As hard as we try to avoid the germs, someone will get sick this winter—and, likely, pass it on to the rest of the house! Since I can’t avoid everything, I try to keep the right supplies on hand, just in case. You know, because the best offense is a good defense. Or, something like that. I hit Walgreens today, to stockup before the FSA eligible expenses change for 2011.
Even though some of my things were (almost) full price, I will still save money over the course of the season. I had the chance to carefully consider my purchases, compare products & stockup on exactly what I’ll need, rather than frantically scouring the aisles for something—anything—that might help the sick kid waiting at home. Or worse—trying to juggle a feverish little one in your arms while searching for just the right product.
To avoid all of that, I keep the following items around, especially through cold & flu season:
- Cough & Cold medicine—for adults & children
- Pain reliever/fever reducer—again, for adults & children
- Flu relief—Nyquil, Dayquil, Theraflu, etc
- Pepto Bismol—stomach bugs are the. worst.
- Vicks Vaporub
- Pedialyte—We like the singles in the tetrapak best, since they’re easy to use & kids love them.
With the new year beginning, it’s also a great time to go through your medicine cabinet & dispose of anything outdated. Take the chance to make note of things you’re lacking, to stockup as you find sales & coupons over the next couple weeks.
Learn more about how Pedialyte Singles in the Tetra packaging helps with dehydration due to cold and flu and download fun activities to keep on hand for those times when your child is at home sick. Please talk to your doctor before using Pedialyte. Pedialyte is to be used under medical supervision. I was selected for this product review by Collective Bias. All opinions are mine and were not influenced by any third party.
Khaleef @ KNS Financial says
We did the same thing a few weeks ago! I wonder if there was a huge spike in OTC drug purchases in December.
Thanks for linking to my article outlining the FSA changes!