Married to the Empire

Monday, February 18, 2008

Prescription savings

I have acne rosacea (thank you, crud genes!), and it's been acting up pretty badly lately, so I saw the dermatologist last week. She gave me 3 prescriptions, two of which are name-brand only. This could have been very expensive, but I had a few things working for me.

One: The dermatologist gave me a manufacturer's coupon for one of the prescriptions. It was for up to $35-off my co-pay. Since my co-pay for this particular level of name-brand scripts is $50, this was significant.

Two: I had a coupon for a $25 CVS gift card with any new prescription. That's $25 worth of free stuff!

Three: My other name-brand script wasn't in, so I had to come back days later. This worked to my advantage because I could apply that $25 gift card I received with the other prescription towards the $50 co-pay, bringing the cost of my script down to $25. AND I had another coupon for a $25 gift card with a new prescription. (They only accept one per day, so having to wait for this medicine to arrive was advantageous.)

So, what should have cost me $115 (Script 1=$15, Script 2=$50, Script 3=$50) came to only $55 out of my pocket thanks to the $35 coupon and a $25 CVS gift card. PLUS, I now have another $25 gift card to spend on necessities such as soap and shampoo. I am loving CVS!


Ann said...

Ouch that's expensive stuff.

Ewokgirl said...

It really is, but so worth it. I've been toughing it out lately, but finally vanity took over. I couldn't stand the way my face has been looking, so I was willing to pay whatever to look good again.

After I saw the doctor last week, I was so excited and told Steven that my face was going to be pretty again. Smart man said, "Your face is already pretty." I think I'll keep him! ;-)

Anonymous said...

I found a great prescription discount card to lower the cost of my meds. No insurance right now. It's at They have drug prices posted. Best savings are on generics. The membership fee is very reasonable too -- $4.95 a month for the whole family!