Well, this was a frugal decision for me because I noticed that I had gone from just buying Cosmo when I liked the cover model, to buying it every month just 'cause. When you subscribe it costs like $2 an issue, and when you buy it every month it costs like $4.99 or something.
I'm not going to defend my love of this extremely trashy, fantastic periodical, but let's just say that Helen Gurley Brown (the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan) is one of my life icons and buying this magazine supports her life's work of teaching everybody to be both fabulous and trashy.
Helen Gurley Brown: spreading fabulosity since 1922
Anyway, so I was considering not subscribing again this year. I had a long time to consider this, as I've been getting "OMFG YOUR SUBSCRIPTION IS GOING TO RUN OUT! FOR REALS THIS TIME!" letters and emails from Cosmo for about 3 months. Weighing the pros and cons, I ultimately decided to re-subscribe for the following reasons:
- it's like $2 an issue
- it's nice to get real mail, not flyers, in my mailbox every month
- good to read in the bathroom (I wouldn't want to read it on my laptop in the bathroom, that seems unsanitary)
- exercise tips!
And OK, also, really, really trashy sex articles.
As part of my 2012 vague not-actually-formalized resolution, I would like to get some muscles this year. And I thought, "Wait, isn't there a part in Cosmo every month where celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson shows you exercises you can do?" Yes, indeeed. FYI - it's usually on around page 155.
So, I went through my stack of old Cosmo magazines and found all of the exercise pages. I did "tighten up your triceps" today, and on top I have "tone your booty - fast!" and "look long and lean." I might go through and rip out those pages and have my own personalized exercise plan.
Anyway. I decided that a $24 subscription is a fun indulgence that makes me happy and is worth the (very slight) investment. If that means I have $24 less to spend on groceries or whatever. These little indulgences help keep me more happy and therefore, are worth it.
Plus, there are totally good hair tips in there *and* those fun stories about embarrassing things people do. And informative articles about numerous interesting things including, yes, "untamed va-jay-jays."