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  • CVS Starter Scenarios: 3/4 – 3/10/2012

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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:
    1 Gold Emblem Jelly Beans, 7-oz @ $0.99

    Pay: $0.99 + tax
    Receive: $0.99 ECB

    Transaction #2:
    BUY:
    2 Softsoap Bar Soap 4 pk @ $3.50 each

    USE:
    2 x $1.50/1 Softsoap Bar Soap from 2/12 Smart Source
    $0.99 ECB from previous transaction

    Pay: $3.01 + tax
    Receive: $5 ECB

    Transaction #3:
    BUY:
    1 Filippo Berio Olive Oil, 16.9 oz @ $3.99
    1 Blue Diamond Almonds, 6 oz @ $2.50
    1 Dawn Dish Detergent @ $0.99

    USE:
    $1/1 Filippo Berio Olive Oil from 1/15 Smart Source
    $1/1 Blue Diamond Almonds from 1/29 Smart Source
    $0.25/1 Dawn Product from Gather Together Savings Booklet
    $5 ECB from previous transaction

    Pay: $0.23 + tax

    In sum, you’ll pay just $4.23 + tax for jelly beans, 8 bars of soap, olive oil, almonds and dish detergent. You’d pay more than that for the soap alone at other stores!


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    CVS Starter Scenarios: 2/26 – 3/3/2012

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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:
    1 Thermacare, Lower Back and Hip Heat Wrap, 1 ct @ $3.79

    Pay: $3.79 + tax
    Receive: $3.79 ECB

    Transaction #2:
    BUY:
    1 Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Toothbrush 1 ct or Toothpaste 4 oz @ $4.99

    USE:
    $0.75/1 Colgate Toothpaste from 2/26 Smart Source or $0.75/1 Colgate Optic White, Total Advanced or Sensitive Pro-Relief from 2/12 Smart Source
    $3.79 ECB from previous transaction

    Pay: $0.45 + tax
    Receive: $4 ECB

    Transaction #3:
    BUY:
    1 Scott Choose A Size Mega Rolls, 6 pk @ $5.49

    USE:
    $1/1 Scott Paper Towels 4 pack from 1/15 Smart Source (exp 2/26)
    $4 ECB from previous transaction

    Pay: $0.49 + tax
    Counts toward the gift card deal

    If you can’t get to CVS today, then you can skip transaction #3 and hold onto the $4 ECB for next week or spend it on something else this week. If you can get to CVS today, then you’ll pay just $4.73 + tax for a heat patch, premium toothpaste, and 6 rolls of paper towels. You could easily pay that just for the toothpaste at other stores.


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    CVS Starter Scenarios: 2/19 – 2/25/2012

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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:
    1 Coldcalm @ $6.99

    Pay: $6.99 + tax
    Receive: $6.99 ECB

    Transaction #2:
    BUY:
    3 Eclipse Gum @ $1 each
    1 Tylenol Precise Pain Relieving Heat Patch or Cream @ $7.49
    3 Kleenex Facial Tissue @ $0.88 each

    USE:
    $5/1 Tylenol Precise Product from 2/19 Red Plum
    $0.50/3 Kleenex from 2/12 Smart Source
    $6.99 ECB from previous transaction

    Pay: $0.64 + tax
    Receive: $2 ECB for Eclipse & $2 ECB for Tylenol

    Transaction #3:
    BUY:
    2 Special K Multi-Grain Crackers or Cracker Chips @ $2.50 each

    USE:
    $1/2 Kellogg’s Special K Crackers and/or Cracker Chips from 1/1 Red Plum
    2 x $2 ECB from previous transaction

    Pay: Tax

    In sum, you’ll pay $7.63 + tax for homeopathic cold medicine, 3 packs of gum, a pain relief patch or cream, 3 boxes of tissue, and 2 boxes of crackers. You could pay that just for the Tylenol Precise at other stores!


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

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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.

    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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    CVS Starter Scenarios: 1/15 – 1/21/2012

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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:
    1 Brita Classic Pitcher @ $14.99

    USE:
    $4/1 Brita Pitcher or Faucet Mount System 12/04/11 or 01/15/12 Smart Source

    Pay: $10.99 + tax
    Receive: $5 ECB & submit for $10 Brita mail-in rebate

    Transaction #2:
    BUY:
    1 Almay Intense i-Color Shadow, Liner, or Mascara @ $5.99
    1 Coke Zero 12-pack @ $2.50

    USE:
    $2/1 Almay Cosmetic Product 01/01/12 Smart Source
    $0.99 Coke Zero product Facebook printable
    $5 +UP reward from previous transaction

    Pay: $0.50 + tax (+ CRV or bottle deposit if applicable in your area)
    Receive: $3 ECB for Almay

    Click here for the rest of the CVS scenarios

    CVS Starter Scenarios: 1/8 – 1/14/2012

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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:
    1 Mars Chocolate Singles @ $0.75

    Pay: $0.75 + tax
    Receive: $0.75 ECB

    Transaction #2:
    BUY:
    1 CVS Vitamin D @ $3.49

    USE:
    $0.75 ECB from previous transaction

    Pay: $2.74 + tax
    Receive: $3.49 ECB

    Transaction #3:
    BUY:
    2 Reach Toothbrushes @ $3.99 each

    USE:
    $2/2 Reach Toothbrushes printable
    $3.49 ECB from previous transaction

    Pay: $2.49 + tax
    Receive: $4 ECB

    At this point, you’ll have paid $6.73 + tax for a candy bar, Vitamin D, and 2 toothbrushes, plus you’ll have a $4 ECB to spend. Here’s an optional fourth transaction you can do if you can find enough Kleenex and have enough coupons:

    Transaction #4:
    BUY:
    12 boxes Kleenex @ $0.88 each

    USE:
    4 x $0.50/3 Kleenex from 1/1 Smart Source
    $4 ECB from previous transaction

    Pay: $4.56 + tax
    Receive: $3 ECB

    Your net cost will be $8.29 for a candy bar, Vitamin D, 2 toothbrushes, and 12 boxes of tissue!

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