Sometimes while waiting for your prescription at the drugstore, you end up grabbing a few things you need and when you check out, you’re floored by the high total. But sometimes you do actually save by buying there instead of the grocery store. First, join the store’s rewards program to get all the deals they’re offering and then shop for these 10 items that are cheaper at the drugstore.
Dairy - Drugstores know everyone always needs milk and eggs, so they have low prices on these essentials to get you in the door, hoping you’ll buy more.
Soda - They don’t have as much variety as the supermarket, but you can find deals on two-liters and 12-packs almost all the time.
Cereal - Some cereal is usually BOGO or on sale, so stock up then.
Nuts - Buy the drugstore’s own brand to save more than the brands at the grocery store.
Gift cards - You can find a selection of national brands and some stores, like Rite Aid, will give you rewards points for buying a qualifying gift card.
Personal care products - Things like shampoo and soap go on sale frequently at drugstores, so you should always pick them up there for a discount. If they’re not on sale this week, wait until next week and you could avoid paying full price.
Laundry detergent - If you’re brand loyal, you’ll just have to wait longer for your brand to rotate back on sale, but every four to six weeks, they’ll have a good deal on Tide or Gain.
Makeup - Walgreens and CVS are always running a “buy one, get one half off” sale on cosmetics and they both have beauty clubs that reward you. At Walgreens, if you spend $50 on personal care items, you get $5 in store credit.
Baby supplies - They regularly have deals on diapers and wipes at drugstores, plus you can stack sale prices with store coupons and manufacturer’s coupons, so your savings add up.
Last-minute gifts - Bath accessories, chocolate, nail polish, magazines and gift cards to the rescue for a last-minute gift emergency.