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How to Get Cheap or Free Condoms

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PROTECTION FOR LESS

Not sure you want to see the words "cheap" or "free" and "condom" in the same sentence? Get over it. While a 36-pack of Trojans runs upward of $25 at some outlets, effective, high-quality condoms are readily available for free or cheap if you know where to look. For many people, condoms are vital for a healthy and satisfying sex life. Don't be tempted to forgo protection just to save a little money. Instead, try these reliable sources of free or cheap condoms. Your wallet, and partner, will thank you.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

One goal of government health departments is helping to prevent communicable diseases, including STDs. Many of these agencies provide free condoms to residents strapped for cash. Locate an outpost by doing a quick online search for your state and "department of health."

PLANNED PARENTHOOD

As a provider of reproductive healthcare and sex education, Planned Parenthood offers condoms free of charge, no questions asked. Do a location search on the Planned Parenthood website to find a nearby health center.

LOCAL HEALTH CLINICS

Another source for free or cheap condoms is a local/community health clinic. Even if the condoms don't come free, clinics typically offer massive discounts and price incentives for anyone buying through their pharmacies. For those who are young and live near a college campus, college health services also give out condoms or sell them at a substantial discount.

CONDOM FINDER APPS

Apps and websites such as Condom Finder come to the aid of anyone in a rush to find free condoms. This app searches a network of businesses and organizations that distribute free condoms with the goal of preventing STDs. Users can enter a ZIP code to see a map of the closest affiliated businesses offering free condoms. Free lube is a potential added benefit.

ONLINE VENDORS

Manufacturers often post coupons as an incentive to buy online, and specialized condom stores deliver variety and savings. CondomUSA, for example, offers steep clearance sales, free samples, and an impressive inventory. Condom Depot is another source, with 100-condom sampler packs priced as low as $30. Buyers might have to forfeit the particular brand they want, but the massive savings and the thrill of trying something new should make up for that.

SKIP CONVENIENCE STORES

Although convenience stores offer, well, convenience, their prices are always slightly higher to compensate for prime locations and extended hours. Likewise, try to avoid buying condoms at pharmacies, which also heavily mark up the cost.

Jeremy Bender

Jeremy Bender is currently an editorial intern at Business Insider. Previously he has written for BuzzFeed and a host of blogs. He is constantly frugal, and finds every way possible to pinch the few pennies he has.

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