Posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2009 at 1:07 pm
You’ve seen the diabetes meter promotions over and over on TV and in magazines. Good old (really old) Wilford Brimley is always telling you how you can get FREE testing supplies – IF YOU ARE ON MEDICARE. Well, for those of us who are not ready for medicare, and have quite a few years left before we are, we have to find the deals where we can. And thank goodness for Patti LaBelle – FINALLY a really attractive image for people who live with diabetes.
I never really paid attention to coupons for free meters, since my doctor gave me a freestyle lite meter, and my previous health plan offered a $25 copay for the strips. That comes to 50 cents a strip, and it is still way too much, I feel. Then, I changed insurers and the copay shot up to $50 for 100 freestyle strips. The “preferred brand” was one touch – and the co pay is $25. Still not great, but much better.
So I used the coupon that was in Smart Source a few weeks ago for $15 off a One Touch meter and went to CVS where it was on sale for $14.99. Strips are not included with these meters, but I already had some strips on hand that had mistakenly been given to me by another doctor, so I used those. It works fine for me.
Then I learned that Freestyle had a promotion in a diabetes magazine for free meters. I sent away for the style I don’t have – which comes with a starter kit of free strips.
Now, Bayer Breeze II and Contour meters are being promoted. There are coupons in this weekend’s smart source for up to $30 off the meter, and up to $20 off test strips. I believe a prescription is required for these, so I will let you know how I make out with combining the coupons, pharmacy promotions, and insurance co pay.
Meantime, I now have several meters – and can switch brands if my insurance changes or if the list of preferred brands changes. The competition is now heating up for insulin pens and pumps. Fortunately, I don’t need those, but for those who do, it means a slight break in the cost of a really expensive condition.
I’ve also come to really like the Glucerna brand cereals and shakes – and the related Zone bars. There have been lots of coupons and CVS ECB deals for those recently, and I find they are really good for not only controlling sugar spikes but as part of my weight control too.
Here’s a printable coupon for $1.25 off Glucerna products