An easy way to make your errand-running faster and cheaper is to download store apps. Many retailers have them, including the big national drugstore chains and mass retailers. We took a look at apps from eight major prescription retailers: Costco, CVS, Kmart, Rite Aid, Sam’s Club, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart.
All of the apps are free and give you shortcuts for a bunch of shopping tasks, such as finding a store near you, checking out weekly store ads, and creating shopping lists so that you won’t forget anything on your next trip. And most make it easy to fill or refill a prescription. Some also do other helpful things like let you shop from your phone, manage your store rewards program, or send pictures to in-store photo centers for printing.
When it comes to store pharmacies, the basics of each app are pretty much the same. To submit prescription refills, you can either type in your account info and prescription refill number (located on most pill bottles) or scan the Rx barcode on the bottle. Your request goes instantly to your usual pharmacy so that you can pick it up in the store. Some apps let you transfer prescriptions to or from another pharmacy—they want to make it easy for you to use their services—and you can even use your phone to check whether the location nearest you has an in-store medical clinic or a drive-thru, or is open 24 hours.
But not all apps are worth the download. Target, Kmart, and Sam’s Club are non-starters when it comes to pharmacy help. Read on to see the drugstore apps we like, what they do best, plus features that can make shopping easier and cheaper.