Secrets of saving: 9 things that are better not to buy in a pharmacy
There are goods that are sold in almost all pharmacies, while it is much more profitable to purchase them in stores, writes Reader 's Digest
Among parents who have a small child, this is one of the most frequently purchased items. Therefore, it is important to save on diapers. In the pharmacy this will not work. In 2018, Pocket Your Dollar compared diaper prices and found that Walgreens puts them higher than Costco, Target, Amazon, and Diapers.com. In fact, buying diapers in some stores, rather than in pharmacies, is more profitable.
This product always ends up quickly in any home. It is very convenient to buy it in a pharmacy along with the necessary medicines. But it was not there! Pharmacy giant CVS sold expired milk, as well as expired eggs and baby food, according to Consumerist data. Although the company has been concerned about the freshness of its dairy products since then, there is no clear answer to the question whether it is actually more profitable to buy milk from pharmacies than from grocery stores. Milk prices vary across the country, as do discounts. But if you don't have time to compare prices, grocery stores are probably your best bet.
- Prescription Drugs
Yes, this is the most obvious product that you can buy at the pharmacy. But, according to Consumer Reports, it turns out that you can get your medicine by prescription and at a lower price in stores like Costco or Walmart. At the same time, CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens make the most of their income and profits from pharmacies. Therefore, prescription drugs are always more profitable to take in large stores.
- Vitamins and Supplements
They are also better not to buy in a pharmacy. Consumer Reports found that the vitamins offered by the Rite Aid pharmacy chain contained substandard supplements. It is better to buy vitamins at a large store or from retailers you trust.
- Toilet paper
According to a study by the Institute for Effective Housekeeping, it’s more profitable to buy toilet paper in bulk. And in a pharmacy it costs more than in large stores.
Never buy sun loungers at pharmacies. They may be cheaper there, but their quality and service life will be lower. In the end, you still have to buy a new one.
Cosmetics in Sephora and Ulta are much more expensive than in pharmacies. But you can save on buying cosmetics by purchasing them in warehouse stores. A recent price comparison from Clark.com found that mascara is an average of $ 2 cheaper there than pharmacies. The only exception is if you are a member of your favorite pharmacy reward program. In this case, get cashback for buying cosmetics, and it will be profitable in the long term. For example, with the Walgreens Beauty Enthusiast program, you earn $ 5 for every $ 50 you spend on beauty products, plus exclusive coupons and new product information.
Barbecues are one of the most important parts of the summer, but you shouldn't buy coal from pharmacies at an overpriced price. If you are a barbecue lover, you will need a lot of coal. It makes more sense to buy it in bulk elsewhere and save money, thereby saving yourself the hassle of frequent trips to and from the store.
- Frozen food
The corner with a refrigerator in the pharmacy is quite tempting, especially when it's hot outside. But Today experts say that buying ice cream or frozen foods for the next party is much more profitable for you to do this in bulk in stores. And if you are looking for frozen treats in the summer, you may find that their prices in pharmacies are higher than in the cold season.
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