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While most students slave over textbooks all semester, things are a little different in journalism school. Our textbooks are newspapers and magazines. And while much of the content is online for free, I find that I just don’t follow it as closely as when I have a hunk of paper in front of me.

While the rest of the world may snub the ol’ ink on paper, I’m a bit old-fashioned. But buying each issue of a magazine or a daily paper gets pricey, especially if you’re an avid reader. As a result I subscribe to my favourite publications to save a few bucks.

It varies from newspaper to newspaper, but the overall premise is the same. You can save anywhere from 25% to 50% by getting the paper delivered each morning. The nice thing too, is that you can opt for weekday delivery if you only read it from Monday to Friday or just weekend delivery if you only have time to read it over a leisurely brunch. Either way, you’ll still save.

I think it’s a little bit more reasonable to assume that students tend to read magazines a little more often than the newspaper these days. But your weekly tabloid or current affairs mag could be draining your pocket. As annoying as those paper inserts are when you’re flipping the pages, it’s worth taking a glance at them. Like the paper, you can often save anywhere from 15% to 50% by subscribing to your favourite magazine.

I think students are less likely to subscribe to a publication because they don’t know where they’ll be living from year-to-year. What they don’t realize is that all you have to do is call the publisher and change your address. Some require 60 days notice, but then again, so does your landlord.

It may not seem like a huge deal, but if you could save 25% on your textbooks, wouldn’t you take the offer? I know I would.

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