I mentioned in my last post that I went to San Francisco to see a baseball game with my dad. We went to the game because we were given free tickets to it and this got me thinking that “free” can often be quite expensive. The truth is that if we had not been given the free tickets to the game, we would have never gone on our own. That meant that all the expenses that were related to the game were for the most part extra expenses and money we could have saved had we not gone to the game.
Most people who are given free tickets would probably drive to the game (in our case about $20 in gas round trip), pay for parking ($12 at the lot I saw there) and purchased food and drinks at the game for two ($30 as a conservative estimate). In this case, those free tickets ended up costing $62.
Of course, you could do it the cheap way too like we did taking public transportation ($15) which meant we didn’t need to park a car ($0) and bought lunch outside the stadium ($10) for a total of $25.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not proposing that you never accept free tickets due to the costs associated with them. I’m merely pointing out that what may seem to be free can actually cost a lot of money when you think about all the expenses associated with it. This is especially true if you take the attitude that the tickets were free so there is no reason to try and cut back on the related expenses (“oh, the tickets were free so let’s buy whatever we want at the stadium”)
Something to keep in mind in the future when considering whether or not you want something that is free…