I was cleaning my glasses the other day and like the butter fingers I am, dropped them. A lens popped out. I instantly thought, "Great, I'm going to have buy new glasses now." (I should note that I'm new to the glass-wearing crowd.) I suddenly thought, "What would happen if these glasses were broken?" How could I replace them cheaply?
With that in mind here are a few tips to save money on glasses and contact lenses:
- Buy Glasses and Contacts at Wal-Mart - This is where I got my current glasses. I decked them out with nearly every option and they came in at $200. If I had gone to a specialty store they would have been a lot more.
I must admit that I didn't research it much at the time, but Wal-Mart has always been a "go-to" store for me when I didn't have time to research. In the business world, there's a famous saying that says nobody ever got fired for buying IBM products. I think the same could be said for saving money at Wal-Mart.
- Buy Glasses and Contacts at a Discount Warehouse - Before my most Wal-Mart purchase, I went to BJ's Warehouse to partake of their 2 pairs of glasses for $99 special. You don't get any frills like anti-glare coating, but overall it was a good price.
- Contact Lens Comparison Shopping - One place where you can compare contact lenses is at LensShopper.
- Eyeglass Comparison Shopping - A good place that focuses on glasses specifically is Eyeglass Retailer Reviews
- Buy Glasses Online - The glass I got from Wal-Mart had just about everything you can imagine. They are anti-glare and transition lenses. That cost me $200. I went to Prescription Glasses Online (who might not be reputable), and found that the same glasses would cost about $100.
- Get a Price Match - It doesn't always make sense to start out looking for a price match (where's the savings on a match?), but it helped out CleverDude.
Buy Glasses and Contacts in Discount Stores
Buy Glasses and Contacts Online
Buying glasses and contacts online might be the single best key to saving money on glasses and contact lenses. Sure you might have to wait some time for them to reach you, but the savings can be big. Plus, I typically wait a week or more for glasses from online stores. I went to one random site and com
To finish up my story about my dropped glasses, I simple brought them Wal-Mart. They fixed them in about 4 minutes. The most interesting thing to me is that they never asked my name, never verified that I was a previous customer, nothing.
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