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This was advertised as a great Mothers day present (10 March) and was purchased as such, 2 March.
The advertised free welcome gift came to me but had no gift card enclosed as advertised. I queried this but told the assistant that the card didn't matter as long as the monthly magazine went to the correct address. She assured me that it would be and the first magazine would be delivered end March, beginning of April.
I queried this 26 April as nothing had been delivered and received an apology that the first issue must have gone astray. I was assured that another would be posted out immediately and should arrive within a few days.
There has been no delivery as yet and it is now 11 May. This makes it look like I have ignored which is a fairly important date in my calendar!
I have used other magazine subscriptions as gifts in the past with no problems but this is my first dealings with this magazine. It will be my only one.
One of my best 50th birthday presents was from my children. They thought it would be highly amusing to give me a subscription to Saga Magazine, thinking that I would be distraught at being considered old enough to want to read it. Well, the joke backfired because instead of feeling that I was over the hill, this magazine filled me with hope for the future and I have been a subscriber ever since.
Saga Magazine must be one of the best kept secrets of the over 50s. It is full of interesting articles, tips and information, not just relevant to the over 50s either, but to everyone, and unlike many of the glossies aimed at younger age groups, this magazine is a triumph of substance over style.
By that, I'm not trying to say that Saga is unstylish, more that it hides its light under a bushell. The covers are usually understated and don't have useless free gifts taped to them. The May 2010 edition has the elegant and seemingly ageless Charlotte Rampling as the cover "girl", and inside there is just about something for everyone. The articles are written in a straightforward, no nonsense style and encompass every topic under the sun, from the usual fashion and celebrity interviews and gardening, travel and readers' letters to more topical subjects. It even has a lonely hearts column.
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of Dunkirk, there is an article in the May edition which I found particularly poignant, about one of the small ships involved in the Dunkirk evacuation. It's beautifully written and parts of it brought tears to my eyes, especially where it tells of some of the badly wounded soldiers being propped up so they could see the White Cliffs of Dover: the last view of home for many who didn't even survive the remaining few miles of the journey.
It isn't all doom and gloom though and many of the articles are much more light-hearted and always topical. Although most of the people featured are of a certain age, there is nothing old fogey-ish about the magazine at all. In fact, it is very encouraging to read of people years older than oneself who are still giving life some wellie.
There are often special offers on subscriptions and currently a year's subscription is £17.95 if paying by direct debit (£19.95 if paying by credit card), which is incredibly good value, working out at £1.50 a month.
What can I say, Saga Magazine is a darn good read, and is currently also darn good value for money.
I was introduced to Saga by a close friend. I enjoyed it so much that I became a subscriber myself. Just because it is targeted at people over fifty does not mean that it is boring or unstimulating. For people over fifty it is essential reading.
Saga deals with issues that are pertinent to the target age group. It champions and researches issues that the ordinary press sometimes ignore. At the moment it is working hard to improve the life of carers, providing respite care for those who have not had a holiday in years. It is also carefully monitoring the government's new policy on provision of care for the elderly (particularly the issue of selling your home to pay for care home accommodation).
Every issue is packed with interesting articles. Regular features include: fashion, makeup, cookery, gardening, travel, money and medical features to inspire the reader.
Saga encourages you to become involved by offering online articles. There is more news and information every week on the Saga website. This is particularly valuable as you can research more on money & health issues and ask relevant questions. You can also sign up for a free weekly email newsletter where you receive the latest news direct to your inbox.
I look forward to every issue because I know I'm in for a good read.
The Saga magazine concentrates on issues for the mature reader.
Health,money,home and Leisure,Lifestyle and the Community are just some of the topics covered.
As we all grow a little older there are many areas where we are entitled to a discount,Saga makes us aware of this and will point out where we may be able to save money.
Saga also has its own services to offer,specialising in Insurance cover,Travel,Money issues and Health.
Saga has an online community that is easily accessed.Called Saga Zone it is a way of keeping in touch with others,there are lively online forums,where you can put your point of view,write a web diary or even write your own blog.
Subscriptions are available,UK gift subscriptions and Overseas subscriptions too.
Saga magazine subscriptions are around £17.95 a year,so an inexpensive and interesting gift for someone special.
The magazine is crammed with interviews,letters,advice and puzzles ,and is certainly worth taking a look at .
Saga Publishing Ltd produce a great magazine that came through the letterbox free of charge. If you had to buy it, the cost would be £2.00GBP. The edition that I received has over 200 pages packed full of information for supposedly the over 50's. Although I think this magazine would also help other age groups as well as the age group it is aimed at. Adverts for all aspects of home life and outside interests are featured in the Saga magazine. There are 2 sets of contents pages. The first has the special features for that particular month. Whilst the second contents page refers to regular monthly features. At the front of the magazine are comments made by the Chairman and the Editor. These I really like, as they are down to earth and make you feel you want to read further. Some of the regular entries include: Gardening tips Sports items Cooking Prize crossword Finance Readers letters Holiday ideas And many, many more. Within the issue are adverts for cost-reduced motor insurance, healthcare, personal insurance, etc. Discounts also apply to recliner chairs, and adjustable beds. All these help us to save money and enjoy our later years in life. Another way we can save money is on buying a new car through a free-phone telephone call or visiting their web site on www.saga.co.uk. One of the regular features I find really interesting is the readers' letters section. In this section there is a £50GBP reward for the best letter written and published. The other main area of the Saga magazine I like to look at is the holiday centre. This identifies lots of hotels and places to visit with special discounted rates for Saga guests to enjoy. In this part the writers and publishers show lots of photos and plenty of useful details on the places to go to. Wining and dining are other features I like within the magazine, as they give you many opportunities to
read about different wines and food menus. Heath issues make you aware of what is available to keep you healthy in your aim to live longer. If anyone is nearing 50 then I do recommend the Saga magazine to you.
Saga Magazine: This magazine, although not available from the newsagents, is excellent value for money. Published monthly, it can be a boon for everyone, not just those it is aimed at, - as everyone can learn something from betweeen its covers. If you are wise enough to have SAGA insurance or if you have taken a SAGA holiday, then they’ll send you your first copy free of charge. I can recommend it to you as I have been reading it for a while now and it never fails to advise and entertain. This months edition (August 2000) covers issues as diverse as medicine in the Highlands of Scotland, a Bus that thinks it’s a train, cruising in the Mediterranean and the horrific account of Jill Baker’s experiences under the ‘care’ of the NHS. In addition to a varied range of articles there is also the usual 'readers letters', and 'advice columns' on finance, gardening and travel. In between its covers the SAGA magazine also has what it calls “Personal Views”, which are articles and columns from such well known names as: Katarine Whitehorn Sir Clement Freud and Keith Waterhouse As you can see from the above, there is never a dull moment when the SAGA magazine is in the house. A subscription costs 13:95 for 12 issues or 79:00 for a lifetime subscription, (which, as SAGA magazine is aimed at the “over-fifties” market, demonstrates a remarkably optimistic and 'up-beat'attitude to life.) Check out the SAGA web site for yourselves, it's never too early. GG