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Sunday, July 03, 2011

CVS Starter Scenarios: 7/2 - 7/9/11

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:
BUY:
2 Oral-B Cross Action Toothbrushes (or 1 Cross Action and 1 Advantage) @ $3 each

USE:
B1G1 Oral B CrossAction Manual Toothbrush 06/05/11 P&G
$2/1 Oral B Pulsar, CrossAction, Advantage or 2 Indicator or Cavity Defense Manual Toothbrushes 07/03/11 P&G

Pay: $1 + tax
Receive: $2 ECB

Transaction #2:
BUY:
1 Tampax Pearl or Always Infinity @ $3.99

USE:
$1/1 Always Infinity or $1/1 Tampax Pearl or Compact Pearl 07/03/11 P&G
$2 ECB from previous transaction

Pay: $0.99 + tax
Receive: $2 ECB

At this point, you've spent $1.99 + tax for 2 toothbrushes and a box of feminine products, and you've still got $2 ECB to roll next week or spend on something you need, like Dawn dishwashing detergent (on sale for $0.99 and $0.74 after coupon). You'd spend $1.99 for just one toothbrush at other stores, so this is a great illustration of how you can get more at the drugstores for the same amount of money.

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