OK, using the word "bargain" next to "prescription" may be a little too much in a world where some drugs cost hundreds of dollars per month. Still, if you're a regular buyer of prescription drugs, you'll want to go about your purchases in the most cost-effective manner.
You probably have a local pharmacy where you buy all your medications. Maybe it's a Walgreens
- For 40 mg of Nexium (quantity: 30), I found a price of around $140 at a Wal-Mart, $155 at a CVS, $267 at a Suncoast Pharmacy, and $173 at a Walgreens.
- Between CVS and Walgreens, you could save $6 to $8 on an order of Singulair and $13 on an order of Zocor.
Another way to offset your net expenses on medications is to make some money on drugs -- by investing in drug-related firms such as drug wholesalers McKesson
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Longtime Fool contributor Selena Maranjian owns shares of Wal-Mart. Merck is a Motley Fool Income Investor pick, while Wal-Mart is a Motley Fool Inside Value selection. The Fool has adisclosure policy.