Katie emailed me with this earlier this week:
I just received a letter from the Denver Post informing me that my subscription to the Sunday paper was going up to $16.26 for 3 papers. Just wondering your opinion on this. I’m thinking maybe I should only get 2 papers now to save money! Any thoughts?
I replied to her but then thought I might as well share my thoughts with the rest of you, because I’m guessing Katie isn’t the only one thinking about this!
My subscription to the Denver Post expired a few months ago, and as of yet, I haven’t renewed it. Because we have been busy with moving and renovating, I haven’t had as much time to clip and use coupons, so I decided rather than have yet another weekly task on my agenda, I’m mostly just taking a break from coupons right now. (I still use some printable coupons, but I’m not generally using newspaper coupons.)
I might have renewed by now, but I have to admit that the price has kept me from doing so. They aren’t offering many subscription discounts these days, and I just can’t stomach paying the newsstand price when I’m using fewer and fewer coupons. Let me be clear that I still think that even paying up to $2.00 per newspaper would be worth it if you are actively using coupons, but the margins are getting closer.
Another thing to consider is that, according to a blog reader, they are no longer allowing you to put your newspaper on hold and extend your subscription – they will hold your paper and deliver it when you take the hold off. That’s all fine and dandy if you want to read the already day-old news two weeks later, but if you want to put it on hold because there aren’t any coupons that week, you are basically paying for nothing because you can’t tack on your hold weeks to the end of your subscription like you used to be able to.
I don’t think that’s a huge deal when you have one subscription, but if you have multiple subscriptions because you want multiple coupons, having to pay for a week where there aren’t any coupons could make a significant impact on your cost versus benefit.
I’ve been talking to a company about being able to offer discount deals to the Denver Post again (we can only offer gift card rebates, not actual discounts). I am hoping to eventually be able to begin offering those again, but right now, I’m not confident that it can be a win-win-win (you-me-them) with the way prices are and the way they are changing things like vacation holds.
So, that’s my take on the Sunday paper. I still highly recommend subscribing to the Denver Post over other newspapers, because as a larger-city newspaper they have coupon inserts with many more coupons. And, I still think it’s worth the savings, even paying full price, if you are using a handful of coupons every week. But, it does seem like a newspaper subscription is becoming a little less attractive.
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