As a type 1 family your are going to use a ton of strips. Used strips will be everywhere in your house. You will use so many strips that the meter companies will be happy to give you meters.
Never pay actual cash money for a blood glucose meter.
OK the ketone meter may set you back a few dollars, but the big pharmacies have sales and you can get one for like ten bucks. They are worth it.
There is typically a thread at CWD that know where free meters are: