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The Best Things In Life Are Free….Or Are They?

We have all heard that the best things in life are free, haven’t we?  I know I have heard it a million times over.  Love, family, friends, and memories are free aren’t they?  Though they might appear to be on the surface, I have discovered that this might not be the truth at all.  Luckily, with the help of an infograhic from LUMA, I can show you that the best things in life really aren’t free.  They all cost you money in some way.  Now, I am not telling you to stop striving for the best things in life, because that would be crazy. What I am telling you is to make sure you keep the costs of the best things in check.

I really enjoyed this infographic because it breaks down a few costs of the “best things” in life.  Since Valentine’s Day just passed us by, I think this graphic would have been good to show some people.  You think love is free, but as a man, I can tell you that finding that love is not.  It costs a lot of money to court a woman.  On top of that, when it is time to cement that love with marriage, all guys know it costs money.  Rings are not cheap and neither are weddings.  Love costs money to find, but it is emotionally free, or is it?

I would love to get your feedback on this infographic.  Do you think the best things in life are truly free or is it just the thought?  Memories are free, but creating them might not be.  If you want to turn your memories into physical forms, then you will have to pay.  So, what do you think?

The Best Things In Life Aren't Free

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DC @ Young Adult Money says February 17

Interesting perspective. I would have to agree that there are costs involved in everything. Heck, even dating. Both guys and girls do things that make themselves more attractive. Having proper hygiene, being healthy, having decent clean clothes – it all costs money. So I guess I’d have to agree – the best things in life really aren’t free.

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John S @ Frugal Rules says February 17

Ouch – $25k for an “average” wedding! Seriously though, solid point that often gets overlooked in my opinion. On the surface things could appear to be free I guess, but they’re obviously not when you take a look at the numbers behind them.

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    Grayson Bell says February 18

    That average just looks terrible, but since it is the average, we know some go higher and some lower.

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Laurie says February 17

I’ve had lots of first dates in my life, but never have any of them cost $250. I must’ve been meeting the wrong kind of guys. 🙂

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    Grayson Bell says February 18

    Haha, I haven’t been on those dates either, but I know of a few restaurants that you could easily drop that much and probably wouldn’t even be full!

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Holly@ClubThrifty says February 17

Yeah, there aren’t many things in life that are truly “free.” Fortunately, most of the things mentioned in that infographic are worth spending on!

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    Grayson Bell says February 18

    I agree there. While I liked the infographic, there are some things that you want to let your money go for!

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Brian @ Luke1428 says February 17

Interesting stuff…How’s that saying go…”There is no such thing as a free lunch.” Everything costs somebody something.

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Shannon @ Financially Blonde says February 17

Ha! I love this infographic! Yes, I don’t think anything is really “free,” but some experiences are definitely worth the investment and risk. 🙂

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    Grayson Bell says February 18

    Yep, I think experiences and creating memories are worth the cost and investment.

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E.M. says February 17

I’m with Laurie – none of the dates I’ve been on have amounted to $250, let alone $100, but it’s not hard to believe this is normal for others. I also signed up for a free dating website years ago since I wasn’t too serious about it. At least I am below the average spending in each category! It’s an interesting take on things.

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    Grayson Bell says February 18

    I have paid $100 for a date before, but that was before I got serious about my money. I wouldn’t do that again, unless it was a once in a lifetime opportunity at an awesome restaurant.

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Tonya@Budget and the Beach says February 17

$250 for a first date?!? I want to go on one of those! I think the people behind the infographic are being a bit literal here. It’s the general idea behind those sayings. Seems a bit cynical. lol!

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    Grayson Bell says February 18

    I would say the same, but since I am a guy, I would probably have to pay 😉

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Matt Becker says February 17

Yeah, there’s very little in life that’s truly free. But certainly some great experiences can be less expensive than others.

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Mark Ross says February 17

Nice one Grayson! Those are true, there’s very little left in this world that are free and those we have considered before as free are not anymore.

