I’m a giant tightwad when it comes to spending money on software slash online services. I got so used to getting free trial or entry level versions that I assumed I could get All The Things without having to offer up my PayPal account.

It got to the point where paying 99c for an app seemed crazy. Who’d spend that much money, am I right?

I’ve wisened up in the last year or so (and loosened the purse strings) to actually start paying for this shit. Because morals. Also because I’m cottoning on to a) the people behind these free things need to make a living and b) if I’m not paying them, then who is?

Like Facecrackbook. I have never clicked on one of those crappy sidebar ads and I only ever click on a boosted post if I realllllly want to. So I’m effectively getting Facebook for free. And I use it every day to socialise and/or promote my other blog and/or connect with other bloggers. While I’m not comfortable with some of Facebook’s latest shenanigans, I’m not surprised.

And that’s just Facebook. There are the apps on my phone, my DropBox account, the themes and widgets and plugins I use in WordPress. TWITTER.

Srsly, how does Twitter make enough money to pay its staff? I’d love to know.

I think it’s just a sign of me getting old, but I’m paying more and more attention to what I’m paying. Financially and otherwise. Thankfully there are still shittonnes of things I’m still willing to be a tightwad on.

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Great, now I have a craving for bacon.

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2 thoughts on “The thing with free shiz online

  1. OMG that cartoon is the BEST x

    Posted on 6 July 2014 at 8:10 pm
    1. This little piggie went to market… ;)

      Posted on 6 July 2014 at 8:51 pm