alrighty! I just got back from WallyWorld with my new meter and strips! and they are indeed only $9 for 50. As far as I can tell, they don't make boxes of 100 yet, but I can live with that.
From what the box says:
7 second result
.5 ul sample size (kinda high compared to the .25 or .3 on my previous meters)
250 test memory with date and time
14 and 30 day averages
download equipment available (not exactly sure how to get it though)
I saw one feature that I haven't seen yet. If you are rechecking because of a high, you can mark the 2nd reading by pressing a button so it won't be included in your averages! My a1c always seems to be lower than what my meter average suggests, so maybe this will fix that.
So the meter itself is nothing fancy, but I'll give up my meal averages if I'm saving $40 a month. I can use an excel sheet if I'm really curious.
I just did a test test... (is that right? a test to test the meter... so a test test.)
my kroger meter read 122 and this one read 107. I know that the kroger meter runs a bit high, so this one might be a bit more accurate. I'll have to test more.
So the conclusion is: Other than the amount of blood it takes, this meter is actually pretty good! and the $9 strips make up for it.