8 Things You Should Never Buy from the Drugstore

Sure, it's convenient, but it could be costing way more than you think.

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Odds are you have a drugstore just a few blocks from home, making it arguably the most convenient place to shop. While it's tempting to make a pit stop every time you need something, certain items could be costing you way more than they should. Here are some common goods you should skip and where you can find them cheaper instead. Of course, prices will vary by state and city.

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Toilet Paper
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According to the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab, toilet paper is always cheaper to buy in bulk. They also point out that buying generic brands may not be so wise, either. "Though some people may think it's cheaper to buy a store brand toilet paper, most drug store-branded toilet paper was actually more expensive than other brands available in bulk sizes in our recent test." explains Senior Textiles Analyst Lexie Sachs. Try shopping at Costco or on Amazon instead.


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Diapers
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Because you can never have too many, it's worth it to buy diapers in bulk as well. Amazon offers deals that equal to just 14 cents per nappy. Plus, with an Amazon Prime membership you can set up a subscription so a new package comes just as you're running out.

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Greeting Cards
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If you've ever been rushing to get a last-minute birthday card, you know that you can end up shelling out $5 or more at popular drugstores for a simple "happy birthday." Sachs swears by stocking up at places like TJ Maxx in advance, where she pays around $1.99 each for high-end cards. The Dollar Tree is also known for their 2-for-$1 cards, in a pinch.

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Certain Shampoo and Conditioner Bundles
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You'll save nearly twice as much by ordering bundles of shampoo and conditioner on Amazon instead of buying from one-stop pharmacies. Plus, if you're an Amazon Prime member, some items are eligible for free same-day delivery, which makes it even easier than going to the store.

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Vitamins
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You wouldn't think it based on their name, but drugstore vitamin prices are through the roof. A 200-count bottle women's multivitamins can cost double the price from Jet.

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Over-the-Counter Medicine
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For pain relievers like Advil, your best bet is stocking up on Amazon. The online super store offers 360 tablets for $10, which is around $6 less than what you'll pay for a 200-pack at drugstores.

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Photo Prints
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Most pharmacies charge up to 23 cents a pop for their photo printing services. It may not seem like much, but the cost can quickly add up when you're hoping to develop a big batch. Instead, try using online services like snapfish.com, which cost just nine cents per print.

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Toys
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"Technically all toys sold in the US should meet the necessary safety standards, but drug stores may not be as diligent about ensuring such," explains Rachel Rothman, Chief Technologist in the Good Housekeeping Institute. Plus, they tend to be more expensive. Try shopping from a more trusted retailer like Toys R Us, instead.

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