How to Keep Illness and Prescriptions From Plaguing Your Pocketbook

You can never anticipate an illness approaching, and with prescriptions and doctor visits, the price adds up! I know there have been many times that I have gotten up to three prescriptions filled over just one sinus infection. With no time to plan ahead and prepare, you may find yourself spending more money than you had hoped! Here are some tips to help you save money even if you are feeling under the weather:

•Buy Generic. Brand-name drugs are much more pricey than generic. And studies by the FDA show that the average amount you would save by choosing generic over brand-name drugs is about $67! Also, all generic drugs have met the same requirements that their equivalent brand-name drug is required to meet. So basically, for the same drug you can save a lot more money!

•Get a Discount Prescription Card. Almost every company honors discount cards and many are free to obtain. With a discount prescription card you can save money on both brand-name and generic prescriptions.

•Call Different Pharmacies. Different pharmacies often have different prices on prescription drugs. Call around before you just stop by the nearest or usual pharmacy.

•Ask for Samples. Often times, your doctor may give you a few free samples during your visit. I know I’ve had a doctor give me a full paper bag once, and that was all that I needed to get well! It never hurts to ask!

•Use over-the-counter whenever possible. Using over-the-counter may save you some time without having to wait for anything being filled, but it may also save you money. Check and see if there is anything over-the-counter that could help you.

Don’t let this flu season hurt your wallet. Keep these tips in mind next time you make a doctor visit!

What has worked for you in the past? Share your ideas in the comments!

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