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  • Drugstore Game Padawan: Good Week for CVS

    If you’re just tuning in, I’m mentoring Hayden in The Drugstore Game. If you’ve always wanted to play but weren’t sure how to get started, follow along with Hayden as he becomes a Drugstore Game Master. You can read all of the posts in this series here, in reverse chronological order. Please read my Drugstore Game Primer and Common Sense with Money’s FAQ to get an overview of the Drugstore Game and definitions.

    It’s a slow week at Walgreens, but a good week for CVS. There are quite a few items that are free after ECBs and coupons, and the Crest Enamel Shield Rinse is a $2 moneymaker with a limit of two.

    Hayden is starting the week with a $4 ECB and a $2 ECB. Here’s a scenario I sent him to roll those and get some free stuff:

    1 Aussie shampoo or conditioner $2.99
    1 Crest Pro-Health Enamel Shield rinse $3.50
    1 Colgate Total $2.99
    2 Sobe Life Water B1G1 + 5 cents each CRV*

    - $1/1 Aussie from 2/14 RP
    - $2/1 Crest from 2/7 P&G
    - 50 cents/1 Colgate Total from 1/31 SS
    - B1G1 Sobe printable coupon
    - $4 ECB + $2 ECB

    Pay: 8 cents + tax
    Receive: $2 ECB for Aussie, $3.50 ECB for Crest, and $2 ECB for Colgate

    *CRV = California Redemption Value, a cost we pay on bottles to encourage recycling

    If you’re starting with zero ECBs and you want to play along, here are some scenarios that will minimize your out of pocket expenses (I assume that you have only one set of coupons in these scenarios):

    Transaction #1:
    1 Crest Pro-Health Enamel Shield rinse $3.50

    - $2/1 Crest from 2/7 P&G

    Pay: $1.50 + tax
    Receive: $3.50 ECB

    Transaction #2:
    1 Aussie shampoo or conditioner $2.99
    1 Colgate Total $2.99

    - $1/1 Aussie from 2/14 RP
    - 50 cents/1 Colgate Total from 1/31 SS or $1/1 from Jan. All You
    - $3.50 ECB

    Pay: 98 cents + tax
    Receive: $2 ECB for Aussie + $2 ECB for Colgate

    Transaction #3:
    2 Clean Liquid Foundation or Powder $6 each

    - B1G1 Cover Girl Product from 2/7 P&G
    - $1/1 Cover Girl Product from 2/7 P&G
    - $2 + $2 ECB

    Pay: $1 + tax
    Receive: $5 ECB

    Transaction #4:
    1 Crest Pro-Health Enamel Shield Toothpaste $3.50
    1 Gillette Disposable Razors $5.79

    - 75 cents/1 Crest toothpaste from 2/7 P&G
    - $3/1 select Gillette products from 1/10 RP
    - $5 ECB

    Pay: 54 cents + tax
    Receive: $3.50 ECB for Crest + $2 for Gillette

    When shopping at CVS, you need to watch the limit on the ECB deals. The limit on all of the above deals is one, except for the Crest, which has a limit of two. So, if you have two sets of coupons, you can do buy two rinses, use two $2/1 coupons, and make a $4 profit (see my example).


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    Comments

    1. Hi Cathy,

      If anyone was lucky enough to grab the BOGO coupon from the Incredible Edible Egg Facebook page a week or so ago, here's the deal at CVS: Eggs are $1.49/doz with card this week. But since the discounts are applied at the very end of the transaction, the coupon scanned at the full price of $2.59. So two dozen eggs were .57!

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