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About three years ago we received word that a Walgreens was being built less than a mile away from our house. Since that time, if you could track my monthly trips to Walgreens, the map would look a little something like this.
Honestly, I’m at Walgreens at least three times each week. I send photos there to be printed, I have all of the family prescriptions filled there, I browse special vitamins there whenever I start calling my kids by the wrong names, I visit Walgreens when I find myself craving Swedish Fish which is just about every Saturday… Let’s face it. I’m a regular. (My pharmacist’s name is Joel. He’s awesome. Sixty percent of you think it’s amazing that I know my pharmacist’s name. Thirty percent of you aren’t sure WHAT to think. The remaining ten percent? You’re still back on the Swedish Fish thing, aren’t you? I know! Walgreens is the only store I’ve found that carries them. But this isn’t about that.)
When BlogHer announced that they were looking for people to review Walgreens Brand Health and Wellness products, I started waving my arms around. These are the exact products that we’ve been using for years, so I feel more than qualified to sing award-winning songs about them. (I’m clearing my throat right now, as if to prepare for my first song. Are you ready?)
This, my friends, is Omeprazole. Meredith has been taking it since she was less than a year old, and when she reached the milestone of being able to swallow a pill (nearly three years ago), we headed straight to Walgreens to get these tablets. (We had been breaking expensive prescription capsules apart over a spoonful of applesauce since she was about three months old. As you can imagine, we celebrated the pill swallowing thing like it was The Scoring of an Olympic Gold Medal. No more tiny pellets in applesauce!) It’s very easy for us to purchase the Walgreens brand of Omeprazole tablets, because we get 42 tablets for the same price as 28 of the name brand tablets. It’s the same physical format and the same exact active ingredient, so we’re getting two more weeks worth of tablets for the same amount of money just because we know we can trust the quality of the Walgreens brand. (Get this. I just did the math. By using the Walgreens brand of Meredith’s stomach medication, we save $88 each year. Not bad.)
Here’s the deal. If I go to a movie, I tend to fall asleep. If I sit on the couch for too long without my laptop or my knitting, it’s off to the Land of Nod. Sadly, when I go to bed at night, I tend to lie there with my eyes wide open and more often than not I’m wondering what I can do to make Harper more interested in reading and am I *really* a good mom or do I push the kids too hard and is that a squirrel I hear under the bed? The next thing I know it’s something like two o’clock and there’s a cat sitting on my chest and when the morning rolls around I maybe have four decent hours of sleep in, and I’m suddenly all crusty and prickly and “Stop brushing your TEETH so LOUDLY!” Anyway. Walgreens Sleep II? I treat myself to it two or three times each week, and when I do, I’m asleep within the hour and I stay asleep for at least six or seven hours. If I had to make a list of five things to take with me to a desert island, a box of Walgreens Sleep II would be on that list. (And, because I’m doing the comparison thing, I just looked up a different national brand and found that what I pay for 72 tablets of Sleep II will get me only 24 tablets of one of the competing brands. 72 tablets will last me about six months. The competing brand would last two months. By using the Walgreens brand, I save roughly $36 each year. Once again, Walgreens wins!)
Okay, Internet. I’m about to let you in on something that will change your life—especially if you have dry eyes or allergies (or kids with allergies) or if you’re prone to colds or if you sometimes just need a little bit of moisture in the air. (I’ve just described everyone in the room, by the way.)
This is the Walgreens Travel Aire personal humidifier. It works just like any other cold air vaporizer, except it doesn’t have a huge tub that you have to keep lugging around and refilling. Instead, you simply flip a standard 20 ounce water bottle into the base, and you’re good to go. I don’t know about you, but my eyes and head feel 100% better when I have a humidifier in the room with me. The Walgreens Travel Aire makes it breezy to have a humidifier in the room all of the time. AND, traveling with it is a snap because it’s so small. (I hesitate to mention how CUTE it is, because I know that CUTE is completely secondary to FUNCTION. I’ll just say this: It looks like an adorable little water cooler that you can keep at your desk to get you through allergy season.) Best of all, it’s a workhorse. You can adjust the level of mist output, it’s super quiet, it lights up (if you’re traveling and in need of a night light), and it’s compatible with just about any 20 oz. water bottle. Perfection.
When my family is in need of an over-the-counter medication, it simply makes sense to go with the Walgreens brand products. We’ve grown to trust the staff at our local Walgreens store, and we’ve learned that using the Walgreens brand will save us quite a bit of money without sacrificing quality. With the rising cost of health care, it’s smart to save cash on over-the-counter medications whenever you can, don’t you think? Best of all, the Walgreens Brand Health and Wellness products are Walgreens pharmacist recommended, most contain the same active ingredients as the other national brands, and all have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Excellent.
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