The country remains deeply divided about how to fix the economy. But we can all pretty much agree on one thing: free is good.
Whether you know it or not, there are plenty of items that you would be foolish to spend your money on. And as the economy slowly inches toward recovery, ever penny counts.
Here are 14 things you'd be foolish to shell out money for.
There are plenty of places where you can score condoms for free. Planned Parenthood, county health departments and college health clinics are just a few.
Next time you order delivery, keep the containers!
We're not suggesting you go overboard here, but taking home an extra pen or pad of paper probably won't cost you your job.
Seriously, this is one of the more useless purchases. An ottoman, a bed or a table covered with a towel will do the trick just fine.
There are a ton of cheaper alternatives to cable online. There are also those little things called "books" which serve as a nice alternative.
Food for Your Kids
Restaurants such as Denny's offer kids free meals.
Some airlines charge for <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/25/airlines-bag-fees-record_n_1913480.html" target="_hplink">checked</a> and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/02/spirit-airlines-carry-on-fee_n_1472508.html" target="_hplink">carry-on </a>bags. Next time you travel, try to book with an airline that doesn't charge excessive fees.
Google and Yahoo!, as well as a number of other email platforms, offer free email addresses.
Water is one of the most <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/28/overpriced-products-insane-markups_n_1922573.html#slide=1578586">overpriced products</a> with markups as high as 4,000 percent! Use tap water or a water filtration system instead.
Just stick a few in your pocket next time you go out to eat.
Why bust your wallet <em>and</em> and your waistline?
You likely give a lot of money to places like Starbucks... the least they can do in return is provide you with free straws.
With services like <a href="http://www.pandora.com/">Pandora</a> and <a href="http://www.spotify.com/">Spotify</a> providing you access to free music, purchasing music has become somewhat obsolete.
Condiment packets are free and in easy to access at many food joints.