Is there no such thing as a free lunch? I just got this question from one of my sweet readers, Karen. She wanted to know if something she wanted to try to save money on was a great idea, or maybe borderline unscrupulous. I’ve included the full details so you can pipe up with your opinions:
Hey, Mavis! My husband and I are both retired, and try to save every way we can. Would it be against your (or others’) principles to attend a “free dinner” at a nice restaurant and listen to the spiel about retirement savings, ya da ya da? We are totally fine with our approach to retirement and the way our funds are being managed. We would go simply for the free dinner! I realize we would probably bothered with mailings and phone calls (thank goodness for caller ID!). Let me know your thoughts, and thanks! ~Karen
So there you have it. Do you think Karen is justified in attending the free dinner even though she has no plans to buy what they’re selling, or is that inappropriate? Do you think she should be upfront at the dinner and let them know she’s not interested, or earn her dinner by being a good listener during their presentation? What are your thoughts on this? Have you ever attended one of these free diners? Did you buy anything? Do you think sitting through their spiel pays for the free meal? Let me know what you think below!