Re: Best time to check blood sugar?
A good way to test when you're a newbie is every morning fasting, and then scatter some tests throughout the day. Maybe a couple of days test 2 hours after breakfast, a couple of days two hours after lunch, a couple of days two hours after dinner, and then scatter a few tests between pre-meals and bedtime.
Incidentally, you can reuse lancets for several times before they get too dull. I usually change my lancets once a week, and I test 6-8 times a day! Do not use alcohol to wipe off your fingers or the lancets...alcohol makes your skin tougher. Just wash your hands before testing if you haven't recently done so. And keep the lancet in your lancet device, ready to go for the next test.
I would definitely ask your doctor to prescribe enough test strips for 3-4 test per day. If the response is "Oh, you don't need to test that often," you can tell him/her that you're in this for the long haul, and the more information you have, the better you can manage your diabetes and the better off you'll be. Most insurance plans will cover whatever number of strips the doctor feels is necessary, and 4 per day is not an unreasonable amount even if you're not on insulin.