New Meter and Strips, Such a DEAL!

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2016-05-07 10:11:26 -0500
Started 2013-05-16 18:09:05 -0500

I went to my local Sam's Club today to pick up some test strips and a new meter. I have had mine for several years and thought a new one was in order, as my doctor said they can loose accuracy after a few years.

Anyway, all that to say that I found that they (and Walmart) are going to be discontinuing their Reli-On meters and strips. In it's place they are introducing a new meter called Gentle Touch and it will be less than the Reli-On brand meter that is only $12. On top of that the test strips will be only $9 for a box of 50!

This is great news for all of us who pay out of pocket. Of course, they were sold out and I could not get one. But I will on my next trip. So now the only question will be how accurate it is.

Has anyone found this meter yet? Have you used it? How do you like it?

36 replies

urquidi2015 2015-09-27 15:54:00 -0500 Report

Currently, my meter is called Accu-Check . I was notified by insurance company they are going discontinue that brand.
They offered one called : One Touch Verio IQ.
I haven't used the new one yet because I still have strips, lancets and batteries to use.
I do have medical insurance, but still have to pay out of pocket some.

Kalisiin 2016-05-07 10:11:26 -0500 Report

I use a OneTouch Verio. I find it to be fairly reliable and accurate.

I have a second backup meter…for those times when I get an outlier reading…to confirm the Verio reading. They normally are within a few points of each other, which tells me either both meters are fairly accurate…or both are wrong, LOL.

This has proved out several times, thus the consistency factor is also accounted for. I think the widest difference I ever saw between the two meters in side-by-side testing was ten points. and that was with blood taken from different fingers.

When I got a large enough sample ti do both meters from the same finger-poke…they have always been within 3-6 points of each other.

So the Verio is fairly accurate, I think…from personal experience. Hope that helps you.

GabbyPA 2015-07-20 19:42:56 -0500 Report

And an update...the test strips are now back to $18.00 for 50. I guess that was the introductory price. I paid for some a few months ago and asked the cashier if this was right...she said it was. Bummer.

shellyj 2015-07-20 16:02:56 -0500 Report

no Reli On meters in canada for us as i have ask them but i wonder if Gentle Touch will be in canada as we only have brand names ones here if us canadians got together maybe they will that we want more choices

Mimi Rose
Mimi Rose 2014-06-14 18:26:13 -0500 Report

I just purchased a new Rely-On meter. I have mostly used the other, more well known meters, but the supplies are so expensive I thought I would give Rely-On a try. The meter seems to work well and the cost of it and the supplies are far more
reasonable. It was a wonderfully unexpected find. If you want to cut some of your
medical cost down you should give Rely-On a try.

4mouseketeers 2014-06-10 13:39:16 -0500 Report

Gabby, did you get this meter? How do you like it? My doctor gave me a One Touch Mini - which is fine but I am testing more than I think Medicare will help with. I am soon going to be out of strips & they are very expensive without insurance. I could afford the ones you mentioned. And not have to have an RX for the strips. Does it seem accurate to you?

GabbyPA 2014-06-12 11:36:22 -0500 Report

Yes, I don't find that the meter is any less accurate than any of the other ones I have used in the past. It is a longer wait, but for the price difference, no problem. Maybe what you would want to do is buy it and use it as a back up meter so that if you do run out, you still have one on hand to work with. Maybe before you start that, calibrate the two and see if they are giving you similar readings?

BogeyGolfer 2014-03-04 20:05:54 -0600 Report

I have one and find it a great value..Very close to the one-touch ..A little bit slower and the strips a wee bit harder to insert,but they work well and we save dinero..I purchased mine at Wal-mart

Grandmama16 2013-08-02 12:11:35 -0500 Report

My number last night was 211 and I had been under my carb level all day. Maybe I underestimated dinner which was canned chile verde layered with corn tortilla and cheese…with a salad. I had only a little. Toast and coffee for breakfast as always…thin meat roll up with a tiny bit of a cream cheese called marzipone for lunch. Left over popcorn for snack (it really helps with acid reflux). That's all for the whole day. I take Metformin, 1500 a day, so I took 1/2 of a 500 more before sleep. This morning was 123. Crazy, huh.

GabbyPA 2013-08-05 06:34:10 -0500 Report

You may want to read the label on the marzipone. I believe it is a sweet cheese product.

Grandmama16 2013-08-05 14:48:45 -0500 Report

I checked and it's zero carbs and sugars. Also my meat wrap was only those 2 things…no tortilla or bread. I've been very tired on the low carbs tho yesterday it added up to 100 that did little to satisfy hunger. I made the mistake of drinking coffee with sweetened almond milk. Hubby put it in instead of the little bit of flavored creamer. He thought it was better. I can't drink it black due to acid reflux. Veggies do it too if too many. I miss crackers and now know that popcorn is too many carbs. I'm just very very bummed that Metformin hasn't worked as well as I hoped. Have made a Drs appt. I'll try to get a new Breeze 2 tester. I'm sure I'll have a blood test there. Thanks for your comments.