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    Grayson Bell says February 18

    That is a true comment Mark. There are still things worth paying for though.

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Raquel@Practical Cents says February 17

This is a interesting and funny infographic. Though it’s true that nothing is free, all of these things in the inforgraphic are valuable and to me they are worth spending money on though maybe not as much as suggested here. You can usually find cheaper alternatives for some.

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    Grayson Bell says February 18

    I agree with you Raquel. I don’t mind paying for these things, at least for just the experience.

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Catherine says February 17

Definitely not free. My best “free” thing in life would be my child and since she needs basic demands met like food and clothes it’s far from free. Nothing in life is free- be it money or energy spent.

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    Grayson Bell says February 18

    Yeah, a child is definitely not free, but I don’t mind paying the price.

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Travis @debtchronicles says February 17

There can be some pretty awesome things that are free……but in reality even the most awesomest of frugal activities ultimately cost something. A great run? had to buy running shoes. A great time sitting on the deck watching the sunset with my wife? Had to buy the house….and the deck. A great experience with great memories for a lifetime on a tropical vacation? Had to pay for the vacation. All of these are things I enjoy, and things I would totally spend my money on. That’s not to say you can’t find things that are awesome to do utilizing the things you already have – like that great run, or a family bike ride, or family movie night watching something on TV. If you look deep enough there was a cost incurred at some point, but at that moment in time there isn’t any money out of pocket.

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    Grayson Bell says February 18

    You are correct, but those free things were paid for in some way. This was just to give a gentle reminder that really everything costs money in one way or another.

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Jen says February 17

I love the infographic. Some of the costs I would disagree on or find ways to reduce them like Memories. Honestly, do people still print out their photos and buy photo albums?

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    Grayson Bell says February 18

    I agree Jen, but this was just to show an estimate cost. Yes, people still print out photos and get photo albums. I haven’t done it in years, but when my son came in the picture, we have quite a few photos of him, plus a book or two.

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Joe @ Budget Breakaway says February 17

This sure is an entertaining breakdown! Courting certainly isn’t free but I must say a long-term relationship can be great news for your monthly budget!

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    Grayson Bell says February 18

    Very true Joe. The dating is expensive if you don’t know how to control your budget.

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martha preston says February 17

I had to share this my friends and they loved I never thought about it this way a lot of things are not really free but I think its a question whether or not we think those think things are worth the cost. PS- family one was my favorite

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    Grayson Bell says February 18

    Thanks Martha. I thought it was an interesting graphic and that is why I shared it. Glad you enjoyed it.

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Kay says February 17

It’s a cute infographic, clearly a little tongue in cheek. But it provides food for thought – certainly there is a cost associated with everything. Luckily, I paid less than 20% of the above average cost for my own wedding and didn’t have to pay for a dating site subscription to meet my husband!

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    Grayson Bell says February 18

    It is certainly tongue in cheek, but that was the point. It was just a gentle reminder that everything costs money in one way or another.

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Kendal @HassleFreeSaver says February 18

I think this is great! The tongue-and-cheek expenses are obviously just for fun (psychotherapy, laser teeth whitening, etc.), but it’s true that “free” feelings and memories are often the result of or related to something purchased. It’s crude to say that you “purchase” a child, but ultimately it costs a TON of money to raise children and to say the experience surrounding child-rearing is priceless is not entirely accurate. Thought-provoking post, Grayson!

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    Grayson Bell says February 18

    Yeah, you don’t purchase a child, but you certainly purchase a crap load of stuff. Yeah, there are ups and downs of raising a child, but it can be a great experience.

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Ryan @ Impersonal Fiannce says February 20

That wedding expense is crazy to me! Of course, that’s why we just eloped. Saved a lot of money and a lot of time. Of course, I can’t believe how much money I used to spend on dating. But I’m definitely more in the “best things are free” crowd… except for jet-skis. Those cost money, but they are killer fun.

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