We understand that many people do not like to share the kind of details that are usually required to set up accounts on their favorite website. At ScriptSave WellRx, we’ve done our best to keep as much as possible open-and-available without the need for an account.

However, an account is sometimes necessary. For example, any time you ask us to store info about your prescriptions (e.g. if you want to price-check the same meds every 30 days without having to re-enter every drug again each month, or if you want to set up refill reminders), we need to keep those details safe & secure. This means that we need to set you up with an account that can be verified.

All about the Medicine Chest. A Quick-start Guide, from “ScriptSave University”

You may ask, “What do members get in return for their email address?

When you create an account and share your details with us, we’re able to provide you with a number of FREE enhancements to ScriptSave WellRx, including (but not limited to) the following:

Benefits of an Account with ScriptSave WellRx

  • Pricing Updates
    • Prescription prices can be extremely volatile. We strongly suggest that patients re-check their local pricing options before every refill. By saving all your meds to the FREE ScriptSave WellRx Medicine Chest, you can get custom pricing updates specific to you with just a few clicks (…for every drug, during every refill-cycle, at your own pharmacies).
  • Reminders/Alerts
    • We can alert and remind you of specific events such as the following:
      • Take My Meds: We can alert you when it’s time to take each of your different medications.
      • Refill My Script: We can remind you when it’s time to refill each prescription at the pharmacy.
  • Drug Interactions
    • Prescriptions medications are complex. Many drugs have adverse (even life-threatening) side effects, especially when taken with other medications and/or when you eat certain foods. By saving all your meds to the virtual Medicine Chest within a private ScriptSave WellRx account, we can highlight known interactions that may otherwise cause you harm.
  • Side-effect Tracker (“Mood Logs”)
    • Starting new medications can be a stressful time, and it’s not uncommon for doctors to ask patients to keep track of changes in mood and other effects. The FREE ScriptSave WellRx account comes with journals and “Mood Logs” that make it easy to track & record such details, as well as making it simple to relay the info to physicians & caregivers when needed.
  • Grocery Guidance
    • Get instant insight to the foods in your pantry & grocery store. Scan their barcodes to see how well each product aligns with your personal health conditions & wellness goals.

More Than a Drug Savings Card

Most patients come to ScriptSave WellRx purely for the Rx savings card. Anyone & everyone is welcome to access the fast, easy, free price-check tool on our website/app WITHOUT having to share any personal info. As such, there’s always a hassle-free savings card waiting for anyone who wants one.

Furthermore, we encourage all patients to regularly seek a second opinion on their out-of-pocket Rx costs by using the no-obligation tools on the ScriptSave WellRx website.

However, there’s a lot more to our platform than just Rx savings, including unlimited access to your own private Medicine Chest that comes when you register for a FREE account. Sign up today (HERE) to set up a secure account and start receiving even more from the ScriptSave WellRx program.

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Prescription pricing is far more volatile than most patients realize, and it’s particularly noticeable for those without insurance. Similar to how gas prices will often change daily (going both up & down on the same day at different gas stations in the same town), when filling prescriptions a patient might also experience high levels of volatility. Don’t be surprised to see different drug prices at many of your neighborhood pharmacies (while also witnessing rising prices at one store and falling prices for the exact same drug at another).

Save More With a Multi-stop Price-check. A Quick-start Guide, from “ScriptSave University”

We strongly encourage everyone to price-check their meds before every refill. This may seem like a lot of effort (especially if you fill multiple prescriptions), but the ScriptSave WellRx platform makes it easy … by saving your meds to your own FREE, PRIVATE, SECURE virtual Medicine Chest.

Not only does the Medicine Chest make it easy to re-check the prices of your meds at the click of a button, but it also allows you to see if it’s cheaper to fill some meds at one pharmacy and others at different pharmacies. Just select “Multiple Pharmacies” from the Options Menu at the top of the Medicine Chest screen (NOTE: you need to be logged in to see/use this enhanced price-check).

