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Kiplinger: 8 Surprising Things to Buy in Bulk

6. Prescriptions

If you're coping with a chronic condition, you shouldn't have to suffer the high costs of medications, too. You might already know that you can save by ordering a 90-day supply from a mail-order pharmacy instead of getting a 30-day refill. But you may not realize that your neighborhood pharmacy can probably bag you the same bargain -- and with face-to-face interaction with your local pharmacist. Walmart pharmacies, for example, offer the already good deal of $4 for 30-day supplies of eligible generic drugs. But they do even better with 90-day supplies for just $10. (You can also get your orders delivered to you free.)

You'll see clear savings by ordering your contact lenses in bulk, too. At www.1800contacts.com, for example, a 30-pack of one-day Acuvue Moist lenses goes for $30, which would add up to $720 for the year if purchased singly. But the site recently offered a $60 discount if you order an annual supply of 24 boxes in one fell swoop. And if you'd rather see this deal at your own eye doctor's office, try asking him or her to match the mail-order price. Many optometrists are open to negotiation.

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