10 Free Things That Used to Cost Money

pathdoc / Shutterstock.com As the years roll along, the cost of most things just keeps increasing. That’s inflation for you. As we put it in “8 Basics That Beginning Investors Must Know,” you would have needed $300.52 in October 2018 to buy the same stuff you could have bought for $100 in October 1980, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ inflation calculator.