- double coupons (i try to save my coupons for when the item is on a buy-one-get-one sale to really rack up; occasionally i have actually saved more than the item cost)
- you don't have to buy 2 to get the "buy one get one deal"
- every Sunday the News has a mystery penny item coupon (take into the store on sunday or monday and get something for $0.01--this week it was a gallon of bleach)
- most recently they have even started taking competitor's coupons (tonight i saved $5 with a coupon from Bruno's)
The way I know if I am winning my little competition is based on the % of savings compared to the total amount spent. If my total savings is ever less than 1/3 of my total bill, I lose. If my savings is about 1/2 of what I spent (i.e. spent $50, saved $25) then I had a really good trip. Tonight, however, was the grand prize (of what, I'm not exactly sure): my savings was more than my total. I got 6 bags of groceries for $22 (i even bought three things that weren't on sale, nor did I have a coupon for--i know, rather extravagant living). For the skeptics among you, I've included proof: