I live in a trailer, in a trailer park, so I have a throw-it-out rule so I don't wind up living in a storage shed with windows. Some things I've had forever since I DO use them when necessary. The rest have a 6-months rule. If I haven't used it in 6 months...it goes in the dumpster. I do have 5 Accu-Chek Compact Plus meters. One I use...the other 4 are brand new. I like the Compact Plus so...the other 4 are replacements. I figure by the time the last one wears out...I'll be dead.
Meter today are different from meters years ago. Meter last longer. It used to be you replaced them every 3 to 4 year. Today they made different and do not need to be taken apart to be cleaned. The meters of today last a long time. Try donating them, some peope don't have health care insurance to pay for meters.
I had my first One touch for 3.5 years and then got a free Bayer Contour. I like it so much better so I ordered 2 more from Amazon to have as back ups. The strips are so much cheaper than One Touch. I also found my readings are much lower at least 20 points. So for several years I was freaking out because even on a low carb diet I couldn't get below 100. Well, now I know why.