I will be the first to admit that I’m not the healthiest person in the world. I don’t always make the best food choices, and I am pretty far away from consuming the perfect diet. One thing that I use to help combat this is taking vitamins and supplements to help me get the nutrition I need. But holy cow – vitamins and supplements can be EXPENSIVE if not purchased properly! Check out this money saving guide I put together which highlights 5 ways to save money on vitamins and health supplements to see if you can save yourself a bit of coin:
1) Try Online vs the Grocery Store
You will very rarely find the best deal on vitamins and health supplements by shopping the grocery store. They do have sales from time to time, but in general shopping online for your vitamins and supplements is the best way to go. Here are a couple of great sites to check out to get vitamins and supplements for cheap:
- Amazon – Vitamins and Dietary Supplements – obviously Amazon is a great place to pick up your vitamins and supplements at a great bargain. They have thousands of offerings, so you are sure to find what you are looking for.
- BulkSupplements.com – This is a great site to get all kinds of popular vitamins and supplements from a 100 gram quantity all the way up to a 50 pound bag!! Shipping is free for orders over $49 and here’s a special coupon code for 6% off all products for MoneyAhoy.com readers !!
2) Wait for Sales
You can find brick-and-mortar sales from time to time that will give you a better bang for your buck vs. online. The trick here is you have to be willing to wait for the right time to stock up. I wait until the protein powder goes on sale at Sams Club and then stock up. I will literally walk out with six jars of the 5-lb stuff! OK, well my wife does since she does the shopping :-).
The only trick to this is you have to already know ahead of time what you are stocking up on. Some of these vitamins, supplements, or protein powder may not be to your taste. This brings us to our next tip…
3) Try Before You Stock Up
If you are going to stock up with several 5-lb jars (or a 50 pound sack from BulkSupplements.com for that matter), make sure you know what you’re getting. Nothing is worse than having a whole shelf of supplements that you won’t be using. We’ve had several of my wife’s friends just give her entire bags of protein powder because they bought the bulk size before testing it. Not a good idea if you’re trying to save money!
4) Buy in Bulk
Now that you’ve verified your vitamin or supplement of choice is going to work for you, it’s time to stock up! Let’s take Vitamin C, for example, from BulkSupplements.com. If you buy the 500 gram bag, you end up paying $22.96 or $0.05 per gram.
Now, if you go ahead and buy the 25kg bag from BulkSupplements.com for $367.96, you are actually only paying a bit over $0.01 per gram! I know it sounds kinda insane to buy a 55 bag or Vitamin C, but we’re talking money saving here folks :-)! There are more practical examples, but I think you get the idea.
5) Try to Get Your Supplements as a Prescription
This one is kinda a neat idea for some folks with the right insurance. If you have a vitamin or mineral deficiency, then you may want to consider asking your doctor for a prescription. Often times, you can obtain vitamins or minerals in bulk as a prescription and your insurance will cover a LARGE portion of the cost. You can even setup a prescription through the mail service to have your vitamins, minerals, or supplements delivered right to your door!
Final Thoughts to Save Money on Vitamins and Health Supplements
As you can see, there are tons of ways to save money on vitamins and health supplements out there. These are just a couple of my best ideas on how to save money on health supplements, minerals, and vitamins – do you have others?