I was told by an elder's wife that I shouldn't throw them away. I had only been a year and I had so many bursting out the cupboards. We live in a small flat and my husband was getting annoyed seeing them scattered about and squashed into cupboards and draws.
My study conductor's husband kept trying to give me new books and mags to give to my husband (books and mags that I already had!) But looking back I realised he was just doing it so he could say he has placed them.
At the 05 assembly he asked me 2 times if he could offer the 'What does the Bible Teach' book to my husband (even though I had picked up one for myself). I told him I'd rather he didn't as I know it would cause embarrassment. He ignored me and planned to give it to him anyway but his wife talked him out of it. I was so anoyed that he had to be talked out of it and not just respect my wishes in the first place.
I remembered how the speaker had said so pompously that the book had already been placed by some of the witnesses and I think thats what got him going as he always wanted to be better than most :(
After that my guilt eased and I could quite happily throw out the older mags.