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  • CVS Starter Scenarios: 2/12 – 2/18/2012

    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.

    There are enough non-gift card deals this week for starter scenarios, but it’s best if you have at least two of each coupon for the following:

    Transaction #1:
    BUY:
    1 Colgate Total @ $2.75

    USE:
    $0.75/1 Colgate Optic White, Total Advanced or Sensitive Pro-Relief from 2/12 Smart Source insert

    Pay: $2
    Receive: $2 ECB

    Transaction #2:
    Skip this transaction if you only have one Colgate coupon

    BUY:
    1 Colgate Total @ $2.75

    USE:
    $0.75/1 Colgate Optic White, Total Advanced or Sensitive Pro-Relief from 2/12 Smart Source insert
    $2 ECB from previous transaction

    Pay: Tax
    Receive: $2 ECB

    Transaction #3:
    BUY:
    4 Nivea Lip Care @ $2.50 each

    USE:
    2 x $3/2 Nivea Lip Care Products from 2/12 Red Plum insert
    $2 ECB from previous transaction

    Pay: $2 + tax
    Receive: $3 ECB

    At this point, you’ll have paid $4 + tax for 2 tubes of toothpaste and 4 lip balms, plus you’ll have a $3 ECB to roll next week or spend this week – making your net cost just $1 + tax.

    If you have enough coupons, you can do this fourth transaction:

    Transaction #3:
    BUY:
    8 Speed Stick or Lady Speed Stick @ $1.99 each

    USE:
    4 x B1G1 Speed Stick or Lady Speed Stick Deodorant from 1/29 Smart Source
    $3 ECB from previous transaction

    Pay: $4.96 + tax
    Receive: $5 ECB

    If you do the fourth transaction, your total out of pocket will be $8.96 + tax for 2 tubes of toothpaste, 4 lip balms, and 8 deodorants, plus a $5 ECB for a net cost of $3.96 + tax.


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