Monday, November 5, 2007
The Queen is Dead, Long Live the King
(left: Jane, who is gone; Nylon, who is here to stay)
I had a very sad moment this summer when I learned of the demise of my all-time favorite magazine, Jane. I’ve been reading Jane since the late-80’s, when it was called (oh, the lameness) Sassy. Thank God they changed it up to Jane. Carrying around a magazine named Sassy was just humiliating.
Jane/Sassy is no more; the last edition was in August. It wasn’t the best entry in Jane-world, but it WAS their all-nude edition (read it to see what I mean). And now, SOB, it’s all gone.
So what should I read instead, I ask you? Well, I discovered all on my own, with no one’s help, Nylon – my new favorite magazine. It’s hip, funny, and liberal, all without taking itself too seriously. Kinda like Jane, but with a male editor. And they write about inexpensive fashion, which makes this Chick very happy.
You would think, me being frugal and all, that I would now purchase a subscription to Nylon. But see, I just don’t work that way. I need to go to the store and BUY my magazines – that’s what makes them special, like a treat for being good. You know, “you ate vegetables and worked out today, you can buy this week’s Life and Style.” So even though I read Lucky, Allure and now Nylon every month, I do not and will not get a subscription for them. Yes, EVEN THOUGH IT’S CHEAPER.
But I still have found a way to save money with my weird magazine-buying habit. I get them all (except for Nylon, cuz they don’t carry it) at Target. Target gives you an automatic 10% discount on all their magazines. It’s a savings! Albeit a small one compared to just buying a subscription. Look, I’m sure you all have strange compulsions, too. Don’t be all judgy.
Target also gives you discounts on books, too – 20%, 25% and 30%, depending on the book. For example, paperbacks are 25% off the cover price, even if the books aren’t marked with a Target Bookmark sticker. They mark the discount on the price sticker on the back of the book, so you can see your savings. I love to see my savings! It gives me a warm fuzzy.
There you go, yet ANOTHER reason to shop at Target. They really need to start paying me for this blog.