Where to Begin...it is hard to believe that it has been 8 years since I started this Blog. You guys have always been here supporting me and cheering me on.
I recently took out a LOC against my house and paid off all of my credit card/loan debt. Everything on my credit report has been paid off. I now have one payment a month. But I am making 2 payments of $250, which is about $300 toward principle.
In about 3-6 months we are going to try to refinance the loan in just my name(My mom is a co-signer right now). UPDATE: I REFINANCED THE LOAN IN JUST MY NAME.
My budget is still in place for 2 months out, but I am constantly having to adjust it. But everything still gets covered.
I am still working my part time job early in the mornings and on weekends. I don't mind getting up early(4:00) but I hate going to bed so early. I sure enjoy that paycheck though. I am putting 35% of that check into their 401k. i will slowly raise that up to 50%. UPDATE: I HAVE GIVEN MY NOTICE FOR THE END OF SEPTEMBER. I JUST CAN'T DO 2 JOBS ANYMORE.
I ordered from Zenni Optical. I was happy overall. The frames were a little more flimsy (not bad, just not as sturdy) than those in a regular optometry office, but for $40 overall, definitely worth it. This was two years ago.
I was very happy. I bought three pairs just to check them out. I got one pair for under $10 and they were pretty bad. The plastic was warped. I would have been able to return them and they would have replaced them, but they were so cheap I never bothered to. I just keep that pair next to the bed for after I've taken my contacts out so I never cared very much.
I also bought a pair more in the $30 range. They are very nice. Double hinged. Very well put together. Feel like my $150+ pair from a few years ago. I wear those on the weekend if I'm puttering around and don't feel like putting contacts in, or in the evenings if we go see a movie and I wanted to take my contacts out since they've been in since 6 in the morning!
I also got prescription sunglasses for about $30 with the tinting. They're nice, too.
So I highly recommend them. You have to be a little willing to "deal" with what you get, though, as you can't try them on before committing to buying them. The pair I got were the same shape as my old pair so I was pretty sure I'd like them - and I did.
I don't plan on getting glasses from anywhere else but online in the future, especially since I mostly wear contacts and spend my vision benefits money on buying those.
Zenni Optical all the way. I wear glasses full-time and am very happy with their glasses and customer service.
The first pair I bought were probably $30-ish and I was impressed with the quality. The pair I had before I had paid a LOT in an optometrist office and I will admit that the quality of those glasses was slightly better. But I mean like I literally wore those every day for 10 years and they were still fine. The Zenni ones the paint or whatever was starting to chip off after 4 years or so? Which was no big deal since I needed a new prescription anyway. Don't know if I will be wearing the same glasses for 10 years again. The current glasses I have I only paid about $10 for and they are excellent. I do always buy a pair or two or three but you can return any that you do not like. (I bought another pair because I was skeptical I'd like the $10 glasses, but they did have great reviews and I do like them). I just measure my old/favorite pair of glasses and try to buy something with similar measurements. The $10 glasses I had bought were with all the add-ons - premium coating on the glasses, UV protected, whatever they sell. I had a good coupon or sale for that pair. Just to be clear that I Wasn't really set on the cheapest glasses I could find. I just really lucked out! I would have happily paid $50 or $100 for glasses that I Wear every single day - just don't see the point of paying much more than that with all the zenni options.
We used Coastal for my daughter. Very happy, paid $75 maybe though. This was far cheaper for what she wanted then ANY store.
I would suggest having the pupil measurements taken at the optometrist, only because it seemed really hard to do and I was super worried about getting it right. We must have done okay because she says she can see! Our Target store adjusted them for free.
If I could first go into a store to try them on and make sure they looked nice and fit my face then I'd be ok going online and ordering the same pair cheaper. Otherwise I personally wouldn't do this because I wouldn't want the hassle of hating them and having to return them.
I use coastal contacts for my own glasses, and have had a great experience - I think I've purchased my last 3 pairs through their site, and it's really simple to use. The quality has been pretty great thus far.