Back to school means getting out there and shopping for school supplies and clothes – but what about the other stuff? The other stuff that’s going to cost you double the price when you’re heading out in the middle of the night to grab some tylenol for that fever or the cold that’s going around the classroom.
Some of the deals that I’ve stocked up on are bandaids from the clearance section, tylenol for $2/bottle, kids/adult benedry for $2.50 for those minor allergies and hives and of course, children’s gravol.
You can get coupons for benedryl and other Johnson and Johnson products at Healthy Essentials (printable).
Stock up Your Medicine Cabinet on the Cheap
Shop sales and Use Coupons
Currently, Walmart has children’s Tylenol on sale for $4. Use the $2 off printable coupon and reduce the price to only $2. That means you can buy four now and have them on hand for the inevitable back to school colds and flu season, or buy one bottle from Shoppers Drug Mart when they’re not on sale during the fall.
Use this $1 off coupon for Children’s Gravol and be prepared for the stomach-bug that makes its way around during the winter season. Inexpensive to begin with, it’s priceless to have on hand when the bug hits.
Buy More than You Need
Don’t become a medication hoarder – after all, that stuff does expire, but buy more than you need. Buy three or four bottles of tylenol for the kids rather than one. Growing pains, cold season, flu season, you’re going to have it covered.
Most of the expiry dates for the children’s medication I’ve purchased have been well into 2014 and 2015, making it simple to stock up.
Check the Clearance Section
Allergy medicine, children’s pain medicine, band aids, antibiotic ointment – these are four of the things that I’ve spotted in clearance sections lately between Safeway and Shoppers Drug Mart. Remember, you can use coupons for the items in the clearance section so you can get the medicine for free, or almost free.
The Kirkland brand of Acetominophen is just over $7 (less on sale) for 700 tablets – making it the least expensive adult pain reliever that you’re going to purchase. While you’re there though, don’t be tempted with the children’s Tylenol, it’s overpriced and easy to get on sale and clearance.
Keep it Organized
We use a cupboard with two plastic bins inside of it. One bin is for adult medication and one bin is for children’s medicine. $.99 plastic shoe bins from the Home Depot work perfectly and they hold everything from the thermometer to bandaids, to medicine. Keeping it organized and ensuring that one bottle is opened at a time and that the medication isn’t expired, or soon to be expired is going to save you money.
Do you stock up on over the counter medicine for back to school? What are some of the tips you have to deal with cold and flu season on a budget?