Like many other consumers, I enjoy the savings on my weekly grocery bill that are made possible by manufacturers' coupons. Unfortunately, the manufacturers have been engaging in a very unsavory practice lately of requiring the purchase of two, three and sometimes as many as five items in order to use the coupons.
This practice was started with cereal, but it has now spread to canned goods, pasta, sauces and practically every brand-name food item. The manufacturers claim they are cutting down on coupon waste by doing this, but if waste concerns them, then why are they issuing coupons in the first place? The whole thing looks like a rip-off to me.
I do not buy any name-brand cereals anymore and have been sticking to the store brands. I do the same with all other food products, if store brands are available. I urge other consumers to refrain from buying products whose manufacturers do not offer a one-for-one deal with coupons. This is the only way manufacturers will get the message.
PAUL M. HETTRICH