7 magazine subscriptions for your next hobby or passion And how to get a good deal on them.

Your life is empty and devoid of passion and you have a midlife crisis coming up any year now. What can you do to fill the void? Here’s my take in a nutshell: play tabletop roleplaying games. In the tabletop game world, there are dozens and dozens of games and a lot of great roleplaying forums out there to get your feet wet with some very unique themes. For one thing, we have D&D and its cousins, and we also have Star Wars, Dragon (yes, Dragons), and Pathfinder and so on.

If tabletop roleplaying games doesn’t suit you, you’ll have to read on, because we have looked at the data and figured out the next best thing. These are hobbies and fields of interest specially tailored to your demographic, so stop procrastinating and pick one to get involved with now.

Gun Digest

Becoming a gun dealer is an exotic and fun way to supplement your income and a great conversation starter with the ladies. Gun Digest is the magazine of choice for the industry.

Gun Digest is a nationwide marketplace for buyers and sellers of new, used, and antique firearms. Advertising from the nation’s top dealers, manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers is found in each bi-weekly issue, along with thousands of classified ads, organized alphabetically, from collectors all over the world. Hundreds of gun show listings and knife show listings are included to help readers schedule their show attendance over the upcoming two months.

Life Extension

Who doesn’t want to live longer? Suicidal people, that’s who.

Life Extension is the first to report new discoveries involving nutrition, hormones, and anti-aging supplements, including such news-making items as CoQ10 and omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, Life Extension reports innovative findings concerning the diseases that threaten many of us, such as atherosclerosis, cancer and diabetes. With each issue, subscribers to Life Extension Magazine® receive potentially life-saving information they won’t find in most other publications.


In today’s uncertain world, everybody wants to raise chickens — and lots of them.

Chickens is a trusted resource about the care and handling of chickens along with helpful information about breeds, buying and raising them. You’ll get great ideas for building or buying a backyard chicken coop and pen. Finally, you’ll learn how to collect, handle and consume eggs safely. Add engaging photos and top-rate writing and Chickens Magazine is great for anyone interested in raising chickens. It also makes a great gift.


Bassmaster is the official magazine of BASS membership. You get fishing information that will help you find bass and catch them (this is key). Bassmaster Magazine features the secrets of the winningest pro fishermen, the hottest new lures, the best bass lakes and rivers, the effects of weather, tackle selection and how to use it, boat and accessory reviews, tournament reports and more!

The magazine will provide you with great tips and advice that will help you catch more bass. You will enjoy tips for beginners, small waters, and more advanced skills and techniques. Every edition of Bassmaster includes reviews about the best gear for bass anglers to ensure a successful fishing trip. If you have a bass addict on your gift list, a subscription to Bassmaster Magazine would be much appreciated!


Everybody knows that growing and sharding corals is the only way to make the real money these days. But do you know how to do it?

CORAL is the world’s leading reef and marine aquarium magazine, avidly read by beginning aquarists and seasoned marine biologists alike. CORAL focuses on reef species, awesome aquarium profiles, hands-on secrets to create and keep a thriving, stunningly beautiful reef aquarium. Written by experts and illustrated with breathtaking underwater color images. CORAL is must reading for the adventuresome marine aquarium keeper.

Cigar Afficionado

Why not pick up a cigar habit? Cigar Aficionado is a luxury lifestyle magazine with a focus on the enjoyment of fine cigars.

Bimonthly cover stories detail famous individuals who are cigar connoisseurs, from Usher to Pierce Brosnan to Rob Lowe. Issues also contain interviews with individuals who own cigar stores and work in the cigar industry. Other helpful sections include a glossary of cigar terms, polls and helpful tips. Each issue features information about Cuba, its culture, tobacco and cigars.

Cigar Aficionado also recommends the best cigars based on score, brand, country, size, price range, year, wrapper and more. One of the most popular sections is the “Good Life Guide,” which highlights the best of everything, from food to watches. The magazine also covers travel, culture, sports, style and cars. If you love cigars or are looking for the perfect gift for someone who does, you will enjoy Cigar Aficionado magazine.

And here’s how to get a good deal on them

Grabbing magazines at a checkout stand in a grocery store is not the best financial move. Even a few dollars a week will add up to a couple of hundred dollars a year. How do you get a subscription to your favorite magazine and save money? What if you don’t have a favorite yet?  How do you choose? Which magazines are worth your time and money? How do you even know if you get a good deal? Read on to find the answers to all of your magazine subscription questions.

Rule #1
Look for FREE subscription offers. Free is the best deal you can get. Free is unbeatable. A lot of websites give away free magazine subscriptions regularly. A lot of magazines will offer you a free subscription to lure you in and it may be worth taking advantage of.

Rule #2
Don’t buy directly from the source or a newsstand. However backwards that sounds, in the magazine world that is exactly the right strategy. Generally speaking, if you buy a magazine subscription directly from the publisher, you will pay at least $2-5 more. For example, buying a digital copy from the National Geographic website directly will cost you $12 a year, but by going to a third party discount magazine subscriptions service, you can get it for less than $10.

Rule #3
Read the ads carefully and do the math. For example, $1 for an issue of Time magazine for 12 weeks sounds like a good deal, but considering that this deal will only last 3 months, you will end up paying considerably more for a yearly subscription this way. Often times, the longer the subscription, the better deal you get. Some magazines will offer a 2-year subscription for a significant discount.

Rule #4
Watch out for automatic subscription renewals. Most magazine subscriptions will automatically renew after a certain period of time, keep that in mind. You may get a $2/year awesome deal today, but when that subscription comes to an end, it will automatically renew your subscription at a full price. So getting that free subscription will end up costing you more and become pointless if you end up paying a full price later anyway.

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