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I recently ran across an interesting letter to the editor in Time Magazine, and thought it would make good fodder for discussion. For background, this letter was written in response to an article by Joel Stein titled “The Week of Living Cheaply.”
Here’s an excerpt from the letter:
“Coupons are the worst kind of junk mail and a terrible waste of paper in our green economy — never mind the time waster they are in the saving, sorting, filing and waiting at the checkout counter. Think of the p.r. coup for the company that announces, “No more coupons!” I, for one, would buy that product on principle.”
To be fair (to Stein), he’s not quite so militant about things in his article. He also makes a good point near the end of his article about the value of haggling or, as he puts it, mumbling “Can you do a little better?” Nonetheless, he clearly places himself squarely in the “no coupon” camp.
So… What do you think? I’ve gone on record in the past saying that we’re not big into coupons. Sure, we’ll use ’em if we have ’em, but we don’t go out of our way to track them down. What about you?