Here are some methods I use to drastically cut my testing costs.
I sign up for every free meter that is offered. (most major manufacturers give out free meters). I find all brand name meters operate about the same and have about the same accuracy. Getting many brands of free meters gives you two methods to reduce costs drastically.
Some of them include some test strips... not a lot, but free is free. The main advantage is that you can buy virtually any brand strip that goes on sale because you will have a meter that uses them.
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 testing strips 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 There is no tamper indicator on almost any bottle of strips so a bottle of strips in an open box could contain out-of-date strips.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)
Amazingly, it is possible to get boxes of brand name (unexpired) strips from quality long term eBay sellers with 100% positive feedbacks for only a few dollars a box INCLUDING SHIPPING. If you buy strips close to expiration but no more than you will use before they expire... then you can get smoking deals. Strips with expiration dates far into the future can be bought for only a few dollars more.
To get free meters:
First... do not try to get more than one free meter from the same manufacturer (even if it is a different type meter). If they see multiple requests to the same person or address then they will not send any meters.
Most Manufacturers will send you a free meter if you call them and tell them how many strips you use a month (or day). They do not expect to make money on meters... they make the big bucks by selling strips for their meters.
Online Free Glucometer Kits:
For a free FreeStyle Freedom kit or a FreeStyle Lite kit (Usually either will come with 10 strips) go to http://www.freestylelite.com/freestylew ... ode=hd74kd
AccuChek no longer offers free meters online. If you call them and tell them how many times you test a day then they will usually give you one.
For a free One Touch UltraMini (Usually either will come with 10 strips) go to http://www.onetouchdiabetes.com/ultramini/
and go to the bottom of the page and click "Get the Meter"
For a free ascensia contour go to https://offers.bayerdiabetes.com/Coupon ... ct=contour
NOTE: Many manufacturers of glucometers have various meters that use different strips. If you can get as many types of meters as possible then you have a better chance of finding bargains on strips.
Note: Excellent deals on eBay are common but not everyday occurrences. I use the "Save Search" feature of eBay that allows me to get an email notice whenever any strip I can use is ending soon with a very low cost. Usually about half of those strips are actual good deals on unexpired strips. That is why I am saying that getting all the free meters you can... it lets you grab more bargains on strips.
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. Hope that these suggestions help.