Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Best Things In Life Are Free...

Or at least that what pop songs and grandparents tell us. The truth is, many things in life aren't free anymore like...

  • Airplane Baggage. Unless I'm vacationing at a nudist colony, luggage is a necessary part of my travel experience.
  • Water. I got charged 35 cents yesterday for water with my lunch. Like, from the tap.
  • Gas Station Air. I paid 50 cents to put air in my tires at the QT last week. And considering what a hot mess I was trying to accomplish this task, QT really should have paid me for providing entertainment.
  • Banking Services. You could be charged a fee for cashing a check, talking talking a teller, transferring funds, online banking or using an ATM.
  • Doggie Bones. A butcher used to give away "doggie bones", but now they charge for "soup starters".
  • Extra Cheese Pizza. Cheese is included in the price, but apparently extra cheese is not.
  • Soup or Salad. They used to come with your entree, but now you might pay $3 to $5 to add a soup or salad to your meal.
  • Gift wrap. Department stores used to wrap your purchases or at least offer a gift box and some tissue paper. Now, sometimes gift wrap is half the cost of the gift. Throw in a $5 Hallmark card and you've got a real budget buster.
  • 411 Directory Assistance. This used to be a free service but now can cost up to $2 per request.
  • Hair Cut and Style. Recently I've noticed that many salons charge around $10 for "style" (curling iron or flat iron) after your cut, which used to be included in the hair cut and style price.
  • Coffee Refills. Just for kicks, the next time you're in Starbucks, ask them for a free refill and watch the reaction.

But chin up. It still doesn't cost one red cent to...
  • Soak up the sun.
  • Go to church.
  • Visit your parents.
  • Read a classic novel at the library.
  • Laugh.
  • Really talk to your spouse.
  • Breathe fresh air.
  • Tell the truth.
  • Hear your parents'/ grandparents' stories about life when they were growing up.
  • Take a nap.
  • Smile.
  • Listen to the rain.
  • Say "I love you" to somebody you love.
  • Volunteer your time.
  • Sing a song.
  • Tuck your babies into bed at night.
  • Reconnect with an old friend.
  • Play in the snow.
  • Give and receive love.
  • Visit someone in the hospital.
  • Forgive.
  • Help your child with their homework.
  • Hold the door open for a stranger.
  • Say "please" and "thank you".
  • Kiss.
  • Pick up trash on the side of the highway.
  • Dance like nobody's watching.
  • Rock a newborn baby.
  • Say a prayer.

Well, it looks like pop songs and grandparents are right after all. The best things in life are free.