What’s the State of Our Union? Thrifty, for One Thing

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A new infographic from the The Atlantic cites a mess of stats that indicate Americans can be described as twitchy, suspicious, admired, filthy, and thrifty, among other adjectives. Just how thrifty are we? In 2009, 42.8% of groceries were sold on promotion, and 2.4 billion coupons were redeemed, up 26% from the year before.

As the magazine’s “State of the Union” display shows, we are thrifty:

We are overextended:

And perhaps by no small coincidence, we are also cranky:

(Read The Year of Living Cheaply: A Retrospective.)