Last week, I mentioned my frustration with my local CVS. Yesterday, I had to get a new prescription filled (for a sinus infection that will not die), and when the nurse asked me where I wanted the prescription sent, I found myself pulling out the phone number for CVS again.
Wait, no! That pharmacy is terrible!
Instead, I went online and pulled up the phone number for the pharmacy at the grocery store right next door to my CVS. Equally as convenient, and I figured I would give them a shot. When I went to pick up the prescription, I was pleasantly surprised. They were incredibly polite and much better about privacy issues (at CVS, everyone can hear what you’re picking up). The prescription wasn’t ready when I showed up, but they gave me a number and told me I could wait or I could shop and they would call me when they were done. I chose to wait, and it wasn’t even ten minutes.
I got my prescription, paid my miniscule co-pay, and was on my way. The best part? Because I was a new customer to the pharmacy, they gave me a coupon for a free rotisserie chicken and bagged salad, good until the end of the month. And as a gal trying to save money, I love me some free food!
I will definitely be going back to this pharmacy. I was reluctant because I just wasn’t sure about a pharmacy in a grocery store, but they are staffed just as professionally as any other pharmacy, and even more professionally than the CVS next door. So sometimes, trying new things is worth the risk.
Megan is a 40-something government employee in the Washington, DC area. She got interested in Personal Finance when she got out of college and realized that her paycheck wasn’t going to go as far as she had hoped. Since starting this blog, she has managed to buy a house and make a solid start on her retirement goals, and hopes to help others do the same. Here is her story:
In 2007, I was a gainfully employed 20-something with no debt but not a lot of knowledge about personal finance. It was a co-worker’s comment about Roth IRAs that sent me to the internet, searching for information. It was then that I realized that I really didn’t know a whole lot about personal finance and that my current financial situation was due a lot to inherent frugal tendencies, generous family members, a fear of debt, and good luck. While that was working for me, clearly I needed a better plan.
While I had no debt, I was also pretty much living paycheck to paycheck and not worrying about going over budget (I say this as if I had a real budget) because I had an emergency fund set aside to cover any overages.
Except that’s not what an emergency fund is for.
So I did a lot of research, read a lot of blogs, and decided that I needed a plan. I needed to budget. I needed to know what I was spending my money on. I needed to prepare for the future.
I decided to create a blog not only to make myself accountable to others but also to share the knowledge that I gained along the way. I’ve learned so much from my fellow bloggers, and I hope that my readers can find something useful in what I have to share as well.
I’ve been using my grocery store’s pharmacy for about 6 months now. It’s convenient, and the people are nice — just like the store employees. Glad you found a happy place to pick up meds.