Advantages Cheap, has real-life stories, loads of puzzles
Disadvantages None for me
|Quality of journalism|
|Quality of features|
|Value for money||Excellent|
|Quantity of advertising||Low|
Take a Break is a weekly magazine with real-life stories and puzzles + competitions included. This magazine is mainly aimed at women but you see a lot of male people entering the competitions and winning the prizes! So there is something for any age, any person! My grandad, however, reads this and regularly enters the competitions so it really is something for everyone. I mostly read this at night time when I can't sleep & I find it very relaxing!Take a Break is made by H Bauer Publishing alongside Bella,_ that's life!_, eat_in_, tv choice and Total TV guide. Take a Break was launched in 1990 and the original price was 35p. Today, Take a Break costs a mere 82p but is still one of the cheapest magazines you can buy. There are double issues for christmas and new year as well as Take a Break's Fate & Fortune and Take a Break's Fiction Feast.
The front cover of Take a Break features a female model smiling with the Take a Break logo on the left side. The top of the magazine has a story with no picture with the title: OUR LIVES. Below the logo you get approx. 5 real-life stories with a few pictures. The price (82p) is on the top-right of the mag with the prices for abroad, (Spain and Canaries) below. The prices for abroad are between 2.25 and 2.35 euros so best if you're going to Spain etc. it is best to get a copy at the airport before you go.
The main bit of the magazine, firstly is 'Take a Break World' where people send in their best photo's in exchange for money. Also 'your lives' is to show where all of the true stories are in the magazine.
1 page on beauty labeled as 'the most honest beauty advice around' with recommendations on make-up or body moisturisers etc.
You're Telling us: A reader vote page with questions such as 'Would a woman propose to a man?' or 'Do you believe in ghosts?' People send in answers with a Yes, No or Not Sure answer.Katie Fraser's Take a Buddy: A problem page when people send in their problems and Katie Fraser's friends answers for them giving them advice.
Cookery: Cooking tips and recipes for money saving baking ideas. Ideal if you're the cooking kind.Our Free Time: A page of the weeks best telly, films and fun things to do. Written up quite well with a good story behind it.
Travel: A great pick on the best places to stay in the UK for shorts breaks, a.k.a. weekends. Some are picked for Best for fun: Best for sightseeing: Best for couples: and Best for shopping:Dena's life stars: Horoscopes, Approximately 8 lines per star sign with a competition at the bottom of the page.
We've got mail! A page on letter's sent in by Take a Break readers, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, some in the middle.
Mega Snap: Win 25x£50, you have to find the photo in the weeks Take a Break and you win £50.Star Car: Win a car every week if you can figure out the crossword and the letters for the word needed to win.
£3000 Big Bonanza: A fitword puzzle and the word that dose'nt fit in the grid is the winning word. If you win, you have a choice of 13 different puzzles such as weekends away or cash or toys etc.Oops, I shrunk the puzzle!: A puzzle has shrunk and the pictures have got bigger, you have to figure out the picture and spell out a word which is the winning word. Prize is 2x£500 cash.
Code Breaker: Discover the winning word and win £500! Your Big Relax: Write in the answers following the arrows and find a word with the yellow squares, this is the winning word and you can win £2500!Question Time: Answer the 20 questions using the answers below and one answer is spare, this is the winning answer, write in the entry coupon and be in the chance of winning £1000!
Shop till you Drop: Do the sodoku and win £1500 worth in shopping vouchers of you're choice!There is a puzzle where you have to do the crossword and find a word with the yellow squares. When you find the word, write it in the entry coupon and be in the chance of winning £100! I've forgotten the name of it though!
Win it!: 5 prizes to win with no need to do anything! Just tick the box(es) and you have a chance of winning, with nothing to do at all! With this you can win things like BaByliss elegance hair straighteners, exercise bikes, HD TV's and Dyson ball upright vacuum cleaners, you know that sort of thing. I always enter this, (some of the prizes would make great birthday or christmas presents).
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