I hate wasting test strips; it's like throwing away money. The cost of a vile of 25 test strips is between $25-$30, without insurance. That's roughly $1 per test strip, and when you check sugar about 7 times per day...well the $$ adds up. If you do the math, since I'm a number person, you're looking at paying $2,600-$3,000 annually for test strips (without insurance). And that's just for test strips, not to mention all the other supplies you need for one diabetic child. What about families with multiple diabetics?
I remember the first time I wasted a test strip. It was soon after coming home from the hospital after diagnosis. I swore (gasp). I swore in-front-of-my-mother.
I didn't regret it.
Sometimes it feels good to swear.