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Subscription Length: 1 year
  • Format: Magazine
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  • Publisher: Time Direct Ventures
  • ASIN: B00005R8BR
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311 of 320 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Being simple is a lot of work . . . January 7, 2002
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I'll admit it -- I buy every issue of this magazine. The title, however, always calls up a wry grin. The simple lifestyle the book advocates isn't all that easy! To achieve it you'll have to go buy the materials for the magazine's simplifying project, then re-arrange your house so you have a place to work on the project (which naturally requires purchasing even more things) and then finally you'll have to find the time to actually complete the project. Of course, to find the time you'll have to buy a new wall calendar and clock and Rolodex. I think the magazine has hit the American pluse on the button -- spend limited money and time to help better organize limited money and time, all while reminding yourself how beneficial and FUN all this work is. Oh, and don't forget to turn your repeated shopping trips to Target into "quality time" with your two-year-old in the process. So what do I do with the magazine? I'll go home after a tough day at work, and enjoy a cup of off-the-shelf non-gourmet herbal tea (cracked coffee mug, water heated in cheap saucepan with missing handle) and fantasize about leading the kind of lifestyle the magazine portrays. I read about gifts to buy the boss (as if!) and about knitting scarves, and all those premanufactured pastel "lifestyle accessories." The latest issue has advice on picking chocolates. I have one word on the subject -- Hershey's. The whole magazine is far outside my salary, and the total opposite of my garage-sale Western-omelet-at-Denny's lifestyle. It's escapism, pure and SIMPLE.
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753 of 796 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Recommends High-Priced Unnecessary Items March 5, 2009
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I am a strong proponent of living a simpler, less stressed life and I was really happy when I saw an entire magazine was dedicated towards the simple life. After reading it, though, I think what they meant to say was that this is the way to spend money and feel better about yourself.

An idea for avoiding dishes? Buy lots of coffee filters, line your mixing bowls with them and throw them away when you're done. This turns us into a disposable lifestyle, not a simple one. Need to figure out if a window is sunny enough for a plant? Buy a $60 device that (I kid you not) plugs into the dirt, records the sunlight for you and then plugs into your USB port to tell you what it saw. There's an article on an interracial marriage which doesn't sound simple to me, and while it's cool, it doesn't help me learn anything about living more simply.

How about dressing simply? They want you to buy an $85 pair of flats and a $68 belt. Maybe a $70 pair of shorts.

Some articles are helpful. How can you spot a fake bill? Might be useful to know. Other articles miss out on basics. They talk about how a pound of sugar was 12 cents in 1960 and is now 52 cents - but they say nothing at all about what it WOULD be adjusted for inflation. Is this higher than before? Lower? Nobody knows.

There are good tips in here. Go to your library and use their vast resources for free. Negotiate with your health care provider for lower costs. Use local playgrounds for exercise and fun. Bring your lunch, don't eat out. Even so, you turn the page and they're suggesting $200 blazers as cool items for the simple household - blazers that, honestly, most of us would only wear once or twice given its color and what it would go with in a given season. Never mind the $400 giant black jumpsuit.
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582 of 640 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Real Simple is simply about buying stuff June 23, 2003
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Subscription Term Name:1 year
I subscribed to this magazine for a year and enjoyed my first few issues, but I soon noticed that all of the ideas for "leading a simpler life" involved purchasing expensive products. You might as well just flip through a Pottery Barn catalog. They both offer the same fantasy -- "What a stress-free, genteel life I could lead if only I had closet organizers and all-white furniture!" Eventually I simplified my life by letting my subscription run out.
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186 of 205 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Real Simple? April 20, 2007
By Gil
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Don't get me wrong..I love the two hard cover books, Real Simple Solutions and Real Simple: The Guide to Organized Living. They are gems. However, the magazine simply betrays it's words. As one rater stated, it seems like the reader is cajoled into buying un-needed expensive products, and my god..the magazine is cluttered with ads and inserts, plus it is very hard to turn the pages and read. I realize ads are necessary, but this is extreme, especially for a magazine that supposedly promotes a less complicated and cluttered life for it's readers.
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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Real Simple Vs. Voluntary Simplicity December 16, 2003
By A Customer
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I subscribed to this magazine believing that it would have advice relating to scaling back and living better with less. However, this magazine is definitely geared towards women who don't mind paying $200+ for "the perfect white shirt" and are strugging to create a savings plan with six-figure incomes.
That being said, I love the recipes, the meal planners are excellent, and the organization tips I've found useful too. A fun magazine, as long as you don't take it too seriously.
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94 of 104 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Long time subscriber April 19, 2009
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I subscribed to Real Simple from the first issue for several years. At first it had some great unique ideas, and some really cool decorating ideas. Then, shortly after the second year, they seemed to run out of ideas. Unfortunately, they kept publishing anyway. The ideas rerun so often, if I flip through one now I find the SAME recipes (ravioli lasagna) and SAME tips they had the first year. Huge disappointment. If you are interested, don't commit for more than a year!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars I did not order this
I did not order this
Published 1 day ago by Theresa Harley
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Real Simple
I fully agree with many other reviewers on here that the name of this magazine is somewhat of a betrayal of its contents. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Mia Moore
2.0 out of 5 stars I subscribed to real simple and I have to agree ...
I subscribed to real simple and I have to agree with all the other reviews however their was a article in this issue that has had me wanting to stop all issues. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Magazine
Love this magazine. It's very practical, as well as fun and pretty.
Published 25 days ago by AmaFan
5.0 out of 5 stars Tons of Ideas and Tips
Tons of ideas and not enough time to implement. Love all the tips and great photography in Real Simple. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Fishin' Fool
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this magazine!!! One well worth reading.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Like most paper publications these days
Like most paper publications these days, the magazine is more full of advertisements than real articles, but it is well done and kind of fun - particularly for the price I paid.
Published 1 month ago by Susan P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wife likes
Published 1 month ago by GT Cartledge
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favs!!
Cannot go wrong with this magazine. What's NOT to love?!?!?!
Published 1 month ago by Nancy M Hood
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Like the magizine, and good value.
Published 1 month ago by Sharon L. Parys
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