November is American Diabetes Month, a time to raise awareness of diabetes prevention and control. Here are six easy ways to save on diabetes supplies such as testing, test strips, and blood glucose meters.
Take Advantage of Free Offers
This week, Walgreens is offering free A1C testing. It’s a great way to find out your status in-between doctor checkups to make sure your diabetes is being managed well. CVS is offering free health screenings in major metropolitan areas.
Just this week, MoneySavingMom posted a deal on Magnilife Diabetic Neuropathy Foot Cream for free after Register Rewards. I have scored free meters (which include a few test strips) from drugstore deals and newspaper coupons.
Ask Your Doctor and Drug Manufacturer for Help
Ask your doctor for sample medications and supplies. Ask your drug manufacturer. There are also prescription assistance programs and patient assistance programs available (rxhope.com or needymeds.org). Bayer Contour advertises testing strips for less than $15 per month.
Purchase Generic Prescriptions
Take the list with you to your doctor appointments and ask your doctor if any would work for you.
- Kroger offers a 30-day supply for $4 and a 90-day supply for $10.
- Walmart offers a 30-day supply for $4 and a 90-day supply for $10 (and home delivery options).
- Target offers a 30-day supply for $4 and a 90-day supply for $10.
Use Store Brand Testing Supplies
- CVS offers store brand testing kits starting at $9.99.
- Walgreens offers store brand testing kits starting at $9.99.
- Walmart offers ReliOn Prime testing kits starting at $16.24.
- Target offers store brand testing kits starting at $8.99.
- Kroger offers store brand testing kits starting at $9.99.
Participate in Reward Programs
There are several reward programs for diabetes sponsored by drugstores, government agencies, and health insurance companies to reward monitoring diabetes and healthy lifestyle.
CVS ExtraCare Advantage for Diabetes offers a free gift for signing up. As a member, you’ll earn Double ExtraBucks® Rewards (that’s 4% back) on over 100 products. I have received several exclusive coupons in the mail on diabetic products.
Be Open to Using Any Brand
As I mentioned, I have scored free meters such as Bayer, Breeze, True2Go, Contour Next EZ, and Accu-Chek Nano (which include a few test strips) from drugstore deals and newspaper coupons.
Being a diabetic has its costs, but with a little research and creativity, it can be manageable.
What tips do you have for saving money on diabetic supplies?
Disclosure: I am a diabetic. I freely offer up my opinions to promote awareness and to help other afford diabetes management.