How to Find Lowest Overall Price for Multiple Prescriptions

  • Step 1. Login (or create a free account) and save all your prescriptions to “My Medicine Chest”.
  • Step 2. After logging in, from the Dashboard screen/tab, look for the “My Medicine Chest” summary-box and click “Manage My Medications”
    • NOTE: there are actually several ways to get to your list of saved meds, so it’s also OK to click the “View All” link on the Dashboard. You can also use the main navigation menu and select “Medicine Chest”.
  • Step 3. Towards the top of the screen, click on “Pricing Options” to change from ‘Single Pharmacy’ to ‘Multiple Pharmacies’ (see the screenshot below).

Insider Tip:

If you don’t mind switching pharmacies, why not review the related Quick-start Guide to learn how to set up FREE “Price-drop Alerts” for each medication you take. We’ll email you if we ever negotiate a new lower price at any of the other pharmacies near you. You can also read about how to transfer a prescription to a new pharmacy, HERE.

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Prescription prices will often fall at neighboring pharmacies. However, in spite of this being a common occurrence, most patients never know when it happens. ScriptSave WelRx can help.

Set-up A Price-drop Alert. A Quick-start Guide, from “ScriptSave University”

You can create a “Price-drop Alert” for any medication and we will alert you when that particular drug falls in price at the other pharmacies near you.

Just like most things at ScriptSave WellRx, it’s fast, easy and FREE to use this feature.

How to Set Up a Price-drop Alert

  • Step 1. Search for your medication on WellRx.com. You can do this directly from our homepage or by using the “Price Drugs” button in the upper-right corner of any other page on the website.
  • Step 2. After searching for your medication, click “Set Price Alert” (see screenshot below).
  • Step 3. Select a maximum price for your medication. We’ll send you alerts when the price for the selected medication drops below the maximum you set.
  • Step 4. Fill in your email address and choose which pharmacies to receive alerts for.
    • You can get price drop notifications from any/all participating pharmacies, or at just one particular pharmacy if you’re only interested in using one specific location.
  • Step 5. Once you’ve filled out the necessary information, we’ll email you if we ever negotiate a new lower price for that drug at any of the pharmacies near you.

Insider Tip:

Because pharmacies usually charge different prices for the same drugs, it is often possible to maximize your savings by filling your different prescriptions at different pharmacies. If you take more than one medication, you may be able to get a lower overall out-of-pocket cost by using more than one pharmacy. Learn how to perform a “Multi-pharmacy Price-check” in the Quick-start Guide, HERE.

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With the ScriptSave WellRx Medicine Chest, we’ll help take the worry out of forgetting to take (or refill) your meds.

Set-up Reminders & Alerts. A Quick-start Guide, from “ScriptSave University”

Here’s how to set reminders for each medication you take. Get alerts when it’s time to take the next dose, or time to see your pharmacist for a refill – all from within the FREE, personal Medicine Chest.

  • Step 2. Navigate to the Medicine Chest to view & add saved medications.
  • Step 3. Click the 3 vertically stacked dots (see screenshot below) that appear next to the drug you want to create reminders for. This will reveal a new sub-menu of options:
    • Select “Manage” (see the screenshot below).
  • Step 4. “Take My Meds” Reminders and Refill Reminders can be set-up after selecting the “Manage” option (show above) from the sub-menu for each specific drug. See the screenshot below for how to proceed with either of these 2 reminder options.

“Take my Meds” Reminders

  • Click “SET PILL REMINDER” to begin creating reminders for taking your medications (see the screenshot below).

You’ll be able to create daily reminders, as well as ‘Interval’ reminders (if you need to follow/remember a more complex regimen that requires you to skip every 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. day, for example). You can also set up ‘Cycle’ reminders if your prescription regimen requires you to skip certain chunks of the month (for example, the placebo pills in a monthly cycle of birth control medication).

Refill Reminders

  • Click “SET REFILL REMINDER” to begin creating reminders to call or visit the pharmacy for your next prescription refill (see the screenshot below).

If you enter the details about your current refill-cycle (including the number of pills and how frequently you take them, for example), we’ll be able to email you a reminder before your run out.

Insider Tip:

See our related Quick-start Guide to learn how the Medicine Chest can price-check your full prescription regimen with one click (rather than having to re-enter everything each month).

