I have found that whenever I buy a new meter (Contour Next One) on Amazon, the entire box of essentials comes to about $6. And this comes with a few test strips, as well as its own lancing device and zip-up carrying pouch. So for $6 bucks, I figure I am getting and excellent deal.
($5 is truly over my limit but $69 ??? R U Kidding me???)
And in fact I just re-ordered 4 boxes of meters, plus the extras that come with them, because at about 6am this morning, my five year old meter died on me and so did my back-up.( I had to go digging around to find my other stash of supplies)
I don’t change my lancet until it absolutely will not prick through the thick calluses on my fingers, and, like Eric, I don’t mind doing a finger stick without the device at all. Maybe that sounds awfully unsanitary, but this from a gal who use to inject right through her blue jeans
(And, BTW, if you are an Amazon Prime Member, shipping is ALWAYS free for “standard” shipping (which claims to take 5-7 business days) and arrives overnight.)