I don't favour any particular supermarket but I do tend to do most of my shopping in either Sainsbury's or Tesco's, mainly because they both offer reward points and I quite like both of their home delivery services.
When I do my shop at Sainsbury's though I always pick up one of their monthly magazines. They are usually situated amongst the other cookery magazines or at the tills. I've even been known to forget that I have already bought the one on show and been very disappointed when I got home to realise I had already read it!! Silly me!!
I am currently looking at the June edition (they usually go on sale the previous month so you get Junes in May and Julys in June. The current edition has a beautiful picture of Mexican Style Salmon on the front and I have to say that I think the food photography throughout the magazine is fantastic!! Even if you don't attempt to make any of the delicious recipes you can drool over them.
~~~So what else do you get?~~~
There is a bit of something for everyone in the magazine although it is a predominantly food magazine. There is a little bit of fashion, fragrance, problem page, travel, homeware, gardening and much much more.
The focus is on beach wear and where to buy the pictured swimwear which of course, some you can buy in Sainsburys TU range but other shops are also featured. The feature also tells us what styles suit which kind of figures.
A selection of scents are shown and where to purchase and at what price.
Usually just one problem is featured where the resident agony aunt replies but also a panel of readers can give their advice too.
This is one area of the magazine I like reading but find the travel ideas they have are probably out of most peoples reach e.g there is a lovely write up about a mountain spa break in Spain and I thought "Ooh that sounds nice" , till I got to the end. "Rates start at £361 per night based on two sharing.!!! ....Oh well... a girl can dream.
There is an informative article on page 39 about a woman who has a new job as a florist and now grows many of her own flowers to use in her displays. I was interested in this as I have an allotment and would love to be able to have an area just to grow cut flowers.
If you are an avid reader there is even a section for you! The 'Reading Room' gives a round up of the best new releases and paperbacks. There is even a 'Reading Group' section where readers can go into more depth and discuss a particular book. Not my thing as once I have finished a book, I am straight onto the next one.
One of the other bits I am enjoying is a monthly catch up with Fiona Booth who has been following a 12 month fitness program. It brings us up to date with her progress so far, what exercises she has been doing and where she is struggling. More informative I think than some of these quick fix diets.
The cookery side of the magazine has a vast array of things to try and usually things that are in season. There are starters, mains, desserts and cakes. I'm sure most people could find something to have a go at. A selection of recipes are: Buffalo mozzarella and pea salad, Caramelised onion, potato and roast pepper tortilla, Chicken Waldorf Salad, Tuna with Salsa verde, broccoli and beans. There are many many more........far too many to mention here.
There are a few adverts in the magazine which is of course to be expected but I don't think there as many as in some glossy magazines. i think it's really good value and worth picking up with the shopping.
I think it's a clinch at only £1.60!! Yes £1.60!!!
There is a subscription offer but I really don't understand this. £20 for 12 issues plus a free gift but £1.60 x 12 = £19.20?? Well actually.. looking closer... the free gift is a Home Baking Book by Jo Wheatley (British Bake off winner) which is worth £16.99 so effectively you are getting that for 80p. If you buy magazine regularly I guess it's worth subscribing.
A great little magazine with some great recipes and features. Competitions and money off vouchers are also featured. Well worth the money!!
July's edition on sale on June 5th and may be of interest to families with lots of boys. An article on how to keep them fed. We all know growing boys can eat for England!
I have received the Sainsbury's Mag as a subscription gift from various members of my family for the last 4-5 years. I think it is an excellent buy -£1.40, compared to other lifestyle mags. It has abit of 'everything' in it, ranging from Cookery, Dr Mark Porters Health Advice, Recipe's, Home & Beauty, Holidays, Gardening, and lot's and lot's more..oh and last, but by no means least- Coupons! Ok they are usually Sainsbury's coupons, but I find that I can usually redeem around half of them, and the others I pass on to family & friend's along with the magazine. The only gripe I have is the amount of advertising that seems to be in most issues! But yet again compare it to other mags, and they all seem to have double page spreads on foodstuffs, hair and beauty, or the latest new tipples that are going to be hitting the supermarket shelves.
I would definately recommend this magazine, especially if you like a mag that's bursting with all kinds of everything! I look forward to it arriving through the letter box each month. And when the subscription is renewed there is usually a rather nice gift to come with it. To date I have received a rather large box of Swiss Chocolates, Luxury Scrabble game, Caffetaire, and Toiletries. One year though, I didn't receive the free gift, as the family member who 'kindly' orderded the gift subscription had decided to have the gift for themselves, much to my dismay! I embarassingly found out when I telephoned to enquire where my bottle of Vintage port was.....I already had the crackers & Stilton awaiting!!Needless to say were off the Christmas card list that year!
My mum loves the Sainsburys magazine but I've never picked one up to look at, I was bored sitting in the kitchen the other day though and too many beers the night before meant I couldn't be arsed to walk to the next room and put the tv on so I flicked through it.
