Last year I didn’t prepare well for cold and flu season. We had some Tylenol and Advil in the medicine cabinet, but that was about it. Unfortunately I realized this when we battled our first round of colds for the season. Have you ever noticed that it’s next-to-impossible to find a good deal on cold medicine when you have a cold? I ended up paying full-price for several different medicines more than once last year.
Not this year!
It’s officially Get the Medicine Cabinet Ready week at our house. Want to join me? Here’s my plan.
Out with the Outdated
I need to do a date check on each of the medicines in our cupboard. I’m sure that there are some outdated meds lurking in there! The medicine doesn’t do any good if it’s too old. So I’ll be discarding the outdated meds before I restock.
Next I’ll take stock of what’s left. I need to make sure we have the following:
- Advil Cold & Sinus for the grown-ups – Yes, I’m a cold medicine snob… totally brand loyal here.
- Fever-Reducer/Pain-Reliever for the grown-ups
- NyQuil for Jason – I can’t stomach the stuff, but it works wonders for him!
- Children’s Triaminic Thin Strips – These are a dream come true when Emma has to take meds in the middle of the night! There’s no messy dripping. I’m a medicine snob here too, but I’ve been scouting out some good deals on them.
- Children’s Fever-Reducer/Pain-Reliever
I want to have enough medicine on-hand for at least one round of colds for each of us. We can usually count on at least one battle. I’ll be scouting out the deals on meds over the next few weeks. CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens usually have great deals. I want to take advantage of those NOW so that I’m not paying full-price later.
Add the Accessories
While cold medicines are helpful, they aren’t the only tool we use in the battle against cold bugs. I’m also planning to restock our supply of tissues and make sure that we have freezer pops on-hand. I’ll probably add a few more cans of chicken soup to our stockpile too. If I shop for these items now, we’ll have the soft tissues with lotion and throat-soothing treats at the ready!
What about you? Are you ready for cold and flu season? What other items do you keep on-hand so that you’re prepared when someone in your household is feeling a little under the weather?
This post is linked to:
:: Works for Me Wednesday hosted by We Are THAT Family
:: Thrifty Thursday hosted by Coupon Teacher
:: Making Dollars Out of Change hosted by Madame Deals
:: Frugal Friday hosted by Life As MOM