I admit it. I subscribe to Pop Photo, American Photo and Outdoor Photographer.
Basically, these magazines are so cheap, they practically give them away. I got a joint subscription deal to Pop Photo and American Photo and then once I subscribed they started sending me additional deals to extend the subscriptions for next to nothing. I think I'm paid up for about four years now on both of them.
I know many look down their noses at these consumer magazines, but I think you have to recognize them for what they are and accept that. Aperture they are not.
I treat them like this and other sites: they are for entertainment purposes. Sometimes I glean some good information from them, but I don't spend a lot of time on them. Mostly, it just gives me something to look forward to getting in the mail. (I'm of the generation that still likes getting mail.)
As for really useful information, I'd strongly recommend signing up for the Photoflex e-newsletters. If you have any interest in lighting at all, they have great how-to lessons. (Which of course conveniently encourage you to buy their products.)