Another alternative to paying the cover price of a magazine you continue to buy month after month is subscribing. I'm grabbing a calculator....Let's do math!:
Cosmopolitan newsstand cover price: $3.99 per issue --> $47.88 for 12 issues
Cosmopolitan subscription: $15 / 12 issues = $1.25 per issue
A great example of saving money without completely giving up the fun extras --& maybe you can use the extra cash for sweets!