Okay, so maybe there are CHEAPER (or free) ways to pee on any old stick, but I'm talking about the one that the average woman spends about $10 purchasing and waiting to see one line or two...yes, the good old pregnancy test!!
Many of my close girlfriends know that after too many months of thinking pregnancy was possibility and throwing money away to 'set my mind at ease', I began searching for a cheaper solution.
For my first pregnancy, I actually tested using ones I found on Ebay. I spent about $8 on 25 test strips. They were a little different that the ones you get from the store. They were TINY and you had to dip them into your pee...not too convenient. I actually ended up using all 25 within the first couple months of getting them because stupidly enough, took about 15 the first week I found out I was pregnant (I guess I had a hard time believing it to be true!). This is a good solution for anyone trying to get pregnant, if you are in a time crunch, you are still gonna run out to the store!
My second pregnancy I took a different route. I found pregnancy tests at DOLLARAMA!! At first I had the same doubts anyone would have which is 'they can't be accurate' but I was really shocked when after only being maybe a day late, I took one of their tests and it came up positive (I took 2 just to be sure) and it came up VERY dark, which means it's sensitivity levels were high. I found out later that they are the same sensitivity level as First Response. The only thing that is different between the Dollarama ones and the expensive instore brands, is that the Dollarama one is a small plastic stick enclosing the test, and it comes with a dropper (I like this idea, because most women don't use midstream tests properly. The dropper means you would get a more equal volume of the pregnancy hormone (HcG). So, all you need is a little dixie cup and you're set!!
So yes...this is a little taboo to be blogging about, but seriously, save the bucks....find out your pregnant (or not!) the frugal way!
P.S. Make sure you always look at your test within the guidelined time! If you look too early, the line may not have shown yet if you are very early in your pregnancy, or if you look too late, the test may show a FALSE positive by showing a faint line caused by evaporation on the test.