My state – Kansas – recorded it’s first case of the flu this week.
That bit of news reminded me that I need to take my son to get his flu shot and encourage my daughter, who’s at college, to get hers as well.
I got my shot at a recent checkup and my husband operates under the “I’ve never had a flu shot and I’ve never had the flu” philosophy and refuses to get one. (Is that a guy thing?)
FYI: Bargain Babe recently had a post on the best flu shot deals for 2012. You can see it here.
Besides doing your best to prevent the flu, here are some other, simple ways you can get ready for cold and flu season:
Discard expired medications.
You won’t want to have to squint at those tiny expiration dates when you’re feeling badly or someone in your family is. Toss them now so you can tell at a glance what you have.
Clip Rx coupons.
Look for coupons that give you a gift card with a new or transferred prescription. I often see them for $10 at Target and have seen them for up to $25 at drugstores like CVS. Check the sales circulars that come with the Sunday paper and keep the coupons on hand in case a bug visits your house.
(See more ways to save on prescription drugs.)
Keep cold and flu supplies on hand.
Things like kleenex, cough drops, and over-the-counter cold & flu medication are likely to come in handy over the winter, especially if you have a family. Go ahead and buy them when you’re grocery shopping, especially if you run onto a good deal.
Here are some coupons that may come in handy:
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