Nov 20 2007

What to do with that glucose monitor (or other assorted freebies)

I have a question about your buying the glucose monitor. So you buy it, you get the $20 in ECBs, but what do you do with it then? Return it? Resell it? Donate it? Thanks! –M

I’d say donating it or reselling would be the best option. It’s important to be sure to get rid of these unneeded freebies, or we’ll end up having a ton of stuff all of a sudden.

If you know someone who might use a blood glucose montior, you could ask him or her if they have a need for it.

Check with your doctor’s office or perhaps a community medical center to see if they could take your unopened items and pass them on to others who can use them.

Maybe a food pantry could benefit from your extra toiletries.

For extra tubes of toothpaste, soap, or bottles of shampoo, maybe add those to somebody’s stocking this Christmas.

Or, you can try to resell items online or in a garage sale.

The important thing is if you don’t need it, pass it on. The item already served its purpose for you, so keep sharing the wealth and pass it on.



5 Responses to “What to do with that glucose monitor (or other assorted freebies)”

  1. The problem with donating it I’ve found (I am diabetic)is that most places won’t take it, even if it’s not been used since it could have have been used with human blood. :( (And yes, I even specified that I had never even used it when I was trying to find a place to give it). Luckily I was able to use it at work (I worked at a Vet) but they are had to “get rid of” because of the contamination risk. :(

  2. Kacie,

    I wanted to bring up that you may want to contact the American Diabetes Society. They may wish to take it. Also, contact your church, if they do mission trips to third world countries they may find freebies like this very useful. Finally, if you do end up donating make sure you get a receipt from the place you are donating it too. If you itemize you may want to claim this donation and save even more!

  3. You might also check with OB/GYN’s, especially Medicaid clinics. Women with gestational diabetes need to check their sugars, but because it is not a permanent condition many times insurance won’t pick up the tab.

  4. What a generous post. I’m glad to see people are so willing to donate. It is a problem with organizations not being able to take what they perceive as “used” devices, but surely a friend of a friend knows someone who could use it.

    Keep up the good work!

  5. Great post. I had gestational diabetes and could have definitely used this item. Check out the local Human Services or WIC offices too, they are always looking for donations.

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