June 15 2012 by Ellen Roseman
The expression refers to American bars offering a free lunch to entice drinking customers in the 19th century. Economist Milton Friedman used it as the title of a 1975 book.
A free lunch usually has strings attached. But that’s not the case with my free personal finance seminar in Toronto, which offers free coffee, tea and cookies (oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip).
When I say there are no strings attached, I mean it. Most financial seminars are sponsored by salespeople who hope to get your personal information and flog their services.
“Free” real estate seminars fall into a special categpory of sleaze, says Moneyville writer Mark Weisleder.
This workshop is different. No one takes your name or tries to sell you anything. You can come and go without being harassed.
My goal as an instructor is to explain, answer questions, encourage saving and change behaviour. I hope you will be motivated to try a few new things in your daily life.
Gervan Fearon, Dean of the Chang School, subsidizes the seminar as a service to the community. He’s helping to transform it into a series of videos, underwritten by Ryerson and the FCAC.
So, if you can, please come to the 7th floor auditorium at 297 Victoria St. in Toronto (east of Yonge St. and north of Dundas St.) on Tuesday, June 19, from 5.30 to 9.30 p.m. Bring a spouse, friend or family member.
I’ll raffle off a few copies of The Wealthy Barber Returns by David Chilton (another freebie).
And if you want a meatier course, check out my Investing For Beginners class at University of Toronto. It starts on Sept. 13 and costs $325 for nine sessions.