Here are 2 more ways to stockpile medical supplies.
(If you missed the first 2 tips, find them here.)
Number Three Order supplies the first day the script is available to reorder-even if you still have supplies left.
Note: This is the reason I now have extra boxes of strips in my cabinet.
The goal is to get your new supply of strips when you still have a box (or two!) in reserve. If you're faithful with this, you'll build up a supply.
Call your insurance company and ask when you can reorder. I know, you probably dread the thought of calling them. I get it! But I've actually found them very helpful when trying to figure this out. AND it's important because every policy is different.
Some insurance companies require that you wait until 60% of your supply is used up. Ours is a little different. We get a 90-day supply and have to wait 68 days before another order will go through. So once I get an order, I calculate 69 days forward and mark my calendar. When that day arrives, reordering is my top priority!
(If you're on automatic reorder, you still need to call. They won't always process the order on the first available day.)
Getting your order a few days sooner can make a HUGE difference when building a stockpile. Especially if you do this faithfully with every order. You'll have extra strips in no time.
Number Four Get free meters whenever possible. They usually come with at least 10 test strips. Plus, you'll have a backup meter if there's ever a problem with your main one.
Just this week CVS has a freebie! They have the Accu-Chek Nano on sale for $9.99. In the Sunday paper, there was a coupon for $10 off the exact same meter. Totally free!
Sometimes your doctor will have samples of meters as well. It never hurts to ask. Tell your friends and family to keep their eyes out as well.
I've also heard of free deals on insulin, but I don't have any firsthand experience with that. Please share in the comments if you have tips on this.
Start TodayWhat do you need to stock up on? Call your insurance company if necessary and make a "reorder plan." Problems do come up and you'll be thankful you're prepared!
Next week is the final part of this series: How To Manage Your Stockpile.
Should You Stockpile Medical Supplies?
Stockpiling Tips: Part 1
How to Manage your Stockpile