Glad you nailed this one acidrock23.
Unfortunately some well meaning - confused folks who drive that drivel are helping no one.
If one's body is mostly working with smooth slowly running curves, why yes one can take less samples and generally be ok that may be sufficient.
But fact remains on any body/ equipment misbehaving and doing things out of band, intermittently, more tests will need to be done - ie cgms to catch culprits and misbehaving.
If one is tracking meals activity and bumps, it should be plain one may need:
a) wake up fasting.
b) morning meal peak
c) lunch meal peak
d) dinner peak
e) late night to bed peak
f)any insulin dose readings - assuming 1 to 3
g) a couple of spoiled out of range readings - the human body blood system is like ethernet network cable where density of traffic can end up with thicker and denser than normal packets causing high readings should one sample one of those packets whizzing by. Human system does not stoichemetrically load balance all loads - same size packets always on and off blood system like token ring network so all blood finger stick readings will be a proper average - reading always. ie watch liver dump or munch a couple of glucose tablets and watch the sudden heart stopping readings one gets on the caveman machine. CGMS is polite and averages those surges out so you do not see.
f) a few outright bad strips.
So for real work that a patient can use and get sensible info, one could easily be at 6 to 10 strips a day.
The utmost asinine stupidity is the one strip a day and the beaurocrats pushing that crap. That is not to demean a Doctor/expert who knows his patient and can understand how to minimize to one strip and assume the performance.
For the patient, that is tantamount to standing in middle of Camarillo with wet one finger up and then tell what Camarillo looks like.