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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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    CVS Starter Scenario: 11/27 – 12/3/11

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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.

    There’s a deal where you get a $10 gift card if you spend $30 on selected products, and I think that’s the best deal this week. There are many ways to swing this deal depending on what coupons you have. It also appears that prices vary by region – I’ve used the prices listed in my SoCal ad, but I recommend checking your local ad to verify prices in your area. For purposes of this scenario, I’m assuming that you have only one of each insert coupon:

    Transaction Idea:
    BUY:
    3 Puffs Tissues, 95 – 108 ct @ $0.77 each
    1 2x Ultra Tide @ $5.94
    1 Bounty Paper Towels, 12 pk @ $9.77
    1 Dawn @ $0.88
    2 Glade Air Freshener @ $0.99 each
    1 Oral B Cross Action Power Toothbrush @ $4.99
    2 Nestle Jingles @ 2/$5

    USE:
    $0.25/3 Puffs Facial Tissues 10/30 P&G Insert (exp 11/30)
    $2/1 Tide Detergent 10/30 P&G Insert (exp 11/30)
    $0.25/1 Bounty Towels 11/27 P&G Insert
    $0.50/1 Dawn 10/30 P&G Insert (exp 11/30)
    $2/2 Glade products CVS printable
    $3/1 Oral B battery toothbrush 11/27 P&G Insert
    $1.25/2 Nestle Jingles printable

    Pay: $21.62 + tax
    Receive: $10 Gift Card of your choice {a coupon for the gift card will print at the end of your receipt; you’ll need to take the coupon with the gift card to a cashier to “pay for” the gift card}

    In sum, your net cost will be $11.62 + tax for 3 boxes of tissue, laundry detergent, paper towels, dish detergent, air freshener, a battery-operated toothbrush, and candy. If you have additional coupons, you can use your gift card coupon to get a CVS gift card, and then roll the gift card into this deal again to get everything for even less out of pocket.

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    CVS Starter Scenarios: 11/13 – 11/19/11

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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:
    1 Colgate Optic White Toothpaste @ $3.49
    1 Blistex Five Star, Complete Moisture, Lip Medex, DCT, or Herbal Answer @ $2
    1 Wet N Wild Eye Liner Pencil, Silk Finish Lip or Shine Nail Color @ $0.69

    USE:
    $1/1 Colgate Optic White Toothpaste Oct or Nov 2011 All You
    $1/1 Wet n Wild Eye, Lip or Nail Product 11/6 Red Plum insert {will likely beep and need to be adjusted down}

    Pay: $4.49 + tax
    Receive: $1.50 ECB for Colgate + $1 ECB for Blistex

    Transaction #2:
    BUY:
    2 Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce @ $0.88 each
    2 Carnation Evaporated Milk @ $0.88 each
    1 Stove Top Stuffing @ $0.88

    USE:
    $1/2 Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce, 14 oz printable
    $0.50/2 Carnation Evaporated Milk, 12 oz 9/25 or 10/30 Red Plum insert
    $1.50 ECB from previous transaction
    $1 ECB from previous transaction

    Pay: $0.40 + tax

    Your final total will be $4.89 + tax for toothpaste, Blistex, a beauty product, 2 cans of cranberry sauce, 2 cans of evaporated milk, and a box of stuffing. You’d pay more than that for just the toothpaste and Blistex at most other stores.

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    CVS Starter Scenarios: 11/6 – 11/12/11

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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 Arm & Hammer Liquid Laundry Detergent, 25-32 Loads @ $2.99 each

    USE:
    $1/2 Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergents 10/16 Smart Source

    Pay: $4.98 + tax
    Receive: $1 ECB

    Transaction #2:
    BUY:
    1 GE Energy Smart 40,60,75, or 100 Watt, 1 pk @ $2.99

    USE:
    $1/1 GE Energy Smart or GE Halogen Light Bulbs, p.45 Oct 2011 All You
    $1 ECB from previous transaction

    Pay: $0.99 + tax
    Receive: $1 ECB

    You’ll spend $5.97 + tax for two bottles of detergent and a light bulb, and have a $1 ECB to roll next week or spend on this week’s sale items. It’s not the greatest deal, but it is quite good if you need these items.

    I like the Spend $30, Get a $10 gift card promo a lot, but making the most of it requires multiple like coupons, and I’m just not sure how many new couponers would have multiples. Is that something you’d like to see a scenario for?

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    CVS Starter Scenarios: 10/30 – 11/5/11

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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:
    1 Bausch & Lomb Soothe Eye Drops Single Use 28 ct or Hydration 0.5 oz @ $8.99

    USE:
    $4/1 Bausch + Soothe Eye Drops 10/09 Smart Source insert or $4/1 Soothe Hydration Lubricant Eye Drops Oct 2011 All You

    Pay: $4.99 + tax
    Receive: $4 ECB

    Transaction #2:
    BUY:
    1 Schick Quattro For Women Cartridges 4 ct @ $8.99

    USE:
    $4/1 Schick Quattro for Women Refills 9/25 Smart Source insert
    $4 ECB from previous transaction

    Pay: $0.99 + tax
    Receive: $4 ECB

    Transaction #3:
    BUY:
    1 DiGiorno, 12″ Pizza @ $5
    1 Dawn dish soap @ $0.99
    1 Mars Chocolate @ $2.49

    USE:
    $2/1 Digiorno Product Facebook printable
    $0.50/1 Dawn 10/30 P&G Insert
    $1.50/1 Mars Bag, 9.4 oz+ printable
    $4 ECB from previous transaction

    Pay: $0.48 + tax

    In sum, you’ll pay $6.46 + tax for eye drops, razor cartridges, a frozen pizza, dish soap and Halloween candy. You would pay that just for the cartridges at other stores.

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    CVS Starter Scenarios: 10/23 – 10/29/11

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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:
    1 Pumpkin Masters Carving Tool @ $2.49
    1 Gold Emblem Candy Corn, Autumn Mix or Pumpkins, 8 oz @ $0.99

    Pay: $3.48 + tax
    Receive: $2.49 ECB for carving tool & $0.99 ECB for candy
    Deals valid through Tuesday only

    Transaction #2:
    BUY:
    2 Gold Medal All Purpose Flour, 5 lb @ $2.50
    4 Kleenex Facial Tissue, 110 ct Regular or 78 ct with Lotion @ $1
    1 Scott Bathroom Tissue, 12 Pack @ $8
    1 Scott Choose-A-Size Mega Rolls, 6 pk @ $6
    2 Arm & Hammer Liquid Laundry Detergent 25-32 oz or 2-in-1 Dryer Cloths 40 ct @ $3.50 each

    USE:
    $0.50/3 Kleenex Facial Tissues from 10/02 Smart Source insert
    $1/1 Scott Bath Tissue from 09/11 Smart Source or August All You
    $1/1 Scott Paper Towels August All You
    $1/2 Arm & Hammer Laundry Products 9/18 Smart Source insert or $1/2 Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergents from 10/16 Smart Source insert
    $2.49 ECB from previous transaction
    $0.99 ECB from previous transaction

    Pay: $23.02 + tax
    Receive: $10 gift card (coupon prints on receipt)

    This deal works out to $1.67 per package of flour, $0.55 per box of tissue, $0.36 per roll of toilet paper, $0.50 per roll of paper towels, and $1.85 per laundry detergent. Those are all stock up prices in my book, although I’ve never used Scott paper products. If you can’t get to the store before Tuesday, just skip the first transaction – your total out of pocket will be the same, and you just won’t get the free-after-ECB items.

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