People that need to buy medicine regularly don’t have the luxury of “cutting down,” the way someone might save money every month by eating out less, or not buying new clothes as often. Medicine is, in some cases, a necessity for staying alive, so it’s a fixed expense. This doesn’t mean that people are stuck paying the maximum price on meds for the rest of their lives.
Fortunately, there are a few ways to get the cheapest prescriptions you can without necessarily having medical insurance coverage. In some cases, you may find the medicine cheaper if you don’t use your co-pay to get it. But how?
One way to get the cheapest prescriptions is to look at other pharmacies besides the one you normally shop at. Pharmacies don’t have fixed prices for drugs, so a pharmacy in an affluent neighborhood can—and does—charge much more for their meds, since they know that residents are often willing to tolerate the higher prices if they don’t have to drive further.
However, if you are willing to drive further, don’t be surprised if that longer distance means lower prices for pharmacies in other neighborhoods. Do your homework!
Get A Price Comparison App
Another great tactic in today’s digital world is using an app that compares prices for different drugs at different locations for you. There are a few different apps on the market now that track the pricing of medicine at pharmacies. You’d be surprised to see that sometimes that pricing on medicine can differ by as much as 30% or even more depending on which pharmacy is offering it!
The price comparison apps are one of the best ways to get a good summary at a glance without having to do much extensive research.
Use Discount Cards/Coupons
A final technique for getting the cheapest prescriptions is to use a discount card or coupon. Many pharmacies around the USA have entered into agreements with different organizations. If they are presented with the appropriate discount card or coupon, whether printed on paper or presented in digital form on the phone, they will apply a discount for that particular medicine.
In some cases, you need to belong to an organization to receive such a coupon or card. Other groups require that you pay an ongoing subscription to receive and use such a card. Still others, however, are fast, free, and don’t require any membership or subscription. If you’re interested in this, start looking at your options.