Friday, 21 September 2012

Magazine grumble

Today in the supermarket I stopped for a glance around the magazine aisle and my eye was caught by a new magazine called 'The Simple Things'. I had a flick through and it looked OK, what you'd expect - recipes, gardening, things to make, places to go, articles on living more simply. All this for £4.99...! 

£4.99 to 'Embrace the simple life' as it says on the cover. Phew, that's a lot of money for people who are looking to simplify their lives.

I think it's great that more people are thinking about simplifying their lives and learning to appreciate  simpler things, it's a really positive change and a silver lining to the recession's grey clouds. But I think it's cynical to try to sell that lifestyle to people, to commercialise a lifestyle that includes more thoughtful, less rampant consumption. I know it's a trend like any other for many people, but selling a make do and mend, simplify your life kind of lifestyle in a £5 mag full of advertising kind of takes the piss.


  1. I have to say I fell for it, bought it to read when I was on holiday and thought it was a load of rubbish. I know it was the first issue but there wasnt much in there and I certainly wont be buying it again! If you want it (I think I still have it) send me an email at with your address on it and I'll pop it in the post to you!You can see what you think then!

  2. Couldn't agree more. People/industry will always try to make money off the back of things and I accept that, but 5 quid for a mag? yep, taking the piss. Most mags are too expensive for my budget, but I nick all my mums second hand when she has finished with them.