No more LensCrafters for me.....

@dawnald (84146)
Shingle Springs, California
February 8, 2011 3:03pm CST
My glasses there have gotten more and more expensive, stronger prescription, reading glasses, etc. But sometimes you go with what you know. So when Dearra's pediatrician said she needed glasses at the same time I already need glasses, and she suggested Costco's optical department, I figured what the heck. So, I ended up getting 2 eye exams and 3 pairs of glasses (my sunglasses were way outdated) for less than my last pair of glasses. No more LensCrafters! What's your frugal tip for today?
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
8 Feb 11
Well, you know I figured my glasses were so old I needed a new prescription so I went to the eye doc and he told me to STOP wearing glasses to drive, that I see better without them than with them!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Feb 11
My prescription has actually improved, but not enough so that I can do without them.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
8 Feb 11
Thanks, Costco here I come. I do feel I save on many things at Costco but you still have to shop because of the fact that they have limited brands on many thing I can get better deals else where.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Feb 11
Some things you can, and you can't find everything, but often you do pretty well there.
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
8 Feb 11
costco is good but we g to sears and i will tell you why. sears canada always has a deal - either two forone or a full set of glasses for 125. they also adjust your glasses for you anytime for free (tighten them up).
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Feb 11
I don't know if Costco does or doesn't tighten them. But hey I can alway s go to Lenscrafters and say I bought them there. Seriously not sure about Sears, but Costco is closer, and I got one pair for $145, the next for $110 ($25 off 2nd pair) and the third pair for $89. Of course it depends on what kind of lenses, tinting, frames, etc.
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• United States
9 Feb 11
The folks at our local Costco had no problem tightening my mom's glasses for her when a lens popped out in the store. I think they're more likely to do it for free than turn you away. It makes a good impression and you'll probably remember it the next time you need to buy glasses. ;)
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
9 Feb 11
I have gotten glasses for my family at LensCrafters, Target, Walmart, Sams Club and at Costco. I know for a fact that LensCrafters and Target use the same optical labs when they are sent out to the labs. At LensCrafters you pay more because you are supposed to get your glasses instantly. But if your glasses have to be sent out to the lab there really is no sense in paying the extra amount that LensCrafters charges as they go to the same place anyway. And I can tell you that at Costco they have great customer service - they will tighten your screws and pop your lenses back in with a smile on their faces.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
8 Feb 11
Oh, I don't know how much you paid, but I would love to get a discount like that. My new glasses are going to cost 150.00, and that is with our insurance..
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Feb 11
My daughter's were $89, mine were close to $150, but I have progressives...
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• United States
8 Feb 11
Your daughter's was 89, both frames and lenses???That is a great deal!!!!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Feb 11
Yep...
@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
9 Feb 11
No frugal tips today except to eat the leftovers. I have a snow globe for a brain today. I cannot get my glasses and get them correct at one hour places, like lenscrafters. In fact, lenscrafters cannot get mine in less than a week because of the complex corrections.
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• Canada
9 Feb 11
Good morning, GG...have you tried Zenni Optical...on-line, I have been using them since my Dr. recommended them, as her fiance used them! Most expensive pair, just under $40...I have had amazing success with them. If you like I can PM you the info! Take care...and Cheers!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Feb 11
LensCrafters takes a week for mine also ever since I went to progressives. I'm really curious about this Zenni Optical. How the heck can they get it right online? Who does adjustments, etc.?
@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
8 Feb 11
Dawn, have you ever checked out Zenni Optical online? They have complete glasses starting at $8! Of course for $8 it's just the most basic lens and for anything more complex, like a bifocal or multi-focal, there's a charge but it's still very inexpensive. They aren't brand name or designer frames or anything but I've found that they fit well and seem to stand up as well as any other glasses I've had. Plus it's so nice to be able to have different frames instead of having to wear the same ones until they disintegrate! It's definitely worth checking out the website. They do sunglasses too!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Feb 11
What about getting them adjusted though?
