4 Simple Ways to Save on Prescription Drugs

Tuesday’s Tip – There are a few ways to save on prescription drugs, I just wish someone would have told me sooner before I had spent so much.

  1. Buy them at Costco without your insurance – I know this sounds crazy, but with certain prescriptions are cheaper this way, you will just need to get a whole year at once.  This obviously works for the less expensive prescriptions.  My husband was paying $10 a month for his medicine.  (Because of our insurance you can only buy 1 month at a time.)
    At Costco you can buy a whole year’s supply, provided you have the Rx for it.  The cost for a year for my husbands meds….$11.00.
  2. Generic – I like to think most places will offer you generic if it’s available, but when they hand me something that is $60 I like to make sure there isn’t something cheaper.
  3. Ask for samples – my shampoo costs $200, with insurance I can get it down to $80, but that is still so much.  I just make sure I ask for samples whenever I am at the dermatologist.
    I had a friend giving me birth control pills for years, because they had so many samples come in.  That was going to cost me $65 a month.  Doesn’t hurt to ask.
  4. Coupons at Coupons.com – It’s not just for food items. They had a 75% off coupon recently and it does come and go, check back often and print it when you see it.  I took it to my pharmacy and asked which was better, my insurance or the coupon?  On the $200 shampoo my insurance was better, but not by much.

Who else is holding out information that I need to know?  I swear I spent $120 a year for years before someone told me, that was on top of my “prescription benefit plan” that cost me $10 a month, all for something that cost me $11 a year.


  1. Katie Belan says

    At Haggens if you need an antibiotic (who doesn’t this time of year) if its generic its free. They have a poster on the wall that tells you. I have also had them give me generic antibiotics before. This has been there for the past year.

  2. Oh yeah, I totally forgot about that. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Thanks for the great tips. I recently lost my health insurance, so these tips are really helpful.

  4. So, so sorry to hear that.