I don't want to have to keep paying that much for a few dozen words of fiction...
The magazines have plenty of other cool stuff
If you're not prepared to pay that much to read a story ASAP, then wait a while and buy your copy second hand.
You could probably also make your money back (or more!) selling the magazine yourself - after you've read it - on eBay, to a fan who lives in an area where it's hard to buy the issue at retail.