Prescription Medications Don’t Have to Break the Bank

Ways to Save on Your Prescription Medications

My family is one of the many that does not have prescription drug coverage, which is why I’m always on the lookout for ways to save money when prescription drug expenses arise. Fortunately, over the years, I’ve become quite savvy at turning a $100 prescription into a $30 prescription or even less. Here’s my secrets…

Wal-Mart: The Necessary Evil

Okay, I don’t always see eye to eye with the way Wal-Mart does business and I don’t shop there for my household needs, but I do often go there when I need a prescription. Why? Because Wal-Mart offers many commonly-needed medications for $4 for a 30-day supply or $10 for a 90-day supply.

Walgreen’s Prescription Savings Club

For the drugs that Wal-Mart doesn’t offer for $4, I go to Walgreen’s and use the Walgreen’s discount card offered with the Walgreen’s Prescription Savings Club. It costs $20 a year for individuals or $35 a year for families to join, but I saved more than that with the first prescription I used the card on and I also get 10 percent off of Walgreen’s brand products throughout the store.

To sign up for the Walgreen’s Prescription Savings Club you’ll need to visit the pharmacist and ask them. They’ll get you set up. Make sure you also ask about any savings coupons or booklets begin offered to new members. I received a $50 coupon book when I joined.

Buy Your Medications Online

Online pharmacies can indeed save you money. Just make sure you work with one that’s legitimate. Overseas pharmacies or pharmacies that don’t require a prescription from your doctor aren’t reliable and you don’t know if you’re really getting the right medication.

Ask for Samples

Of course, asking your doctor for samples is the cheapest way to get the prescription drugs you need. Most doctors are more than happy to provide samples to their patients. Especially if they know you don’t have prescription drug coverage.