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More than 2 million patients are hospitalized every year after they inadvertently mix their prescription drugs, while another 100,000 die annually. As such, an awareness of all your medications, herbal remedies, supplements and certain lifestyle & dietary choices can be essential for avoiding adverse medication interactions (including death). ScriptSave WellRx can help.

Drug Interaction-Alerts. A Quick-start Guide, from “ScriptSave University”

The FREE virtual Medicine Chest that’s available to all patients through the ScriptSave WellRx website and mobile app is able to flag a great many of the known interactions that exist for FDA-approved prescription medications.

How to Set Up Drug Interaction Alerts

  • Step 1. Create a free ScriptSave WellRx account or login to your existing account.
  • Step 2. Open Medicine Chest and enter details about each prescription you take. Be sure to save the medication details when you’re done.
  • Step 3. View medication interactions under the “Interactions” tab on Medicine Chest (see screenshot below). Click the drop-down arrows for details about each drug and its interactions.

Insider Tip:

If you’re concerned that you might be experiencing adverse reactions or side effects from any of your prescription medications, consider tracking your moods with the Mood Log feature from ScriptSave WellRx. Review the related Quick-start Guide to learn how to start using the integrated “Mood Logs feature. We also provide ScriptSave WellRx members with free access to our Ask A Pharmacist telephone support line – so please don’t hesitate to call the tollfree number of a free, confidential consultation with a licensed pharmacist.

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Starting new medications can be stressful. When prescribing a new medication, it’s common for doctors to ask patients to keep track of changes in mood, emotion, condition, etc. Fortunately, ScriptSave WellRx makes tracking your mood and any other changes simple with our free Mood Logs tool.

Tracking Side Effects. A Quick-start Guide, from “ScriptSave University”

Simply create your ScriptSave WellRx account and you’ll have completely free access to easy-to-use journals and Mood Logs. These tools make it easy to track and record changes. It’s then simple to relay this information to your physician or caregivers when needed.

You can access your personal, private journals by opening the “Mood Logs” feature from within your FREE virtual Medicine Chest. Keep reading to learn how to get started!

How to get started

Getting started with the ScriptSave WellRx Mood Tracker is simple! Just follow these steps:

  • Step 1. If you haven’t yet done so, create a free ScriptSave Well account.
  • Step 2. After creating an account, log in to access your customizable profile.
  • Step 3. Once you’ve logged in, you can begin tracking medications, including any newly prescribed ones. To navigate to the Mood Tracker, access your profile Dashboard from either the website or the ScriptSave WellRx mobile app.
  • Step 4. From the Dashboard, click “My Mood Log”.
  • Step 5. You can now select your mood for the day to easily track how you’re feeling across days, weeks, and even months!

Insider Tip:

If you discover that prescriptions medications have adverse interactions with the foods you enjoy, you can review the related Quick-start Guide to learn how to start using the FREE Grocery Guidance module within the ScriptSave WellRx platform. Use it to look for other foods that align with your health condition and wellness goals.

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There are thousands of different products for sale at the grocery store. These range from simple items like lettuce, carrots, bananas, and oranges, to processed foods with ingredient lists dozens of items long. There are also many products that make a wide variety of health claims. It can be overwhelming trying to figure out what is actually good for you and what isn’t. Fortunately, ScriptSave WellRx makes it easy to find foods that meet your health and dietary needs.

Help With Your Groceries. A Quick-start Guide, from “ScriptSave University”

The FREE Grocery Guidance module, available to all patients using ScriptSave WellRx, brings together nutritional data science with AI-powered personalization to help you know just how well the items on your shopping list will align with your personal health conditions & wellness goals.

With our Grocery Guidance tool, you can get instant insight to the foods in your pantry and on grocery store shelves. The WellRx Food Index will show you a personalized indicator of how well (or badly) a food’s nutritional content aligns with dietary guidelines for your specific health condition. Keep reading to learn how you can get started using the ScriptSave WellRx Grocery Guidance tool.

How To Get Started

To get started, you only need to follow a few quick, simple steps:

  • Step 1. If you don’t have a ScriptSave WellRx account, you’ll want to start by creating one, HERE.
  • Step 2. After you’ve created an account, log in to set-up a few basic profile settings.
  • Step 3. In your account, navigate to the “Dashboard”.
  • Step 4. Click the “Setup Preferences” button on the “My Profile” card.
  • Step 5. Start the personalization process by checking the health conditions that apply.
  • Step 6. Indicate any allergens or dietary preferences you wish to account for.

