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Comparing Drugstore Prices

At each chain in our drugstore comparison, we recorded non-sale prices and calculated the total outlay for eight name-brand products. We then sought out cheaper store-brand versions of the same products, substituting those where available, and recalculated the totals. In cases where the quantity differed, we calculated the cost of the most commonly available quantity based on unit price.


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ITEM
CVS
RITE AID
WALGREENS
KROGER
TARGET
WALMART
Antacid (750 mg, 96 ct.)
Tums
$5.79
$5.79
$5.99
$4.19
$3.84
$3.84
Store Brand
$4.49
$4.29
$4.79
$3.79
$2.54
$2.00
Clinical-Strength Deodorant (1.6 oz.)
Secret
$8.99
$9.99
$9.49
$8.59
$7.99
$7.92
Store Brand
$5.99
(based on $3.75/oz. for 2 oz. container)
N/A
$7.49
N/A
N/A
N/A
Cold/Flu Remedy (12 fl. oz.)
Vicks NyQuil
$9.99
$17.69
(based on $1.47/oz. for 8 fl. oz. bottle)
$14.24
(based on $1.19/oz. for 8 fl. oz. bottle)
$11.49
$7.99
$7.97
Store Brand
$7.99
$8.49
$8.99
(based on $0.75/oz. for 8 fl. oz. bottle)
N/A
$6.79
$5.97
Dandruff Shampoo (14.2 oz.)
Head & Shoulders
$5.99
$6.29
$5.99
$4.99
$4.99
$4.97
Store Brand
$4.29
$4.49
$4.19
(based on $0.29/oz. for 23.7 oz. bottle)
$2.49
$2.75
(based on $0.19/oz. for 23.7 oz. bottle)
$2.37
Hair Color
Clairol Nice n' Easy
$7.49
$7.99
$7.79
$6.99
$6.99
$6.92
Mascara
Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies
$7.49
$7.49
$7.99
$6.39
$5.99
$5.94
Liquid Nutritional Supplement (8 oz., 6 ct.)
Ensure
$8.99
$9.49
$8.99
$7.99
$7.99
$7.97
Store Brand
$6.79
$6.79
$7.99
$7.99
$5.99
$5.97
Toothpaste (4 oz.)
Sensodyne Pronamel
$5.99
$6.29
$6.29
$4.99
$4.99
$4.92
Store Brand
$4.79
$4.99
$4.29
$3.89
N/A
N/A
TOTAL
Name Brands Only
$60.72
$71.02
$66.77
$55.62
$50.77
$50.45
Including Store Brands
(Where Available)
$49.32
$54.52
$53.51
$51.62
$44.03
$42.01
In this review:
  1. Best Cheap Pharmacy Chains
  2. Pharmacy Price Comparison Chart


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