@Scrbblchick -- Too right. Meters are cheap. Strips are a racket. I'm telling you -- it's about like dealing with the Mafia to get a decent price on strips.
Most of the time a Type 1 can get about as many strips as they need, especially if they're on an insulin pump. I don't have a problem with that at all, but for a T2, testing three times a day can cost over $100 a month, if you have strips that cost that much for 100.
I have found cheaper strips at Wal-Mart, which just proves it's possible to manufacture strips for a reasonable price. But even at $10 for 50 strips, right now, I'm so broke, I have to test once a day. Like I said -- it's a freaking racket.