My Source: Diabetic Testing Supplies

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-02-16 14:32:01 -0600
Started 2012-02-14 08:29:56 -0600

Many of us are well insured and don't really have to worry about where we get our testing tools and supplies from. I don't fall into that category and I know there are a lot of us who pay out of pocket for some or all of our items we need to make sure we can keep on top of our diabetes control.

I use the Reli-On meter and test strips. I purchased the mini from Sam's Club for about $10.00 and the packs of 50 strips are $19.00. If you don't have a Sam's Club, you can get similar pricing at WalMart.

For Glucose tabs, I use my store brand by Publix. You can spend more on the Dex and other brands, but I find the store brands to work just fine. I believe even Walgreen's has a store brand. Give them a try.

I used to use Ebay a lot as well. When I had the TruRead brand meter, I could get test strips and lancets for great prices. You do have to be careful and look to see the expiration dates on those items, but I never had any trouble with purchasing them online in the two years I was doing that. Of course, the strips came with boxes of lancets, so I am stocked for life with those puppies.

What are some of your sources for out of pocket items you use to monitor your levels?

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diabetesfree 2012-02-16 05:10:21 -0600 Report

I use a True Balance brand meter that I got from American Diabetes Wholesale. I forget what the meter itself cost. It was something like $5-$10. The reason I bought the meter was actually because of the price of the test strips though. I forget what they were when I first started buying them, but at the moment you can get a box of 50 for $14.99 ($.30 each) or a pack of 250 strips for $59.96 ($.24 per test strip). If you order in higher quantities, I believe the price is slightly cheaper. I also order my insulin syringes from them at the same time to qualify for free shipping. They also have frequent sales and coupons.

True Balance isn't exactly a household name, but I've been using their meter for over a year with no problems. About the only drawbacks are that test results are kinda slow (10 seconds) and there is no software that interfaces with it. If you just need a basic meter and test strips though, they seem to work just as well as the more expensive brands.

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