Prescription drug programs can save you hundreds

- If you're struggling with the cost of prescription medications, it might help to shop around, especially at your local grocery store. 

Some grocery chains, clubs, and pharmacies offer common drugs like antibiotics and diabetes medicine for zero dollars.

For customer Vanity Tejada, who has a three-year-old son, the program at Publix was a pleasant surprise.

"So they had told me we're going to send your prescription to Walmart and then she was like, 'Do you prefer Walmart or Publix? Publix is free,'" Tejada said.

This year Publix pharmacies also started offering medications for various chronic illnesses for just $7.50 90-day supply. That's about $2.50 a month.

Brian West, spokesperson for Publix says,"It's a pretty comprehensive list - diabetes, gout, hypertension."

These types of programs are available to anyone with a valid prescription regardless of financial status.

So you're probably thinking, "What's in it for them?"

"We're eating the cost on those but at the same time there are other things the customers are going to purchase so it's what we call loss leader it's worth it to take the loss on that item because we're going to gain on something else and that's common in the retail world," West says.

The $7.50 deal from Publix comes alongside a recent partnership with Baycare that could offer more savings.

Instead of going to a doctor for something that isn't serious, you can video conference for a flat $45 fee.

There are some basic diagnostic tools available for a patient to check blood pressure, pulse, congestion in lungs, to tell the physician on the other end.

Don't forget about discount and coupon websites like GoodRX and Blink Health.

And you can pay for medicine using a CVS gift card you can find at a discount on sites like www.cardpool.com or www.raise.com - where people sell their unwanted ones.

Keep your receipts. Even with the tax code overhaul, you might be eligible to deduct unreimbursed medical expenses in 2018.

"Honestly at the moment I couldn't come out of pocket for the prescription so honestly it really helped me out," says Tejada. "I was like yeah free because I just had a $100 copay so free is the way to go."

Nothing helps the medicine go down like a good dose of free.

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