Here are my top eight free­bies

Woman & Home - - Rosie Outlook -

1 Tap wa­ter

I’m lov­ing the anti-plas­tic/ anti-food miles revo­lu­tion be­cause no longer do I look like a tight­wad when or­der­ing tap wa­ter, but in­stead a signed-up eco-con­scious guardian of the world’s re­sources who has only al­tru­is­tic mo­tives on her mind. Ahem.

2 Lit­tle Chef lol­lies

For­ma­tive ex­pe­ri­ence of free­bies. And still ir­re­sistible to­day (though now, ad­mit­tedly, they come with a side or­der of worry about los­ing a tooth).

3 Ho­tel ameni­ties

Sham­poo, con­di­tioner, body wash – all need to be se­creted into my wash­bag. But are tooth­brushes, shoe shine, den­tal kit and cot­ton pads strictly nec­es­sary, you ask? yes, yes. And they’re all now fill­ing up my house. Upon check­out I have to coun­sel my fam­ily to dis­tract the re­cep­tion­ist from my bulging bags with in­no­cent smiles.

4 Pens and pen­cils

low level, but still not in­signif­i­cant on the joy front. The stripy pen­cils at lon­don’s Ham yard Ho­tel are worth a de­tour for. Just say­ing.

5 John Lewis free tea and cake

I mean, those vouch­ers you get in ex­change for join­ing My John lewis mem­ber­ship, sit­ting in your wal­let, ra­di­at­ing smug­ness.

6 Other peo­ple’s heat­ing

My step grand­mother Joy in­forms me all her old lady friends are keen to visit B’s shel­tered hous­ing flat due to the sub­trop­i­cal warmth. I get it – Al­pha Male thinks 18c is the per­fect am­bi­ent tem­per­a­ture and as such I’ll be vis­it­ing B’s place soon.

7 Pizza Ex­press vouch­ers

2-for-1 on main meals, free dough balls, 40% off food – all de­liver a sero­tonin high equiv­a­lent to per­form­ing at The O2. Well, maybe not quite… but know­ing you’ve paid half-price for your leg­gera is da bomb.

8 Air­line booze

The glasses of cham­pagne are just so tempt­ing, right? Although get­ting off the plane look­ing like a shriv­elled raisin with a mouth that feels like the bot­tom of a guinea pig’s hutch? Not so ap­peal­ing. w&h

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