Acronym for: "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch"

Accredited to author Robert A. Heinlein in his novel "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress"
TANSTAAFL is the golden rule.
by Depherios November 15, 2003

A common shorthand for the colloquialism "There ain't no such things as a free lunch" implying that anything, as free as it may appear, has a real hidden cost.

Fred: WTF!? My stay was comped, but at checkout they charged me 4 the cable, phone, and internet!

by Guesty Sueless May 31, 2010't N.o S.uch T.hing A.s A. F.ree L.unch
Something advertised as being "free" will invariably have hidden costs.
Kid: Woah, why does Facebook have a whole bunch of Ads on their site all of a sudden?
by JBLuverxo<3 November 18, 2011
There's always new shoes to appreciate, adore, fondle, love
I broke up with my girlfriend and TANSTAAFL
by TANSTAAFL Man June 4, 2012