Saturday, February 7, 2009

Collecting Coupons?

We used to collect coupons.  However, our buying habits have changed to such an extent that I don't think manufacturers are supplying coupons for what we purchase!  Coupons for an organic, free-range, grass-finished side of beef?  Coupons for head of red leaf lettuce?  Coupons for a package of Bob's Red Mill Organic Brown Rice Flour?  Well ... maybe for this last one but still not very likely.

I have come to conclude that if a coupon is available for some food item or cleaning product, then that is a pretty good indication that it is not something that I want to buy.  It is probably provided by a large, multinational corporation, produced not locally but wherever it can be done most cheaply, and using ingredients for which the original producer (e.g. a farmer) will get a miniscule portion of the product sales price.

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