Photo by Charisse Kenion on Unsplash Review: Free Magazines? Maybe…

Some of the links may be from a sponsor. Advertising Disclosure is a company I have mentioned before in my guide that discussed the many ways you can get free magazine subscriptions with no strings attached.

If you’re a fan of free magazines, then may be an option to consider.

In today’s review, I want to talk about how it works, if it’s legitimate, and how many magazines you can potentially receive.  As a fair warning, you won’t make money with  Rather, it’s a way to get free magazines.  If you’re cool with that, then you will want to stay tuned to see how it works.

How Does Work?

The premise is simple with  You will complete surveys, and in exchange for doing so, the company will give you points, in which you can cash out for a variety of magazine subscriptions, such as Real Simple, US, and Highlights, to name a few. The options are always changing, so it won’t always be the same when you log in.

Is Reward Surveys legit?

It’s backed by a very reputable company, so there’s no doubt you will get your reward.  The question is if it’s worth your time?  They paid out more than $100,000,000 in magazine subscriptions since 2012 to more than one million members.

Signing Up

To sign up, it’s quite simple, and it’s no different than most survey companies.  They will ask for your name, email as well as a password to log back in.

After this prompt, the company will then ask you to fill out a profile screener, about 20 questions long, so that they can know more about your demographics.  In doing so, they will then give you $30 in reward points.  This is standard among most survey companies since they need to know more about you so that these research companies can send you targeted surveys.  After all, you wouldn’t want a survey on makeup if you didn’t even wear it.  However, what you will find is that will give you a $30 bonus, which is much higher than most.  But, remember this can’t be cashed into a PayPal reward; rather, it’s designed as a credit to reserve your magazine subscription.

Dashboard and Getting Free Magazines

Once you fill out the profile, you are then credited $30 to your account and you can start browsing the rewards store immediately if you so choose.  Right when you log in, this is where the website will take you…

What you see above is only a portion of the magazines you can choose from, all of which are broken down into tiers:  under $20, $20, and additional titles.  The additional titles section will use your points, but the downfall is that you will need to spend a few dollars to receive them.

For example, Cosmopolitan would cost $2 + $10 in reward points, whereas Time would cost $2 plus $15 in points.

This isn’t always the case, though, as the under $20 and $20 categories are completely free as long as you have the reward points.

As long as you have points, you can start the redemption process.  Remember, if you have got to this point, you should have $30 to spend right away.

Aside from being able to redeem your points for magazines, you can continue to earn points, which takes me to the next section, the “surveys + deals.”

The Survey & Deals to Earn Points

To continue to earn points, you can head to this section, where you can sign up for offers as well as take surveys when they pop up.

When I was on it, I didn’t see many surveys; rather, I saw many offers I see so often on other websites.  It wasn’t anything special.

The thing I didn’t like was that some offers didn’t tell me what I would make.  For example, that Enfamil offer just says I can click on the “get started” button, but I don’t think I get anything for it.  In fact, the many offers on the page didn’t offer much, other than offers that make them money.  At the time of this review, I didn’t see any survey invites, either.

I’m thinking the company doesn’t offer much in terms of offers, so be prepared to not make more than what you make when you sign up.   I highly recommend you avoid these offers as they are nothing special and only make the company money.

Magazine Options

As mentioned, the company only offers magazines for rewards, and while the company does offer some big names, the biggest problem is that you have to pay a few dollars for most, which is kind of a bummer.  While the number is low, you may be looking for a truly free magazine offer.  Yes, there are magazine offers, but your choices, as you can see below are very limited.

The magazine options may change, but at the time, these were the choices I could choose from when I was writing this.

Below were the 100% free options.  You only needed about 10 points or so per subscription and you didn’t need to pay anything.

  • 914INC
  • Delaware Today
  • Main Line Today
  • The Red Bulletin
  • Florida Trend

And, the following magazine choices would cost you $2 plus points:

  • Golf Digest
  • Entrepreneur
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Star
  • Food & Wine
  • Ask
  • Highlights
  • Hot Rod
  • Bloomberg
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Ladybug
  • US Weekly
  • Motor Trend
  • This Old House
  • Travel + Leisure
  • Variety
  • Time
  • Muse
  • Inc.
  • Flower Magazine

Final Thoughts

5/10From what I gather, your “free” magazine subscriptions are very limited.  As you can see from my list above, it’s a few magazines I have never heard of.  Maybe you have, but there’s a good chance you haven’t.

While the company has some great magazine choices, you have to pay at least $1 to $2 to start your subscription, which isn’t bad, but it doesn’t make it truly free.  If you’re okay with that, then it’s not hard to get one or two subscriptions from creating an account.

In the end, don’t expect much from this site.  I don’t like it and I don’t read physical magazines anymore.  Plus, the truly free magazines aren’t that great.  If you want to pay $1 or $2 for the better names, then I say sign up.  Remember, once you do, you get that free credit, which allows you to get about one or two magazines of your choice.  So, in theory, you could get three magazine subscriptions for the year for about $6 or so.  That’s not too bad. Just make sure you use a virtual credit card number so that the magazine company doesn’t continue to bill you.

That’s going to do it for now.

If you have an experience with, then let me know.  I would love to hear from you in the comments section below.

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Tom Nathaniel

Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. You won't find gimmicks here. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I graduated from Arizona State University, and I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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