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Saving On Medicine: Why It Pays To Talk To Your Pharmacist

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Written by Brooke Wagner
In these times of little face-to-face communication, it’s refreshing to see how helpful many pharmacists can be, and how much time they’ll take to help.

I’ve learned a lot from talking to the pharmacist at the drug store, grocery store, and discount store. But did you know your pharmacist can actually save you money? In fact, this could be one lucrative chat.

The first step in developing this money and time-saving relationship is to take time to chat. Womansday.com reports that the best hours are between 10 a.m. and noon, or between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are the least busy, and try not to stop by on the first of the month, which can be particularly busy.

Let your pharmacist know which prescriptions you’re taking and ask point blank, “How can I save more money?”

Many pharmacies keep extra coupons right up front, while others can tell you about manufacturer mailing lists where you can get monthly coupons for brand name medicines. Also, some pharmacy generic savings programs are not publicized.

Next, let your pharmacist know which over-the-counter medicines or supplies you need or use. You might be surprised by how many insurance will cover — and your pharmacist can tell you exactly how much you’ll save. He or she can also point the way to the best options for your over the counter needs.

Discount generic drug programs, such as $4 generics at Target and Walmart, as well as discounts at drugstores, such as Walgreens, are mainstream now. But when you take the time to ask what else you can do to save and get the best treatment possible, you get the best of both worlds for your family’s health.

About The Blogger

- In her Brooke’s Bargains blog Brooke Wagner writes about finding bargains and saving money for her family. She calls it one of her favorite hobbies. Blog entries cover everything from the latest steals, deals, and freebies to cheap family activities, saving for college, and what to buy right now. Tweet Brooke your ideas at @BrookeCBS4.

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