Sunday, October 4, 2009
Essay #3 – Trying to Do Something Positive
Throughout the course of my letter writing campaign, I’ve been on the receiving end of numerous freebies—shop vacs, sunglasses, watches, car alarms, fizz keepers, and lots and lots of coupons for free stuff. Lots of times, food manufacturers will “smooth it over” and avoid saying they’re wrong, or avoid telling me that I’m an idiot, by sending me coupons. For example, my letter about “tainted Jell-O” resulted in coupons for ten free boxes.
On one hand, I’m like “SCORE!” On the other hand, I feel like I should be giving something back. I have decided that for nonperishable coupons that I receive from companies, I’m going to cash them in and donate the items to the local food bank. In addition, I will “match” the donation with the cash-equivalent of canned goods. So, in the Jell-O example, the ten coupons are worth $1.25 each. I’ll donate the ten Jell-O’s, plus $12.50 worth of canned goods to the food pantry. I normally wait until Kroger has 10 for 10 on nonperishable items. It’s the least I can do.
Here’s a link if you’re interested.