After you’ve created your account and personalized it for health conditions and dietary needs, you’re ready to start using the Grocery Guidance tool! You can use the tool directly from the ScriptSave WellRx website, or you can download the ScriptSave WellRx app to easily scan food items while at the grocery store.

It’s easy to identify to what food products may affect your health conditions or contain allergen ingredients. You can even track items to more easily identify what foods are best for you during future grocery trips!

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At ScriptSave WellRx, we are constantly striving to ensure that our pharmacy partners are ready, willing and able to honor the ScriptSave WellRx card. As a program member, you can help us maintain accurate pharmacy information so that current and future cardholders can easily access the lowest Rx prices possible.

Helping Others – Rate A Pharmacy. A Quick-start Guide, from “ScriptSave University”

Rating your experience of using the ScriptSave WellRx card or coupon at your pharmacy is a fast and easy way for us to see which pharmacies are up-to-date with the program, as well as helping us identify any that might benefit from some additional support. Furthermore, by giving your ‘Thumbs-up/down’ for the specific pharmacy that you used, you’ll be able to help others when they make a choice about where to use their ScriptSave WellRx card.

How to Rate Your Experience

  • Step 1. Use the main menu to navigate to, “Find a Pharmacy Near Me“.
  • Step 2. Enter the pharmacy name and the zip code (see screenshot below).
  • Step 3. Select the correct pharmacy from the list of options, then chose the Thumbs-up or down (see screenshot below).

Why Rate Your Pharmacy Experience Using ScriptSave WellRx?

More than 65,000 pharmacies are contracted to be part of the ScriptSave WellRx program. Although these numbers are impressive, it all comes undone if a member has difficulty using their card or coupon on the day they need to fill their prescription.

At ScriptSave WellRx, we fully understand that when we present pricing options for a specific pharmacy on our website, we create high expectations with our members that the card/coupon will be accepted at that pharmacy. Therefore, if things don’t go to plan, we want to know.

Insider Tip:

To help avoid a frustrating experience at the pharmacy, always take a moment to double-check that you’ve price-checked the correct strength, quantity, etc. for your prescription. The ScriptSave WellRx website & mobile app will start by showing prices for the most commonly dispensed version of a drug. However, if your prescription is for a different quantity of pills, another medication brand, or a different strength of cream (for example), you’ll need to make changes to the default settings. Learn how to do that by reviewing our related Quick-start Guide for Getting the most accurate price estimates, HERE.

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If you’ve ever looked closely at a ScriptSave WellRx card or coupon, you’ve probably noticed some strange-looking codes and numbers on it (E.g. ID#, followed by Group # = 977, RxBIN = 006053 and RxPCN = MSC). These codes may not seem like much but, to the pharmacist, they are critical.

“Print” Your Coupons … Without a Printer. A Quick-start Guide, from “ScriptSave University”

When your pharmacist enters those details into their computer, they are able to see the special price we have negotiated for your prescription. When the pharmacist has no codes to enter, the computer will simply display the regular cash-price for your medication.

In short: the codes on your discount card help determine the price you pay out-of-pocket at the pharmacy.

Get Your Prescription Coupons Without a Printer

At this point, you may be wondering if you’re required to print your prescription coupons or card in order to use ScriptSave WellRx. The short answer to this question is, no. Printing a physical card/coupon is not necessary to save on your medications, as long as you have the proper codes to show your pharmacist. In fact, between our website and mobile app, if you don’t have access to a printer, you certainly still have options:

  1. If you install the ScriptSave WellRx mobile app (available for both Apple and Android), you’ll find a digital version of a savings card when you open the app.
  2. If you don’t want the app, but you do want a digital card for your phone, you can visit the ScriptSave WellRx website and select the “Download Card” option from the “Get Savings Card” page.
  3. If you don’t want to download a card to your mobile device, but you still want to be able to access the all-important details from your phone, you can email yourself a card (also from the “Get Saving Card” page).
  4. If you think you might lose track of an emailed card, you can use the camera on your phone to take a photo of your screen. Then just show the photo to the pharmacist when you fill your prescription.
  5. If your phone can’t store photos, we can send you the important details via a text message (then just show the text message to the pharmacist).

