Are you slightly obsessed with magazines *cough, cough, cough* but feel like buying or subscribing to magazines is
A} Completely crazy! I Can’t afford to buy magazines, they’re pricey!
B} I love buying magazines! I deserve a little something happy in my day don’t I? I just don’t know what to do with them when once I’m done gleaning out the bits about Reese Witherspoon and her newest hottie.
Well, I have an idea for you: set up a magazine swap with friends.
1. Gather together a group of friends and friends of friends who can get their paws on a few magazines a month to trade.
2. Decide how to set up the magazine swap.
There are a lot of different options, depending on your group of friends and whether or not you’ll be swapping in person once in a while, shipping magazines back and forth across the continent, or having one main swap location at someone’s house. A few things to consider:
- Is this something you’ll do in person monthly, throw in a play date with the kids and some dessert for the moms?
- If so, will you change locations and times or will you have a standing date for the last Friday of the month by the swings at noon?
- If a monthly swap meeting isn’t feasible, would one of the group members be willing to be the main swap location for the entire group where you set up rules about dropping off and picking up magazines?
- Will you run the magazine swap like a library with one of you keeping track of what’s coming and going in a binder or will it be a more casual affair?
- What kind of magazines will you be trading? How current do they have to be in order to be considered swap-able? How long can you keep magazines once they’re in your possession?
Figure out all the nitty gritty details and get a swap going with friends, co-workers, family, anyone you can think of. There’s no reason for all those magazines to go to waste, and you might even extend your magazine repertoire in the process. A magazine swap is, after all, how I came to know and love Real Simple.
Try it and let me know what works, I’m itching to set up a magazine swap of my own.