Save money on vitamins

We all need that extra boost from time to time, especially when we’re stressed or tired, when winter bugs start to spread, or simply because we aren’t managing to eat a  nutrient-rich diet.
Luckily, with the right advice and a few insiders’ tips, you’ll definitely be able to save money whilst taking the right vitamins for your needs.

Work out what your body requires
Fancy packaging and promises make us believe we need vitamins we don’t: thick, shiny hair, flat tummies, endless energy. Remember that this is marketing, not a guarantee. Provided you are eating a healthy, balanced diet, you need only take certain supplements. Figure out what you are lacking by consulting a specialist or asking your doctor or dietician. They will be able to advise you on the right supplements. And don’t fall into the trap of buying anything extra.

Eat well
Yes, we’ve all heard this one before. The more varied and healthy your diet, the more vegetables, fruit and lean protein you eat, the less you’ll need to supplement your diet with expensive vitamins.

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Research and compare costs
There is very little regulation on the price of vitamins – they vary massively from one brand to the next. Ask your doctor to recommend a good quality, reasonably-priced brand.

Save on combinations
Instead of buying a variety of different vitamins, look for a good, powerful multi-vitamin, or a combination vitamin that suits your needs. You’ll save money and have fewer pills to swallow. Make sure that you check the brand and combination efficacy with your doctor/ dietician before buying.

Buy in Bulk
If you’re taking a certain vitamin on a regular basis, then definitely buy it in bulk. The most expensive way to purchase your vitamins is in small bottles from the more expensive pharmacies. Rather look for stockists and suppliers, or the bigger chain stores such as Dischem. For example, if you live in Cape Town you can buy a kilogram of calcium ascorbate from Warren Chemicals (Tel: +27 21 556 1920) for only R180.00 Or call their Jhb branch on +27 11 452 1340.

Use your rewards
If you’re shopping at Clicks or Dischem, make sure you use your Loyalty Cards. They offer rewards and cashback on products at all their stores.

For a breakdown on what these programmes really have to offer you, take a look at our guide.

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