I thought it might be fun to trace my spending and see how long I could spend the same amount of money. So here is how it happened.
On Sunday at Walgreens:
Crest Mouth Wash, 4.59 - MF Q .75/1
Final OOP: 4.16
This produced a $4.50 Register Reward (Walgreens' money)
5 Newspapers, .95 each
Used my $4.50 RR
Final OOP: .45
From those newspapers, I took out the Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamer's coupon ($1/1). I actually got six of those coupons as there was an extra insert in the papers.
Publix on Monday:
7 Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamer Peas, regularly $1.80, 50% off - 7 IP Q's $1/1, making them each overage -.20 (had another coupon from the delivered paper at home)
5 Muir Glen Tomato Sauce, .85 - 5 IP Qs $1/1 making them overage of -.15 each
Bag of Pretzels, 2.39 - 1 MF Q .75/1
1 Uncle Ben's Ready Made Rice, 1.95 - Free Mailed Coupon
Freezer Pops, 2.39, Penny Item making them .01
Total before Coupons: $25.76
Total after coupons: .13 plus tax. (and an exclamation from the young cashier saying she had never seen that before!)
Thus, my original $4.16 bought Mouth Wash, Newspapers, and 6 packages of Vegetables, as well as multiple deals in the future from the many coupons in last Sunday's paper. I love this game.