How to Save Money on Medicine

Over-the-Counter Drugs

Stock up.

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Bulk shopping sometimes saves you cash, so that's what new mom Courtney Mollura does for her family. "I'll buy a big bottle of Advil or Tylenol at Costco, since we use those often," she says. (You can get 325 tablets of Advil for $15.25 at Costco; the same supply at CVS costs more than twice as much.)

Clip coupons.

Many pharmacies offer weekly or monthly promotions on OTCs, as well as on vitamins for you and your kids -- look for ads on Web sites or in circulars. For more discounts on meds, Joann Pitti, of Port Jefferson Station, New York, logs on to manufacturers' Web sites: "I download dollar coupons for the medicines I use most for my kids, like Children's Motrin."

Order your medicines online...

Online pharmacies can shave 10 to 30 percent off brand-name meds, but just check that the site carries the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site (VIPPS) mark from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. That means the pharmacy is legit.

...or by mail.

Many insurance companies offer programs that allow you to buy a 90-day supply for the same price you'd usually pay for a 30- or 60-day supply.

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