At one time or another we’re all going to need some type of medication. We’ll go to the doctor and get a prescription, and then we’ll have to find some way to pay for those expensive drugs. But do they have to be expensive? Absolutely not! In this post I’m going to explain how to save money on prescriptions.
How to Save Money on Prescriptions
Last year, my husband was really struggling with allergies. Like, sneezing or blowing his nose every five seconds. It was awful.
He went to his doctor and got a prescription for the generic of Singulair. He went to the name-brand pharmacy down the street and got it filled. When he went to pick it up, he found out that it cost over $300! And it was not covered by our insurance.
After this traumatic and expensive experience, we started looking into ways to save money on prescriptions. Turns out, there’s plenty of option.
Say no to those high prices
Did you know that you can refuse to purchase a filled prescription based on the price? So, if you drop off your prescription and the pharmacy fills it and then when you pick it up they tell you it’s super expensive, you can just say “Oh, I didn’t know it cost that much, I’m not going to get it.” And they can’t make you pay for it.
Find the lowest price
The truth is that prescription drug prices are not regulated. They can vary store to store by hundreds of dollars.
My husband found a great website that can help you find the lowest price for a prescription, GoodRx.com. The GoodRx services 100% free. They help you find the lowest price pharmacy for your prescriptions. If you search for a particular medication, they’ll list the price for it at all the area pharmacies. This makes it super easy to compare prices.
GoodRx.com also gathers coupons and discounts for you to use on your prescriptions. Oftentimes pharmaceutical companies do have coupons available, it’s just hard to find them. GoodRx makes that easy. They also have mobile coupons available.
Another cheap secret
Does it seem like all the pharmacies are super expensive? Don’t fear! There is a diamond in the rough. And it’s our favorite big ol’ warehouse store, Costco!
Fun Fact: Did you know that you can use the pharmacy at Costco without having a membership? Anyone can use the Costco pharmacy, and it’s usually a whole lot cheaper that the name-brand pharmacies.
I hope that these ideas help you to spend less on your prescriptions. What else do you do to save money on prescriptions? Let us know in the comments below.