This post brilliantly explains why I am trying to extend my Buy Nothing Year to things with a $0 price tag. Why does money influence decisions so much? After the money is paid or not paid there is absolutely no difference to your long-term happiness and enjoyment of your home. So why do we forget to question whether we really want the item just because it’s free?
If there’s one thing I remember from high school economics, it’s that acronym. There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.
And I think I know why it’s stuck with me for so long – it’s true.
In college, I loved getting free lanyards and water bottles and coozies (I’ve never even used a coozie) from career fairs and other campus activities.
Once I got my own apartment, I often picked up furniture that was left by dumpsters and brought it home with me. I didn’t even do anything cool with it, like my friend Meg does over on her blog – her buffet and mini chest are breathtaking.
I still have a hard time resisting the “free stuff” I find sitting out by the curb. But it’s not really free.
How we’re paying for this free stuff
Free stuff can actually be really expensive when you do the…
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