Saturday, August 1, 2009

Poll: Is there such thing as a free lunch?

I love the mantra: there ain't no such thing as a free lunch. To celebrate this idea, I'm devoting this week to posts about different aspects of the free lunch. Let's call it "Free Week."

To kick off Free Week, I'm giving away one so-called free lunch in conjunction with the weekly poll.

First, some housekeeping. The poll question is: Is there such thing as a free lunch? Please vote on the sidebar (----->).

Regarding the free lunch, here's the deal. When the poll closes (next Saturday at 11:59 AM), I will use a random number generator to select one lucky commenter on this post. That commenter will be the lucky winner of this:

Yes, I'm giving away $5. You can decide if it's free. For that matter, you can decide if it is a lunch. So, here's how you get your hands on this fabulous portrait of Lincoln:

1. Provide a way for me to contact you if you're the winner. To do this, you can:

(a) Shoot me an e-mail by filling out the form below. Put "free lunch" in the title. In the body of the e-mail, tell me what you would do with the prize if you win.

(b) Follow me on Twitter and tweet this phrase: "@thisyoungecon Free Lunch: XXXX." where XXXX is what you would do with the $5. For example, an acceptable tweet would be "@thisyoungecon Free Lunch: $5, $5, $5... footlong..." If you're already following me, you can enter the contest with a similar tweet.

(c) In a comment on this post, give me your e-mail. If you're worried about spam, use the myemail AT domain DOT com format. If you're worried about stalkers, use options (a) or (b).

2. Earn a second entry in the contest by signing up for my mailing list. To do this, merely write the word "subscribe" in the title. I'll use the mailing list to give blog updates twice per month.

**Note: I won't sign you up for the mailing list unless you request it. **

3. (optional) Post a comment on this post with the phrase free lunch. In the comment, you can say whatever you want to say, just so long as it has the phrase "free lunch" and is otherwise clean. I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on the free lunch concept.

As it might take me a while to organize the entries into a suitable format, give me until the following Wednesday to announce a winner.

Lastly, no spam. I reserve the right to exclude your entry from the contest if I believe it is spam.


  1. Paul Samuelson writes something that I particularly like (in the preface of "Economics"): "The Web is the closest thing in economics to a free lunch. But you must select you items carefully to ensure they are palatable and digestible."

    There may not be such thing as a free lunch, but I'd say that "almost free" can have similar effects, and the Web is a good example.

  2. Nothings free. Everything comes at some sort of cost. Maybe its USD, Euros, but it could also just be time.

  3. There is only ONE free lunch available for everyone: Trust and believe in Jesus Christ and you will receive eternal life. This applies even to economists!

  4. deposit $5 here: jspenkuch (AT) gmail (DOT) com ;)


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