Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I Just Saved $5? $10? a Week... Depending on How Much New York Times Delivery Actually Costs

Sometimes it's so satisfying to find some small money leak that you can fix. I realized that just didn't need my weekend newspaper delivery any more-- I tend to be with Sweetie, and by the time I'm back at my place, the papers have been thrown out or stolen and I've already read Sweetie's copy. So why keep paying for that?? I switched to a Monday-Friday subscription. A few dollars a week may not seem like much, but it adds up over time, and why waste any money, however small the amount?

But how much money did I actually save? Here's an interesting tidbit I discovered along the way. According to the Times' website, the regular, undiscounted price for a 7-day a week subscription price is supposedly $21.20--the website quotes a $10.60 per week price but says it increases to the regular price after an introductory 12-week period. The Monday-Friday price is $11.20 ($5.60 intro). The Saturday-Sunday-only price is $11.40 a week ($5.70 intro). But I have only been paying $42.40 a month, or I guess every 4 weeks, as that is 4X the $10.60 rate above. I'm well past any initial promotional rate, so I don't know why this is the case. But it means my savings for canceling weekends is actually only $5. But at least I am still paying less than the cover price, which is $1.50 Monday-Saturday, and $5 on weekends, which comes to $14 a week. (The Times recently announced they'll raise the price to $2/$6 as of June 1, though home delivery prices supposedly won't change just yet. OOPS-- I wrote this a couple of days ago, but since then, I've gotten a delivery price increase notice!)

In any case, my original point still holds: it's nice to save a few bucks, however you can!


Anonymous said...

save yourself more money and stop reading the new york times. They only spit out their liberal agenda and will not report at any other angle.

Jeremy Burlingame said...

Why not cancel altogether and get your news online?