I am a frugal sort by necessity and over the years since I became single again I have become rabid about bargains. Nothing galls me more than paying too much for anything.
Y'all. I'm sure, remember my throwing a hillbilly fit back in March over receiving my Golden Buckeye Card -- a little reminder from the State of Ohio's Department of Aging that one is not a spring chicken anymore, as my mom, the farmer's daughter, used to say. We Ohioans receive it around our 60th birthday and it provides discounts at various businesses -- mostly restaurants and pharmacies. I hadn't paid much attention when it was announced that they were merging Golden Buckeye Card and the Best Rx Program -- a free state program for prescription discounts for elders that I hadn't explored as I was only taking one low cost scrip.
Today when I got home there was my new Golden Buckeye Card with a letter explaining the merger and they touted that it could save one big bucks. Fortuitously, I needed to go get the two new scrips the doctor had phoned in for me yesterday as well as pick up a refill of my thyroid medication so I figured I'd try it out.
The thyroid meds I get at a deep discount pharmacy we have here and the new scrips were at my grocer's pharmacy as both were available as four-dollar prescriptions a la Wal-Mart -- both are in a shopping center near my home. When I picked up my scrip at the discount pharmacy who already had my Golden Buckeye info on file when I tried to give my new card, I was stunned and amazed when the clerk said $12.71, please. This is the same stuff that I paid about twenty-two bucks for a month ago! I was thrilled to say the least.
I finished my shopping there and headed to the grocery and picked up few things I needed and headed to the pharmacy and handed her my Golden Buckeye Card and the following conversation ensued:
Tech: "I don't know if this will lower your cost or not since these are four-dollar prescriptions and your bill is only sixteen dollars."
Kay: "Sixteen dollars? I only had two prescriptions! I was figuring on eight dollars."
Tech: "Well,, your doctor ordered the one prescription to be taken three times a day so you pay three times four dollars."
Kay: Grrrrrrrrrrr That doctor and I have to talk about that but it's okay -- it's not your fault."
She went ahead and looked to see if further discounts were available with my GBC and came back and rang up my meds and said with a smile, "$7.21, please." I grinned and handed her my debit card and left the store feeling like I'd just committed highway robbery!
I estimate I saved about seventeen to eighteen dollars today. I am smiling!!!
Thank you, Ohio! There's actually a program in this state that does something good for us elders!