8. Cleaning Products

Cleaning Products

Window cleaner, scouring powder, and furniture polish are all items that can cost you more at the drugstore. Seek out less expensive versions that work just as well at a dollar store. Better yet, avoid the chemicals in commercial cleaning products and make your own from ingredients you already have on hand. Mix up your own glass cleaner using one cup of water, one cup of rubbing alcohol, and 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Pour into an empty spray bottle and clean mirrors and windows as usual. Clean your toilet bowl by spraying with vinegar, sprinkling on baking soda, and giving it a good scrub.

7. Photo Prints

Photo Prints

The drugstore is not the best place to order prints of your favorite photographs. Discount warehouses offer one-hour printing at lower prices. Online sites such as Shutterfly or Snapfish often run sales on prints or photo gifts. If quality is what you need, check out Wirecutter’s recommendations for websites that offer premium, professional quality prints.

6. Brand Name Medications

Brand Name Medications

You would think that a drugstore would be the best place to purchase medications. However, brand name medications often come with a higher price tag at the corner drug store. Look for generic or store brands containing the same ingredients at lower prices on your over-the-counter medications. The same is true for prescription medications. Brand name medications come at a higher price to make up for the costs of drug development. Generic manufacturers don’t have drug development costs, so they are able to manufacture medications at a lower price and pass the savings on to you.

Related: 14 Foods Where Brand Name Products Beat Out the Generics


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