Deep Discount on Tamiflu Cash Price


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This year’s dangerous flu season got to our house. Our oldest child brought it home and was too sick for school last Friday. Fortunately he only missed one day of school since we got a big winter storm that weekend and kept the kids out of school for a couple extra days. It gave him a chance to recover at home without missing lots of homework. yay, I guess. 😐

Since we caught it early, it was recommended that we get him on Tamiflu. Have you priced that lately? Whoa! Around here it retails for anywhere from $125 to $180 per dose pack, and that’s the generic! Sometimes a doctor will recommend the rest of the family also take it so they can try to prevent getting it themselves. Ok, $125 x 4 of us = $600 for Tamiflu. NOPE.

Here’s what I did. After choking a little bit I turned to my trusty discount drug sources; Samaritan’s discount program available through our member online dashboard and goodrx. Samaritan’s program is really good about getting me prices for my super local non chain pharmacy, which goodrx doesn’t really do (they sort of guestimate and get close most of the time). It’s a tossup which one gives me the best pricing so I like to check them both when prescriptions are needed. Goodrx revealed the cheapest option this time, showing me cash discount prices ranging from $51.94 to over $130! The cash rate of $51.94 was at walmart. When we went to pick up the script the pharmacy tech was concerned about the high cost, because their retail rate is $134. When I mentioned we were using the goodrx app, he ran the codes in his computer and was so surprised to see the price drop down to $51.94, exactly what the app said it would be.

The customer in front of me also used goodrx, and we were able to tell some friends about it who were also facing a huge charge for it. Saving that much money on medicine is a big deal. Normally our meds aren’t very pricey so goodrx will save me a nice $10-$30… but this time it saved me over $80.

I’m sure some insurance patients paid far less than $52 for their Tamiflu (some paid more, too), but they’re also paying huge premiums every month, more than the $495 our Samaritan family share costs. On the whole we are still way ahead on medical expenses compared to having insurance. I’m so thankful for Samaritan and the goodrx app to get us through this flu season without breaking the bank.

5% Share Reduction for December


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The December sharing amounts have been sent and members received a 5% reduction in what they send for the month of December. This happens whenever the needs are lower than the amount of money available. When less is needed members get a reduction and get to keep the difference, or they can choose to send it on for special prayer needs, or go out to dinner, basically whatever they want! 🙂

I love that Samaritan does this, it’s the only ministry to have such a policy. And we all know insurance doesn’t reduce our monthly premiums! Samaritan has had share reductions several times over the past couple of years.

Also, don’t forget that online sharing has been made available using through our Samaritan dashboard. The more members who signup to accept online payments the more this feature will be available to those who want to send their shares online.

Online Sharing Now Available


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Samaritan recently rolled out a new option for members to send their shares online through Paypal. This is a feature many have asked for so I’m glad to see it becoming available. There are some details to know as part of this new offering:


  • Members must create a link which must be entered into their Samaritan dashboard settings so that sharing will work
  • Members must go into their Samaritan dashboard and update their settings to be able to accept shares through Paypal. You can do this now through


  • To avoid unnecessary fees when using PayPal.Me, Samaritan recommends
    • Using a “Personal” PayPal.Me account, not “business”
    • Sending money to “Friends and “Family”, not for “goods and services”
    • Connecting your bank account to your PayPal account, not a debit or credit card
  • Members would log into their Samaritan dashboard (online account) and see if Paypal sending is an option for that need. If the recipient isn’t set up for online sharing yet then you would still send a check in the mail. Over time more and more members will choose the online option and I expect it to become quite popular, however, members are not required to receive shares electronically if they are not comfortable doing so.
  • Members can send an electronic note along with their share, or still send a card in the mail.

Thank you to Samaritan for continuing to advance the ministry and make things easy for the members.