ShopSmart Finds Target, Walmart Offer Lower Prices, Bigger Savings on Over-The-Counter Drugs than CVS, Walgreens.
Shoppers can save hundreds of dollars a year by changing how and
where they shop
YONKERS, N.Y., April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Drug stores
may be a convenient choice for over-the-counter medications, but
there’s a price to pay for convenience. The May 2013 issue of
ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, features findings from the
magazine’s price scan of 185 drugs at hundreds of stores nationwide
that revealed potential savings of hundreds of dollars a year for
shoppers willing to change their over-the-counter medication shopping
Target, Walmart and supermarkets and found that Target and Walmart beat
the drugstore chains every time. Walmart had the lowest prices on 26
items, the most of any of the retailers. Target offered the biggest
savings on a single item – their store-brand
, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that reduces pain, fever, and inflammation.
(24 count) was 73
percent cheaper than the store-brand offering at Walgreens.
When shopping for nonprescription medications, choose the right size
container. The largest packages are not always the smartest buys.
ShopSmart found the savings on some medium-sized bottles are comparable
to their giant counterparts, and the drugs are less likely to expire
before they can be used.
“If you’re still buying drugs at drugstores you’re
missing out on a major way to save,” said Lisa Lee Freeman,
editor-in-chief of ShopSmart. “Our price scans on many different
products, including food, and beauty items, and now medications, show
that by simply shopping at Walmart and Target you can cut your costs by
hundreds of dollars a year.”
Maximize Savings with Drugstore Loyalty Programs ShopSmart found
that drugstore chains almost always had the highest regular price on
nonprescription drugs, but joining a loyalty program at one of the big
chains – CVS,
and Walgreens – can help shoppers uncover deals.
The trick is to sign up and read up. Here is a look at some of the
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of loyalty card memberships that anyone can join:
1. CVS ExtraCare. Earn two percent back on almost all
nonprescription purchases in stores and online; members receive extra
rewards for buying select items each week. Additional rewards can be
earned by enrolling in special beauty, diabetes and pharmacy programs.
Rewards include instant savings on featured items and ExtraBucks
cash-bask coupons for future purchases. ExtraBucks coupons generally
expire after 45 days.
2. Rite Aid Wellness+. Shoppers earnone point for every dollar spent
on eligible nonprescription items in stores and 25 extra points for
prescriptions. Program offers instant savings on featured items and +Up
Rewards to redeem on future purchases. Earn 500 points and get rewards
such as fitness memberships, magazine subscriptions and health
screening. +Up Rewards are good for 14 days. Wellness+ for Diabetes
(free, with separate enrollment) offers exclusive member benefits.
3. Walgreens Balance Rewards. Members earn points for buying certain
items in stores and online (for example, 250 points for
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); 500 points for prescriptions and
immunizations. Shoppers receive instant savings on featured items. Earn
5,000 points to get $5 to spend on a future purchase; hit other point
levels and get up to $50. Earn ten points for every mile in the Walk
with Walgreens fitness program; get bonus points by linking an AARP
membership to a Balance Rewards account. Points expire after three years
or sooner if an account has been inactive for six months.
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thousands of products and services annually. Founded in 1936, Consumer
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other publications. Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for
health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other
consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the
About ShopSmart magazine: Launched in Fall 2006 by Consumer Reports,
ShopSmart draws upon the publication’s celebrated tradition of
accepting no advertisements and providing unbiased product reviews.
ShopSmartfeatures product reviews, shopping tips on how to get the most
out of products and “best of the best” lists. It’s ideal
for busy shoppers who place a premium on time. ShopSmart has a newsstand
price of $4.99 and is available nationwide at major retailers including
Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart, Borders, Kroger, Safeway and Publix.
ShopSmart is available by subscription at www.ShopSmartmag.org.
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