If none of these options work for you, there is another easy solution: simply write the codes from your Rx savings card or coupon on a piece of paper and show it to your pharmacist when picking up your medication. (When you visit the pharmacy, hand the paper to the pharmacist and say, “Could you ring-up my prescription using these processing codes, please?”)

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This short tutorial is designed to address the most common mistake that users of the ScriptSave’s WellRx program make. It happens every day, and few things cause as much frustration among users as this. However, it’s easy to avoid. Therefore, we rate this tutorial as a “MUST READ” for everyone.

Getting the Most Accurate Price Estimates. A Quick-start Guide, from “ScriptSave University”

A common complaint from people filling prescription is as follows:

“The price at the pharmacy was much higher than the price on the website/app! What went wrong?”

  • Why does this happen?
    • Prescription drugs are not a “one size, fits all” kind of thing. They come in many different strengths & quantities, as well as being available in different forms (i.e. tablets, pills, creams, ointments, etc.). There might also be different manufacturers making their own versions of a drug.
  • What do you need to do?
    • When you use the price-check tool on the ScriptSave WellRx website or app it is highly important to make sure that the default selections for all the different variables are matching with the details on your prescription.
    • If the default selections don’t match your prescription, you will need to change them manually. This is VERY EASY to do; for details, see the guide below. (NOTE: if you don’t make the necessary edits, you will find yourself looking at the wrong drug. As such, you should not be surprised if the pharmacist tells you a different price).

The Solution (easy as 1-2-3):

To avoid the frustration of inaccurate price quotes for your prescription medications, follow our easy step-by-step guide:

  • Step 1. Enter the drug name (without any details about strength, quantity, form, etc.) and your zip code.
NOTE: Only enter the drug name (then double-check the strength, qty, etc. on NEXT screen)
  • Step 2. (on the screen that will follow) Review the default selection for strength, quantity, etc.
NOTE: Check for (and manually edit) brand/generic, strength, quantity and form
  • Step 3. Understand that the default settings reflect the most commonly dispensed version of the drug-name that you searched for. However, if the details on your prescription are different in any way, you will need to make changes.

Insider Tip:

If your prescription does not match the default details in the price-check tool and you’re fed up with constantly having to edit them each time you price-check, you can save your specific settings to “My Medicine Chest” – read the related Quick-start Guide on “Why Should I Create an Account?HERE (or jump directly to creating a FREE account HERE).

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By Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC

Curious about adopting a paleo or keto diet? Proponents of these popular diets claim they offer numerous health benefits, including weight loss, increased energy levels, and a lower risk of disease. 

While they may look similar, the paleo diet and the keto diet are different in nature. With each diet, however, you can adapt the exact foods you eat to suit your individuals needs and preferences. 

Continue reading to learn more about these popular diets. 

What Is the Paleo Diet?

The paleo diet is intended to mimic the dietary habits of our Paleolithic ancestors, who lived thousands of years ago. It generally consists of whole, unprocessed foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, and meat. Processed foods should be avoided, including grains, sugar, most dairy products, and legumes. 

The paleo diet also places a strong emphasis on food quality and recommends eating organic produce, wild-caught game, and grass-fed meat. The idea behind this way of eating is that our hunter-gatherer ancestors likely had lower rates of degenerative diseases such as heart disease, obesity, and cancer. These “diseases of civilization” are often seen in higher rates in areas where people follow the typical Western diet, which is characterized by refined grains, processed meats, dairy products, sugar, and other high-glycemic foods. 

What Can You Eat on the Paleo Diet?

The paleo diet is not an exact list of foods, but rather a set of general guidelines to govern how you eat. As long as you are choosing whole, unprocessed foods, you can adapt the diet to your personal preferences. 

As a general rule, avoid anything that looks like it was made in a factory. If it’s something that would have been available thousands of years ago, it’s fair game. 

What Is the Keto Diet?

