This morning I was paying my monthly bills and glanced at the latest statement for our Orange County Register newspaper subscription. $44.82 for 8-weeks of Monday-Sunday Delivery. Hmmm…I did the math. $5.60 per week. This seems a bit pricey. There are always sales representatives phoning me and standing inside the grocery store with promotions that seem to be less than this.
I logged onto the Register’s website to see how much I would pay for the same subscription if I was signing up right now. To my surprise, an 8-week subscription of Monday-Sunday Delivery was being advertised for only $29.31, or $3.66/week online! I picked up the phone and called their customer service department, and within 5 minutes, they matched the online subscription price to the $3.66/week that was advertised on their website. That is the easiest $15.51 I made in less than 5 minutes.
How you can save on your current subscription:
1. Check the online rates of your local newspaper:
- The Orange County (CA) Register was advertised at $1.51 per week for Sunday only delivery, $2.48 per week for Thursday-Sunday delivery, and $3.66 per week for Monday-Sunday delivery.
- The Los Angeles Times was advertised at $1 per week for Sunday only delivery, $1.50 per week for Thursday-Sunday delivery, and $2.99 per week for Monday-Sunday delivery.
- The New York Times was advertised at $3.90 per week for Sunday only delivery, $5.40 per week for Friday-Sunday delivery, $3.85 per week for Monday-Friday delivery, and $7.70 per week for Monday-Sunday delivery.
2. If you have an e-reader, computer, or mobile device, consider subscribing to only the E-Edition of the newspaper. Reading the news online or on your iPad rather than subscribing to home delivery could save you up to 50% off of the home delivery rate, and can be conveniently purchased from iTunes, Amazon, or an app directly from your device.
3. Cut down on the number of days you subscribe. If you currently receive a 7-day subscription, but find you are only looking through the paper on the weekends, a Thursday-Sunday delivery may be a better fit for you. If you are subscribing solely for the coupon circulars, consider a Sunday only delivery.
4. If there are numerous local newspapers available for delivery in your area, consider subscribing to the one with a lower rate. For example, in the Southern California area, it could mean a difference of up to a $1 per week.
If you currently subscribe to a newspaper delivery service, take a look at your next statement. Have you been paying the same amount continuously every 8 or 16 weeks? The rates featured online may be lower and with a quick phone call, I am sure any company would be more than happy to match the rate, rather than lose a customer.