looking for low cost test meter and strips

By tabby9146 Latest Reply 2013-12-30 20:10:50 -0600
Started 2013-12-24 10:28:37 -0600

I have a prescription for One touch ultra mini, which is the only meter I have ever used, since late 2008 when I was diagnosed. I have two of them. Our insurance went up last year and I pay more for the strips now. So I am looking for strips that I pay maybe less than $30 a month for , I pay $30 per month now, where I used to pay $30 for a "3 month" supply, so that was a big difference. I have no idea which meters are considered best. I have read responses on here over the years, but at that time, I was not looking around for another one. Thanks!!

12 replies

GabbyPA 2013-12-29 12:00:36 -0600 Report

Sams Club has one that the meter is $18 and the test strips are $9 for 50. That is by far the best deal in town. It's Reli-On brand. I have used them for several years and it seems to be just fine. You can also get them at WalMart.

tabby9146 2013-12-30 20:10:50 -0600 Report

wow that is the best deal I hve ever heard! I am a member of Sam's club so I will have to get them. thanks Gabby!

Jude1952 2013-12-29 00:09:05 -0600 Report

my co-pay for test stripe was $62.00 a month so I only tested if I did not feel well Bad Idea. A friend turn be on to a tester form Target (it there brand) I also heard that Costco has a lower price. good luck.

Kirk H
Kirk H 2013-12-28 09:06:54 -0600 Report

I use the one touch ultra also…I always paid around $1.00 for each strip at Walmart,Walgreens…etc…I started shopping on Amazon for them and it cut the price in half…I usually pay around $50.00 for a box of 100…I am sure no matter what system you use you can get a better deal on Amazon.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-24 22:25:54 -0600 Report

I have the Accu-Check Compact which I love. I bought the computer pack so I can connect it to my computer. I also got the Bayer USB free but not fond of it. I also have the Nova Max Plus which I also got in the mail free.

The cheapest place I have seen strips is at Wal-Mart. I had the Reli On meter and it was cheap and so were the strips. I absolutely hated it. I used it for a month was in the back of the drawer for a few years. Just tossed it out yesterday.

I just saw anad for free test strips at this web address www.ingramdiabetic.com

One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time 2013-12-28 13:38:26 -0600 Report

Target has their own brand of strips, you may check to see if they fit your meter. Also, Sam's brand needles and strips are cheaper if you're a member there.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-28 13:42:10 -0600 Report

I can't stand Target and rarely go there. When I do go again I will have to check that out. I wish they would tell you what strips are compatable with all meters. This would be a good way to save money.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-28 13:40:45 -0600 Report

Sam's Club is a demon. I can't get out of the place without spending more than I should. I had to do a personal intervention…lol

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-28 14:15:58 -0600 Report

OH for Gods sake don't be so sensitive. You did respond to me. This site was so much more fun when people were not so touchy. I go out in public, have lots of friends and do more in my community in a day than you probably do in yours which is why I have a lot of friends. I don't sit back and get offended because someone said something anymore than I get upset because I don't enjoy something. I don't operate with a closed mind or over sensitivity.

One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time 2013-12-28 14:18:16 -0600 Report

Thanks for. Leading that up. Glad you're not over-sensitive. That would be a shame.

This is why I dislike this site. I'm out. (You may cheer if you like)

dagger1234 2013-12-24 12:20:41 -0600 Report

OMG. Likewise here…I just got used to one of my meter and my insurance won't cover the testing strips so I just got new meter today. It f'in sucks! It's not a nice lancet drum like I'm used to. It's rhode individual needles *sighs. So there goes more room in my container I have to carry which will weigh my purse down even more. Also , the new one, the needle is bigger and thicker.

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