Drugstore loyalty programs: Which one saves you the most money?

Don't Waste Your Money

(WXYZ) - Many stores from grocery stores to hardware stores now offer reward cards.  But the businesses pushing hardest to get you to sign up right now are chain drugstores.   

It seems seems every drugstore now wants you to sign up for its reward card.  It promises you discounts, and sometimes cash back in the future.  But a new survey finds that some may be better than others.

Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid are all pushing free loyalty programs.  They reward you with discounts, and the store with repeat business.

But the website Cheapism says the programs are not identical.

It says Rite Aid is best for big spenders, because you get a 10 percent discount once you spend a certain amount.

It says Walgreens has the most rewards for seniors, with added discounts for AARP members.

And it says CVS offers the biggest discount on beauty products like makeup and facial creams.

The unfortunate part is that if you choose not to sign up for the programs, you're likely not to get the sale price. If you're concerned about your privacy, you don't have to give your home address. But  remember, if you use their pharmacy for prescription drugs, they already have it.

Of course, the pharmacy that works best for you may be the one that closest to you. But if you have a few of them within a workable distance, you may want to compare programs, so you don't waste your money.

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