Thank You, CVS!

The hubby and I decided to see if my sister and her family would like to eat dinner together at the beach this past weekend. They were already there finishing out their vacation week, and Erik had coupons to a local restaurant we love to eat at there, so we figured it would be a nice trip to go see them, hang out and have some good food.

We packed everything. Beach towels, clothes to change into after swimming on the beach, extra diapers, insulin pens, extra pods… almost as if we were planning to stay an entire weekend… except for one thing. Strips.

I didn’t even THINK to check for strips. And it wasn’t that I didn’t have any at home to bring as a friend who went off of her Omnipod system sent me a ton of strips she wasn’t going to be using anymore… so that wasn’t the problem. I just simply didn’t check the bottle before we had left.

We got there, and I tested before we went into the water. Three strips. One used, so I had two left.

I checked after swimming and bathing. Two strips.. one used, one left.

We went out to eat and go to the restaurant. I knew I only had the one strip left, and I could have gone off my CGM, but it has been so off lately, I didn’t want to trust it. Plus, my BG was really high because I decreased my basal too much while we were on the beach. AND, with dinner being my hardest meal to bolus for lately, I certainly did NOT want to start off on the wrong foot with an assumed number. So.. One strip… one strip used, none left.

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We were invited to stay the night because of how late it was after we finished dinner. Plus, I don’t get to spend much time with them, so it was an added bonus to get to stick around for a while.  But I was out of strips. Me. The girl who has been double, if not triple, packing everything for the past few years in the event there could be an apocalypse of some sort and I wouldn’t be able able to live past a few days until I could get more supplies type of girl. I wanted to go home and get them because, honestly, the cost of one vial out of pocket is freakin’ outrageous.

BUT! I had seen these little meter combo thingys that other people had purchased on their trips. See, most meters you buy off the shelf now do not include the standard 10 sample strips like they used to. I hate that meter companies are doing that now. I would rather buy a brand I trust and that would use the strips I currently have in my drawer now verses some off the wall brand that I’ll probably never buy strips for again. Anyhow, I told the hubby we needed to get to a CVS so that I could get the little kit to get me through the night.

So, along with a few other essentials, I purchased the cute little meter and used it until we got home. I appreciate CVS for having this available for people who do impromptu trips like this one and accidentally leave strips (or meters) behind.

Free Stuff

Okay, so there’s a buzz going around the twitter DOC about the new Accu-chek FastClix. I have been eyeing it since I saw Sara’s video and post about it. I’ve been trying to find one of my own for as cheap as possible {Read: a baby drains your funds like no other!}. This morning, I went to CVS, with full intentions on just biting the bullet and paying $20 for a meter I wouldn’t probably be using just so I could get the clicker. While I was at it, I grabbed a box of lancet drums too… yet another $18.

When I got to the register, lo and behold, it was on sale. $9.99 with ExtraCare card. I didn’t have mine, but the totally awesome and oddly cheerful guy at the register let me use a new one.  YEY! I felt so much better about my purchase when I got back to my truck. I knew already I’d just have to eat the cost of the lancet drums, because just as strips, those don’t go on sale (or not that I’ve ever seen) and my insurance will not pay for lancets, even with prescription. When the receipt printed, I had a coupon for $9.99 ExtraCare bucks to use in the store. I thought, Hmm… wow… they must have scanned that card a lot. But upon closer look at my receipt when I got into work this morning, I saw this:

"Here are your ExtraBucks Rewards for having purchased select Accu-chek Nano Meters:"

Heck Yeah again!! So not only is the meter on sale, but they are pretty well giving you the purchase price of the meter back! So, in essence, it’s FREE! Not to mention, inside of the box, you have a mail-in-rebate card for up to $15 of the purchase price with copy of your receipt…. so you get yet another $9.99 back, you just have to wait 4-6 weeks to get it.

I don’t know how much longer it will be on sale, or if the offer is available everywhere (although I would think it would be since CVS is a chain store, but I have been wrong about that before). All I know is I’m probably going to go back on my lunch break or after work to get another one. YEY!

And, maybe, I’ll get the rebate money back in time to buy another box of those expensive lancet drums.

***UPDATE*** I went back at lunch and was able to get another meter with the ExtraBucks Rewards coupon for FREE. I didn’t even have to pay tax! And, once again, I got another ExtraBucks Rewards coupon for $9.99. I doubt I’ll get another one though. I may use it for another box of lancet drums though. I also may use the $15 copay card in the box to get a box of strips and test out the meter for a FridayFind post! It looks awesome and kinda cute.