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Real Simple magazine - yay or nay?

post #1 of 40
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i have briefly flipped through the pages of Real Simple magazine while at checkout stands but never bought an issue... i am pretty much an anti-consumerist & i just was annoyed by all the mainstream adverts in it. i was wondering if it IS any good as far as making good decluttering suggestions?
post #2 of 40
I have only read a couple of issues, but my impression is that it's geared toward people who are willing to spend a lot of money to live "simply." My idea of simplicity involves frugality and I couldn't stand the magazine, personally.
post #3 of 40
Nay. Ditto the above post. I like the magazine for some good entertainment in a waiting room or something, but I wouldn't subscribe. Sure there were some decent suggestions sprinkled throughout, but mainly it was about all the crap you need to buy to make things easier for yourself, and how to make your fabulous dinner parties more simple. Maybe when I start having fabulous dinner parties the magazine will hold more appeal.
post #4 of 40
I looked through it at checkout also. And then showed it to me husband and was like, "Real Simple, and it is the thickest magazine here. Does that make sense?"
I am glad to see that other people haven't been impressed and that I didn't miss anything.
post #5 of 40
Nay, for the above reasons. It actually used to be a pretty good magazine, but the goal of magazines is to succeed with advertisers, not readers, and Real Simple has certainly done that. That said, you might keep your eye out for a book they put out about organizing that collects a lot of tips from their past issues (or get the Martha Stewart "good things" book about organizing).
post #6 of 40
I agree with all the above reasons. In one issue I read they recommended buying $50 one-size pillowcases to solve the problem of having two many different size pillow cases.

Can you get some issues from the library?
post #7 of 40
Real Spendy? Yeah, I check it out of the library, sometimes.

Who needs it cluttering up the place?

Besides, their idea of an "affordable" solution usually makes me laugh...

But, there are often a few good tips in Real Simple that can be adapted to the real world.

alsoSarah
post #8 of 40
I looked thru one and it has more advertisements than any other magazine I've ever read.

It offers some simplifying techniques, but like several PPs said, they seem to involve spending lots of money.
post #9 of 40
I recently bought an issue. There are always a few neat ideas in the magazine, but nothing that isn't common knowledge. Most of the ideas are already available on the net. The magazine is thick, but don't let that fool you into beleiving that there is a lot of content. It's laid out like: Article, ad, ad, ad, article, ad, ad, 1 page spread, ad, ad, ad, recipe, ad, ad, ad, ad, etc etc etc.

And like others have said, their methods for "simplifying" usually include purchasing the expensive products that they advertise in the magazine.

Real Free
post #10 of 40
One of their readers examples of simplifying her life:

Quote:
Just Do Less
I got rid of my husband, hired a fabulous nanny and let her run my house, began buying in bulk, got to know my daughter's teachers, did not join the Junior League, got a personal trainer, and found a contractor and landscaper who were very good and trustworthy. I let go of a lot of stuff, and I realized I didn't have to do everything, just a couple of key things really well
Yeah....
post #11 of 40
Yeah, definitely a library only read. Plus all those mags just run the same articles over and over. Go get the Jan 2006 issue from the library and it will be just like reading the Jan 2007 issue!
post #12 of 40
I do subscribe to RS. : I like their photographs of interior space, and their decorating tips are helpful to me because I have very little sense of what makes a room comfortable and attractive. I don't usually do the recipies because they're not very kid-friendly, but I like thinking about new cooking techniques, so I do read them.

Sometimes I like having a little fantasy world to retreat to, and the ideas in RS qualify as fantasy to me!

But honestly, I like Natural Home *much* better in terms of its eco-friendly focus, the interesting articles on green building techniques, the interviews... it's a better magazine, IMO.
post #13 of 40
I stopped looking at it back in 2003 when they said in an article about simplying- Dont breastfeed. I know this is dragging out a dead horse and beating it but thats IMHO.

And yes the ads ads ads would not be a great thing to me.
post #14 of 40
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I stopped looking at it back in 2003 when they said in an article about simplying- Dont breastfeed. I know this is dragging out a dead horse and beating it but thats IMHO.

And yes the ads ads ads would not be a great thing to me.
I lost a whole lot of restpect for them with that...obviously the people who wrote that haven't had many natural/successful breastfeeding experiences.

I think of all I have avoided by nurturing my baby at the breast. I have never bought any baby bottles/warming devices/other formula feeding gear...PLUS...what is more simple about feeding a baby rather than lying down and snuggling. Nothing to get up, mix, store, buy, wash...etc. Plus, there's always the fact that my breastfeeding babies hardly ever get sick in comparison to formula fed kiddos...yep, you know sick babies are real simple to take care of. I think they really MISSED the mark on that one : .

Otherwise if someone is interested I would check it out at the library.
post #15 of 40
Another 'nay' for Real Simple (although I am a subscriber, this may be the last year for me). I'm also put off by the number of ads.

I wish I could find a replacement for Organic Style magazine. I just sadly put a few of the back issues in the recycling bin.
post #16 of 40
I've never heard of "Natural Home" magazine. I'd love to hear more about it . . .
post #17 of 40
I've gotten copies of RS second-hand from my MIL (she subscribes) and I actually found some of their suggestions quite useful (e.g. some creative suggestions on how to repurpose certain items). Yes, there are LOTS of ads and it seems the publication is apparently littered with some anti-AP and eco-living messages (I hadn't noticed them in the few issues I've seen, but that's a shame).

My MIL loves their simple recipes, but they're not very useful to me. Dh and I are veg, and their recipes usually aren't. (And I much prefer my Veg. Times magazine or the "What's For Dinner Tonight?" thread here at MDC if I'm running out of ideas!)

I'd love to check out Natural Home, too!
post #18 of 40
hell nay. i do look at it at work....(the library) but i wouldn't ever pay the exorbitant price for it.....
post #19 of 40
I thought it was great when it first came out, but I can't it now. Don't know if its me thats changed, the magazine or probably both!
post #20 of 40
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Originally Posted by Amys1st View Post
I stopped looking at it back in 2003 when they said in an article about simplying- Dont breastfeed.
Umm, what??? I don't know about that. Fill me in! :

My mom bought me a subscription for xmas because she was getting one and they were buy-one-get-one-free. I agree with everyone else that it is all about advertising and buying new, expensive things to "simplify." Ugh. Pretty pictures, though. I sometimes find that inspirational.
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