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Old 06-16-2014, 00:34   #1
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Got a new glucose test kit from Target - found out that Consumer Reports liked it fairly much, and the strips are so much lower than the pricing for the ones I am getting for the OneTouch Ultra Mini. (Note: all my diabetes care is self pay.)

The Up&Up Target Meter that I got has strips for $20 for 50 - from any Target right here in town. Be careful here, there are 2 different Target Up&Up meters, both are red, similar looking retail boxes, but the one marked PREMIUM has test strips that are more than twice the price!

I had considered the Relion from Walmart, even cheaper strips, but the only store near me is 3 times farther than the Target , is dimly lit and kinda depressing to shop at - and it has a bad tendency to be out of stock of things quite often.

At the bare minimum, pricewise, the OneTouch Ultra Blue strips were roughly $30 for 50 strips - but that price is only if I got them from a 3rd party vendor on Amazon - and "nothing" goes wrong in terms of the delivery or the expiration date. They are much worse in town - $80 for 50 if I have to buy those OneTouch strips here in town (assuming there is no local retail sale going on, or I somehow forget to order in advance online).

To be honest, so far I have lucked out and found sales right when I needed strips for the OneTouch, but now the new meter from Target will allow me to always get the strips for cheaper than that without careful planning, online shopping, or luck involved...

Anyhoo, just did 3 tests in a row using both meters and got great and closely similar results.

How I tested, load strips in both meters, first run I poked separate holes in index finger and middle finger so each meter gets its own drop of blood. Here is that result: OneTouch Ultra Mini, 102 - Target Up&Up, 111.

Second test: poked one bigger hole and used that for both meters, Up&Up first, 113, then the OneTouch Ultra Mini, 110.

Third test: separate holes again, OneTouch Ultra Mini, 106 - Target Up&Up, 108. All 3 tests (6 readings) were taken within minutes of each other.

These results look great to me - practically identical to each other given normal 20% potential variance for typical test strip results! But the Target strips will be much easier on my wallet going forward...

Note to Target Marketing Department - calling your meter the Up&Up does not strike me as genius at all - readings that go Up&Up are NOT what we strive for...


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More on my new Target Up&Up Meter (not the PREMIUM). It has a sound to let you know when to stop taking in blood for the test - but the sound is fairly soft. There is a setting to change the sound, but the 2 options are soft and extremely soft. Nothing like the Freestyle Freedom Lite meter that I once had - it gave off a piecing sound that actually annoyed me.

The Target Up&Up has a lighted screen to help see your results, but it is turned off by default from the factory, so you must go into the settings to turn that feature on.

Unlike my last 2 meters that needed the time and date set when first turned on, the Target Up&Up did not go straight into any such screen. It had the correct date, and pretty close to the correct time in it (east coast USA, EST, so if you are anywhere else I doubt the time will be right for you - but the date might be.)

Strips can be handled anywhere along them as long as your hands are clean. This is exactly like the strips for the OneTouch Ultra Mini, and I like that meter too. The Freestyle strips were different, they advised us not to touch the tips where the blood contact took place, so you had to handle them kind of in their middle area while trying to insert them into the meter.

Target Up&Up has some ability to show various averages like 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, and can show some very primitive graphs - not exactly Excel quality graphs, but A for effort I suppose.


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Got a new glucose test kit from Target - found out that Consumer Reports liked it fairly much, and the strips are so much lower than the pricing for the ones I am getting for the OneTouch Ultra Mini. (Note: all my diabetes care is self pay.)

The Up&Up Target Meter that I got has strips for $20 for 50 - from any Target right here in town. Be careful here, there are 2 different Target Up&Up meters, both are red, similar looking retail boxes, but the one marked PREMIUM has test strips that are more than twice the price!

I had considered the Relion from Walmart, even cheaper strips, but the only store near me is 3 times farther than the Target , is dimly lit and kinda depressing to shop at - and it has a bad tendency to be out of stock of things quite often.

At the bare minimum, pricewise, the OneTouch Ultra Blue strips were roughly $30 for 50 strips - but that price is only if I got them from a 3rd party vendor on Amazon - and "nothing" goes wrong in terms of the delivery or the expiration date. They are much worse in town - $80 for 50 if I have to buy those OneTouch strips here in town (assuming there is no local retail sale going on, or I somehow forget to order in advance online).

To be honest, so far I have lucked out and found sales right when I needed strips for the OneTouch, but now the new meter from Target will allow me to always get the strips for cheaper than that without careful planning, online shopping, or luck involved...

Anyhoo, just did 3 tests in a row using both meters and got great and closely similar results.

How I tested, load strips in both meters, first run I poked separate holes in index finger and middle finger so each meter gets its own drop of blood. Here is that result: OneTouch Ultra Mini, 102 - Target Up&Up, 111.

Second test: poked one bigger hole and used that for both meters, Up&Up first, 113, then the OneTouch Ultra Mini, 110.

Third test: separate holes again, OneTouch Ultra Mini, 106 - Target Up&Up, 108. All 3 tests (6 readings) were taken within minutes of each other.

These results look great to me - practically identical to each other given normal 20% potential variance for typical test strip results! But the Target strips will be much easier on my wallet going forward...

Note to Target Marketing Department - calling your meter the Up&Up does not strike me as genius at all - readings that go Up&Up are NOT what we strive for...

Thanks for testing it for us. It looks comparable to Relion.
For me too target is nearer than walmart. Name is funny :-)

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Last food was around 4:30pm EST - now it is around 9pm EST - and I am taking some more tests before eating any dinner (hat tip to Shanny for pointing out that I should do that).

Did 4 readings, 2 for each meter, cause hey, I'm a scientist so why not! (Computer geek actually)...

OneTouch Ultra Mini - a 99 and a 96
Target Up&Up - a 120 and a 114

Little bit larger difference than during that first round of fun testing, which by the way was probably fairly close to being a 1 hour postprandial (hamburger meat and a dark chocolate Magnum ice cream bar...), and which I did the minute I got in the door from Target (Geeks like me can't wait to play with our new toys!)


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Note to Target Marketing Department - calling your meter the Up&Up does not strike me as genius at all - readings that go Up&Up are NOT what we strive for...

Too Funny


Well not to start a ACA debate here but I am upset with it. I am officially buying my own also now. I am going to look into this one.

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Have now done some fasting readings this morning:

OneTouch Ultra Mini - 101
Target Up&Up - 117

Not too bad, although it does look like the Up&Up tends to run a little higher than the current strips for the OneTouch.

I say "current strips" because the OneTouch ran a little higher also with the last batch of strips I was using in it. What I mean is that the fasting readings were running around mid 90's in my OneTouch, then I ran out of strips and did not get more for 2 weeks, in that same 2 weeks I started heavier exercise, then I finally got more strips, then I started getting lower numbers in the 80's, but then I got a blood test at the lab and on that day got an 84 at home and an 87 from them - so decided the strips that read in the 80's were "fine by me".

See... so this is not science, just interesting stuff to occupy a geek's mind... I know to not go by the absolute readings, but by the fasting and postprandial trends, to determine what changes I want to make after eating certain things. (I believe you will find that many other members have given that very advice in other posts I have seen.)


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