The keto diet is different from the paleo diet, although sometimes they may look similar. 

The keto diet, which is short for ketogenic diet, is intended to change the way the body uses energy. The main characteristic of the keto diet is that it is very low in carbs and high in fat. Keeping carbohydrates extremely low causes the body to use up its fat stores and begin using fat for energy rather than glucose. When this happens, the liver produces molecules called ketones, which the body uses for fuel. This is known as being in a state of ketosis. 

The keto diet is much more restrictive than the paleo diet. To keep carbohydrates within the desired range — typically 5 percent of total calories — certain foods must be avoided, including most fruit. 

The keto diet also requires an adjustment period during which the body adjusts to using fat as its primary source of energy. This period typically consists of a very low carbohydrate intake of roughly 20 grams per day and may last three or four weeks. 

Because the keto diet trains the body to use fat for fuel, it is often used for weight loss. However, keto advocates maintain that it can lead to other benefits such as increased energy and mental clarity, better sleep, clearer skin, better blood sugar control, and improved hormone levels and cholesterol levels. 

What Can You Eat on the Keto Diet?

A common misconception about the keto diet is that it is nothing but meat and eggs. In reality, the keto diet consists of roughly 75% fat and 20% protein. That means that plant-based fats should also be included, such as nuts, seeds, olives and olive oil, coconut, and avocados. 

Different approaches to the keto diet exist. Some people adhere to a whole foods keto diet, which may look very similar to a paleo diet minus high-carb foods such as fruit and potatoes. 

Other people follow a “lazy keto” approach, which allows some processed foods and ingredients such as artificial sweeteners, as long as they don’t exceed the allotted carbohydrate intake. 

Some people choose to include cheese and other dairy products such as heavy cream, while others avoid dairy products due to their inflammatory properties. 

A keto diet can also include lots of non-starchy vegetables. The body doesn’t absorb fiber, so the fiber in foods such as spinach, broccoli, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, and other vegetables can be deducted from the total carb intake. The result is a figure known as net carbs. For example, one cup of spinach contains only 0.4 net carbs, making it an absolutely keto-friendly food. 

Making Better Food Choices

Adopting one of these diets may require a big adjustment to the way you shop for food. Both paleo and keto diets discourage consuming processed foods, which will mean buying most of your food from the outer aisles of the grocery store: meat, eggs, and produce. 

Both diets may also involve venturing into the center aisles for select foods such as coconut oil, olives, and nuts. Most foods in the center aisles, however, are processed and will be off-limits, although increasingly health food brands are offering foods that are paleo- or keto-friendly. If you do buy packaged foods, make sure to read the ingredients. Even foods that claim to be suitable for paleo or keto diets may contain ingredients such as sugar, artificial sweeteners, or other additives. 

This may be confusing at first, but you will eventually find staples you rely on and brands you can trust. Our Grocery Guidance app can help you find alternatives to the foods you buy most often and determine which foods on the shelf are truly good for you. Simply scan the barcode on your food package to reveal its WellRx Health Index and discover “better for you” alternatives. You can also create a list of your favorite grocery items and find foods that support your nutrition goals. Download it on the App Store or Google Play today.

Karen Eisenbraun is a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant. She holds an English degree from Knox College and has written extensively about topics related to holistic health, clinical nutrition, and weight management.

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6362881/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15148063/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4271636/

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For those who are new to the ScriptSave® WellRx prescription savings program, you may not realize just how long our company has been in the business of saving patients money on their prescriptions. It’s actually well over 20 years – we date back to 1993.

It’s certainly nothing new to us to encounter people ‘paying it forward’ and helping to spread the word. That said, after all that time, we’ve only recently opened our website to guest bloggers.

Tabitha Blue describes herself as a, “Mommy, designer, blogger, wifey, sunshine chaser and lover of babies, lipstick, good food and beautiful things, especially when found in unexpected places.” Tabitha hosts the “Fresh Mommy Blog” and has been named Tampa’s most influential mommy blogger and hosts her own online cooking show, KitchenWise. She has made appearances on Daytime TV and has been featured multiple times in print and online magazines, other blogs and websites … and, now/here, we’re also thrilled to be letting her take over our blog page for this post about…

“Healthy Savings and Healthy Families For the Winter Season”
by Tabitha Blue

As a mom of four, I’m always looking for ways to take care of my family, working to keep them healthy, both emotionally and physically.

