How to Cancel a Reader’s Digest Subscription: Step-By-Step

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Reader’s Digest has long been one of the most popular magazines in America. Thanks to its combination of practical and informative articles, humorous essays, and general news coverage, it appeals to a broad audience.

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Perhaps you subscribe to the magazine yourself. However, maybe you’ve decided it’s time to cancel your Reader’s Digest subscription. Or, maybe you’re the executor of the estate of someone who recently passed. Canceling their various subscriptions may be among your executor duties.

Regardless of your reasons for canceling a subscription to Reader’s Digest, if you’re not sure how to go about doing so, this guide will help. Keep reading to learn how to cancel a Reader’s Digest subscription for yourself or a loved one who recently died.

Steps for Canceling Your Own Reader’s Digest Subscription

Canceling your Reader’s Digest subscription is a relatively straightforward process. All you have to do is follow these basic steps:

Step 1: Determine if cancelation is necessary

Again, canceling a subscription to Reader’s Digest is quite simple. The subscription will essentially “cancel” itself on its own if you are willing to wait for it to do so, which means if you don’t want to go through the process of canceling the subscription yourself, you might not have to.

Do you receive physical copies of the magazine (as a print subscription to Reader’s Digest also involves free digital access)? If so, check the address label on the latest physical copy you have received.

Above your name, to the right of your account number, you’ll find your subscription’s expiration date. It will appear as an abbreviated month and a year, such as “JAN22.” If the expiration date is near enough and you haven’t signed up to auto-renew your subscription, you could simply allow it to expire on its own.

Is this not an option? Or, are you not sure whether your subscription auto-renews, so you’d prefer to err on the side of caution by just canceling it now? If so, proceed to the next steps.

Step 2: Log in to your account

Even if you don’t have a strictly digital subscription for Reader’s Digest, you still likely have an online account. Again, a print subscription provides online access, so you must have set up an online account when you first subscribed. The only reason you might not have an online account would be if you subscribed to the magazine a long time ago before setting up an online account became standard.

Visit this page to log in to your online account. You can do so by providing either your account number and postal code or the address where you receive print copies of the magazine.

Step 3: Find the ‘Cancel My Subscription’ link

Once you’ve accessed your account, find the “Cancel My Subscription” link. It should be on the left side of the page. Click on it.

Step 4: Finish the cancelation

Once you’ve clicked on the link, you will be given the option to confirm that you want to cancel your account. Confirm the cancellation, and you’re all set!

Other options

The steps above describe the most common way Reader’s Digest subscribers cancel their accounts. However, that method is not the only option you have. If you’d prefer, you can instead email Reader’s Digest at customercare@rd.com. Be prepared to not only explain your request but also provide such information as your name, account number (if you have it), and delivery address.

You can also visit the Customer Call Center if you’d rather call the magazine to ask about canceling your Reader’s Digest subscription. However, canceling your subscription over the phone may require waiting for a customer service representative to be available. Any of the above methods are likely more convenient. You might only want to call customer service if you have specific questions that you can’t find answers to on the customer service FAQ page.

Steps for Canceling a Deceased Loved One’s Reader’s Digest Subscription

Knowing what to do when someone dies can always be challenging, particularly when you are responsible for handling tasks ranging from planning their funeral to canceling magazine subscriptions.

Canceling a deceased loved one’s Reader’s Digest subscription may not be as significant a task as arranging a funeral, but it’s one you might need to handle nevertheless. Follow these steps to do so:

Step 1: Check the expiration date

Again, if you were canceling a Reader’s Digest subscription for yourself, you could check the expiration date on the issue you most recently received to determine if it’s easier to simply wait and let the subscription expire on its own. You could do the same when canceling a deceased loved one’s Reader’s Digest subscription if you have access to the last issue they got in the mail.

Step 2: Access their account

Once more, it’s not always possible to determine whether a Reader’s Digest subscription will expire on its own or auto-renew. If you don’t have access to the latest issue your loved one received or you simply want to be confident their subscription won’t renew itself automatically, you can access their online account by visiting the log-in page linked in the above section of this guide. 

If you know the account number and postal code or the delivery address your loved one used for their Reader’s Digest account, logging into it should be fairly easy. You can then find the “Cancel My Subscription” link on the left side of the page. Click it, confirm you want to cancel the subscription, and the process should be complete.

(Tip: You and a loved one may share log-in information for your various subscriptions and online accounts if one of you passes and the other needs to cancel said subscriptions and accounts. To more easily keep track of this information, consider using a password manager tool.)

Step3: Contact Reader’s Digest directly

For various reasons, you might not be able to directly access a loved one’s Reader’s Digest online account. Or, maybe you just want to be sure that you thoroughly understand the cancelation process.

Email customercare@rd.com or head to the Customer Call Center if so. You can reach out to the magazine and let them know a subscriber has passed, and you are responsible for canceling their subscription.

You will typically need to provide the same basic information that the previous section of this blog mentioned if you choose this method. Prepare by gathering as much information as you can about your loved one’s subscription, such as where you believe they may have had print copies of the magazine delivered.

Just be aware that if you choose this method, you will need to offer some evidence to prove that the individual whose subscription you’re canceling has genuinely passed away. If you email the magazine, you can provide the necessary documentation by sending a link to their obituary or attaching a PDF of their death certificate to the email.

Our guide on how to get a death certificate will help if you’re unsure of how to obtain one. Even if you don’t need a death certificate to cancel a loved one’s Reader’s Digest account, the information in that blog entry may prove valuable anyway.

In our digital age, those left behind after a loved one passes away are often responsible for closing a large number of accounts. The fact that you may not need a copy of a loved one’s death certificate to cancel their Reader’s Digest subscription doesn’t mean you might not need a copy to cancel other accounts and subscriptions. Strongly consider obtaining one in the event that it ever proves helpful.

Canceling a Reader’s Digest Subscription: Usually a Simple Process

Whether you’re canceling your subscription or that of a deceased loved one, you likely won’t have much difficulty doing so. Many digital services and magazines make the process of canceling a subscription difficult to discourage cancellations in the first place. Reader’s Digest is an exception.


Sources:
  1. “FAQs.” Reader’s Digest, Trusted Media Brands, Inc., 2022. Order.readersdigest.com.

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