I've had type 2 for over 10 years now and take 2 different meds along with 2 injections every day. I test my sugars 8 times a day using either the Freestyle Flash meter, Accu-Check Compact, or Accu-Check Aviva. I like the Accu-Check most out of all the meters I use. Accu-Check Compact has the drums so you don't have to insert test strips all the time.
For savings on strips, lancets, alcohol pads and meters, go to Ebay.com. Just type in Diabetes in the search window on the upper right corner, and you will find a wealth of items on sale at el cheapo prices. This is how I get my stuff for testing since I don't have insurance.
As for meals, I just try to watch portion sizes and choose healthy foods. I am a big vegetable eater, and stay away from the fatty foods.
Good luck, and I hope this helps! You might also try looking at dlife.com. They have LOTS of info there and videos to watch.