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• Canada
9 Feb 11
Dawnald, I, too...use Zenni, the most expensive pair, graded multi-focals with titanium frames are 39.95! A huge selection in the 8-10 range, so a year ago, I went to an Optical Store, picked out frames that I liked, found the same on Zenni, and ordered five pair, all for under $60.00! The question about adjustments, I found easily addressed, if I am paying only $10.00 for my glasses..and need adjustments...I don't mind putting out the 15 or 20 dollars to have them adjusted! This site was recommended by my Doctor! Frugal tip...90% of my transportation is an E-bike, have had it for 2 1/2 years, has saved me over $5000.00 in gas & insurance in that time...and have missed only one day riding it to work, due to a foot of snow! Take care and Cheers!
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• United States
8 Feb 11
Good for you! I'm glad to hear that your glasses were so affordable. I will have to keep this tip in mind. My own frugal tip of the day is to unplug your water heater or flip the switch at the breaker box. And, then just plug up your water heater (or flip the water heater breaker box switch) right before bath time. You'll need to wait at least an hour to get a full tub of hot water. It takes awhile to heat the water from cold, especially if it's winter. That saves about $30 a month for my family. Another thing would be to use 20 and 40 watt bulbs in low traffic areas like the hallway or kitchen when that area is not in use. We have to leave our kitchen light on, cause our daughter goes in there at least three times a night. And, it's a long way over to the light switch and I'm worried about her falling in the middle of the night when getting up for water. So I leave the light on. It would be too expensive to leave a 100 watt bulb in the ceiling. So we use lower wattage and that saves money. When it gets summer, i plan to buy several window air conditioners for $200 - $250 each and use those instead of central air conditioning. This past year, we spent well over $200 on air conditioning during the summer time (well into October) and that was way out of my budget. I've only allotted myself $100 - $150 for electricity, including air conditioning, heating, cooking and hot water. So that was way out of my budget. If i had to give more frugal cooking tips, they would be for cheap eating. Anything with beans, rice or noodles is always a cheap way to go.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Feb 11
I can just see myself forgetting to turn the water heater back on in time. But we are already using lower watt bulbs. I don't see myself replacing the central AC with window units, but I do keep the temp turned up higher than most people do in the summer, and that helps.
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@vandana7 (67609)
• India
9 Feb 11
That is a good set of tips beautyqueen. :) We use gas for cooking out here, so $100 pm is what would be my summer bill - March, April, May, June, and July to be more precise. That too because we live in the topmost floor, and sun is not very kind to us, except that we get compensated by hot water. :) In winters, and other seasons, my electricity bill hovers around $25. Again, we dont need heating arrangement in winters because we are on topmost floor. :) Only AC consumption really hits us. Most of the time I am able to keep it to the minimum - i.e., around 80 dollars, but at times because of power cuts at odd times, I am forced to switch on ACs in two rooms. That can really take the bill to 100 dollars. But that is it. It doesnt go beyond that. Part of my cooking is in microwave. It is considerably faster, and cheaper.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
8 Feb 11
Great deal Dawn. My frugal tip? Would eating lunch at 4.30 pm count as being frugal? A sweet fanny Adams day no matter what I did I ended up doing sweet Fannie Adams. And I am exhausted just trying to keep the work computer up and running. If the technician does not turn up tomorrow then I am going to scream so loud that you are go9ng to ear about it on CNN
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Feb 11
Well then, I hope the technician shows up tomorrow bright and early. And eating lunch at 4:30 only counts as frugal if you don't eat dinner. :-P
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
8 Feb 11
Oh thit! Bum
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@hofferp (4739)
• United States
8 Feb 11
We don't have Costco's, but I'm telling you, if we did...I'd be shopping there. My brother and SIl (her name is Deb) shop there all the time (Santa Rosa, CA)...to heck with Wal-Mart. And my brother and Deb make a decent living...but Costco is Okay in my mind. I just wish we had them to compete with Wal-Mart, KMart, SAM's, Albertson's, IGA, etc. (We already "lost" Smith's, Furr's, etc.)
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Feb 11
My sister keeps plugging Sam's club, which is right across the street from Costco. Less crowded apparently...
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@hofferp (4739)
• United States
9 Feb 11
With just one of me, buying in bulk (like you do at Sam's) doesn't really work. I was a member two years ago and I think I went once or twice... I'd prefer Costco.
@schulzie (4064)
• United States
9 Feb 11
I had my son's glasses done at Walmart and they have really good prices and a good guarantee on them. My son broke his frame at the nose about 2 weeks ago. I brought in the glasses and they got a new frame from the wall and changed them out for free. We were in and out of there in under 15 minutes! I was very happy with the customer service we received there so, at least for my son, I will be getting all of his glasses at Walmart. Have a great day and happy myLotting!!!
