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The Good Life For Less: Don’t Skimp On Your Health

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You’ve probably noticed at your workplace or school that cold season has started, and that means flu season isn’t far behind.

Getting a flu shot can add up to a lot of money saved. The cost of medicine, tissues, etc. — not to mention the loss of work if you don’t get sick time — can really add up. (Of course you will want to check with your doctor first to see if you can get one — most can.)

Health care workers want you to know there are ways to get free or cheap flu shots, many times without even going to your doctor’s office.

For example, retailers CVS and Walgreen’s have been giving out free flu shots the past few years to unemployed people or those without health insurance.

CVS said they’ll continue it this year too. At some places, you may need to pick up a voucher, so click here to find a CVS clinic or call and ask them for information.

The Minnesota Department of Health and some counties  may also offer free flu shot clinics for children under 18 or those adults who are uninsured. Click here for the MDH flu vaccination schedule. You local hospital may be another good resource.

Lastly, I’ve noticed that more and more workplaces are covering the cost of shots in full for their workers and workers’ families. Check with your HR department and see what your company policy is — it could save both you and your work some money.

Know of any other deals, share them with other ‘Good Lifers’ in the comment section. You can also read more money-saving blog posts here and text WCCODEALS to 84816 for a ‘deals of the week’ reminder.

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