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Saving money on cold, flu remedies might make you feel better

Posted: November 8, 2017 - 2:11am

Has anyone else noticed the sniffles, coughs, fevers - and every other kind of sickness, it seems - going around right now?

Whether it is because of allergies or a virus, there are ways to prepare and to save money, even during times of sickness and the stress brought on by it.

First, you will notice there will be more coupons coming out soon for medicines. It could be in the paper or online, but you will see them and should clip them or print them out. Even if you won't use them this week, if they have a good enough date, you can save them for use later.

Start watching for sales at the stores on these brands you have coupons for. When they go on sale and you have that coupon, buy it then to save for later. The good thing about having your medicine stocked up before you get sick is you don't have to make that store trip when you already don't feel well and you don't have to get around others to spread any germs.

Another thing to remember with OTC medicines is name brand doesn't always matter. It might seem like you are getting a far superior product with a brand name, but, for instance, ibuprofen is ibuprofen. Buying the store brand could be just as good as the name brand. Most of the time, there is a decent amount of difference in the cost of name brand versus store brand. At some stores, you can even find coupons for their brand by looking at their website's coupon database and see if you can find a coupon to save even more money.

When you have prescriptions to fill, there are several things to remember. First of all, if you are prescribed an antibiotic, Publix has a list of those antibiotics that are free. Check them first to see if what you are being prescribed is on that list. Also, always have the doctor allow substitutions and generics. Generics will save a lot of money.

Sometimes the doctor will hand you a money-saving card for the medication they are prescribing. Take this card. It could save you half or more on the prescription. Watch the pharmacy for different specials. For instance, Publix has been running a special when you get your flu shot there, you get a $10 Publix gift card.

If you do get vaccines such as the flu shot, make sure to check with your insurance company first. Some cover flu shots, some do not, but it pays to know what is covered. Also, you may be covered if you get the flu shot at your doctor's office, but not if you go to a store pharmacy. You should ask first before receiving your shot to make sure what your out-of-pocket cost will be.

Sometimes when you get a prescription filled, they will have coupons you can get for other items in the store. Look for those while you are at the pharmacy counter. While they may not help your medication bill now, they could save money later.

Some illnesses simply need time to run their course. Depending on the illness, having a drink with electrolytes is good, or some soup and crackers will help.

When these types of items are on sale, and they have a longer date, buy them and keep them for those times when they are needed.
While one would hope everyone can go through the next few months without becoming sick, being prepared beforehand will help ease the stress of the sickness and hopefully get you on the road to better health a little more quickly.

 

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