Heard About the Walgreens – Express Scripts Dispute?

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have you heard about the contract dispute going on between Walgreens and Express Scripts?  Well Express Scripts is a mail order provider of prescription drugs and they’re also the middleman between many companies’ insurance programs and their employees’ pharmacies.

Tricare is the health and prescription drug program for members of our military and they’re an Express Scripts customer so I’m really familiar with them.  My parents have had excellent drug coverage through Tricare since my dad is retired military.  For years they’ve enjoyed being able to pick up their prescriptions at very low rates from their corner Walgreens instead of traveling all the way to the base to get them.

Unfortunately they can’t do that anymore because the contract between Walgreens and Express Scripts expired on December 31st and efforts to renew haven’t gone well.  Walgreens offered to hold their rates flat for the new contract and even guaranteed Express Scripts that they’d match or beat the average costs per prescription of all other pharmacies in the Tricare network.

The dispute is actually over who gets to decide what constitutes a brand versus a generic drug, and whether Walgreens should accept reduced reimbursement rates of below national average costs.  Sadly, even though a quarter million current and retired members of the military and their family members signed a petition requesting continued access to Walgreens, Express Scripts also refused to negotiate separately for the Tricare contract.

In an effort to reduce the disruption to Express Scripts customers, the pharmacy is offering a special discount on an annual membership for the Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens.  During January an individual membership is $5 and a family membership is $10, those prices are normally $20 and $35 a year.

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Find Your Way Around the Mall During Holiday Shopping Season

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FastMall for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have you ever had a problem finding your way around the mall?  Our favorite local mall has one map, right in the center, and you have to find your way over to it if you want to figure out where anything else is.  Unfortunately, as the mall has grown over the years it has been extended in all different directions and it can be pretty difficult just to figure out which entrance we used when we came in!

Now there is an app for that!  FastMall is a really cool app that provides turn by turn navigation for shopping malls with your smart phone without using GPS, WiFi or an Internet signal!  The app also has lots of other neat features like a deals and coupons section, a ‘find’ feature, and it even helps you remember where you parked your car, which is great news for me!

The thing that I really like about the FastMall app is that you can select ‘elevators only’ mode if you’re pushing a baby stroller or use a wheelchair.  It doesn’t seem like all that long ago when we were using our quad stroller to get the kids around and it was a real problem getting upstairs to the children’s department or the picture studio.

The app is a free download and has more than 50 features for you to check out.  Get FastMall for iPhone or FastMall for Android now and try it out for yourself this holiday season!

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Free Molten Cake at Chili’s on Monday 5/16

Click here to get your coupon for a FREE Molten cake with any entree purchase at Chili’s on Monday May 16th!  The coupon is good for multiple redemptions at the table, but this offer is not valid with any other coupons or special discounts.

 

Eddie Bauer Spring Sale Up To 50% Off

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Now through the end of the month you can take up to 50% off at Eddie Bauer during their spring sale!

 

Preparing For My Tax Appointment!

This is really my least favorite time of the year – I’ve been doing filing and adding and printing reports and all sorts of other fun stuff to get ready for our annual appointment with our tax preparer.  Years ago I used to do our taxes myself but with the kids, the business, and all the deductions I don’t pretend to know anything about doing a good tax return and we’re better off letting a pro handle our taxes.

Even though I dread all the prep work leading up to getting our taxes done, I really like to get it done early so that we can be one of the first in line for our refund because we usually do get one.  But I always worry that something will go wrong because the last couple years in a row it has!   Two years ago our tax guy accidentally left out a schedule which held up our refund quite awhile, and last year his software printed out ‘see addenda’ for the list of our five children since there were only four lines, but it didn’t include the addenda.

Last year’s slipup caused us to have to wait FOUR MONTHS for our refund!  The people at the IRS were very helpful when I contacted them, unfortunately there wasn’t much they could do to speed up the process, but they did tell me repeatedly that it wouldn’t have happened if we had efiled because the system would catch any missing information and not let the tax forms go through until they’re complete.

It was actually kind of heart breaking to hear how easy it COULD have been to correct the problem, but guess what we’ll be doing this year? Check out this efiling service and even send a free efile tax return of your own.

Disclaimer – this is a sponsored post through Team Inexpensively for which I was compensated, however all thoughts and comments are my own.

 

Cuddlee Pet Slippers $10 Shipped – 4 Styles

These adorable Cuddlee Pet Slippers come in four styles and are on deal of the day at eBay for just $9.99 with free shipping!  Choose from bear, bunny, dog and panda – available in two size ranges to fit children from 3 to 9.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gobble, gobble until you wobble!  Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Last Day to Enter “Instant Bargains” Giveaway

It’s the last day to enter our giveaway of the book “Instant Bargains” by Kimberly Danger!  The giveaway ends at midnight CST tonight and we’ll be drawing THREE WINNERS so hurry on over to the giveaway post to enter 🙂

 

Back to School $25 + $25 Giveaway Ends Tonight!

Our Back to School $25 + $25 Giveaway ends tonight at midnight CST so head over to the original post and enter to win!  The lucky winner will be announced tomorrow.

 

Lots of New Coupons.com Qs Today!

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$1/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Doughs
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