When is a Deal NOT a Deal?

12 May

Generic products are a double edged sword for couponers. Some of them are great money savers, while for most couponers, using widely available MFR coupons reduce the price of national brand products so drastically, you come out ahead by buying the “name brand”. 

However, one instance I noticed that I wanted to share with my fellow allergy sufferers: the DRASTIC difference in price between “real” and generic allergy medications. We’ll use Allegra as an example. 

This week, Allegra 15 ct. boxes are on sale at Rite-Aid for $11.99. For added value, you could head over to CVs and pick up the 70 ct. box for $34.99. But why, when you could head to your local Wal-Mart?

Wal-Mart sells many generic medication items (all made with the same ingredients as your brand name favorites) for around $1 – my Wal-Mart has a wide selection of items priced at 88 cents each – wow! One of the newer additions to this wide selection is a variety of allergy relief medications, including generic versions of Zyrtec and – you guessed it – Allegra. These boxes are only 5 ct each, but if you quickly do the math, they offer an amazing value.

For 15 pills, you would pay only $2.64, rather than $11.99 (a sale price elsewhere for the national brand version!). For 70, you will pay only $12.32 – as opposed to $34.99 for the brand name pills. The ingredients are the same, the pills work the same way – why pay 3-4 times as much? 

Side note: Coupons are often available for the brand name versions of these medications, so keep an eye on them. OCCASIONALLY, these coupons offer better savings than buying generics. But for the most part, when it comes to OCT drug items, it’s always better to buy generic!


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