Jan 4, 2010

Chief Family Officer Wants to Help YOU Master The Drugstore Game

Earlier today, I said that The Drugstore Game is my favorite way to save money – and that’s because I genuinely think it’s fun to be able to go into a store, pay $5, and leave with 10 shopping bags and coupons that will reduce the cost of my next purchase. Even after two years, I still can’t believe I get paid to buy things that I used to pay good money for without a second thought.

But I know that getting started in The Drugstore Game can be intimidating. That’s why I’m looking for one CFO reader who wants some help getting started. My hope is that by publishing our email exchanges, we’ll be able to answer those questions that everyone has when they’re not quite sure how to start.

Before you send me an email explaining why you need the help, let me lay out the requirements. To qualify for consideration as my Padawan,* you must:
  • Have weekly access to at least two of the following three drugstores: CVS, Walgreens, or Rite Aid.
  • Commit to acquiring at least one copy of the coupon inserts from Sunday’s newspaper every week, whether it’s by purchasing a paper or getting them from a friend or some other means.
  • Be able to print coupons from major sites like Coupons.com, SmartSource, and RedPlum.
  • Have read The Drugstore Game Primer, as well as Common Sense with Money’s FAQ.
  • Be willing to have our email exchanges published here at CFO, to help other readers. (Your name will remain private, if you wish.)
I’m not quite sure how this will work, since it’s never been done before. But my vision is, we’ll communicate via email, and I’ll help you get organized and figure out scenarios that you can do every week based on what your needs are. I’ll publish our email exchanges so that other readers can follow along. Of course, I make no promises regarding what you’ll learn, what you’ll be able to buy, what you’ll spend, or what you’ll save. But if my own experience is any indication, you’ll have fun saving money on things you and your family need.

So . . . if you meet all of the requirements above and are interested in mastering The Drugstore Game, fill out this form by 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 9.

*Padawan = Jedi Apprentice (my boys are obsessed with Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

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Lulu said...

I think it is great that you are taking someone under your wing and mentoring that person so intimately. I would love to be your Padawan but there is only a CVS where I live....I will still follow your exchanges with the lucky person and tweak my shopping as I learn more.

Chief Family Officer said...

@Lulu - The two drugstore minimum is so that we can get the most out of the experience. It looks like most, if not all, of the applicants have access to CVS, so it will likely be one of the stores we cover. I hope this experiment is helpful to you as you follow along!