I’ve been thinking about cancelling the newspaper subscription. I’m trying to watch my expenditure at the moment, and am wondering if it’s really worth the money, given a lot of the news I read is online.
The pros of the subscription
Cheaper than buying it every day.
I definitely love having the Saturday paper delivered and reading it in bed. I read a lot of the News section, Insight, A2, Domain, Good Weekend and Travel sections.
It’s nice having it on weekdays over breakfast when the kids are using both the computers.
I spot stuff in the paper edition that I either wouldn’t spot online, or isn’t published online.
In many cases, graphics and so on don’t get online either.
I’m supporting the less dominant newspaper in Melbourne, helping it survive.
At present it’s costing me $30 every four weeks, or about $390 per year. A fair bit of dosh over 12 months.
Sometimes the plastic wrap and the way the whole thing is rolled up tight is really annoying.
On any given day, I don’t read most of it. On weekdays I skim through the news section, and throw most of the rest of it straight into the recycling. I’m even increasingly not reading the Green Guide (though I do keep it for a week.)
I want to read more books, but rarely have time. Removing the newspaper from my train journey would give me some time for books.
So, what to do?
I’ll mull on it. Perhaps I should suspend delivery for a week and see how I go.
One option is to drop it back to one of the part-week subscriptions — Friday to Monday ($20 per four weeks; $260 per year) or just weekends ($15.99 per four weeks; $207.87 per year).
Irony: I wrote most of this post yesterday. This morning, for whatever reason, the paper hasn’t turned up. And I’m missing it.
PS. Hello to any Age journalists who might be reading!