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  • CVS Starter Scenarios: 7/31 – 8/6/11

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    You’ll find a list of this week’s CVS deals here.

    If you’re new to The Drugstore Game, these new starter transactions will help you get your feet wet and show you how The Drugstore Game can save you money on things you already buy. If you don’t understand the transactions, read my Drugstore Game Primer, Common Sense with Money’s FAQ (which has a handy explanation of acronyms), and my explanation of How to Play The Drugstore Game at CVS.

    Be sure to sign up for a free CVS Extra Care card – you’ll need it for the following deals (get it in store instead of online so they give you the card right away). You may also want to pick up a CVS green bag tag to earn ECBs for using reusable bags.

    Transaction #1:
    BUY:
    2 Skinny Cow Single Crisp or Clusters Candy @ $0.99 each
    1 Bic Soleil Shimmer Razor Starter Kit or Cartridges 4 ct @ $5.99

    USE:
    B1G1 Skinny Cow Chocolate Candy Singles 7/31 Red Plum or printable
    $3/1 Bic Soleil Disposable or Soleil System Razor 7/10 Smart Source

    Pay: $2.99 $3.98 + tax
    Receive: $0.99 ECB for Skinny Cow + $3 ECB for Bic

    Transaction #2:
    BUY:
    1 Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power or Manual Razor @ $9.99

    USE:
    $4/1 Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor 7/31 P&G insert
    $0.99 ECB from previous transaction
    $3 ECB from previous transaction

    Pay: $2 + tax
    Receive: $5 ECB

    Transaction #3:
    BUY:
    3 Puffs tissue @ $0.88 each
    1 Dawn dish detergent @ $0.99
    1 Q-tips @ $1.66
    1 Quaker Chewy bars 3-pack @ $0.88

    USE:
    $0.25/3 Puffs tissue 7/31 P&G insert
    $0.50/1 Dawn 7/31 P&G insert
    $0.30/1 Q-tips 7/31 Red Plum
    $5 ECB from previous transaction

    Pay: $0.12 + tax

    Your total expense is $5.11 $6.10 + tax for 2 candy bars, disposable razors, a Fusion razor, three boxes of tissue, dish detergent, cotton swabs, and granola bars. The tissue alone could easily cost you that much at other stores. That’s why I say you can get so much more for the same amount of money in The Drugstore Game. 🙂


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    Walgreens Starter Scenarios: 7/31 – 8/6/11

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    You’ll find a list of this week’s Walgreens deals here.

    If you’re new to The Drugstore Game, these new starter transactions will help you get your feet wet and show you how The Drugstore Game can save you money on things you already buy. If you don’t understand the transactions, read my Drugstore Game Primer, Common Sense with Money’s FAQ (which has a handy explanation of acronyms), and my explanation of How to Play The Drugstore Game at Walgreens. In these transactions, I assume that you do not have any Register Rewards to start with.

    Transaction #1:
    BUY:
    1 Complete Multi-Purpose Solution @ $8

    USE:
    $1/1 Complete Multi-Purpose Solution 7/31 Smart Source

    Pay: $7 + tax
    Receive: $8 RR

    Transaction #2:
    BUY:
    1 Crayola Washable Markers @ $2
    2 Raisin Bran Cereal @ $2.50 each
    2 Cheez-It and/or Keebler crackers @ $2.50 each
    1 Sharpie 2-pack @ $0.69 with in-ad coupon
    1 Wexford Pocket Folder with prongs @ $0.11

    USE:
    2 x $0.70/1 Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Cereal printable (FF or IE)
    2 x $0.70/1 Sunshine or Keebler Crackers printable (FF or IE)
    Sharpie in-ad coupon
    $8 RR from previous transaction

    Pay: Tax $1.20 + tax
    Receive: $2 RR for Crayola + $5 RR for Raisin Bran/Crackers

    Transaction #3:
    BUY:
    1 Allegra 24 Hour Allergy Relief @ $6.99
    1 Goody Color Collection Snap Clip @ $2
    1 Wexford Pocket Folder with prongs @ $0.11

    USE:
    $2/1 Allegra, Children’s Product, or Allegra D printable
    $2 RR from previous transaction
    $5 RR from previous transaction

