Free meters?

By simonizer77 Latest Reply 2010-07-01 16:33:35 -0500
Started 2010-06-29 18:05:55 -0500

So I keep getting offers for 'free' meters. I really need to monitor my levels, but have no insurance. Is there any 'legitmate' place to get a free meter? I realize I have to pay for test strips, but one thing at a time.

7 replies

sc1boy 2010-07-01 16:33:35 -0500 Report

Are you on medicare or medicaid if so they have companys that help. I am using minimed to get mine and it helps. U can go to for more info

Kirla 2010-06-30 10:37:58 -0500 Report

Most meters come free but you have to pay a lot for the test strips. They’re expensive.

Wal-Mart sells the Reli On meter for around 9-10 dollars and the strips cost $20.00 for a box of 50 strips. I haven’t found any cheaper. Some people claim other drug store chains have some just as cheap. I just haven’t seen any cheaper than Wal-Mart. Look around and spend some time if you want but I believe that testing the foods you eat to see how they affect your blood sugar is the one thing that will help you get this under control.

You should test before and 1-2 hours after you eat to see how much the foods you ate spiked your blood sugar. I found that bread, pasta, potatoes, fruit, and most foods that contained more than 5-6 net carbs per serving spiked my blood sugar a lot. I quite eating foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 100 points 2 hours after eating and when my numbers came down a lot, I stopped eating food that spiked my blood sugar more than 30-40 points 1 hour after eating. You have to figure out for yourself what is good for you.

Good luck

GabbyPA 2010-06-29 19:15:28 -0500 Report

You can order them from TV, your drug store, and on-line. Most companies will give the meters away for free, so what I would do is find out the least expensive test strips out there, and find a way to get that meter.

RAYT721 2010-06-29 18:49:59 -0500 Report

Keep your eyes in the CVS, Walgreens and other drug store ads. If not free, many are free after rebates. I bought 2 boxes of strips (on sale) and got free meters. Trust me, I wish it were the other way around. The meters can run anywhere from $8 to … don't ask, but the test strips are the insane part of the deal. Check out the article I just wrote in Money Matters Part III (robots) to learn how to shop around for cheaper meters, strips and other consumable items.