My immediate thoughts was that it's a bit of a snobby magazine. The people who write the articles try to come across as fun but you can tell by reading that they're money people and that kind of goes with Sainsburys! lol
There are loads of recipes in each magazine, I've read 2 issues now and my mum said loads of the new meals we've been eating have come out of the Sainsburys magazine. The Xmas one for this year is on the shelf and I've just flicked through it, the recipes all look a bit posh to me and ask you to buy shedloads of ingredients that you probably wouldn't use again... and that's how they do their advertising through the book, it's all Sainsburys Mixed Spice, Sainsburys Taste The Difference Lamb and stuff. I'd DELIBERATELY go and buy the Asda versions just because of the blatent way they tell you to shop in Sainsburys! lol
The magazine is kind of like a cheap version of Marie Claire. It's deffo written for housewives with kids even though other people read it too. There are sections like in most of these types of magazines on stuff like beauty, gardening, cookery tips and a letters page. The first time I read this magazine I thought it was good for a free mag and was shocked out of my head when I realised it cost £1.40, I mean most of the supermarkets give their magazines out for free!!! This is a good mag but a bit of a rip off when it's just pages and pages of advertising for Sainsburys! lol
It has seasonal stuff in there too, like the gardening page will tell you what's good to grow NOW. That's good but it means a lot of the tips are out of date and so are quite a lot of the receipes, like the Xmas magazine has got stuff in that you just wouldn't WANT at any other time of the year! The recipes are a bit poncey I think anyway and aren't the sort of thing you'd eat on a normal day for tea, they have a few that my mum has tried and they've all been nice but it's stuff like breaded chicken that she could have got from anywhere.
Another thing that bugs me is that a lot of the recipes are adverts for brands like Silver Spoon or Stork so they don't all have the calories and other information. There are some animal biscuits I want to make out of the most recent magazine but they've got loads of icing and stuff so I wanted to know the calories in them before I made them.
Recommended... a good magazine but just a load of advertising really and they shouldn't charge for it. They should do it like the Boots magazine where you can get it free if you've got a Nectar card.
I just read my first ever Sainsbury's Magazine. Until now I thought it was merely self-advertising catalogue of Sainsbury's own products and didn't so much as browse through it while shopping. Finally, my husband bought it to me probably to help freshening up my household routine - bless him.
I read it nearly cover to cover and concluded it was one of the best women's magazines on the market consisting of not only great recipes made on tight budget, advice on many subjects including health issues, fashion, beauty news and fun ideas but also coupons redeemable with Sainsgury's shopping.
All that for only £1.40 an issue.
It is very attractive publication with full colour on glossy paper and it's far from self advertising content.
March edition contains one article on quite important household subject "The art of clever cleaning". All dos and don'ts of how to effectively clean your house without straining yourself. There is one special aspect of "emergency cleaning" with unannounced visits, when you have only a few min. to make the place presentable. All pointers are invaluable. Plus I never knew that banana skins are great for dusting leaves of houseplants and giving them a nice sheen.
I learned many things from the March issue of Sainsury's Magazine one of them being: it's worth buying it in future.
PS. This review is also published on www.remotesos.com.
The sainsburys magazine is a huge hit for me and I buy it every month without fail full of fabulous food recepies, ideas for dinner parties and cocktail parties, best buys, articles on travel, shopping and health.
The price of this magazine is the best bit because for a mere £1.40 this has to be the best magazine of its type for such an incredibly cheap price. Many magazines with similar content will be bordering on the £3-4 mark and so this one cannot be beaten on price or fun and informative articles.
Each month there are specific ideas for occassions for example this month they are focusing on pancake day recipies and mothering sunday with ideas for gifts and meals and then in december it was jam packed full of christmas food lists, ideas for a stress free christmas and clothing and beauty tips galore.
One thing I do love are the weekly ideas for meals which I can just flick through, choose what I fancy and buy the ingredients which are cheap and the recipies from top chefs such as nigel slater and gordan ramsey you can be sure to have a healthy, hearty but incredibly tasty meal, easy generally to.
I have bought many a magazine and kept the majority for the fabulous hints and tips on household things and everything in the kitchen. There have been articles on basic cake decorating but for fabulous looking cakes which has been a god send for me since my daughter started school and again this is tucked safely with the pile of other mags in my kitchen. This isnt just a magazine but an excellent household and kitchen resource hence again the best value on the market.
There are sometimes vouchers in the mags which can be used at sainsburys which is good, however as with all vouchers you might be only able to use them on the specific item advertsied.
I havent found a better magazine for the price and one that I can go back to and re read as well as take loads of hints and advice from. The best buy in sainsburys for sure!
At £1.40 per issue I find this magazine really good value compared to other magazines of similar content.
I first started buying it about 3 years ago, mainly for the recipes as I had 2 small children and was trying to get some ideas for family meals. The quick meals section is always particulary good as the recipes fit in well with family life and they are always nice seasonal recipes. There is always a couple of vegetarian options too.
As well as recipes there is a good selection of other articles on homes, living, health and relationships etc. So much so that it doesn't feel like a supermarket magazine. I like the way that it's not totally about food or Sainsburys products.
There is always on page of money off coupons to spend in store, my latest issue had just over £10 worth of coupons. There is a page of things to win as well as a good letters page - again not necessarily about Sainsburys.
I would certainly recommend putting one these in your trolley on your next visit to Sainsburys as it's great to put your feet up and have a cuppa after you've put all the shopping away!