    Pay: $0.10 + tax
    Receive: $2 RR for Goody + $6.99 Mail-In-Rebate for Allegra (found in 7/31 Smart Source)

    In sum, you’ll pay $7.10 $8.30 + tax for contact solution, markers, 2 boxes of cereal, 2 boxes of crackers, allergy meds, hair clips, and 2 folders. I think the mail-in-rebate could go either way – because your out of pocket total is so low on the receipt, there’s a chance the manufacturer might refuse to honor the rebate. But, if it goes through, then your total cost is really only $0.11 $1.31 + tax + $0.44 for the stamp!


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    Rite Aid Starter Transactions: 7/31 – 8/6/11

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    You’ll find a list of this week’s Rite Aid deals here.

    If you’re new to The Drugstore Game, these new starter transactions will help you get your feet wet and show you how The Drugstore Game can save you money on things you already buy. If you don’t understand the transactions, read my Drugstore Game Primer, Common Sense with Money’s FAQ (which has a handy explanation of acronyms), and my explanation of How to Play The Drugstore Game at Rite Aid.

    Be sure to sign up for a Wellness+ card – you’ll need it for the following deals (get it in store instead of online so they give you the card right away). You may also need to register for Rite Aid Video Values to get some of the coupons listed below.

    Transaction #1:
    BUY:
    1 Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power or Manual Razor @ $9.99

    USE:
    $4/1 Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor 7/31 P&G insert

    Pay: $5.99 + tax
    Receive: $5 +UP

    Transaction #2:
    BUY:
    1 Oral B Complete or 3D Action Power Toothbrush @ $5.99
    3 Puffs tissue @ $0.97 each

    USE:
    $3/1 Oral-B Battery Toothbrush 7/31 P&G insert
    $0.25/3 Puffs tissue 7/31 P&G insert
    $5 +UP from previous transaction

    Pay: $0.65 + tax
    Receive: $2.99 SCR for Oral B

    Your out of pocket costs will be $6.64 + tax for all of these things, but you’ll get $2.99 back via SCR so your total cost is really only $3.65 + tax. The regular price for two boxes of tissue at most stores would be more than that, so you can see how playing The Drugstore Game gets you a lot more stuff for the same amount of money.

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    Morning Coffee: Got my first VigLink payout

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    I mentioned VigLink last month as a sort of work-around for California residents who were dropped as Amazon Associates, and in case any other bloggers were wondering, it seems to be working pretty well. I joined VigLink in mid-May, and I just got my first payout from them via PayPal for my May earnings.

    Coupon NetworkCoupon Network is offering some new coupons, including $0.75/3, $1.35/5 or $1.85/7 Knorr Rice and Pasta Sides, $2/1 People Magazine, and $1/2 Marie’s dressing.

    Red Plum has added a couple of new coupons for $1/1 Nivea for Men facial care product or $1/2 Nivea for Men shave gels, and $2/1 Samy Fat Hair 0 Calories.

    Coupons.com still has the $1/1 Reach floss coupon – print two now, and then hold onto them for the 8/14 sale at Walgreens, when you’ll be able to use the coupons to get free floss.

    Daily deal site Mamapedia is offering one-year subscriptions to Parents magazine for just $5 (or get two years for $10). If you’re a new Mamapedia customer, you can use coupon code 1YRPARENTS to get one year for just $3, or code 2YRPARENTS to get two years for just $6. Thank you if you join(ed) Mamapedia using my referral link!

    Daily deal site Plum District is offering $20 worth of edible cupcake toppers for just $10 – and they’re really adorable. These would be fantastic if you’re not very good at icing cakes (I’m not) but prefer making your own cupcakes instead of buying them (as I do – those store-bought ones have more frosting than I’d prefer to give the kids). Thank you if you join(ed) Plum District using my referral link!

    Cash back site Shop At Home is offering a free Colgate children’s toothbrush with free shipping from Walmart. You’ll pay $1.76 + tax upfront, then get $1.76 via cash back. {Note: This deal might be sold out but check back since it’s available through noon PDT tomorrow.} I especially like this deal because while it’s easy to get free adult toothbrushes through the Drugstore Game, free kid’s toothbrushes are harder to come by. Thank you if you join(ed) Shop At Home using my referral link!

