Meters and strips

By helen7898 Latest Reply 2016-05-24 17:03:00 -0500
Started 2011-08-01 20:22:25 -0500

I have the opportuniity to get the Contour Meter and strips. Just wondering if anyone has tried this one. I am looking for some cheaper strips. Right now I have to pay $ 35.00 for 50 strips and that is with my insurance. Too expensive. Are all strips about the same?

26 replies 2016-05-24 17:03:00 -0500 Report

unfortunately the problem of living in the states, no offence meant.
here in the uk I get them on from amazon 50 for £4-90 pence by internet .I cannot se why you cannot do the same. best wishes to you

nursepat1 2011-08-04 07:02:18 -0500 Report

I went to the website) and was able to get a contour meter for free and also got a discount card for the strips. I haven't had to use the discount card yet; just received my meter, but they actually sent a full bottle of strips with the free meter. I have used several different meters personally and at work and this one seems to be abouut as accurate as any I have used.

helen7898 2011-08-03 22:42:05 -0500 Report

Where do you get our contour strips at? I pay 35.00 for 50 strips

determined2win 2013-11-13 16:34:08 -0600 Report

Medicare will let you get them for $9.00 but will just let you get enough for 1 test a day so if you need to take it more than once a day you cant do it. I got Reli on at walmart for $19.00 and the strips for $9.00. Got the reli on holder of lancets for $5.00 and the generic brand of lancets for $3.00 for 100

Genaveeve 2011-08-03 18:19:39 -0500 Report

I just started using the Contour Meter and its really nice. I hardly have to prick myself at all to put a very small amount of blood on the test strip. Some company called and I decided to try it and I told them I needed alot of strips because I was starting to dial down my insulin every three days one unit. So I got the meter and 200 strips and only paid $10 copay. I get my results in 5 seconds. I use to use the Ultra One touch and it seemed to have to take more blood which meant a more painful prick.

swanslake54 2011-08-03 08:39:26 -0500 Report

I am now using the Contour because it was recommended by my insuranc. I test 3-4 times a day and I'm allowed to get 300 strips at cost of $40. I was paying $40 for the same amount for the Ultra One touch but the co-pay went up. It take a little longer to get the results 15 sec. vs 5 sec but I can live with that.

Armourer 2011-08-02 21:04:07 -0500 Report

I was on medicaid and the cost was free, then my insurance took over handling my medicaid and I was charged heavily. Now I use the Contour & strips because they have a contract and thus if I use will get a lower charge, so the meter was free and 100 strips about $25. But I've used many types and really find them about the same, but lancets and strips don't fit all meters the same.

vonweidhaas 2011-08-02 16:36:11 -0500 Report

I use ReliOn, the strips are so much cheaper! I pay 30 bucks for 100 strips. Interesting to see the price differences. I live in NYS where everything costs more. Lucky most seem to have insurance that covers…My spouse as a retired Law enforcement agent has crap insurance coverage through his union…Wish I knew where to get coupons sigh !

byrun 2011-08-02 13:59:18 -0500 Report

The diabetes educator started me with a Freedom Freestyle & 30 sample strips. I don't have insurance so, I bought a Wal-Mart brand…Relion for $10 and 100 strips cost $36.00. A friend said he as used that style meter for many years (diabetes for 28 yrs) and it always checked within 10 points of his doctor's test.

Diaschm 2011-08-02 23:59:39 -0500 Report

You said you do not have insurance. Have you applied to or invesigated the site HEALTHCARE.GOV ? This is part of the Presidents new Affordable healthcare program and you may be able to get into a program that helps you with your medications. Please look into the site,it does not cost you anything to look.

ShellyLargent 2011-08-02 14:59:22 -0500 Report

I'm using the ReliOn Micro. Works great. I had a OneTouch Ultra Smart, but couldn't afford the strips anymore. It is a bit like going from a sports car to a station wagon, but the bottom line is it still gets me where I need to be…

RED RACER 2011-08-02 14:36:01 -0500 Report

I understand where u coming from, just keep in mind that if u need strips or any other diabetes supplies that your dr would probably b able 2 help u out, PS if u live in Wichita there is a place called Project Access that if u get referred by your dr you can get donated medical care & prescriptions 4 $4 apiece

diabetesfree 2011-08-02 13:34:55 -0500 Report

They are decent meters. The price of the strips is about the same as most of the "name brands". That is to say, they are way expensive. There are lesser known meters that work just as well, but cost much, much less. I use TRUE brand strips, and they are less than half the price of the Contour strips. I think that I paid around $10 for the meter. It takes a few seconds longer than the Contour to return test results, but not much else is different.

lmkilday 2011-08-01 22:31:09 -0500 Report

If you have insurance, Medicaid or Medicare, you may be able to get your strips for a nominal charge. One company was able to negotiate with my insurance company to get me strips for $5 for 50 strips and $1 for 100 lancets. Buying Freestyle strips from the pharmacy was costing me $60/month. If you get a savings card from the meter manufacturer, you can cut the cost of your strips in half. I don't have the manufacturer's website for Contour. I have the websites to get the savings cards for Freestyle and Accu-check.

helen7898 2011-08-03 00:48:47 -0500 Report

I pay too much for strips according to all of you. I have asked my dr but she doesn't seem to know anything. And as far as my pharmacy {cvs}they won't take my insurance and discount card. They said only one or the other. Maybe I need to check out another pharmacy.

calif granny
calif granny 2011-08-03 01:10:21 -0500 Report

Walgreens have been very helpful for me. They also offer a discount card that makes prescriptions very affordable. Most generic are $9.99 and a nice discount on brand names.

Diaschm 2011-08-03 00:09:21 -0500 Report

I use Freestyle meter,strips,lancets and I really like my meter and I espcially like the small amount of blood that they require. I have medicare and Illinois RX program and I pay $3.00 per prescription for lancets and strips. Does your state have any programs that you qualify for. I would tell everyone on this site that does not have insurance to check out which is a Federal Program and check out your state programs.

Jimslin 2011-08-02 17:19:35 -0500 Report

My MD gave me a Freestyle Lite meter. Attached to the box was a discount card that I can use along with my health insurances. 100 strips will cost about $15 and the lancets are about $7. My insurance copay for diabetic supplies is $40. The discount card along with my insurance will save me hundreds of dollars a year! Thank God. I am living from paycheck to paycheck now. I didn't realize how expensive it was to control this disease.

edvel54 2011-08-01 22:23:14 -0500 Report

I have used the contour meter, it seems to use less blood than some. Don't know much about the strips other than they can run any where from 35 to 100 for 50.
I get mine thru the insurance and only pay $15,00 for 300

nanaellen 2011-08-01 21:50:09 -0500 Report

NO!! All strips are not the same price wise!! Mine was a true-track and my strips were $53.00 for 50 strips and some go as high as $100.00 for 50!! I've never used the Contour but I would DEFINITELY check on the price of the strips FIRST!! Good Luck! Ellen :)

alanbossman 2011-08-01 21:23:03 -0500 Report

I have the usb contour meter and I like it, I'am one of the luckily ones my health ins. pays for my strips.