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Feb 11
Something to think about if Costco doesn't work out...
@vandana7 (67609)
• India
9 Feb 11
My tip - drink more water, munch less. :) Seriously, it helps in losing weight, and is not bad for blood pressure. :) You'd save on monthly snacking bills, and physicians bills, and medical bills as well. :)
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Feb 11
I'll get back to you as soon as I finish this candy bar. :D
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
9 Feb 11
Someone told me today that albertsons meat is all half price after 6 pm... worth a shot to check. I don't seem to remember that but I don't go there late lol. I think they have a thursday sale so I may go look on thursday.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Feb 11
Drat - no Albertson's around here!
@bunnybon7 (37399)
• Holiday, Florida
9 Feb 11
uuummm, how about finagling a free MRI? they bugged me so much at the radiology place that i started using the cost as an excuse. finally they just said, you dont have to pay, get in here. anyway, its great you could get just as good of glasses cheaper.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Feb 11
I hope they're just as good. We shall see once I get them...
@SViswan (12071)
• India
9 Feb 11
Frugal tip relating to glasses? I still use my glasses that I got 2 years ago....and they don't have the 'nose protectors' (or whatever it is you call them...the little thingies that sit where the glasses cling to the nose) for a year now. My glasses are lopsided too and I try different things to make them sit properly. Am I glad I got the low cost sturdier frames than the expensive ones which look good but are flimsy. My frugal tip has more to do with hubby darling not being bothered about me than my need to be frugal in this regard!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Feb 11
Mine are 2 1/2 years old, and I've had to go in and get them adjusted several times...
@FrugalMommy (1447)
• United States
9 Feb 11
What a great deal. I'll have to remember that if we ever need glasses. My frugal tip for today is to never check out when shopping online before looking for some sort of discount code. I always check out my cash back sites and search sites like RetailMeNot.com for coupon codes to see which option will save me the most money. It gives me plenty of time to think about whether I really need what I'm going to buy, too. :)
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Feb 11
I love discounts, but I would like it even better if everybody would just lower their prices.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
9 Feb 11
EYe glass world I went to 2 pairs of glasses for $78 but the glass in them cost so ended up paying $238 still cheaperthan lens ceafters
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Feb 11
Yeah, way cheaper!
• United States
8 Feb 11
Wow what a savings indeed! My frugal tip would be that in today's day and age we have to do a bit of researching and or reading discussions as yours as it is way too expensive for us to simply go to our regular places as things are way too high. Thanks for the tip I will pass it along to my boyfriend who spends an arm and a leg for one pair at lensCrafters also.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Feb 11
Yeah I've been going there for years and not really thinking about it, and I'm really glad that the pediatrician mentioned Costco. Of course, if the glasses turn out to be crappy, I'll change my tune...
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
8 Feb 11
Thanks for the heads up. I got my last ones at Walmart and they were very expensive and my prescription changed as my eyes got better..but they charged an arm and a leg! My frugal tip...I turned my furnace down one degree and it saved quite a bit on my utility bill!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Feb 11
That does make quite a difference. Our thermostat is programmable, so we have it set lower during the day when we're not home and at night when we're asleep (and the reverse in the summer).
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
10 Feb 11
I use Walmart, and really need to get myself in for another exam soon.. I'm running out of contacts.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Feb 11
Too expensive, bother my eyes too much, but then I have a really bad astigmatism...
• United States
10 Feb 11
I prefer contacts even though I know they do cost more. Glasses get in the way too much, and I'm too active to put up with them.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Feb 11
I tried contacts, but they were more trouble than they were worth to me. Glasses go on my nose and then I go....
@celticeagle (119847)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Feb 11
That is great! Just goes to show that you pay for the name. My frugal tip is just that most store brand are as good or better than alot of name brands. I was getting one certain brand of canned vegetables broth and happened to check one day and the store brand had the same ingredients for half the price. Pays to check ingredients.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Feb 11
Yep it does, although I sometimes find that even so they don't quite taste the same...
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@celticeagle (119847)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Feb 11
You're right. Sometimes it better to spend the amount and get the flavor. Most times not though. You are just buying the brand name.
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