testing on a budget?

kdroberts
By kdroberts Latest Reply 2011-09-26 17:47:09 -0500
Started 2010-08-08 12:29:57 -0500

If you are paying out of pocket for your testing supplies, I just saw a new meter that might be of interest. Target have upgraded, re-branded and lowered the cost of their cost. It's Up & Up brand and needs a very small blood sample. The meter cost 9.04, 25 strips are 9.04, 50 are 20.99 and 100 are 39.99.


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Anonymous
Anonymous 2011-09-26 17:47:09 -0500 Report

Is it difficult to use? I have a Freestyle meter and it's tough to get the blood sample on the strip and have it read properly… It's just me, I'm sure, but I want a simple test strip.
I pay almost $60 every 2 weeks for 100 count test strips right now. If I get this meter I'll be paying about $36 for test strips! That's a huge difference! I'm very interested in this meter.

melissa5786
melissa5786 2011-03-16 19:44:22 -0500 Report

Is it difficult to use? I have a Freestyle meter and it's tough to get the blood sample on the strip and have it read properly… It's just me, I'm sure, but I want a simple test strip.

I pay almost $60 every 2 weeks for 100 count test strips right now. If I get this meter I'll be paying about $36 for test strips! That's a huge difference! I'm very interested in this meter.

LUVTETE
LUVTETE 2011-03-23 22:11:03 -0500 Report

Freestyle has a discount card that can save you a bit of money I paid 35 dollars for 50 test strips when I bought mine..the only thing is you can only use it once a month so you need to buy your 200 test strips once a month the more money you spend the more of a discount you will get

melissa5786
melissa5786 2011-03-23 22:27:38 -0500 Report

I worded that wrong. I used the Rite Aid brand, TrueResult, because my Freestyle meter and NovaMax meters were too expensive to use. I ended up buying the Target Up & Up meter and strips last week and I love it! It's so easy to use and the strips are cheap.

melissa5786
melissa5786 2011-03-16 19:50:30 -0500 Report

I don't use the Freestyle one for that reason (and the strips cost almost $100) I use a Rite Aid meter, but the strips are still very expensive, but easy to use.

Faygel
Faygel 2010-08-28 15:40:15 -0500 Report

I understand Walgreens has a very good Diabetic supply program. If you have one near you. Check them out. If anyone is a senior I'm sure you know that your supplies should be covered by Medicare no matter who you get them from.
Hope this helps.
Faygel
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Angelpooh
Angelpooh 2010-08-22 10:44:46 -0500 Report

which montor and testing strips are the cheapest if you dont have hardly any money

kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-08-23 07:21:11 -0500 Report

The one I posted about, plus the Wal-Mart one are about the cheapest you can get without insurance. Ask your doctor as well, they should have samples.

vgarrison
vgarrison 2010-08-10 02:22:23 -0500 Report

I just went to Target.com and looked. It is the Presto machine. The strips looked more expensive that what you had put down. 50 for 29.99, but still worth it. If you choose to do this, then you can get a free machine from www.healthyoutcomes.com. you can do a few surveys, then get sent a free meter…worth a try!!!

Vicki

kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-08-10 07:12:37 -0500 Report

Interesting, I guess they price regionally. I saw a couple of posts elsewhere saying they were seeing the strips at varying prices. I did order the presto from healthy outcomes, along with pretty much everything they have available, but it never came.

vgarrison
vgarrison 2010-08-10 02:06:52 -0500 Report

KD,

Thank you so much for posting this…I have been looking into WALMART's metes, but I for some reason never thought of Target. I guess I still think of it more as a "mall store" so I don't go there very often…

Vicki

eddieann
eddieann 2010-08-11 12:03:46 -0500 Report

I bought the "Rely on" brand at Walmart, the machine and strips were pretty reasonable, but when I checked my sugar it was way off, I called the company they sent me a new one, but it was the same. They said just so it was in a certain percentage it was ok. Welllllll, i was having problems with low blood sugar then, and it could not be that far off, I would feel the symptons of low bs, and it would say it wasn't low. Thats dangerous. Don't buy that brand if you want a real close reading.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-08-11 12:13:01 -0500 Report

I have used that brand several times. I have never had any problem with it. But I also have 2 other meters in the house with strips in case of a problem.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-08-11 12:18:56 -0500 Report

That could be correct. All meters are only required to be accurate to within 20% of actual blood sugar. It's also very possible to have the symptoms of low blood sugar and not actually have low blood sugar, especially if you generally run a little high.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-08-08 20:58:11 -0500 Report

I did a little research on it and it looks like it is well worth the investment. It seems like it is a wavesense meter (I had a hunch when I saw the specs and the picture in the store) which means it will be one of the most accurate available, arguably mote accurate than the bigger names. It looks like the Presto meter but I don't know that for sure. http://www.wavesense.info/presto

MAYS
MAYS 2010-08-10 00:35:45 -0500 Report

I was checking out their meters on their website, pretty impressive.
I really like their data software compared to some of the others that I have tried in the past.
Thanks for both the info and the link.

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-08-08 20:37:21 -0500 Report

Thanks KD… I will definitely look into that. I have insurance but choose not to use it for diabetes. I am not on meds but I do test. I just paid $20 for 25 strips (money is tight this week) … so what you're talking about is worth a $9.04 investment for a new meter for the long-term savings on the strips.

Kirla
Kirla 2010-08-08 15:11:51 -0500 Report

My friend writes about testing on a budget in his blog. Click on the link below.

http://loraldiabetes.blogspot.com/2007/04/tet...

kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-08-08 21:01:58 -0500 Report

Alan writes a good blog (his travel one is great as well!) that is well worth reading.

Kirla
Kirla 2010-08-08 21:15:22 -0500 Report

I met Alan on Dlife. He encouraged me to start my blog. I recommend people read as much of this blog as possible. By the time I joined Dlife I already had my blood sugar under control. I was lucky, everything I did worked in helping me get my A1C from 14.1 to 5.9 in a short amount of time. I made all the right decisions and it paid off for me. After reading his blog was when I decided to start testing my blood sugar on the peaks. I probley would of started testing the peaks anyway but reading his blog kind of got me to testing the peaks a little sooner than when I would of on my own.

Kevin

WJG67
WJG67 2010-08-08 13:14:04 -0500 Report

Onetouch offers a free meter and some sample test strips.

http://www.onetouchdiabetes.com/offers/?utm_c...

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-08-08 15:22:53 -0500 Report

The free samples are fine, but once you are buying your own, Onetouch is not cheap. The Target and Walmart versions are some of the least expensive to maintain with strips.

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