Give cash or canned food for the holiday season? (Deseret News)

By Justin Higginbottom, Deseret News
Published: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 11:52 a.m. MST

Scouring your cupboard for unwanted canned goods to donate during the holiday season is a tradition for many. You feel good about ridding your kitchen of generic brand cans of French green beans, and hungry Americans, in theory, are grateful to receive much-needed food during the giving season. Unfortunately, as Mathew Yglesias, Slate’s business and economics correspondant, notes: “The problem is that, economically speaking, it’s totally insane.” It makes much more sense, according to him, to cut a check.

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