I’m In It For the Coupons

July 23, 2013 at 1:10pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The Missus and I have been slashing away at our family budget to help deal with a large hospital bill and the loss of 20% of my work hours. One of the items that got trimmed: our Journal Star subscription.

We opted to go with Wednesday and Sunday delivery, plus an online subscription for the rest. The Wednesday and Sunday papers have the best coupons. As a devout coupon-clipping family we’d lose money if we dropped those papers as well. Yes, we certainly could drop the online subscription and easily circumvent the journalstar.com paywall. It’s trivial to do. But this website relies on their content so I’m happy to pay a fair price for access to it. I do continue to use AdBlock while browsing their website, however; I’m no masochist.

I have to wonder how much longer the Journal Star will publish a Monday and Tuesday print edition. The Monday paper in particular lacks meat. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it go the way of the dodo in the near future. The Tuesday paper will probably hang around longer, if only for old time’s sake.

It’s weird not getting a daily newspaper. I have never not had a newspaper delivered to my door. I even subscribed when I lived in the dorms. But I have to admit that I don’t really miss it. You know what I mourn the most? Not having access to the Saturday crossword puzzle. Sitting in the living room with a dog by my side on a pleasant Saturday morning just won’t be the same without it.

I wonder how many of you folks still subscribe to the print edition of the Journal Star. Or how many of you actually pay for journalstar.com access. Or maybe you want to keep that last one a secret. grin

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Fletch July 23, 2013 at 1:51pm

I’m a paid 7-day a week subscriber. Have been for over 20 years. That’s why I will not pay for online access. I get why it comes with a fee, but that fee should be waived for paid fish-wrap subscribers.

Their paywall is about as effective as putting a fence along one side of your property to keep people out of your yard.

Lisa July 23, 2013 at 3:24pm

We have the Wed/Sat/Sun subscription. My husband would prefer we get the Wed/Sun + online but I’ll admit I like reading the Neighborhood Extra and would miss it on Saturdays.

George July 23, 2013 at 9:32pm

We are Wednesday & Sunday, however, I really wish they would just do a “coupons” edition with no newspaper.  I read everything online and the newspaper is never read.

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