Everyday medications to keep yourself and your family healthy can be a major drain on your wallet. Money-saving expert Teri Gault, CEO and founder of TheGroceryGame.com, shared her tips on how to stock your medicine cabinet for a fraction of the normal cost.
Gault’s website examines deals – both advertised and unadvertised – at grocery stores and drugstores around the country and puts out weekly lists that direct consumers toward the cheapest prices.
“A good sale is half off, or 75 percent off when you combine different deals,” Gault advised. “You can even get some things for free.”
“If you wait until you’re out of a certain medication and you need it, you’re going to walk into the store and pay for it full price. It just bugs you when you know you can get a $7 bottle of Nyquil for $3 or less.”
- Teri Gault
These are the deals Gault looks out for herself when she purchases her year-round medicine cabinet essentials, which include pain relievers, allergy medicines/congestion relief, cough syrup, night-time cold medicine, Band-Aids and antibiotic ointment.
“When you get sick, especially at night, you do not want to go out and pick up medicine,” Gault said. “You want to be able to take care of yourself quickly.”
While people do express concerns about stocking up their medicine cabinet and inadvertently taking drugs past the expiration date, Gault recommended an easy prevention measure.
“What I always say is, grab a permanent maker, find the expiration date on the bottle, and mark it really big,” Gault said. “That way, you know you’re not going to hurt yourself.”
Plus, she added, “it’s good to stock up, because if you wait until you’re out of a certain medication and you need it, you’re going to walk into the store and pay for it full price. It just bugs you when you know you can get a $7 bottle of Nyquil for $3 or less.”
According to Gault, you never have to buy any over-the-counter medications at full price if you follow a few smart shopping rules. Here are her top five rules for buying medicine cheaply:
1. Generic supermarket or drugstore brands don’t beat warehouse brands in terms of price.