My insulins cost me about a dollar a month each.
My meters were both free.
My test strips are also about a dollar a month.
My Lancets I pay full price for, and for some reason that makes me a total scrooge!
I just opened a new pot of strips for one of my meters. This means using a new lancet. Every time I start a new one, I cringe. Another lancet 'wasted'.
What's the big deal? They probably cost me just a few cents each! Maybe I should work out exactly how much they cost so I can see how silly it is to worry about the price!
Once I've changed it, I test, and ohhh it feels so good (really?!) to test with a fresh lancet.
It's crazy to feel so good about sticking something sharp in my finger, right? And crazy to worry about such a tiny expense. I don't think twice about spending $3 on a block of chocolate that certainly wouldn't last as long as my lancets!
To some degree, I can be a scrooge about everything. I am used to being a single mother on a strict budget after all. But this is nuts.
Next week I'm going to go out and splurge... a new box of lancets for both prickers. I probably wont change them any more regularly than I already do, but perhaps when I do change them I'll stop feeling guilty about the expense!
In fact, now that I've vocalised these crazy thoughts, I suspect I've just cured myself.
(My apologies to my American readers - I realise my silly issue here is nothing compared to the prices you pay and the struggles you sometimes go through with insurance companies. Yikes.)