Tue, 08 May 2012 12:37:58 GMT | By Jason Buckland, MSN Money
Freebies we miss

Services and goods that used to be free, but are now eating up our hard-earned money.



Services and goods that used to be free, but are now eating up our hard-earned money. (© iStock)
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In coffee shops around the country, seasoned Canadians lament over what was. Things today, the thinking goes, ain't what they used to be.

Indeed, the cost of consumerism hardly resembles what it did decades earlier, when many conveniences and luxuries came free of charge. What items or services come with a price tag today that once did not? From banking fees to full-service gas pumping, here's a list of one-time freebies that'll make you feel nostalgic.

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