Before I get into the details of my deal, I wanted to say that I’ve been blown away by the popularity of The Drugstore Game Padawan series. I’m gratified that so many of you are finding it helpful to follow along, which is how I’d hoped it would be. At the same time, I know quite a few people are coming in after the series has already started (thanks, Consumerist!), and that even though we’re only a couple of weeks in, it can already be confusing.
So I’ve decided that once Nicole’s got a good grasp on the game (I don’t think that will take more than a month as she’s already doing so well), I’ll find a new Padawan and we’ll start over. That way, anyone who’s feeling overwhelmed at the thought of jumping in now just has to wait a few weeks.
In the meantime, I’d recommend continuing to follow CFO and other deal blogs because even if you don’t grasp all the details, just being familiar with the cadence of things can make it easier when you’re ready to start doing deals yourself. And before anyone asks, previously submitted padawan applications will be considered again, and new applications will be accepted in a couple of weeks – I’ll post details when I have a better idea of the timing of things. I do know that I’ll be giving priority to applicants with access to Rite Aid, since we’re not doing Rite Aid this time around. Stay tuned!
And now, back to the current Drugstore Game deals . . .
snowed iced in, so she stayed home today, postponing her CVS trip until tomorrow. We’ve been getting an awful lot of rain here in LA, but I’ll take a thunderstorm and tornados on the coast over an ice storm any day. Although, on my way to work this morning, I looked in the rear view mirror and watched a black Mercedes spin all the way from the right lane over to the left, passing in front of a big rig and other cars. I waited for it to slam into the center divider, but the car actually stopped right next to the wall, facing the right direction. The driver’s got to be a stunt person in Hollywood. The whole sequence could have been right out of a movie!
Because of the weather, I decided to postpone my own CVS trip until tomorrow also. I plan to get more SoyJoy and Oust, and I have $12 in ECBs from my last transaction to spend. The B1G1 Oust coupon means that I will need to buy an additional $2.01 worth of items to be able to use all of my ECBs – basically, the coupon and ECBs give me “free money” to spend on something I can really use. So this is my plan:
1 SoyJoy 6-pack $6
2 Oust $3.99 each
2 Chicken of the Sea tuna pouches $1 each
1 Dawn Hand Renewal dish soap 96 cents
– $3.99 B1G1 Oust
– 50 cents/1 Dawn from 12/27 or 1/17 P&G
– $6 + $6 ECBs
Pay: 45 cents + tax
Receive: $6 ECB for SoyJoy and $6 ECB for Oust ($3 each)
It’s worth noting that before I do this transaction, I will pick up a prescription at the pharmacy, using a Target coupon for a $10 gift card with a new or transferred prescription. The pharmacy at CVS accepts competitor pharmacy coupons, and I can make $10 stretch a lot further at CVS than at Target, so I try to fill as many prescriptions at CVS as possible. I’ve even gotten them to accept a competitor’s transferred prescription coupon for not transferring my prescription away.
So I’ll pay for this transaction with my gift card, meaning it will all be truly free, plus I can repeat the transaction two more times as long as the Oust is tabulated under the Glade deal this week! (Thanks to an anonymous reader, who reported that the limit on the SoyJoy, Oust and Glade is 6 each.)