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Sunday, June 19, 2011

CVS Starter Scenarios: 6/19 - 6/25/11

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:
1 Colgate Surround 360 Toothbrush 1 ct - $2.79
1 PowerBar Energy or Protein Bites, 2.6-3 oz - $2.49

$1/1 Colgate 360 Surround Toothbrush May or June 2011 All You

Pay: $4.28 + tax
Receive: $2 ECB for Colgate & $2.49 ECB for PowerBar

Transaction #2:
1 Colgate Total Gum Defense, Advanced or Enamel Strength 4 oz, or Max 6 oz Toothpaste - $2.79
1 LA Looks Gel, 12-20 oz - $2.99
1 Gain dishwashing detergent - $0.97

$1/1 Colgate Toothpaste, 4 oz+ 06/05/11 Smart Source
$1/1 L.A Looks Product, 20-26 oz 05/15/11 SS
$2 ECB from previous transaction
$2.49 ECB from previous transaction

Pay: $0.26 + tax
Receive: $2 ECB for Colgate & $2 ECB for LA Looks

Transaction #3:
5 Powerade 32-oz - 5/$5

$1/5 Powerade ION4 or Powerade Zero printable
$2 ECB from previous transaction
$2 ECB from previous transaction

Pay: Tax + CRV
Receive: $2 ECB

At this point, you've spent $4.54 + tax for 2 tubes of toothpaste, hair gel, dishwashing detergent, and 5 bottles of Powerade. The toothpaste alone could easily cost that at other stores. Plus, you have $2 ECB to roll next week, or to spend on this week's sale items, like General Mills cereal, Ritz crackers, or Special K products.

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