Free: Provided without, or not subject to, a charge or payment; given without consideration of a return or reward; without cost, payment, or charge.
I dont know how so many businesses fail to understand the meaning of the word free. All we see advertised any more is buy one, get one free, or buy something and get something else free. If you go to the business and ask for just the free item, they will tell you to go away.
Doesnt anyone realize that if you are required to buy something to get something else, then it is not free? I hope that advertisers will return to honesty, and start saying that if you buy more than one item you will get a percentage discount on the entire sale, or something like that.
Free means free, and the word is being badly abused as it is used today.