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Saturday, May 17, 2008

*NEW* The $5.00 CVS Challenge!

The day is here! Time to share your ideas with CVS newbies around the blogosphere!

A quick review of the rules:

1. Come up with your best scenario/scenarios for the upcoming week at CVS using the current weekly ad, monthly deals, and coupons available. Your budget for Out of Pocket (OOP) expenses on the first transaction is only $5.00 (either cash OOP or ECBs on hand).

2. Using up to (3) scenarios (we don't want to overwhelm the newbies with too many transactions), offer up your best scenarios to "grow" that $5.00 into more ECBs to use in following weeks.

3. If you want to divide your $5.00 allowance over the three scenarios to make them work, that's fine!

4. Be sure to list coupons by inserts and/or with links to printables to make it easier for everyone to follow along.

Read more here about why I've changed my Shopping Scenario Sunday to The $5.00 CVS Challenge.

Now, here's my $5.00 CVS Challenge!

Transaction #1

(1) Addidas Deoderant, $4.99

(1) Tums Quik Pack, $4.69

*use FREE Addidas Deoderant, RP 4/13

*use $1.00/1 Tums Quickpack, SS 5/18

TOTAL OOP: $3.69 + tax

ECBs Earned: $4.99 on Addidas; $4.69 on Tums

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Transaction #2

(1) Colgate 360 Clean Toothbrush, $3.99

(2) Oral B Indicator Toothbrushes, $1.99 ea ($3.98)

*use $1.00/1 Colgate 360, SS 4/27

*use $1.00/2 Oral B Indicators, P&G 5/4

*use $4.99 ECBs earned on Addidas in Transaction #1

TOTAL OOP: $0.98 + tax

ECBs Earned: $3.99 on Colgate; $2.00 on Oral B Indicators (earn $1.00/1)

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Transaction #3

(1) Aquafresh Extreme Clean Toothpaste, $2.99

*use $1.00/1, SS 5/4

*use $2.00 ECBs earned on (2) Oral B Indicators in Transaction #2

TOTAL OOP: $0.00 (this actually will be negative $0.01; add a small filler of $0.25-$0.50 to Transaction #3 to make your final total a positive number otherwise the register may not accept your $2.00 in ECBs)

ECBs Earned: $2.99 on Aquafresh Extreme

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Total Spent OOP: $4.92-$5.17 + tax

Total ECBs you'll take home after Transactions 1-3: $11.67

($4.69 on Tums; $3.99 on Colgate 360; $2.99 on Aquafresh Extreme)

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I'd love to see the smart deals you've come up with to help "grow" your $5.00!

Post your scenarios and details on your blog, then drop your permalink below!

Don't have a blog? Don't sweat it! Just comment below with your scenarios.

Thanks to everyone in advance for sharing your knowledge; newbies, please feel free to comment with questions!

Happy Savings!


4 comments:

Alyssa said...

I like this new challenge! I am working up some scenarios in my head. I will definitely let you know what I come up with.

Michele Krause said...

This is what I would do to start a great Cvs card.
Take the $9.99 coupon from last Sundays paper on the FreeStyle Lite Blood Glucose Monitor and purchase it for $10 and get $10 in ECB's. You will only pay taxes less than a dollar and earn 10ECBs. Then take that 10 ecbs buy another monitor with the ECBS and get back 10 ECBs again. Now you have 2 monitors paid just taxes and you have 10 ECBs. Sell the monitor on ebay or give them away. Now Buy the addidas Deodorants use the Free coupon you can get in ALL YOU magazine available at WalMart get 3, use on the Deodorants earn $14.97 in Ecbs and again only pay taxes. So for under $5 you just got 5 products and earned yourself $24.97 in ECBs! This should get you started out great!!!!

Faerie Mom said...

I figured out my scenarios for this week. But, I havent had a chance to work on the $5 challenge. I don't know if I can do it! LOL But, if I do I will come back and link to it....

Johnny said...

Great idea...too bad I am not too excited about this weeks or last weeks ads. I will keep it mind for future weeks.