Damn. And I thought I was cool with 13.
I suddenly feel... Inadequate. haha.
First of all, right off the bat, I want to thank you (absolutely serious, here) for being able to correctly spell out the number 54, right down to the stinking hyphen use. My ever-failing faith in humanity just ticked up a notch based on this, alone. To a degree, you've made my night.
But yeah, this year's score was quite a bit more difficult to procure, that's for sure, and there certainly was some luck involved in getting them. I happened to be on SD *just after* the very brief window for the unlimited redemptions kicked in, and as soon as I saw the post that said it was open, I stopped everything else and did nothing but redeem, redeem, redeem for about 30-45 minutes or so. At the start, it was lickety-split and Go! Go! Go!, and after, say, the first 35 redemptions or so, you could really, *really* tell that the word had gotten out, since the site was slowing to a crawl, and it was getting ridiculously hard to get them. I think I was able to get around 47-50 on that one occasion, though (and yes: you had to do it one-at-a-time), and with the other limited offerings they had, I was able to get a total of 54.
I had to gamble to do it, though. I purposely didn't redeem for the Bass Pro Shops $50 gift card (1200 points during the 12 Days promotion) because I wanted to see if they'd offer unlimited Coke 12-packs like they had the year before. They did, but only *very* briefly, whereas they offered them for a full day last year on a Wednesday deal following that year's premium GC stuff.
So, that means that my tally for MCR stuff during December 2012 was a $25 Walmart GC, a $5 McDonalds Arch Card, a $10 Domino's Pizza GC, a $25 Best Buy GC, a $25 Home Depot GC, a $50 Southwest Airlines GC, and 54 12-packs of Coke products, leaving me with a whopping 2 points at the end of it all.
Not too bad, eh? Good enough for me, anyway. And I'm working my way back for next December...already up to 645 points. Yee-haw!