Wednesday, May 21, 2008

WFMW: CHEAP Allergy Medicine

Thanks to Shannon from Rocks in my Dryer for hosting the weekly Works for me Wednesday Carnival! Head on over for a lot of useful tips!

Sometimes, I just can't figure out what is WRONG with me. I should know better by now, really I should ... but I DON'T. Hardheaded sunshine girl that I am, I thought I would share with you what I've learned about allergy medicine ... and maybe I can save you some money, honey! Of course, you probably already know about it...

I use Zyrtec -- year round. When I could get it as a prescription, it wasn't too bad, because I only paid $5 through our prescription plan -- so, $5 x 12 months = $60 per year. Now that Zyrtec is an over the counter drug, it can run up to $20/bottle of 45 tablets... meaning, I would need 8 bottles for the whole year which works out to $160 per year.

Now ... I know some of you are saying: "GET GENERIC you silly goose!" Well, I could get CVS brand (which at first I did), but it runs anywhere from $12 for 14 tablets up to $35 for 120 tablets. I thought that was a great savings, and I was all proud of myself for being clever and what not ... but then ... I found this (and if you use allergy medicine year round, you should really find this, too!): Kirkland Signature Aller-Tec Cetirizine HCL / Antihistamine Tablets. DUDE!! THIS PRODUCT RULES!!!

Get this: 300 tablets for $15.99. HOLA! I don't think I even need to do the math for you, but basically, I can feed my annual Zyrtec habit for a mere sixteen bucks. Can you totally dig it???

You might also want to check into the other Kirkland-brand MAMMOTH sized bottle-o'-pillages because they pretty much have it all in generic: Benadryl, Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, on and on and on and on and on.

Gotta love a deal... and THAT'S a deal!

Costco? My new hero. UHHH-gain! (that's "AGAIN" for you grammatically correct folk)


Susanne said...

I always buy their liqui-gel Kirkland brand "Advil". Way way cheaper and works just the same. Totally the same ingrediants.

Kate said...

Awesome, I've been taking the Walmart generic...I'll have to check this out! It's a LIFE saver, thanks for the great tip! Have a wonderful evening!! :)

Anonymous said...

Sam's Club also has a generic version - it's $17.12 for 350 tablets. It's their Member's Mark Cetirizine.

Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry said...

I am so glad you posted about this!!

I've just started taking "fake" Claritin, and paid $3.97 for 5 pills at CVS. I'll definitely be looking for it next time we go to Costco, or maybe even trying the fake Zyrtec.


Jane Anne said...

Do they have a kid version? My son was recently put on Zyrtec by the allergist and he needs to take it daily. Boy, it is expensive! He is too young to take tablets so he has the syrup.

Shalee said...

I'm all over this one! Thanks GiBee!

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