I grew up with little means and as a result I've developed a very frugal lifestyle. I'm writing this to share my process getting free IBD swag and perhaps inspire some of you to join me in my shamelessness.
I talk to as many rheumatologists, gastroenterologists, and primary care physicians as possible (which is a lot since I'm also a physiciam) and ask them if there's any GI-related stuff crowding their fridges. Perhaps they have a Humira pen coming up due on its expiration date and they don't have any takers because they're more 6MP, Remicade, etc. people. I gladly take that off their hands! (If you can believe it, unless people ask for them, a lot of these things get tossed!)
By these measures I've procured Humira starter kits and boxes of VSL. And let me tell you, it comes in handy. Lately, my stupid insurance company keeps delaying the delivery of my Humira (fighting me on pre-approval) and I've had to fall back on these bonus goods.
Consider my cheap-o ways if you're in a bind!