ShopSmart Magazine – Simple, Fun Shopping Advice! + Giveaway


When I first got married and was buying a lot of big expensive “firsts” like a microwave, vacuum, VCR and car, I fully relied on shopping advice from the Consumer Reports shopping guide. I even subscribed to it that first year.

It never failed me when I followed its advice, so when they introduced the quick and easy shopping guide, ShopSmart Magazine about 8 years ago, I picked one up off the newsstand, and have been buying it and following its shopping advice ever since.


What I love most about the magazine is that they’ll tell you if something is “crap”. (My word, not theirs.) ShopSmart is about helping you spend your money wisely on products that are worth it.

I’ve learned which sunscreens and bug sprays are the best, which store brands beat big brands and how to pick the perfect paint. It’s stuff we all want to know, and it’s presented in a visually striking way.

ShopSmart how to pick the perfect paint

Plus, it’s totally honest.

ShopSmart promise

The current May issue contains goodies like the best dark chocolate bars, how to save money on window treatments and advice on what to do with your old electronics.

ShopSmart magazine best dark chocolate taste test

When I first started buying ShopSmart, it was only available quarterly, but now it’s published six times a year! I can’t say enough good about it. Truly. I absolutely love it!

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It would make an AWESOME Mother’s Day gift!

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ShopSmart DISCOUNT DEAL:  Subscribe HERE to your choice of 5 issues for $15 or 10 issues for $25.  



One winner will receive a one year subscription to ShopSmart Magazine.


This post and giveaway is sponsored by ShopSmart Magazine. All opinions are my own.

RULES: Giveaway ends 11:59 pm ET, May 18, 2014. No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia, Eighteen (18) years of age or older. Void where prohibited by law. One lucky winner will be chosen using One entry per household and IP address. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Cheating will not be tolerated, and entries will be verified for accuracy. I will email the winner and they will have 48 hours to respond to the notification email, or a new winner will be chosen. Entering this giveaway means you are in agreement with this blog’s Terms of Use policy.


  1. Jennifer Reed says

    What I think I will like about the ShopSmart Magazine the most is the honest product reviews and expert opinion pieces that it has. I like that the content is not jaded by advertisers.

  2. Claire McKeon says

    I love the fact that the magazine provides unbiased opinions. I am always suspect that advertisers are behind recommendations in certain magazines.

  3. Buddy Garrett says

    I think I will like the recommendations on which brands to buy. It is great that they will tell you what is crap.

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