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If you have completely exhausted your gift budget, but still have a gift or two to give, here is an idea for you: FREE magazine subscriptions!
My rule of thumb for a magazine is not to pay more than $5 for one year. Of course, FREE is always preferred around here and Recyclebank makes it really easy to earn great free magazines.
Right now they have tons of popular magazines for 115 points each:
Good Housekeeping, Whole Living Road & Track, Bazaar, Seventeen, Popular Mechanics, Town & Country, Everyday Food and Car & Driver
If you haven’t signed up for Recyclebank yet, you can easily earn enough points (a total of 490) for 4 free magazines by completing all the active point earning opportunities! (It will take a few minutes, but hey, it’s a free gift!)
Available Recyclebank Earn Opportunities
Green Your Seasons New Years Tab – 90 Points
Green Your Seasons Winter Tab – 90 Points
Green Your Seasons Autumn Tab – 90 Points
Coca-Cola Artic Home – 25 Points
Suave & Brita Turn Off the Tap – 50 Points
Kashi Challenge – 10 Points
Ziploc Quiz – 20 Points
Qtips Composting – 25 Points
New Way to Gift Wrap – 10-15 points
Paper Pilot Video – 25 Points
Aveeno Facebook Pledges – 50 Points
One tip if you want to give the magazine as a last minute stocking stuffer: Head to Amazon and search for the magazine you get with the Recyclebank points. Look for the line that says “Giving a gift?” and easily print a gift notification card like the one above to let your recipient know to expect their first issue. (They say Amazon on them, but the gift recipient doesn’t have to know it didn’t cost you anything!)