Even though the internet (PFBlog included) is providing a wealth of information on any personal finance topics, personal finance magazines still has irreplacable value as it provides more organized information with more credibility.
You cannot get much wrong by following the crowd. According to data compiled by Media Distribution Services, the top selling personal finance magazines are:
Publication Name/# of Subscribers
Bottom Line Personal: $1,500,000
Kiplinger's Personal Finance: 1,072,471
Smart Money: 822,436
Better Investing: 326,804
Money Making Opportunities: 180,393
Financial Times (US): 140,136
Institutional Investor: 100,601
Working Money: 65,060
Personally, I am a loyal reader of Money, Kiplinger's Personal Finance and Smart Money. If you ask me for recommendations, Money should be a good starting point if you just start to explore the world of personal finance. If you have more time or fall in love with personal finance topics, Kiplinger's Personal Finance and SmartMoney are equally informative and extremely helpful.
All magazines offer at least one trial issue so you can taste and decide which is the best for you if you have limited bandwidth. I just ordered 6-issue free trial from Bottom Line Personal -- I am interested to find out why it can attract that many subscribers.
1. Never order your magazine directly from the magazine site or leaflets attached to the magazine. Most times best deals are not best deals at all.
2. Try MagazinePriceSearch.com to get some of the best deals (PFBlog report here). Currently the best deals are $14.95 for 13 issues of Money, $5.50 for 12 issues of Kiplinger's Personal Finance, and $5.40 for 12 issues of Smart Money.
3. Some great magazine deals can be found at eBay, too; just make sure you are dealing with sellers of good reputation.