Sick of paying out the nose (that’s a nice visual) for prescriptions? Check out some tips for saving on your meds (and see the best deals on meat, produce, and household products around town this week).
One of my favorite money-saving tips is to shop around for prescriptions. Particularly for those who don’t have insurance, who take drugs not covered by insurance, or who have expensive “brand-name” medications, finding the lowest-priced pharmacy can mean huge savings.
In general, pharmacies with drive-thrus cost more, and drugstores like CVS or Walgreens are usually the highest priced of all. While the drive-thru can be a life-saving convenience when dealing with a screaming sick child, less-urgent and more frequent (“maintenance”) prescriptions are good candidates for filling elsewhere.
Some pharmacies to check for lower prices:
- Mail-order through insurance
- Canada (This is a somewhat gray area in US Law; this Consumer Reports article has more information on how to do it)
Warehouse clubs (to my knowledge, membership is not required to use club pharmacies)
The Virginia Drug Card is another option to investigate, even for those with insurance.
And finally, take advantage of coupons and promotions for filling a new or transferred prescription. For instance, the recent MARTIN’S coupon mailer contained coupons for a $25 gift card for filling a prescription. And Kroger debuted a new promotion this week: Receive 1000 fuel points, equivalent to $1 off per gallon at Kroger Fuel centers, for transferring a prescription to a Kroger pharmacy. The offer expires June 12.
Meat Top Pick
Oscar Mayer weiners or turkey franks $1 at Kroger. Print “$1 off 2” coupon or use from 5/16 SmartSource
Veggie Top Pick
Sweet corn $.20 ea at MARTIN’S
Fruit Top Pick
Peaches $1.68/lb at Kroger
Dairy Top Pick
Selected varieties of Parkay and Fleischmann’s 8-16 oz margarine $1 at Kroger
Staples Top Pick
20 oz French’s mustard $1.49 at Kroger, $1.50 at MARTIN’S. Print $.50 coupon or use $.50 coupon from 5/9 SmartSource to get it for $.49
Snacks & Sweets Top Pick
Nabisco snack crackers $1.88 at Kroger. Combine with $1 off 2 coupon from 5/16 SmartSource
Beverage Top Pick
Minute Maid Fruit drinks 64-oz $1 at Kroger and MARTIN’S (must buy 3 for $3 at MARTIN’S)
Household Top Pick
Excedrin 24-ct $.99 at Kroger after $1 coupon on package
Find more deals by accessing the stores’ weekly ads online:
- Prices valid 5/23-5/29: Kroger, Ukrop’s, Target, Walgreen’s, CVS, MARTIN’S
- Prices valid 5/26-6/1: Tom Leonard’s, Whole Foods, Fresh Market
Monthly ads online:
- Prices good for all of May: Ellwood Thompson’s, Good Foods Grocery
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