I’ve taken vitamins since I was a little girl. I was raised on the basics—C, D, E—but enthusiastically added to the list as I got older. Today, vitamin purchases accounts for a not-insignificant part of my monthly budget. Here are some tips I use to save as much as possible on my monthly vitamin purchases.

6 Tips to save on vitamins

As always, it can be a good idea to talk with your family doctor before making any changes to your family's existing vitamin regimen!

1. Take a multivitamin instead of several singles

Multivitamins can be a good deal if you need to take several different vitamins. Since many multivitamins come in higher potencies, you may also be able to cut back on how many you take and how often you have to take them.

2. Buy in bulk

Vitamins in general tend to have a long shelf life, so long as they are stored properly (cool, dry, dark environment). Buying a supply of 60, 90, or 120 typically only increases your cost by a few dollars, and since they’re small, any little extra corner will do for storage!

3. Trade in brand names for generics

The moment a company loses its patent, other companies are legally able to produce generic versions of the brand name drug. The same holds true for vitamins…especially if the brand name has become a celebrity in its own right. You can easily check the label to compare potency, and if your doctor agrees, see if switching to generics can save you some cash.

4. Buy a higher potency and split in half

This often works for me with multivitamins, since a whole one tends to be a bit too potent. But half is perfect, so I just use a pill splitter (you can get one for a buck or two at any drugstore) to take half a vitamin each day.

Note: This will NOT work if your vitamin is "extended release" so be sure to check before you split!

5. Take kids' vitamins

Kids' vitamins are not only smaller and easier to swallow, but they are more fun too—chewables, gummies, fun colors, great flavors—and often the potencies are not so different than what adults take.

6. Change your diet

One way I've been able to get my vitamin costs down is to change my diet to include more foods that naturally contain the vitamins my body needs. Drinking more orange juice takes care of my vitamin C needs. Sitting in the sun for 10-15 minutes daily takes care of my vitamin D needs. Using a little fish oil in my salad dressings handles my Omega-3 needs. If you prefer to spend less and get your vitamins in their most natural forms, talk to your doctor about making some diet changes!

13 Places to get coupons for vitamins now

Here’s a list of places to sign up for, download, print, and share coupons for vitamins!

1. Nature's Bounty

Get a $1 off coupon now.

2. GNC

GNC offers you several ways to save on one-time and repeat purchases.

3. The Vitamin Shoppe

You may have to hunt a bit to find the vitamins you’re looking for (VS carries a lot of bodybuilder products as well as vitamins and supplements) but when you do, the savings will be worth it!

4. One A Day

You can use this coupon on any One A Day product.

5. Feel Alive

Get $1.50 off for yourself, or $3 off if you share the coupon with friends.

 

6. Sundown Naturals

Get the $1 off coupon now, and get more coupons by joining the email list.

7. Flintstones Vitamins for Kids

Get a free $1 off printable coupon now.

8. Swanson Vitamins

Swanson offers you several ways to save on your vitamins purchases.

9. Geritol

Get a printable coupon for free now.

10. Gummy Vites

Tasty gummy vitamins for your kiddos—and a $1 off coupon!

11. Emergen-C

Emergen-C has long been one of my favorite ways to get my vitamins—in a tasty, fizzy drink!

12. Caltrate

If you need to take calcium supplements for bone health, you'll love these coupons—choose from $1 off or $2 off.

13. Garden of Life

Finally—a great $3 off coupon can be yours to try their new organic plant protein supplements!.

How to Save on Vitamins for the Whole Family