First, I REALLY understand. I use 6 strips a day and I live on Social Security Disability as my only income. When you test a lot then expensive strips can be worse than 90% of the most expensive common brand name drugs. If blood sugar control is a major problem then you do not have the luxury of not testing often. It is more expensive not to test because of hastened major medical problems brought on by poor blood sugar control.
I do not like the choice of... do we eat this month... or do I buy all the test strips I need... or do I just kill myself slowly by not taking care of my blood sugar. None of those options work.
I'll check to see what programs you might qualify for in TN.
In the mean time Try doing some things right away.
1. Sign up for free meters (most major manufacturers give out free meters). This does two things for you. Some of them include some test strips... not a lot, but free is free.
2. The more types of current meters you have... the more options you have for reducing your costs with strips. For example... I believe it is pretty safe to buy strips on eBay because they are almost impossible to counterfeit. Just make sure the seller gives you the expiration date, you only buy from sellers with nearly 100% positive feedbacks, AND you only buy sealed BOXES. There is no tamper indicator on almost any bottle of strips so a bottle of strips in an open box could contain out-of-date strips. If you just search the category: Health & Beauty > Medical, Mobility & Disability > Diabetic Aids > Test Strips on a regular basis then you will find deals (especially if you have a variety of meters)
Yesterday 3 NEW, SEALED BOXES of 50 TEST STRIPS each ( not expired and from a 100% positive feedback seller ) could have been bought for a total of less than $4 INCLUDING SHIPPING (<$1.33 per box of 50). In the last week another 6 different NEW, SEALED BOXES of 50 TEST STRIPS each ( not expired and from 100% positive feedback sellers ) could have been bought for less than $3 each INCLUDING SHIPPING. In the last 2 weeks 6 different NEW, SEALED BOXES of 50 TEST STRIPS each ( not expired and from 100% positive feedback sellers ) could have been bought for less than $3 each INCLUDING SHIPPING.
Since you are using 350 strips per month... it does not matter that the strips expire soon. If you only buy strips close to expiration... and no more than you will use before they expire then you can get smoking deals. In this case... you could have supplied the 350 strips for about $10 total costs. The best you could do from a store or online would have been over 15 times that cost.
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I'll also get back to you with how to get various free meters. (BTW... Very low cost meters and meter kits are available on eBay for very low prices too.)
We will get you help with your expensive strip problem.