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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
What are your experiences with dollar store tests? Have you had any false negatives (or positives) with cheaper tests? I just bought one and it seemed to me the only difference between the cheap ones and the 10 dollar ones is in the packaging and convenience. But I thought I'd ask - how reliable have the cheap tests been for you?

I'm CTA, but after a little confusion, my husband wanted me to test just to be sure. We usually buy the more expensive ones, but when I found one for 1$ (and knowing how often I like to test just to be sure) I was really excited. I'm sure he will worry though that the cheap ones can't be trusted. So let me know what you think, so I can (hopefully) calm his worries!
post #2 of 17
I've heard Dollar Tree tests are really sensitive and generally good. I've had false positives on them in the past (like wide pink lines, but after 10 min.), so I would just use them as a first indicator and then follow up with a FRER.
post #3 of 17
They have been accurate for me and I have used them and had several negatives and 2 positives with them.
post #4 of 17
Dollar Store tests gave me better BFP results than FRER!

At 9 and 10 dpo, my Dollar Store backup tests had a much darker postive line than my pricey FRER tests.

I used the same FMU on both tests, but the Dollar Store was a faster, stronger, easier to read result.

With BFNs, I had the same results on both Dollar Store and FRER too.

If I was ever going to do it again, I'd save my money and just use Dollar Store tests.

Good luck!
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks! but also, I'm a little confused.
FRER - first response...?
FMU - first morning urine
BFN?
BFP?

Is there a thread or a chart somewhere that will tell me what some of these abbreviations mean? most of the time I can figure it out, but sometimes I'm totally lost!
post #6 of 17
I don't know if there's a thread, but...

BFN=big fat negative
BFP=big fat positive
post #7 of 17
Dollar Store tests worked great for me, which is good since when I was ttc I tested obsessively from like 8 or 9 days past ovulation.
post #8 of 17
Just in case you haven't testing I wanted to let you know there is a bad batch of $ store tests right now. Check out the trying to conceive page for more details. I had 4 false positives, not cool!
post #9 of 17
worked great for me got results 5 days early and I kept taking them (to see it get darker) and it worked perfect
post #10 of 17
I bought some tests for the Dollar Tree and they are actually more sensitive than some of the more expensive brands like EPT, ClearBlue and First Response.
post #11 of 17
I have heard the dollar store are great.

If you are looking for cheap pregnancy tests. Check these out. When I was TTC, I used to test 5-8 time per cycle lol. You have to collect urine in a cup then dip them in for 20 seconds or so. Really simple to use.

http://www.amazon.com/Generic-25-Pre...4245439&sr=8-4

I got a BFP at 9 dpo with these.
post #12 of 17
I love the Dollar Tree tests. That's all I've used since my second pregnancy
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by wilson View Post
What are your experiences with dollar store tests? Have you had any false negatives (or positives) with cheaper tests? I just bought one and it seemed to me the only difference between the cheap ones and the 10 dollar ones is in the packaging and convenience. But I thought I'd ask - how reliable have the cheap tests been for you?

I'm CTA, but after a little confusion, my husband wanted me to test just to be sure. We usually buy the more expensive ones, but when I found one for 1$ (and knowing how often I like to test just to be sure) I was really excited. I'm sure he will worry though that the cheap ones can't be trusted. So let me know what you think, so I can (hopefully) calm his worries!
I got a bfp at 9dpo and my daughter is 5 days old now so I'd say they are reliable
post #14 of 17
FYI acronym FAQ


dollar tree cassette tests are supposed to be good. I used a no-name dollar store dip stick test and it was ok, very very faint, but the frer (that's first response early result) was faint too.
post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 

Yay!

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Originally Posted by texaspeach View Post
FYI acronym FAQ
Thanks, I really needed that!
post #16 of 17
dollar store tests are what they use here at our local planned parenthood. i have used only them. i am not dropping 15 dollars to pee on something.
post #17 of 17
they have always worked for me.
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