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The CVS Drugstore Game: 3 items for $3.13!

Oliver was sick earlier in the week, so on Tuesday night I had to make a late night run to CVS for medicine.  Thankfully I had noticed that CVS had a great deal this week!  While I was there I picked up the ever-popular Zyrtec, and some toothpaste which we also needed. I didn’t have […]

CVS Drugstore Game: All This For $2.39!

After going Black Friday Shopping with my mom and sister, I had $5.50 worth of Extra Care Bucks to spend by December 26.  So Naomi and I went out to return our library books and pick up a few things at CVS. I had two rain-checks for cereal ($0.87) from Black Friday, and a coupon […]

Black Friday Shopping at CVS

I had not really planned to go out on Black Friday, but after I saw the long list of freebies at CVS, I had to see them for myself.  We were back in Maryland for the holiday, and using disposable diapers temporarily.  I had no CVS Extra Care Bucks when I began, so I decided […]

I’m Published!

Yesterday I opened my favorite blog, Money Saving Mom, and saw the title of her most recent article, “How Not to Play the Drugstore Game.”  My first thought was, “Crystal must have liked that article I submitted back in May, and decided to write one of her own.”  But as I glanced through the blog […]

The Drugstore Game Returns

This week I had to make a few purchases at CVS that would cost me $28.78.  I decided to put my new Drugstore Gaming knowledge to the test. I had a $2 CVS gift card that you might remember I received earlier this summer. When I arrived at CVS, I put both kids in the […]

The Drugstore Game: Failure & Success

Well, let’s just say it wasn’t pretty. My mom agreed to watch the kids so that I could go shopping.  I had my CVS card, advertisement, notes, and coupons in hand.  However, I forgot my Extra Care Bucks. A fact which I didn’t realize until I reached the register.  I should have just stopped there […]

Drugstore Game: Take 3

Yesterday I walked into CVS with Oliver, and we were prepared with our coupons, our list, our advertisements, and 1 ECB (Extra Care Buck) from my last trip. First, I used my 1 ECB to buy Extra Strength Exedrin (8 ct.).  I spent nothing and got 1 ECB back. Second, I used that 1 ECB […]

The Drugstore Game: Take 2

  My parents were in the middle of preparing for their Memorial Day picnic, when my mom realized that she was out of sugar.  I offered to go, bringing along my 5 Extra Care Bucks (ECBs) from my last 2 trips, my weekly CVS advertisement, and a coupon for $2/1 Preparation-H product. Scenario #1: First, […]

How NOT to Play the Drugstore Game

This week my goal was to learn how to play the drugstore game.  Crystal has been doing a video series called “31 Weeks To A Better Grocery Budget” and this week’s topic was “How To Get Started Playing the Drugstore Game.” She described the delight of using rewards programs to purchase items for FREE or […]

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