Often, you hear people complain about how everything is becoming more expensive. Inflation says hello. For example, you could purchase items that cost $300 last year for only $100 30 years ago. But not everything is getting expensive. Some things actually became cheaper in recent times. In fact, there are many that are now free! Below are some examples of free things that previously cost you money.
- Credit report
Because of updates to federal law, you can get a copy of your credit report for free. Sources like Equifax, Experian and TransUnion offer one free report every 12 months. If you want your credit score though, you still need to pay.
Every library is free and a quick scan will tell you there are more than dusy books here. Those days are long gone. Today, libraries are more interesting and lively with the addition of e-books, digital media, and even video games that you can borrow at many branches across the nation.
In the past, you can listen to free music online, but more likely illegally. Today, there is no shortage of free music options including Spotify, Pandora, and Prime Music. Even YouTube has plenty of music that will keep you going for hours!
Is there anyone who still buys newspapers these days? It only takes two seconds online and you will get flooded with news on current events. News and other media that will keep you up to date are available 24/7. On the off chance that you do not have interenet service, you can still access this media from your library for free.
- Long-distance phone service
Long-distance phone calls ate so much money years back. It is ridiculous! Now, you do not even need a cellphone plan to call someone on the other side of the world. Free apps like Skype, Zoom, Google Voice, and Facebook Messenger allow you to do this for free, anytime, anywhere.
You had to pay over $100 for a GPS unit before. Now, just use your smartphone for plenty of free GPS-based map and navigation apps and services. Easy!