Your local pharmacy is a convenient place to stop if you are in a hurry or don’t want to fight the crowd at a grocery store or department store. They carry much of the same items as other stores, but pharmacies are smaller and easier to navigate.
Since most people don’t think to shop at the pharmacy every day or just stop in to get their prescriptions, you can usually get in and out pretty quickly. Sometimes that convenience comes at a price, though. There are some things you should buy from your local pharmacy and others you shouldn’t.
Knowing which items are good buys and which aren’t can help you save some money and ensure that you don’t buy something that isn’t good quality or what you wanted. CVS and Rite Aid carry some great items; it’s up to you to decide which ones are a good deal.
Here are 15 items that you absolutely should buy from your local pharmacy. There are also 15 others that you may want to buy elsewhere. Just like with other stores, sometimes the pharmacy has what you need, and other times, it doesn’t.
“My pantry is full of brand names on these, all for $1 or less, and even free on deodorant. Toothpastes are all no more than 50 cents or free. All were bought on great sales with coupons and sometimes in-store rebates as well.”
Razors can be expensive, but not if you buy them at your local pharmacy. One shopper said:“Wait for coupons, but CVS regularly features 20 percent off deals, and you’ll pay about $1 less per refill cartridge than at other big box merchants. In fact, right now you can get a double bang for your buck with a 20 percent off coupon with a flu shot.”
A pharmacy shopper said:
“When there’s a sale, name brands like SoftSoap run as low as $1.49 for 15-ounce bottles.”
“The best deals on groceries at drugstores usually coincide with a store coupon found in the circular. Stock up on two to five different grocery deals weekly and your pantry will be full for half price or better.”
“Any electronics sold at a drugstore are going to either be overpriced or extremely low quality. Replacement cables and cords might be convenient, but if you can wait a few days for delivery, you’re more likely to find a better deal online for these items.”
“There are rarely soda deals at drugstores. Plus, their regular prices are higher than supermarkets’, and supermarkets run big soda deals regularly. If you’re looking for a drink deal at CVS or Rite Aid, your best bets are cans or bottles of green tea or other specialty teas, which do go on sale at great prices.”
“Unless they’re on sale with a coupon, the prices for cleaning supplies are usually quite a bit higher than supermarket prices. Plus, supermarkets regularly have super great sales, coupons, and even instant rebates and other deal stacking on cleaning supplies.”
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