I am not trying to be mean. This is just my thinking and ethical views.
Is that ethical to use only a 10 cents stick of gum and one manufacturing coupon for another item and 1 register rewards on your purchase so that you can get the total purchase for cheap? For example, you get $3 register rewards printed for something that costs $4 and is already on sale and you have one manufacturing coupon for $1. So you pay $3 and get $3 register rewards, essentially making the item free as long as you use the register rewards. Out of pocket is $3. Then you purchase another item and use the $3 register rewards. The item is down to $1. You use another manufacturing coupon that's worth $1 for the item to make the item free except that now you need to purchase something so that you can use 2 manufacturing coupons. (Register Rewards are considered manufacturing coupons). Only one manufacturing coupon per item is allowed. You use the stick of gum for 10 cents in the same purchase (meaning two things will print on your receipt). This way you can have 2 items and 2 manufacturing coupons. Out of pocket is now only 10 cents. Your total out of pocket for everything is $3.10 cents.
My question: Is it ethical to only buy a stick of gum to make the other, more expensive item, free the second time and only pay 10 cents for everything the second time? This means that for the 3 products your out of pocket is $3.10? Isn't that kind of "sneaky" to only use the stick of gum? I buy something else for the same purchase if I have more register rewards and manufacturing coupons than the number of items and the item I buy is always more expensive than a few cents, even if it is on sale. I really do not like the idea of the 10 cents gum purchase because it seems like it's abusing the system.