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  • CVS Starter Scenarios: 12/11 – 12/17/11

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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.

    Note: I generally try to avoid requiring more than one like coupon per transaction in the starter scenarios, but I’ve made an exception in this case because it’s such a great deal. If you can’t pick up extra insert coupons, just use the alternative printable coupons, or skip this week. Be sure to scan your card at the red scanner that is usually located near the store entrance – it’s printing a $5 off Centrum ProNutrients coupon. (You can scan your card as many times as the machine will allow until it says “No coupons available.”)

    Transaction #1:
    BUY:
    1 Combos @ $2

    Pay: $2
    Receive: $2 ECB

    Transaction #2:
    BUY:
    3 Centrum ProNutrients @ $9.99 each

    USE:
    3 x $7/1 Centrum ProNutrients from 12/11 Smart Source (or $5/1 Centrumm ProNutrients Omega-3 printable or Fruit & Veggie printable
    $5 off Centrum ProNutrients
    $2 ECB from previous transaction

    Pay: $1.97 + tax
    Receive: $10 gift card {coupon for gift card prints at end of receipt}

    I learned from a post at A Full Cup that sometimes CVS puts coupons for $4 or $5 off a purchase online in your CVS ExtraCare account without sending an email. I found a coupon for $4 off a $20 purchase that expired today, so I used that to make $7 in profit after taxes.

    For the scenario above, you’ll spend just $3.97 + tax out of pocket and get a $10 gift card of your choice for a pre-tax profit of $6.03. I’ve been getting CVS gift cards and rolling them as much as possible. 🙂

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