Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I'm a Hypocrite

OK, maybe that's not the exact right word...

After all my talk about saving money and buying glasses online (Zenni Optical!), I actually paid almost $200 for a pair of glasses.  Crazy, huh?  But I saved $360!  Or, at least, that's what the receipt says.  If we didn't have vision insurance, those same glasses would have cost over $500?  I don't think so!!  There's no way, no how I ever would have or could have done that.  I had a hard enough time with the (almost) $200.

But, I did it.  Jeffrey and I went to a couple places that are 'in-plan' for our insurance this evening.  Things are changing at work; insurance is changing, and we need to use our benefits, before the end of the month.  The first place we looked at didn't seem to have any frames under $200.  We didn't even ask about the lenses.  The second place had more reasonable frames - the insurance covers the first $120 and then 20% of any overage - so we actually found some that would be mostly covered by insurance.  Except that the first pair I picked out wasn't actually covered, or only about $45 would be covered.  I'm still not sure what that was about.  But then the girl we were working with found me a pair that I only had to pay $20 for after insurance.  And then we added the lenses...

The main reason I went ahead and got them was that I wanted to get the progressive lenses.  Well, I didn't actually want to get them, but I'm getting tired of looking under my glasses to read things, so I thought it was time.  Since I've not worn progressive lenses before, I thought it would be best to get them locally.  Later, if/when I get used to them, I can order some online if I want.  But this first time,  I think this will be best - even if it hurts to spend so much on one pair of glasses, when I know I could get them so much cheaper online.

So, don't do what I do - listen to what I say!  Save money, and buy your glasses online.  Unless, of course, you have a good reason.  Or lots of extra money.

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