GabbyPA 2013-08-06 07:33:51 -0500 Report

Oh, that's great to hear. I always thought of Marzipone as a desert cheese. Yes, it does become hard and annoying at times, But the trade off of feeling better and good health. I hear you on the pop corn though. I love it and I really shouldn't eat it. I do splurge sometimes, but often the numbers the next day show it. Hang in there. The doctor should help you get into a treatment plan that works for you. It just may take some experimenting.

Grandmama16 2013-08-07 14:31:07 -0500 Report

Yesterday was odd. We went to sis in laws to play cribbage and she brought out chips and onion dip…I ate some. Btw her husband has diabetes but doesn't test nor counts carbs and takes less metformin than I do. She tries to cook what's right for him but often he won't eat it, like salads. He is tired a lot as I am but he has heart trouble. Then we stayed for dinner and had plain bar b q chicken thighs, no sauce, and bar BQ squashes (so far so good) but also corn on the cob. I had one and so did her hubby. Does butter have carbs? Much later I tested and was 118. So I rewarded myself with popcorn…more than I should. Somekind of twisted logic in that. This morning it was 131. Not bad for me and I feel better than I have in the last few weeks of struggling with carbs. Of course, a baked potato would've sent the number through the roof. SIL is heavy but has nothing wrong except arthritis and she's active in doing all the work in house and yard. My hubby helps me a lot despite Parkinsons. I have fibromyalgia. Yesterday wore me out and it was nothing.

Grandmama16 2013-08-01 12:13:56 -0500 Report

Hey guys…I'm fairly new diagnosed even tho 7 years ago a testing station at a shop Ko showed I was a bit high so they gave me a Bayer Breeze Meter and some testing wheels. Now I'm using a Breeze 2 and Medicare pays for the wheels but I can only test twice a day. It used to be once. I have to turn in my list of testing numbers to prove I'm using it. That's dumb since I could just fake the numbers. I wonder if Medicare is going to require another meter and is mine too old. Maybe that's why my numbers are always high.

GabbyPA 2013-08-02 05:57:49 -0500 Report

It is recommended to replace it after about 3 years. But you can test it against what your doctor's visit test is and see if it's still accurate. That is what I do.

colt33 2013-08-03 17:02:42 -0500 Report

Thanks for mention that about the meter and strips you learn something new when you talk to the right people

GabbyPA 2013-06-30 13:23:30 -0500 Report

I have been revamping my hurricane supplies and need to get an extra one to put in my supply kit.

liquorish 2013-06-25 15:58:20 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby. I have the Reli On Prime. I really like it. It doesn't take much blood, and there is no coding. So far, my readings have agreed with the other metes. Liquorish

manapua72 2013-05-22 21:18:10 -0500 Report

I have a Bayer Contour Next Meter it is linked to my insulin pump . When ever I check my glucose , the number is sent straight to my pump … Since this meter is currently only meter that can be linked to Medtronic insulin pump that is the only meter I use …

Anonymous 2015-07-21 10:24:03 -0500 Report

I use the contour next as well. I love it. I get them from They offer them at a great price and are on top of shipping. If you don't have insurance and are in need of affordable test strips give them a try. I have been a member with them for over a year now and am very happy. hope this helps all!

Lone Wolf of PNW
Lone Wolf of PNW 2013-05-22 11:02:43 -0500 Report

I've used the Reli-On brand meters and they are accurate. I even brought it to the lab at my DR's office and the lab tech said it was spot on. I like the meter, dont care for lancer, but other than that its a good product that's affordable.

elaine52 2013-05-18 11:22:44 -0500 Report

Do you know when are they going to discontinue the Reli-On products.?

GabbyPA 2013-05-21 01:04:03 -0500 Report

The clerk didn't know. I have not been anywhere to ask someone else about it yet.

elaine52 2013-05-21 06:54:52 -0500 Report

Ok, I was wondering if you knew, because that's what i am using. In fact I just bought a new meter to replace my old one. all be it they're not very expensive that's still money out of my pocket.

GabbyPA 2013-05-23 09:00:50 -0500 Report

That is also what I am using, thus the desire to purchase an extra replacement meter. Yes, the money out of pocket is crummy...but it is at least a viable alternative for me.

lcf74 2013-05-25 14:23:19 -0500 Report

Does not bother me to ask my doctors nurse for one. Have been using a Contour for years. Called Bayer about both of them not long ago and one had over 6,000 tests and the other one 7,000. Got a new one that will use different test strips this week.

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