Last post I talked about the contents of “My Pocket Sized First Aid Kit” http://wp.me/p1dmhM-mj . You can assemble it as inexpensively as possible with the following tips:
- The main container can be a recycled or re-purposed item, in my example, I used a discarded coin purse. You can check Goodwill or discount store like the Dollar Store and pick up any small zippered pouch or container: small camera case, cell phone pouch and reuse it as a mini First Aid kit.
- You can get a lot of freebies at health fairs, conventions or even at company sponsored charity events such as 5k runs, walk-a-thons etc. I am not advocating free-loading or taking stuff that is not meant to be given away. If you are a participant in an event, the sponsors are happy to give out free stuff. Most of the time they are health related samples.
- Another way to get freebies is by calling the customer service line of your favorite brands and commenting about the product. A lot of times, the companies give out free samples. Also check websites of products you want to try; I’ve received free samples by signing up for their newsletters or filling out a quick survey. Before you give out your email address, set up a separate email account just for this purpose.
- Use coupons when buying First Aid supplies; or take advantage of sales combined with coupons at pharmacy discount stores such as Walgreens or CVS.
- If you have friends or family who are similarly interested, you can buy the supplies in bulk and split the cost with them. For example, Costco and Sam’s both carry boxes of Band-Aids and single use packets of medicines that usually have too many in a pack for one family. But if you get together with others, you can spread out the cost and still have a lot to split amongst yourselves.
- Take advantage of offers to transfer prescription drugs. You have to buy the prescription anyway, so why not check the Sunday inserts for offers for new or transferred prescriptions One time, I got a $25 gift card for transferring a prescription I needed a refill for. I used the gift card for buying First Aid and emergency supplies.
- I have purchased a few generic aspirin or acetaminophen at dollar stores and found them to work fine. However, others may disagree and prefer to stick to name brands, pharmacy or store brands. Just be aware of expiration dates when buying from dollar stores. “Let the buyer beware,” applies wherever you buy.