This weekend has been a mix of exhaustion and getting homework done. I am slowly, but surely figuring things out and adjusting nicely with my four new classes for this semester (Global Health, Mental Health, Healthcare Literature, Gerontology). It's still a mess regarding the syllabi, but I am hoping my professors sort that out this upcoming week.
Something happened the other day that prompted me to write a post about saving money again. I saw a guy in CVS, checking out not one, but THREE boxes of name-brand Claritin! Name brand! I felt so bad for that guy- either he does not realize that the generic stuff works just as well or he is not aware that there is a generic for Claritin.
I have a rule of thumb everywhere I go: look for generics if possible. It saves so much money! If you have coupons and can get a name-brand product discounted down to the same price as the generic and you absolutely want the name-brand product, knock yourself out.
Otherwise, I say steer clear from name-brand items if possible because it really adds up.
There are exceptions and you'll realize that from experience or research. I've purchased generic-brand cat litter and it was not the best. I ended up switching back to a name-brand (Dr. Elsey's Cat Litter), which I've been using for over a year.
I'm not perfect by any means when it comes to buying generic items. Up until earlier this week, I realized that there are generic-brand contact lenses out there for anyone, including those with astigmatism. I've never thought to consider doing research for generic-brand eye contacts. What is wrong with me? Even I cannot answer that question! I'll discuss the eye contacts in a moment.
For years, I've been buying generic-brand disposable contact lens cases. My favorite are the ones at walmart (pictured above in multicolors!) and found here: www.walmart.com/ip/Equate-Contact-Lens-Cases-6-Ct/22309237 . There's a 12 count jug of contact lenses available through that same link as well. I'll definitely be buying the jug when I go back to Walmart again soon. They're awesome cases and they're worth it!
For contact lens solution, I've used Opti-Free solutions since 2010. My favorite one is Opti-Free Replenish, but it's soooo expensive! I get really sad every time I have to go buy a refill. Life was not fair! I guess Walmart realized that there is a demand for more generic products, because earlier this week I found the generic versions of Opti-Free Replenish in their store and it's made by Walmart's generic brand: Equate. Let me tell you guys, this is the legit stuff! I'm pretty sure Opti-Free's company made the generic version to sell at Walmart because there is literally no difference. I have very sensitive eyes and cannot tolerate Bio True or a lot of other contact solution brands out there. Give Equate a chance! It's under $5! www.walmart.com/ip/Equate-Sterile-Multi-Purpose-Contact-Solution-12-Oz/10324536
For contact lenses, I was not able to find any SofMed lenses for astigmatism. I'm guessing they have been discontinued. The manager at my eye clinic gave me a trial for BioInfinity Toric lenses and they feel wonderful on my eyes! I cannot feel them when wearing them. I will save a little bit of money by switching to this brand. For years, I've used Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism and for one year, I used Acuvue Moist (daily contacts). Both of those brands are awesome, but they're slightly more pricier compared to BioInfinity Toric lenses.
What I have found is that no matter which brand of Toric lenses you choose for Astigmatism, they're going to cost way more than non-toric lenses. So frustrating! Am I really that blind? Someone is making serious money off of astigmatism patients! :(
My life advice for you is to never order your lenses through your eye doctor. There's multiple middlemen involved and you will get stuck with a high bill. If you want to save money, shop through Ebates website and type in "Contact lens" in the website's search box. Some stores are offering up to 15% off and so lucky me, I'll get 15% off through Ebates via ACLens.com on my contacts for this year plus an extra 10% off through ACLens.com just for subscribing to get my lens every 6 months. Don't opt for the 12 month option! You'll save more money if you subscribe for the 6 month option! I'll include all the links mentioned in this entire post at the end of the post, so don't worry. I will not let you miss out on money-saving opportunities here!
You'll notice in the picture at the beginning of this post that shows Blink Contacts eye drops. The reason for this is to inform you that sadly, my Walmart does not seem to have any generic eye contact drops for Toric lenses. Be careful about which eye lubricant drops you get for contact lenses. Apparently some are not designed for Toric lenses. People with Astigmatism usually have the Toric lenses, just so you know!
Allergies. Hayfever. Achoo!
Let's talk about saving money on over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medicine for a minute. Chances are, there's a generic brand out there for every name brand of allergy medicine or almost every one of them. Almost. Maybe all? Who knows!
If you're looking for Zyrtec, consider Costco's Allertec. It's the same ingredient and formula as Zyrtec and plus you get a year supply for super cheap. This is what I've been using for the 2nd year so far and it is amazing. Consider getting a Costco membership and ordering it online if Costco is not in your area or you can possibly order it from Amazon: Kirkland Signature Allertec is the name of it! I haven't had any hay fever cases since last winter. That's huge for me. Usually every season I'll get a bad case of hay fever and I never miss a season! Ugh, it's the absolute worst. Allertec has been a dream come true for me. Living the best quality of life without those nagging allergies. I'll still sneeze a few times daily, but that's better than nasal and chest congestion, itchy nose, watery and itchy eyes, body aches, the whole 9 yards. I'm horribly allergic to everything outdoors and to indoor dust. Allertec has been a life-saver for me!
Happy Sunday, friends! I've got a long day with studying and prepping for the school week ahead. Pray for me!