Hands up, confessional style. I am a complete and utter magazine whore.
I get it from my Mum, she’s been buying her “regulars” for as many years as I can remember. Each week, in Sainsburys, we would start the shopping off in the magazine//newspaper section, and in would go 6, maybe 7 magazines.
Take a Break, Best, Bella, Woman and Womans Own, Chat, Closer, Now, OK, Hello. Sometimes there would be a summer special version, you know, twice as thick with lots of added extras, they would get thrown in too. Or a puzzle book with crosswords galore!
Most of the time I was able to sneak one or two of my own in, Sugar, Bliss, Mizz – remember those?! Oh my, such good memories of magazines with my Mum!
Now, my own two love a magazine just as much as me, although, the youngest is more interested in what the freebie on the front is, rather than the actual publication itself.
In the style of my mum, I have a few that I read every issue, whether it’s fortnightly or monthly, Red, Grazia, Glamour, Saga. Just kidding, wanted to make sure you were still reading. And, they tend to pile up, because, being the good blogger and social media whizz that I am (cough) I like to make notes about things I’ve read, go back to old copies for a reference, or inspiration, save certain things, you know, any excuse to keep the mag that I’ve just spent the best part of £5 on.
I don’t want to throw money away!
But. With the need to keep (and buy, thanks Mum) so many mags, there eventually comes a problem of where to store them. If you’re my husband, you think the recycle bin is the best place. You are wrong.
So, hallelujah technology and the Readly App. Where have you been all my life!?
With this little app, I (and you) can get over 1500 top magazines, like all the ones I’ve mentioned and another gazillion more for just £7.99 a month. Now, if you’re anything like me, two of my fave mags cost that alone. Just two. But now, I can now read 1500 of them for that price. Not going to lie, I’ve always been *shocking* at maths but even I know that’s a bargain. I don’t have time to read 1500 but that is not the point and you’re just nit picking now.
The magazines, once downloaded are available to read offline, anywhere, you can have up to 5 devices logged into one account, so with one subscription, all four of us in this house can have access to their own mags, which means no more teenage heartbreak or Spiderman stories floating around my living room. Plus, I can stick my iPad in my bag and it weighs less than half the usual glossy.
At the minute I’m flicking between Grazia, Living etc and Olive, but I’ve already read Red, Glamour, Heat & Cosmo. I am literally living the dream.
You can cancel the subscription at any time, but, quite frankly, why would you? The list of magazines is impressive, from weddings to cars, gaming to history. You can choose what category, out of 34 options, you want to look at and just click download. Once it’s done, it’s saved in your own little library where nobody can moan at you for having too many or threaten to throw them out when you’re not looking.
Now you’ve read all this, and you have, haven’t you? You’re going to be a bit tempted to get the app yourself, but you’ll be thinking, “I don’t know that I’d spend £7.99 a month on magazines, so it’s probably a waste of money”
Yup, mind reading is a talent of mine.
So, Readly have offered all of my lovely readers a months free subscription so you can test the waters yourself. All you have to do is click here for a months free trial and away you go. A whole superstore of magazines at your fingertips!
I was provided with a 3m subscription to Readly but all thoughts are my own! Images from Pinterest as I no longer have piles of magazines to photograph, please blame Readly and my husband.