TIP OF THE WEEK
Topic: Finances/Saving Money
Frugal Ways to Stay Healthy
Medical costs are on everyone’s mind these days with the ongoing debate about health care. Check out these tips from
the Federal Citizen Information Center for easy ways you can trim the cost of medicine, fitness and more:
- Switch to generic. Because of legal restrictions, a generic drug might not look exactly the same as the name brand,
but it contains the same active ingredients and should be just as effective. Brand name drugs cost more than their
generic counterparts because the makers of the original, brand name versions had to pay for the research, development and
marketing of the medications. To learn more Click here.
- Watch out for scams. They keep coming back in different forms on TV and the Internet, but one thing stays the same:
health scams for “miracle” cures can cost you lots of money. And the diet pills and energy products they push could be
dangerous or have harmful interactions with your other medicines. Save your money for doctor-prescribed medicines. To find
out more Click here.
- Reconsider the gym. If you aren’t using your membership regularly, it could be one place where you could save some
money. If you’re worried about how you’ll fit your exercise in without the gym, the U. S. Department of Health and Human
Services suggests several alternate forms of exercise that you can fit into your everyday life. To see an online brochure
You can also order printed copies of these brochures (subject to availability) To place your order on line
Click here . Or call toll-free 1-888-878-3256, weekdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. Ask for Health Scams
(Item 576V); Be Active Your Way (Item 116V); or Generic Drugs (Item 555V).
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