Mental Floss, Runner’s World and more. I can not wait to cut back on the paper clutter here at home and start reading my magazines digitally.

And since my Kindle fits perfectly in the book rest on my treadmill (and the regular magazines tend to be pretty big and bulky), I’m hoping that it’ll actually be easier to read the digital version on the days I’m doing my running indoors.

Be sure to ask your local library whether Zinio is a service they’re offering… or whether they have plans to offer it soon!

Would you do your magazine reading digitally, if you had the option?

Looking for more tips on how to save money?

Catch up on all our past money-saving tips in the Small Steps to Major Savings series here.

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