Where to Begin...it is hard to believe that it has been 9 years since I started this Blog. You guys have always been here supporting me and cheering me on.
I am in the process of refinancing my LOC into a mortgage, rolling my credit card debt into it. Will probably then close all of my credit cards after that.
I still have my budget in place for a couple of months out, but I still have to make changes to it.
I hope to sell my house in about 6 months, and move closer to my kids, about an hour away. I will still commute to work because it would only be about 40 minutes. But this can't happen until my responsibility to my mom is done, she is close to moving in with my niece, but who knows when that will happen.
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.