Do you recommend doing free magazine trials as a way to get free magazines?

No, I only recommend that you do free magazine samples because a free magazine trial means that you are automatically billed when the free trial period ends. It’s difficult to remember to cancel those free trials at the right time, so I just don’t recommend them. How can you tell the difference? Look for that keyword “trial” and stay away from the offer if you see that word.

Some readers are confused when they get renewal request for their free magazine samples. This is by design of the magazine publisher. They format that request to look like a bill (but it isn’t) to hopefully sway you into paying for a subscription renewal. If you ever have a question about a renewal notice you receive, then the best thing to do is call the magazine’s customer service center. The keywords to look for on those magazine renewal notices that tell you it’s not a bill are “renewal request” and “rate adjustment”. Don’t be fooled by the due date they put on the renewal request, it still doesn’t make it a bill.

Do you have any more questions about the differences between free magazine trials and free magazine samples? Ask away by leaving a comment!

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