The biggest part of saving money is being prepared. This concept is even more important during cold/flu season.
You know it's going to happen, and it's probably going to be at the most inconvenient time - or the middle of the night!
We now do a flu/cold stock up in the fall. On our list: tissues, ginger ale, chicken noodle soup, medications, crackers and apple sauce.
For medications, we make sure we stock up on items like Tylenol, Advil, cold medication, and cough drops. The cheapest way to do this is to find sales and watch for coupons.
There are Tylenol/Advil coupons on the coupon board at Superstore, basically all winter.
Or use coupon apps like Checkout51.
I stock up on tissue at Shoppers Drug Mart when it's on sale, (which it is this week at $.69c a box), plus this winter I will be stocking the Cool Touch Kleenex. This fall, my daughter had a persistent cold and we tried them for the first time and it was a hit! While pricey, they are ideal for sore, red noses.
I noticed the Cool Touch on sale for $2 at Sobey's this week, normally it's around $4 a box.
It's a good idea to be stocked on drinks and easy digestible foods like soup and crackers. I pick up soda crackers at Costco, $3.99 for the 900g box.
I get chicken noodle soup when it's on sale. ($.97 cents at Superstore this week) or we have homemade soup in the freezer.
While we normally use our SodaStream, we buy cans of gingerale for the flu. A couple weeks ago I found 12 packs of Canada Dry for $2, but anything under $3.50 is a good sale.
I also have sliced apples frozen in a bag ready for apple sauce. This is also a great way to use up apples not ideal for eating fresh.
We have a kid with the flu this weekend so I started apples with a sprinkle of cinnamon in the crockpot. You can find my easy recipe here.
Cooking apples and cinnamon also makes the house smell so much better then the flu does!
Do yourself a favour - stock up now during sales, and when cold/flu season hits, you won't be running to the store for over priced supplies.
Have a healthy winter!