Quick Review of the Vitamins:
- 3 cents per pill
- Supply is just over 16 months
- Only available at Costco
Tip: Get a Costco gift card and you won’t need a membership to shop there. You can only pay with the gift card though.
A daily supplement was recommended to me by my doctor long ago because I have a rather sickly disposition in general, and I’m always looking for the more frugal options since I’m an intolerable cheapskate. Of course, this means I’m a Costco junkie. Love the employees to bits and pieces, and they have some amazing deals in the store!
When I emptied my last bottle of Equate multi-vitamins, I gleefully headed to the pill aisle to see what deals Costco could offer. I picked up a behemoth bottle of multi-vitamins (500 count) for around $15 and giggled at my good luck all the way home. There was much side-eye from my family, as I do not giggle very often.
Value: The bottle has roughly 16 month’s supply of vitamins. I only have to spend the $15 it cost me once this year. It’s listed price on the Costco website is $14.49, we are rounding up to $15. Round up your expenses and round down your income, kids!
On the budget side of things, this is a great value. Not only did I save about $65 by not purchasing a new bottle of multivitamins for $5 a month for the next 16 months, I also saved on my iron at about $48 over the next 16 months. Without tax added in, mind you, this bottle has saved me $113. I’m from California where everything is expensive and almost everything is taxable. If you live somewhere less expensive, you’ll probably save less actual dollars, but have equal percentage-based savings.
Kids: If you have children in your home, go with gummy vitamins and spare yourself the trouble of trying to get kids to swallow these. The bottle shows the pill at “Actual Size” and they mean it. Huge. The fight may not be worth the savings.
What it Doesn’t Have: Artificial color or flavor, preservatives, yeast, gluten, or lactose.
What it Does Have: Vitamin A, C, D3, E, K, B6, B12 (BINGO! What? Oh, sorry we aren’t playing a game?) Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, Iodine (for all of you sea salt lovers out there,) Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Manganese, Chromium Picolinate, Molybdenum, Chloride, Potassium, Silicon, Lycopene, Lutein, Boron, Vanadium, Nickle and Tin.
Overall Pros: If you take multiple supplements, this may lower your pill count. It certainly did for my personal pill routine.
Overall Cons: Nickle. Nickle and I, we go way back. It may seem like I’m allergic to everything, but really companies out there just put Nickle in everything. Hives, blisters, rashes, severe gastrointestinal distress. I will never understand the planet’s love affair with this horrid metal.
If you’re allergic to nickle on your skin like I am, you should probably be pretty wary of this product and proceed with caution. It is only 5 micro-grams, so I was willing to risk it because I already know what will happen to me if the nickle agitates my digestive system, (Thank you so much for that unpleasant surprise, Centrum! Best diet I’ve been on in ages. Heavy sarcasm.) So far I have not had any adverse reactions to the product. I’ve been using them about 6 months now.
Overall Review: I like this product and would recommend it. I’ve been taking a multi vitamin for a while now. Equate, Centrum, Gummies, Flinstones; they’re all pretty much the same. This just cuts down on my pill number. The pill, as I mentioned in the kid section, is huge. I’m a pill wuss. Thankfully these pills are scored, so I can break them in half to choke ’em down. I would not call this a downside since you’re getting quite a bit in the supplement.
Doing The Math (So You Don’t Have To): $15 / 500 pills = 3 cents per pill. If you find a better deal, snap it up!
My apologies to the mid-western US where your prices are about 200% more reasonable. Use your best judgment, and don’t be ashamed to take a calculator to the store with you.
If you are on an increased vitamin regiment (Anemic, WLS) this is not your magic bullet to eliminate pills. Talk to your doctor before taking something! I do not give medical advice!
This post is not sponsored and reflects only the opinions of the reviewer.