It’s the “stuffy nose, sore throat, coughing, sneezing, run a fever” season, and it can be brutal on both your body and budget. Between over the counter meds and prescription drugs, your wallet might be feeling a bit worse for the wear, too.
Grab a tissue and have some hot tea—we’ll tell you how you can save a few bucks during your next pharmacy visit.
- Clubs like Costco and Sam’s Club must sell prescription drugs to anyone with a valid prescription, member or not—it’s the law. Typically, you can save significant money at a club pharmacy.
- Make price comparisons between generics. According to the Mayo Clinic, when two or more manufacturers make a generic version of a drug, the price drops. You can find generics at 50-95% less than the brand name version.
- Ask your pharmacy if they offer a discount or store credit for a transferred prescription.
One last tip—look for coupons or free trials on drug manufacturers’ websites. Here are some deals from Coupons.com:
- Save up to 75% off on prescription medicine at your local pharmacy
- Save $1 on any Robitussin product
- Save $1 on any Advil Congestion Relief Product
- Save $10 on one Vicks Behind Ear Thermometer
Final Word: To save on prescription drugs, price compare between pharmacies and if you can, go generic.
The article above was written by our contributor – Jeanette Pavini – an Emmy award-winning consumer reporter and personal finance columnist for The Wall Street Journal Digital Network.