How To Save Money at the Drugstore

by Pam on July 7, 2009

1.  Buy the generic brands instead of the brand names.  They work just as well and cost a lot less.ways to save money at the pharmacy  A pharmacist at our nearby drugstore is a really great guy and he swears by the generic brands.  He said they contain the same ingredients so there’s no reason to buy the more expensive brand name products. 

2.  When purchasing prescription medications, if you know you will need more than one month’s worth of the product, fill 3 months at a time and pay a single dispensing fee rather than paying an individual dispensing fee for every month. It will save you money, and you will also save time because you won’t have to visit the pharmacy as often.

3.  Watch for sales.  I have noticed flipping through flyers that vitamins and painkillers frequently go on sale.  Unless you have completely run out, wait to purchase these items until you can get them at the lowest price.

4.   Check the expiration dates on the medicines you purchase. You don’t want to end up paying an arm and a leg for a product and then discover that you will have to throw it out if you don’t use it within a month.

5.  Be an informed shopper.  Make sure you know what you are buying and don’t get conned by clever advertising.  Not all medicines are necessary or even effective, so be sure to do your homework.  Feel free to ask a pharmacist, as they will be familiar with all of the products.

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