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Money Saving Strategies for Diabetes Care Supplies

Diabetes is not a  "cheap" disease.  For optimum management, diabetes requires healthy eating, regular activity and often some form of medication, according to Suzanne Ghiloni, B.S.N, R.N., C.D.E, at Joslin Diabetes Center.  Purchasing monthly diabetes prescriptions and supplies can challenge anyone's budget.

Here are some tips to save money on your diabetes care supplies:

  • Clip coupons.  For example, some coupons may offer deals like receiving a free meter with the purchase of 100 test strips.  Some drug stores publish their own health magazines frequently found by the pharmacy counter.  These magazines contain health care articles and tips, and often have coupons, Ghiloni says.

  • Many pharmacies have rebates for new meters in their weekly circulars.

  • Contact the diabetes supply company.  Tell them you'd like to try out their product and ask them to send you some samples.

  • Visit the ADA Diabetes Expos.  They may offer free samples of different diabetes supplies.

  • Check out reputable diabetes support web sites.  They often collect supplies from members to distribute to those in need.

  • Buy a medical alert bracelet on eBay.

  • Purchase medications online.  Online pharmacies sell prescriptions at reduced costs.

  • Buy generic brands.  They cost less than brand name prescriptions and are the same quality.

  • Purchase multiple prescriptions at once.  The cost may be reduced if you buy in bulk.

  • Ask your diabetes educator or physician for samples.  This is especially helpful if you are trying a new product or medication.

  • “There are many companies that utilize focus groups to learn consumer opinions about products and services.  People with diabetes are often requested,” she says.  Contact local companies that perform market research to register, and you can be compensated for your opinions.

  • Be sure to use products before their expiration date so there is no waste, Ghiloni says.

For more information on how to save money on diabetes management supplies, make an appointment with a diabetes nurse educator at Joslin by calling (617) 732-2400.

Page last updated: November 26, 2014