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Time for new eyeglasses

January 5th, 2018 at 09:20 pm

Has anyone had success buying eyeglasses from somewhere other than a typical retail optical center and saving money?

I'm not a Costco member so can't go there. I confirmed that. I used BJs last time around and don't feel there were much of any savings. (I wear progressive lenses.)

There's a frame shop associated with my eye doctor that had nice frames at $180. More than I'd like to spend but I am truly sick of the glasses I've worn now for 5 years.

The frame shop is having a special package deal where the lenses and frames are $350, but I don't know yet if they'll offer frames I like for that deal. That deal doesn't start til end of January. I do also have a $50 off coupon for them; not sure if I can use the coupon on their package deal, but I would try.

I'm tempted to try an online place, but I'm worried if the glasses aren't quite right, I can't very well have someone adjust them for me. So I don't know.

I may return to the optical place tomorrow and see if I can find any frames cheaper than $180.

Next up: Replace car battery?
Today I stayed at home to work again for a 2nd day. I tucked the car in the garage as I was worried these frigid temps might make it hard to start the car. It hasn't yet, but I realized recently i still have the original battery in my 2013 Honda, and it should be replaced soon rather than waiting for something to happen.

I'm now a 3-TV household
I bought a new TV (26" or so) to replace the one in the kitchen as I wanted to hook up an HD digital antenna to it so I could watch local news/weather stations on it. I did this successfully with the Samsung in my bedroom.

Unfortunately, while I measured to make the sure the total length of the TV would fit under a kitchen cabinet, I neglected to check the height, and the TV is in fact just 1 inch too high to fit under there. No way, no how.

That stinks. Dumb mistake. So this means the older Sanyo (2005) I had in the kitchen will stay there and I won't get local stations.

So I put the new Samsung (identical to the Samsung in the bedroom) in my office. But interestingly, while the bedroom digital antenna, which faces south, picks up an extra 13 stations, the antenna in my office, which faces east and north, only picks up 2 channels, and reception for those are iffy.

Wondering if it might be worth trying a different HD digital antenna.

I also programmed the Roku for the office TV but now after viewing the 2 over-the-air channels, i can't get back to Roku. So I'll have to call Samsung or Roku for assistance. Frustrating.

Car needs a wash
My car is so filthy from road salt. I had hoped to wash it last weekend, then this weekend, but that won't happen due to the extreme cold. I'm too frugal (cheap?) to pay for a car wash. So I'll wait another week.

Running low on heating oil
I have a little more than a quarter tank of heating oil left. I noticed oil prices jumped to $2.85 where I usually buy it, so I'll wait til mid-week next week, when temps should moderate and hope prices drop again. Otherwise, I'll just have to bite the bullet and pay the going rate.

I need to declutter
I'm looking around here and still feel stifled by so much "stuff," my mother's stuff. I need to begin again to focus on either disposing of things or finding the right place for them because I'm constantly walking over or around things for which I have no room. I have to start "letting go" of more stuff.

The first item will be a handful of wood weaving tools which I will never use. I know a weaver in town who would probably like them. Still, it's hard to let them go. I may keep the 2 hand-hewn sticks to display on my shelves and let go the rest.

Weekend plans
Aside from routine grocery and gas errands this weekend, and lunch with dad, I also hope to change my furnace humidifier filter, stop at the eyeglass frame shop and put away Xmas decorations.

My prayers go out to Thriftorama.

14 Responses to “Time for new eyeglasses”

  1. snafu Says:

    On the 'Forum' side of SA, there have been positive result discussions of online Zenni, frames & lenses. You may see it as frugal to leave your Honda's undercarriage with sand/salt debris in the garage. We who live in the frigid, frozen north are horrified. The stuff used here by Roads Dept. cause corrosion, rust, and eats through metal, like a hot knife through butter. The destruction is compounded and hurried when you park in the garage. We go to the car wash regularly when the temperature is favourable for salt on the roads. Appearance is critical in the future when selling or trading a car. No one will buy a vehicle that shows signs of corrosion. Are there no promos of free or discounted car wash with fill-ups in your region?

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    Yeah, I was going to say, if you rust out your undercarriage and ruin your vehicle's paint job, is it really worth it to save the money of a $12 car wash? Or of freezing your tail off in the cold weather? I get washing it yourself March through November, but at this time of the year I think it is a case of being penny wise but dollar foolish, because you'll pay for it in the end and a lot more.

    Do you have America's Best near you? I got my frames from them for $118 and my daughter's were $85. They have brands I'd never heard of, but they glasses are holding up well.

  3. Creditcardfree Says:

    Bought one pair of line for my daughter years ago. We had them adjusted at Target Optical. Nearly all optical stores will adjust without charge even if you don't or haven't done business with them in the past.

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    I've been using Zenni online for about 8 years. I thought I would like the luxury to go in and try on glasses this round, but in the end it felt like a complete waste of money. UGH. I will only buy my glasses online in the future. It was paying $25 versus $250 for the exact same product. (I just measure my glasses and compare to measurements online. You can also upload your photo to get some idea how different styles might look).

    I was going to say, many optical stores will adjust for free. I've never utilized, so maybe somewhat moot.

  5. MonkeyMama Says:

    P.S. If you go to optical store this weekend, ask to have your pupil distance measured. Is the one thing you will need for online glasses that is probably not on your prescription.

  6. MonkeyMama Says:

    Pupillary distance, to be exact.

  7. PatientSaver Says:

    LuckyRobin, the car wash doesn't wash the underside of the car. The lower panels of my car are plastic. I haven't had a problem with rust on the car since my 20s.

  8. LuckyRobin Says:

    Some car washes do wash the underside of the car. They are usually not the ones that are attached to gas stations though. They tend to be stand alone car washes. I'm glad you don't have trouble with rust.

  9. PatientSaver Says:

    OK, LR, thanks. I do appreciate your advice.

  10. rob62521 Says:

    I'm with you on the car battery...our is original from 2013 and with the extreme cold, it worries me.

  11. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    For your tv in the kitchen, you could buy a digital converter box for $21, and attach an antennae to that.

  12. PatientSaver Says:

    Thanks, FrugalTexan. I'm going to look at the boxes. I'm just wondering if the digital antenna didn't work, would the box be any different? Do you know in general what the difference is between using a digital converter box vs a digital antenna?

  13. frugaltexan75 Says:

    For an analog tv you have to convert the signal to a digital one before a digital antennae will work. Just the converter box by itself will pull in some channels.

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