How to read The Wall Street Journal online for free, and other newspaper tips

tricks for reading the newspaper online free and getting cheaper subscriptions
tricks for reading the newspaper online free and getting cheaper subscriptions

With media mogul Rupert Murdoch increasing the number of his newspapers that charge for online content, as his Wall Street Journal does, it's just a matter of time before more newspapers start charging to read online.

Jim Wang of Bargaineering has found a workaround to read the Journal for free online. I also have my own methods to get major discounts off newspaper subscriptions at home, which I've been doing for more than two years with the New York Times. But first, here's Wang's method for reading any Journal article for free online:

Most WSJ online articles have small keys next to them, showing that it's subscriber content only and that a subscription is needed to read beyond the first few paragraphs. Subscriptions are $1.99 a week for online only, $2.29 per week for print only, or $2.69 per week for both.

The subscriber wall isn't present when visiting WSJ via a link from one of its partners, even though the URLs are the same.

To read a WSJ story for free, copy and paste the headline of the article into a Google search. The first result will usually be the WSJ article. Click through and read the article in its entirety for free.