Free to be (you and me)

My best friend and I have an ongoing conversation (okay, complaint) that it’s hard to find anything free anymore. What can you get for free in Northern VA/D.C.? So far we have:

1. Air
2. Tap water (though, in this area, that’s not necessarily a good thing)
3. Library books
4. Tiny samples at Baskin Robbins

Anyone have anything else?

Also, there’s a reason I ask – is it possible to adopt a cat in Northern VA for free? Everywhere I look charges adoption fees. Anyone have any info?

8 Comments so far

  1. Emily (unregistered) on March 4th, 2005 @ 3:02 pm

    About cats: you might try checking Craigslist. Once in a while, people will be giving away pets. All rescue groups/shelters will charge some sort of fee, since they want to make sure people will not take the animals then turn around and sell them to animal testing laboratories. If someone can’t afford a $50 fee for a cat, that person might want to re-think getting one. Cats are a lot of money. Besides food, cat litter and toys, there are vet bills, and if the cat gets sick, it can really add up. You probably know this, but it really can’t be stressed enough.


  2. JennB (unregistered) on March 4th, 2005 @ 4:00 pm

    Trust me, I know cats are expensive to take care of. I’d just prefer to not pay $75 for one if I can get one for free somewhere.


  3. jess (unregistered) on March 4th, 2005 @ 6:08 pm

    another reason they charge is because they (generally) do a full shot regimen and do a full exam, which hey, usually ends up being about $75 (around here in arlington, more like $100 — which is why we do all of our shots ourself except rabies). Also, most give a coupon for one free vet visit (to participating vets only). $75 ends up being not unreasonable in the end. That said, check craigslist, check if your local freecycle allows animal postings or not (arlington does not, but might change; not sure about other areas). Ask around work/school/whatever.


  4. tildensavenger (unregistered) on March 4th, 2005 @ 7:21 pm

    You can get a taste of any item sold at Whole Foods. That is their corporate policy. Want something, even if it is 90 bucks a pound? Just ask. They give it for free because they think they might sell some to you.

    I suggest trying some of the semi-soft cheeses and the fig spread.


  5. John (unregistered) on March 4th, 2005 @ 8:18 pm

    I had this conversation in high school. There is nothing in the world that’s free. There is an opportunity cost for everything. Also, although air does not cost anything, it can’t be considered as “free” because nobody owns it. That’s like saying that Neptune is free. Or hey…looking at the washington monument is free!

    And remember, whatever activity you’re doing, if you’re not making money!? It isn’t free!


  6. Tiffany Baxendell (unregistered) on March 4th, 2005 @ 9:31 pm

    You can go to assorted museums here for free. Metro costs money, but the Smithsonian is free, for example. Or at least, your tax dollars are paying for it.

    We got our cat for free, but only because we knew someone who found an abandoned kitten in his backyard. Kitty lucked out that day…


  7. Chris (unregistered) on March 5th, 2005 @ 10:56 am

    Try the Smithsonian


  8. JennB (unregistered) on March 5th, 2005 @ 1:58 pm

    The Smithsonian has free cats? :)



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