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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Mid-Day Coffee: More government waste?

We received a letter from the Census Bureau yesterday, just to tell us that the Census form will arrive in about a week. And all I could think was, Was this really necessary?! When you add up the cost of sending out millions of these letters, it's got to be a huge amount. And is the letter really going to change the minds of people who weren't going to fill out the form anyway? The letter does make a compelling argument for filling out the form by saying that your community's share of government funds depends on the responses to the Census. But couldn't they just have put that information in a cover letter next week?

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Amazon also has the Rubbermaid 8-Piece Produce Saver Seton sale for $12.98 (if it's not the main price, you can find it for now in the other buying options to the right; if it's not on the right, it's probably out of stock). I have a few of these and they really do extend the life of produce, especially things that tend to be wet. The liquid collects at the bottom without touching the produce, which makes it great for cut produce, like strawberries, and even washed and dried blueberries (which last up to a week!).

If you're in New York or LA, you can get a free manicure this weekend at selected locations, courtesy of Kirstie Alley and her new show.

Get a sneak peek at the 3/11 Jewel ad.

There are $138 worth of printable coupons for Hasbro products. Swag Grabber has a list here. And Fabulessly Frugal has some Target match ups for the coupons here.

On Friday (3/12), between 5 and 9 p.m., you can try Pinkberry's newest flavor, mango. (Via Mommy Snacks.)

Here are some current Homeland coupon match ups.

Download the Amazon Metal Samplerfor free - I love metal, so I'm hoping I enjoy this! (Via Northern Cheapskate.)

Bargain Briana has the current Kmart deals.

Here are the current Harris Teeter deals.

Tia's Saving Cents explains how you can start a stockpile by taking advantage of Catalina deals.

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  • At 3/10/10, 12:33 PM, Blogger Corrie at "Cents"able Momma said…

    LOL! I thought the exact same thing when I got the letter yesterday. Did we really need a letter telling us we would get a letter later?? It does seem like we have better things to spend money on.

  • At 3/10/10, 2:26 PM, Blogger Ted Cabeen said…

    Research by the census and other organizations clearly shows that sending a pre-survey letter measurably increases return rates. Since the Census has to send people door-to-door to follow up with people who don't send in the form, it saves money overall to do it.

    If you need more information, the Census Bureau runs a Public Information Line for journalists and others who want more details.

  • At 3/10/10, 4:24 PM, Blogger Gina @ MoneywiseMoms said…

    I thought that, too! I was excited thinking this was finally it, even though I knew the envelope was too thin. Can't wait till it's over and all the ridiculous advertising goes away.

  • At 3/10/10, 5:10 PM, Anonymous Sara said…

    We were one of the "lucky" households chosen to complete the full-shebang packet of info about two weeks ago. Required by law. But a hassle. So I, too, was excited that the small, thin envelope might be the census! Oh well.

    Thanks for the head's up on the produce savers! Just ordered mine :-)


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