    Amazon’s free Android app of the day is Car Locator ($3.99 value), an app that remembers where you parked your car and reminds you to feed the parking meter, and gets 3.5 out of 5 stars in 43 reviews.

    Get a free sample of Kirkland Signature Supreme Diapers from Costco (Kirkland is their store brand). Membership not required. (Via Common Sense with Money.)

    Get a printable coupon for $0.50/1 Uni-ball product. (Via Printable Coupons and Deals.)

    For the Mommas has a Rite Aid update – and she got almost $200 worth of stuff for free!

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    P&G/Walmart Family Movie Night: "Who Is Simon Miller?" + Giveaway

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    P&G and Walmart are continuing their commitment to deliver quality family entertainment – the latest installment is Who is Simon Miller?, which airs on Saturday (8/6) on NBC. Here’s their synopsis:

    Like most families, the Millers have their challenges. Simon’s (Loren Dean) frequent business trips have created some distance between him and the rest of the family, leaving Meredith (Robyn Lively) stretched and struggling to keep things together. Daughter Sarah, an 18-year-old honor student, has recently gotten herself into trouble at school while son Kevin, 15, struggles to engage with anything outside of a video game. However, these issues all prove to be trivial when Simon goes missing.

    Sensing something is not right, the family frantically searches Simon’s office for information. Discovery of a stash of passports, all with Simon’s picture but each with a different alias, reveals that their father has been keeping more than a few secrets. In a frantic phone call, Simon urges the family not to tell anyone of his disappearance, not even the authorities, right before the line goes dead. Who is Simon Miller? And what exactly has he gotten himself – and now his family – into?

    Shocked, scared and unsure if they can even trust the dad they thought they knew, the three embark on their own international mission to get him back. With Meredith’s sharp instincts, Sarah’s foreign language skills and Kevin’s natural tech genius, they try to unravel the mystery behind his disappearance. It’s a heart-pounding family thriller that tests the limits to which families will fight for each other.

    I’ve had the chance to preview the movie, and while I haven’t finished it yet, I’ve enjoyed what I’ve seen so far. The only thing is that at ages 4 and 6, my kids are too young to enjoy it with me. They got bored pretty quickly, as the whole “spy” concept is a little too complicated for them to follow.

    WIN IT!

    P&G and Walmart want to give one lucky CFO reader a “Who Is Simon Miller?” movie kit containing candy, popcorn and a Family Movie Night DVD (probably not Who is Simon Miller? but one of the previous movies).

    To enter this giveaway, simply fill out the form below. Email and RSS subscribers may need to click through to the blog in order to see the form. If you’re having trouble with your entry, you can go directly to the published form. This entry must be completed in order for your subsequent entries to be counted.

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    You can enter up to five times (one for each type), and you must complete the form once per entry. (To see the form again once you’ve completed it, just refresh the page.) Only one entry of each type per email address will be counted. I’ll select the winner using Random.org and announce them here on CFO as well as contact them by email. Winner must respond within 24 hours, otherwise their prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be selected. Additionally, these guidelines apply to all giveaways here at CFO.

    The giveaway ends at 9 p.m. PDT on Saturday, August 6, 2011, and is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!

    Disclosure: I received a “Who is Simon Miller?” screening kit to facilitate this review. Any opinions are my own. Read the full CFO disclosure policy here.

    Walgreens: 7/31 – 8/6/11

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    You can find a full roundup of this week’s deals at Common Sense with Money. I’ve listed the deals that I think are the best for playing The Drugstore Game this week (starter scenarios to come later), as well as the prices that are rock-bottom in my price book.

