Read your meter. Avoiding 'estimated' bills can save on unexpected high gas/water bills! Why get charged for something you don't use?
My husband and I recently bought a new house and a few weeks after we moved in, we received our gas bill, and it was around $35 and I was like ok, that works, we can afford that. A few months later (Dec), we recieved an estimated bill, and it was $180!! We've read our own meter ever since!
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Back in May of this year, when I was diagnosed with the Big "D", they gave me a meter, we tested my blood and I went home to test 3 times a day. My readings were always in the 130's to 140's. I couldn't get my backlight to work so I started reading the manual on line. I came across the section on coding your meter. I read it and found my meter said one but my strip canister said 25. I reset my meter to 25 and now my readings are 80 to 108 consistently. Go Figure...! ! ! Lesson Learned...
I do wish I would have known that from the beginning. Don't Forget to Code Your Meter to the number on your test strip canister.... AND Don't Forget to TEST, Don't Guess ! ! !
I used to scramble to pay life insurance once a year or car insurance twice, because it wasn't a bill that came due every month. Now I make a list of every bill like that, add up the estimated costs & divide by 12. I save at least that every month to cover those bills.
My list includes: life, home, and car insurance, property taxes, school taxes, estimates of federal, state, & local tax. I add eye-glasses every-other year.
Run control Tests on your meter if numbers look wrong.
My Glucometer has test strips and a solution that enables me to make sure the meter and test strips are working properly. Dropping your meter, leaving strip container open and other things can affect meter or strips. If my numbers look off i can check it out. The company supplies the test solution or it can be bought at pharmacy.
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