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Broward reader Sara Kloor is searching for discounts for children’s magazines, specifically “Sports Illustrated for Kids.” So far, the best price she found is $18 a year. She asks: Do you have any Web sites or other places to recommend?

I typically start comparison shopping by searching MagazinePriceSearch.com, which simultaneously checks prices of more than 2,000 magazine subscriptions at two-dozen online sources. Looking there recently, I saw almost 90 subscriptions listed for less than $5 yearly, including “Reader’s Digest” and kid-friendly “Family Fun.” But the lowest price it offered for “Sports Illustrated for Kids” matched that charged by the magazine’s Web site (SiKids.com) and Amazon.com — $19.95 a year. Try calling Magazines by Abe Greenberg at 800-457-3443 to see if it can do better.

If you already receive this subscription and you’re looking to renew, check the subscription postcards inserted into past issues to see if any offer a price that beats $18.

If that doesn’t work, consider changing tactics. If you have airline frequent-flier points you don't mind burning, you could get the magazine subscription for free. Do it through Magazines for Miles (800-250-3525 and MagsforMiles.com). Examples: A one-year “Sports Illustrated for Kids” subscription would require using 1,000 points from your American, Delta, United, US Airways or Continental Airlines frequent-flier account. It’d require 1,200 points from an Alaska Airlines frequent-flier account.

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