I think you are about to get an avalanche of replies saying, "Yes, do get a meter". It's also true that some people here don't do home testing, but I don't think they would actually advise against it, it's just their preference. I'm absolutely no expert, I only found out about my A1c test of 41 (officially one point away from pre-diabetes in the UK but already pre- in the US) in August. Since then I have been reading up about all this and the writers who impress me as the most sound (Jenny Ruhl and Dr Bernstein) have convinced me that the repeated tests that we can do at home before and after meals are in fact more useful than the A1c. In addition I have found my home tests very motivating to make efforts to lower my bg. I wouldn't want to wait a whole year to find out if I'm on the right track. Someone should be along soon to send you some info on meters. I like the TEE@ because it's free, but the Codefree has slightly cheaper strips. There is nothing to stop you getting a free TEE@ first (with 10 free strips, 10 free lancets and a lancet gun, all in a nifty case). That way you risk nothing, if you don't like testing after all you have paid nothing, and if you decide you'd prefer a Codefree you can still order that. BTW what is a GTT? All that springs to my mind is Gin and Tonic. Good luck!