With cold and flu season in full swing, there are a few ways I help prepare my family and home to prevent the spread of germs and build up our immunity as much as possible:

1. Hydration

Keeping everyone hydrated is key to a healthy home. The effects of dehydration can be vast and it’s amazing how much better our bodies are at fighting off an impending virus when we’ve been pushing water and other fluids.

2. Vitamins

In the winter months, we may need to offer our bodies a little extra help in the vitamin department. Citrus fruits aren’t as fresh or readily available and we don’t soak up quite as much Vitamin D from the sun. (Note: One large lemon contains 45mg of Vitamin C, which makes it a huge immune boosting fruit. Add to water to get those extra “C”s). Find ways to up that vitamin intake through outdoor activities, fresh fruits & veggies and even a vitamin supplement.

3. Rest

A body that is tired is simply more susceptible to illness. While this absolutely applies to both adults and children, did you know that children between the ages 3-11 years need 10-12 hours of sleep a day? It seems like such a large number in our busy world full of extra-curricular activities, homework and more. But getting the right amount of rest and building a solid bedtime routine in the winter months is imperative to good health.

4. Hand washing

The one set of items that is ALWAYS with us and always transferring germs from one surface to another is our hands. Between school, dance classes, music lessons, sports, the library and every other place our kids have wandered, hands stay busy. Eating with unwashed hands, rubbing the face, fingers in the mouth (happens SO much more often that you might think, especially with little ones), all means that germs spread to our bodies quickly. Hand washing is one of the number-one ways of preventing that transfer. To help make it happen often, make it fun! Foam soaps, fun shapes or colors of soap, silly songs or competitions are all great ways to encourage hand washing.

Even with all of the best prevention methods in play, there will be times that a bug knocks one (or a few) of us down. When that happens, I like to be prepared!

5. ScriptSave WellRx

What’s worse than having a sick kiddo (or two, or three)? Having to drag them around from pharmacy to pharmacy finding the best deal or which one has what we need in stock. Because, you guys, I’ve totally been there … and actually have gone home empty-handed after dragging little-ones to 2 or 3 places because the right prescriptions weren’t in stock or we were referred somewhere else to find an affordable price. It can be exhausting.

Part of taking care of my home is making sure that I’m not spending money that doesn’t need to be spent. Shopping for prescriptions is not like shopping for groceries (but it should be). Prescription prices are not immediately obvious and finding the best deal is important to me, and it took me a while before I realized that different pharmacies can charge vastly different prices for exactly the same medications. This is where the ScriptSave WellRx website and mobile app can really help. Even having insurance coverage does not necessarily mean low-cost prescription meds and there have been times I’ve found that paying cash for some prescriptions has saved me money as well.

The ScriptSave WellRx website and mobile app has a fast, easy, free price-check tool that does all the local price-checking (kind of like searching for a hotel or a flight deal), which means just a few swipes from the comfort of my own home and I know exactly where to go to save money.

Anyone can register for free (and without even the need to enter credit card details) and, in doing so, have free access to a host of helpful tools (even besides the money savings!) like “Take-your-pill” reminders, prescription-refill reminders, Ask a Pharmacist hotline, multi-med pricing and more.

It’s a simple app to download and figure out, and one of the new features I really liked while searching for an antibiotic for my sweet babe and a different one for her big brother where I live outside of Tampa, Florida, is “Medicine Chest Pricing”. With it, just enter the details of multiple prescriptions at the same time, and then click the “Price-check” button to see EITHER, the one single pharmacy that offers the lowest ‘one-stop price’ OR the specific combination of pharmacies that will provide the lowest individual price for each single prescription.

Simple to use, and simple ways to save while keeping us healthy. A win for this busy family indeed.


Download the free WellRx app from the iOS app store or the Google Play Store,
and get registered to take advantage of our free medication adherence tools.
If you’re struggling to afford your medications,
visit www.WellRx.com to compare the cash price at pharmacies near you.
You may find prices lower than your insurance co-pay!
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