Buying medicine is one of the most unglamorous ways to spend money. That’s why we’re here to share a few money-saving tips. For instance, one way to lower the amount you pay is to talk to your doctor about sample packs.
You can even ask for free samples when you’re strapped for cash. It might not always work, but you could leave with a few pills and save yourself hundreds of dollars if you’re lucky. A more reliable way to save on prescriptions is to use our sponsor, GoodRx.
This free resource tells you where you can get the steepest discount on drugs. It gathers the current prices and discounts you’ll find in nearby pharmacies. Sometimes, you’ll find that one store charges you $100 for a prescription while a place just down the road charges as little as $10!
How to use it
Unlike many online databases, GoodRx is super easy to navigate. Just head to the search bar and enter your location and medication. Then, you’ll see all the pharmacies where you can score a good deal.
To help you understand how the website works, here’s an example. Lipitor, used to treat high cholesterol, was the most popular prescription in the U.S. in 2021. This drug topped sales “for most of the previous decade,” GoodRx reports.
When you want to look up sales near you, head to the main page and enter the drug in the search bar. When your result pops up, click it.
This takes you to a new page that asks you to set your location. Click Set your location to enter your city and determine how much you need to spend.
You’ll then see a pop-up asking you to enter your city and state. Type it in and hit Set location. For this example, I input Phoenix, Arizona.
Once you click Set location, you’ll see various prices near you. For instance, I could get this medication for as little as $6.51 at Safeway, but I’d have to spend $30.26 if I went to CVS Pharmacy.
Seeing the prices laid out like this makes one thing clear. Drug prices are just like real estate prices: It’s all about location, location, location.
Once you find a price you like, tap Get coupon. You’ll get a few codes you can print or send to yourself through text or email. The page will look something like this:
When you go to the store to pick up your prescription, show your code to your pharmacist for lowered prices.
It’s that easy
Getting the care you need to stay healthy shouldn’t be complicated — or expensive. Everyone should be able to afford their medications. That’s why you should check out GoodRx.
With GoodRx, you can instantly compare prices for your prescription at every pharmacy in your neighborhood and save up to 80%. GoodRx is free and easy to use. And many times, your savings with GoodRx are better than just using your insurance copay or Medicare.
Plus, with GoodRx, you can find discounts for your prescriptions at over 70,000 pharmacies, like CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Vons and Walmart.