    Complete Multi-Purpose Solution $8, Get a $8 RR when you buy one
    FREE after RR

    Kids Smart Hi DHA-Omega 3 Fish Oil, 30 ct $7, Get a $7 RR when you buy one
    FREE after RR

    Goody Color Collection Snap Clip $2, Get a $2 RR when you buy one
    FREE after RR

    Crayola Washable Markers $2, Get a $2 RR when you buy one
    FREE after RR

    Caladrin Inflame Away Joint Health $10, Get a $10 RR when you buy one
    FREE after RR

    ReNew Life First Cleanse $20, Get a $20 MIR when you buy one
    FREE after MIR

    Allegra 24 Hour Allergy Relief $6.99, Get $6.99 MIR when you buy one
    Use $2/1 Allegra, Children’s Product, or Allegra D
    FREE plus overage after coupon and MIR

    Pampers Jumbo Pack Diapers 2/$20, Get a $3 RR when you buy two
    Use $1.50/2 Pampers Diapers or Pants 7/3/2011 P&G Insert (exp 7/31/2011)
    Use $4/1 Pampers Cruisers Diapers Home Mailer (exp 7/31/2011)
    Use $1.50/1 Pampers Diapers 6/5/2011 P&G Insert (exp 7/31/2011)
    PLUS $2/1 Pampers Cruisers or Swaddlers Walgreens Infant Care Booklet
    Pay as low as $2.50 each after coupon and RR

    Cereals or Snacks 4/$10, Get a $5 RR when you buy four
    Select Kellogg’s Cereals
    Special K Bars
    Nutri Grain Bars
    Rice Krispies Treats
    Pop Tarts
    Keebler Crackers
    Cheez-It

    Use $1/3 Kellogg’s Cereal 7/24/2011 RP Insert (exp 9/4/2011)
    Use $1/2 Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats 7/24/2011 RP Insert (exp 9/4/2011)
    Use $0.70/1 Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Cereal (IE) Printable (FF)
    Use $3/5 Kellogg’s Special K Products
    Use $1.50/3 Kellogg’s Special K Products
    Use $1/2 Kellogg’s Special K Products
    Use $1/2 Kellogg’s Special K Cereals (IE) Printable (FF)
    Use $1/2 Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars 5/28/2011
    Use $1/3 Kellogg’s Pop Tarts or Mini Crisps 7/24/2011 RP Insert (exp 9/18/2011)
    Use $1/3 Kellogg’s Pop Tarts or Mini Crisps (IE) Printable (FF)
    Use $1/2 Kellogg’s Rice/Cocoa Krispies Cereal (IE) Printable (FF)
    Use $0.70/1 Sunshine or Keebler Crackers (IE) Printable (FF)
    Pay as low as $0.30 each after coupon and RR

    Buy $10 worth of Products, Get $3 RR
    Select Cascade, Downy, or Tide Products, $3.99
    Use $1/1 Cascade Products 7/31/2011 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2011)
    Use $1/1 Cascade Rinse Aid 7/3/2011 P&G Insert (exp 7/31/2011)
    Use $1/1 Cascade Products 7/3/2011 P&G Insert (exp 7/31/2011)
    Use $1/1 Tide Detergent 7/31/2011 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2011)
    Use $0.50/1 Tide Release Products 7/31/2011 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2011)
    Use $0.50/1 Tide Stain Release 7/3/2011 P&G Insert (exp 7/31/2011)
    Use $2/1 Tide or Gain Powder Detergent 7/17/2011 SS Insert (exp 8/31/2011)
    Use $0.50/1 Tide Laundry Detergent 7/3/2011 P&G Insert (exp 7/31/2011)
    Use $0.25/1 Downy Liquid or Dryer Sheets 7/31/2011 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2011)
    Use $1/1 Downy Liquid Fabric Softener 7/3/2011 P&G Insert (exp 7/31/2011)
    Use $0.50/1 Downy Liquid Fabric Softener or Dryer Sheets 6/5/2011 P&G Insert (exp 7/31/2011)

    Dental Care 2/$5, Get a $2 RR when you buy two
    Oral B Advantage Toothbrush
    Oral B Floss Picks, 75 ct
    Crest Complete Whitening Expressions
    Crest Whitening Plus Scope Toothpaste
    Crest Glide Floss

