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ST. LOUIS, MO (STLMoms)- From allergies to colds, over the counter meds can cost you big bucks. Pediatrician Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann with St. Louis Children’s Hospital joined us to give some money saving tips.

Get a pill cutter: pediatric doses are often just half of an adult dose, and it is often much cheaper to buy a box of adult tablets and cut them in half than to buy the equivalent number of pediatric tablets.

Avoid over-the-counter cough and cold medications for kids: the american academy of pediatrics does not recommend over-the-counter cough and cold medications for children under 4 years of age, so save your money and just don`t buy them.

Teach your kids to swallow pills: one dose of liquid children`s advil for a 65 pound child will cost about $1.30. The same dose with generic tablets will cost about $0.03-$0.04.

Get a prescription: most over-the-counter medications are also available by prescription.

Figure out your company`s flex spending plan or health savings account:

Buy in bulk and share/sell the extra: big box stores like sams club and costco have some of the best prices on over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements, but you have to buy them in bulk.

Join the walgreens prescription savings club:

Consider amazon.com:

Ask for a free sample: doctors` offices usually have free samples of common medications like ibuprofen, but you may not get them unless you ask.

For more information visit: childrensmd.org