one time I had a boyfriend who asked me what I would do when I stopped getting free stuff.
At the time I was in a contact lens study that was giving me free contacts, I was working for a family (driving kids around doing dishes) in exchange for free rent (the rent was worth more than my work), and I was taking free buses to get where I needed to go. I think he was jealous.
I don't always get free stuff and the free stuff I get usually isn't worth that much, but it mostly stems from the fact that I am willing to use anything that comes my way...call me a bottom feeder.
Currently we are both in school, paying out-of-state tuition, my husband is in his 1st year of law school (not allowed to work), and I am getting a second bachelors degree (not allowed to get financial aid, even though I never got it the first time) and can't find a job. So...when free stuff comes our way we feel extremely blessed and grateful.