By kattywompas1 Latest Reply 2009-03-23 11:02:18 -0500
Started 2009-03-22 23:15:45 -0500

I have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic and have looked at some websites for a free meter, my problem is they don't have pre listed just t1 and t2. I am knew to all of this. The class I went to at my local hospital said I need to check my glucose level. But, I don't know. My money is limited. Can anyone tell me which meter I should get. I was told by a friend some were more expensive for strips and such. I don't have a clue where to start. HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!!!

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Mom and boys
Mom and boys 2009-03-23 09:20:51 -0500 Report

I recently went to the pharmacy and priced out the cheaper strip. Then I purchased the meeter (Walgreens - TrueTrack). Test strips are about 50 cents when you buy them by 100.

I figured the cheaper the strip, the more I would test and the better my control!

Richard157 2009-03-23 09:33:36 -0500 Report

Good post Mom! i agree with you. I bought Walmart;s Relion meter for $9. Their strips cost only 42 cents each. I also have a Free Style meter but the strips for it cost $1.20 each. Walmart's meter is just as good, in my opinion.

kattywompas1 2009-03-23 11:02:18 -0500 Report

Thank you all so much. I think I will go with Wal Mart's Reli-on. We are truck drivers so if I need supplies on the road I know that I can get the truck in there. You people are so wonderful. Thank you again.

dj7110 2009-03-23 09:17:39 -0500 Report

there are many places that offer free meters & such. I recieve mine currently from they have a variety of meters and can set you up with the best one right for ya. depends on your insurance as whats cheapest for ya. Best to check the cost of the strips for meter too when decideing how & where you get one. As the meter may be cheaper but you end paying a lot more when it comes to the test strips. most diabetic clinics & dr offices have coupons to help on over the counter meters also. Hope this helps ya. David

lipsie 2009-03-23 07:24:17 -0500 Report

I am petty sure that is the kind I used when I first started out and the price was not so bad.. anyhow, jus hang in there. Sheila

kdroberts 2009-03-23 06:34:00 -0500 Report

If you don't have a prescription, don't buy or get a free brand name meter because the cost of the strips will be very high. Go to Target or other pharmacy and ask for their store brand meter. They retail for around $7-10 and the test strips are over 50% cheaper than the brand, The meters don't usually have a whole bunch of features like the brand does and need a little bigger sample, but they all test blood sugar

zobel 2009-03-23 02:07:45 -0500 Report

check with your local american diabeties association office they can help with alot of your qestions and may have leads on local contacts for help with supplies.

they cant give you any products or meters, but they know people and agencies who can. in your area.

my local office has been there for me for around 20 years with educational information and knowledge.

i hope you the best of luck and stay ahead of the complications with good control.

rbergman 2009-03-23 00:19:30 -0500 Report

One touch offers a free meter on their website, as does the Contour, if no pre-diabetes is offered as an option when filling out the information I would suggest using T2, it really doesn't matter you need the meter and they shouldn't disallow you for something so trivial as the fact that THEY don't offer to a pre-diabetic. I would also suggest asking your doctor for a free meter and explain you can't get one because they aren't offered to pre's. If you see a PCP they may not have them but Endocrinologists have them.
As everyone else said, they hook you with a free meter offer but the test strips are where they drain your bank account so keep that in mind, …almost like if it sounds to good to be true it probably is…the meter's are a dime a dozen to the manufacturer because they all know that each meter has to have a specific strip and thats where they get you.

Best of Luck

vgarrison 2009-03-22 23:52:44 -0500 Report

I have gotten quite a few meters for free online…but like bigjrm45 said always check the price of the strips…that is why they give the meters away for free…to get your hooked on the strips…Reli-on (walmart brand) is one of the cheaper ones…and from what I ham seen of it…its a pretty decent Meter…no frills, but it does what it needs to do…

Good Luck


bigjrm45 2009-03-22 23:41:43 -0500 Report

just go to your local drug store and look they all have sales,but look at the price of the test strips for there price then go from there , I pay almost $1:00 per strip for the Contour which is a very good meter, but you can find them cheapper on other brands, you just have to look around and see what you can deal with,I got my first one free from the hospt,just look around and shop .