    Use $0.75/1 Crest Toothpaste 7/31/2011 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2011)
    Use $0.50/1 Crest Toothpaste 7/31/2011 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2011)
    Use $0.75/1 Crest Toothpaste 7/3/2011 P&G Insert (exp 7/31/2011)
    Use $0.75/1 Crest Toothpaste or Liquid Gel 6/5/2011 P&G Insert (exp 7/31/2011)
    Use $1/1 Crest Toothpaste or Liquid Gel 6/5/2011 P&G Insert (exp 7/31/2011)
    Use $0.75/1 Oral-B Floss or Glide Floss Picks 6/5/2011 P&G Insert (exp 7/31/2011)
    Use $0.75/1 Oral-B Manual Toothbrushes 7/31/2011 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2011)
    Pay as low as $0.50 each after coupon and RR

    Dental Care 2/$6, Get a $3 RR when you buy two
    Oral B Advantage 1-2-3 Toothbrush
    Crest Whitening Plus Scope Outlast
    Complete with Scope Dual Blast Toothpaste
    Scope Mouthwash

    Use $0.75/1 Oral-B Manual Toothbrushes 7/31/2011 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2011)
    Use $2/2 Oral-B Toothbrushes 7/3/2011 P&G Insert (exp 7/31/2011)
    Use $0.75/1 Crest Toothpaste 7/31/2011 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2011)
    Use $0.50/1 Crest Toothpaste 7/31/2011 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2011)
    Use $0.75/1 Crest Toothpaste 7/3/2011 P&G Insert (exp 7/31/2011)
    Use $0.75/1 Crest Toothpaste or Liquid Gel 6/5/2011 P&G Insert (exp 7/31/2011)
    Use $1/1 Crest Toothpaste or Liquid Gel 6/5/2011 P&G Insert (exp 7/31/2011)
    Pay as low as $0.50 after coupon and RR

    Coffee Mate 2/$3
    Use $0.50/1 Coffee-Mate Liquid or Powder
    Use $0.55/1 Coffee-Mate
    Use $0.75/2 Coffee-Mate
    PLUS $1/2 Coffee Mate Creamer Walgreens IVC
    Pay as low as $0.45 each after coupons

    Cottonelle Fresh Wipes $1.99
    Use $0.50/1 Cottonelle Flushable Moist Wipes/Refill (IE) Printable (FF)
    Use $0.75/2 Cottonelle Wipes 7/17/2011 SS Insert (exp 8/28/2011)
    Pay as low as $1.49 each after coupon

    Dawn Dish Liquid $0.99
    Use $0.50/1 Dawn Dish Detergent 7/31/2011 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2011)
    Use $0.25/1 Dawn Product Home Made Simple, Organize in Style (exp 10/31/2011)
    Pay as low as $0.49 each after coupon

    BACK TO SCHOOL DEALS:

    Wexford Pocket Folder with prongs $0.11

    High Trails or Anchorage Backpacks or Totes $9.99 (BOGO Free)

    School Supplies $0.39
    Penway or Wexford 1 Subject Notebook
    10 pack No. 2 Pencils
    6 pack Paper Mate Highlighter

    Penway or Wexford School Supplies $0.59
    Filler Paper, 130 ct
    Composition Notebook
    Crayons, 24 pack
    Colored Pencils, 12 pack

    School Supplies $0.59, with in ad coupon
    School Box
    Rose Art Jumbo Stick or 3 pack Glue Stick
    Rose Art Glue, 4 oz

    School Supplies $0.79, with in ad coupon
    Fiskars Scissors

    School Supplies $0.99, with in ad coupon
    Pentel Lead Refills, 30 ct
    Bic Grip Mechanical Pencils, 5 ct

    Penway or Wexford Erasers $0.29, with in ad coupon

    Office Supplies $0.69, with in ad coupon
    Work Essentials Mini Staplers
    Sharpie Markers, 2 pack

    Office Supplies $0.99, with in ad coupon
    Corner Office or Wexford Pens, 20 pack
    Dry Erase Markers, 4 pack
    Splash Liquid Highlighters, 5 pack

    Office Supplies 3/$1, with in ad coupon
    Corner Office or Wexford Legal Pads
    Acco Paper Clips, 100 ct

    It’s Academic Notebooks or Portfolio BOGO Free

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