How to Save on Vitamins and Supplements
Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 11:05 am
Most Americans aren’t receiving the proper amount of nutrition from food and diet alone. Vitamins and supplements offer an easy way to replenish those nutrients your body may be missing. If, like many, you’re on an extensive vitamin regimen, you understand how expensive vitamins, minerals and supplements can be. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to bring the cost down, so you can feel great for much less! Here are a few ideas:
Talk to Your Doctor
Before you start anything, you may want to visit your doctor and have him/her check your blood. What’s the point of taking a supplement for something you’re regularly getting from your diet? For example, if it looks like you’re eating plenty of potassium, there’s probably no reason to take a potassium supplement.
If you have a low co-pay, you can also see if any of the vitamins or supplements you need are available by prescription. If so, you might be able to buy several months’ worth of vitamins for far less than what you would pay for something straight off the shelf.
Buy Quality Products
As far as vitamins and supplements go, there are several brands to choose from. Do a little research first and figure out which brands are known to absorb into the body the best. Some nutritionists even suggest buying a liquid or gel cap instead of a solid tablet. Solid tablets take longer to break down and absorb into your blood.
Use Coupons and Pharmacy Rewards
On FreeCoupons.com, we often have great coupons for popular vitamin and supplement brands that you can easily print at home. Click on the ‘Health Care’ category in the Grocery Coupons section of our site to easily browse our selection. You can also utilize our weekly store matchups to discover what’s on sale and how you can pair coupons with those items for deep discounts!
You should also be sure to sign up for customer reward and loyalty programs at pharmacies like Rite Aid, CVS or Walgreens. With all of these programs you can earn points or rewards that can be applied to future purchases to help drive the cost down.
Buy in Bulk
Utilizing sites like Amazon or VitaCost is an easy way to save on whatever vitamins or supplements you need. For some products, Amazon offers a subscription service, which automatically has a new product delivered to your door whenever you run out. For example, if you sign up for a 3-month supply of vitamin-C, a new bottle will be delivered to your door when you’re almost out of those immune boosting C’s.
Combine and Read Labels
Taking a multivitamin or something like a B-complex vitamin is another great way to save. Read the labels and see what you’re getting. In other words, if your multivitamin provides you with 100% of your daily value of vitamin-C, you probably don’t need that extra vitamin-C supplement.