Glasses are not exactly cheap. Surveys and statistics suggest that Americans paid an average of almost $200 for their glasses, when including all related costs such as the ophthalmologist visit, prescription fees, lenses and frames and add on coatings etc.
When you are spending anything more than just $20 on a single item, it helps to be diligent, well-informed and money savvy. Here are some tips that will surely help you save at least $50 on the purchase of your glasses, if not more!
- Some frames are very cheap
Just because everyone wears plastic, rubber or high-end frames like titanium or acetate frames doesn’t mean that you have to get those frames as well. You might realize that simple metal frames will do the trick for you. With metal frames costing almost 80% less than titanium, acetate and some high-end rubber and plastic frames, you are easily looking at about a $50 savings, just by picking out the frame with a basic but strong build material.
- Buy online
Expresses glasses online are now available all over the internet. Online stores now give you the power of receiving your glasses just 24 hours from the time of placing the order. Besides express delivery, online stores also give you fantastic price savings. Since online stores don’t have to pay for expensive overheads like rent, salaries and showroom costs, they are able to run a nimble business with a lot of cost savings. These cost savings are passed on to you. In fact, it is the discounts that made people go out on a limb to buy glasses online, even though they can’t physically see the product first hand. But, when you buy from the right online store, you not just save but also receive high quality frames that are comparable to what you see in a glasses retailer at a mall.
If you are still on the fence about whether to buy cheap glasses online, we suggest you do give it a try as you will be very surprised as to how much cheaper online stores can be, when compared to your ophthalmologist’s store or that glasses store at the mall. Saving $50 on glasses by buying online is very, very doable.
- Try to retain your frames or lenses
If your ophthalmologist told you to change your lenses, you can consider keeping the frame of your old glasses. Similarly, if they told you to change your frames, you can consider keeping the lenses! Though it sounds like common sense, you will be amazed to know how many people throw out their entire glasses, just because they needed new frames or lenses. Any good glasses store will take your old glasses and retain your frame and give you new lenses or retain your lenses and give you new frames.
Depending on the type of frame or lenses you already have, you are easily looking at $50 savings by retaining your lenses or frame.
- Glasses don’t need to be replaced very often!
Some people make it a habit to change out their glasses every year or every couple of years. There is actually no need to do this at all. Glasses are made to last for years, decades even. Why change them out unnecessarily?
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