How I Paid $6.95 Plus Shipping for My Last Pair of Glasses!

As many of you loyal readers know, a fashionista, I am not. I’m lucky to put together an outfit that would be considered “presentable” on most days. My sisters believe I was meant to be on “What Not to Wear” on TLC. I try to blame my lack of style on the fact that I work from home, but really, when I was in the working world, it wasn’t much better. I’m definitely a comfort over style person, to a fault.

But, I must say, I do take pride in my eyewear. I’ve had the same Smith brand sunglasses for about 15 years now. Spending that kind of money on sunglasses isn’t really my forte (Smith’s are expensive!), but my sister splurged on me one year for Christmas, and I haven’t been able to go back to cheap since (I did have to replace them once after leaving a pair in a taxi in Egypt, but that’s another story for another day…).

Needless to say, I was beyond excited to learn about getting discounted, yet sufficiently stylish, prescription glasses from my optician brother-in-law through Zenni Optical several years ago. Their cheapest glasses are $6.95 per pair and the prices go up from there. But they have many choices at $6.95 and I have been able to find several pairs that I like. In fact, I’ve ordered from them several times because I tend to fall asleep with my glasses in bed and the kids end up sitting on them at some point so I go through them too quickly. Shipping is $4.95 so when I order, I do two pairs at a time to offset the shipping cost on the second pair. And it’s great to always have a back up!

The process to order new glasses is extremely easy. After shopping through the hundreds of frames and making your choice, you simply need to enter your prescription details. The one piece of information that your written prescription doesn’t contain is your pupillary distance (essentially the distance between your pupils). But Zenni Optical has an easy way to measure that at home.

I have mentioned my frugal eyewear exploits to many who also require sight correction and all have been extremely happy with their purchases. A common question among the older crowd is whether or not they have progressives. When I first was asked that question, I had no idea what progressives were… But the answer is yes, they have a ton of frames that support progressives! In fact, they have a ton of frames for anybody with any need. They have glasses for kids, they have bifocals, they have several different choices of frame material for those of you sensitive to frame weight. You name it, they probably have it. And you can try them on “yourself” if you so desire. There is a “model” on the righthand side of their webpage that will try them on for you. But if you upload a picture of yourself, you can see how they will look on you. Pretty cool if you ask me!

Now all of their glasses are not $6.95, but I’m willing to bet that they have a pair of glasses that you will love that is far cheaper than what you’d pay at the mall or your local optometrist. In fact, my optician brother-in-law thinks that Zenni Optical may eventually put his local store out of business because there is no way for them to compete with these prices.

I know what many of you are probably thinking… Do they have name brand glasses? And the answer is no. But, I do challenge you to watch this 60 Minutes episode and when you’re finished to still need those designer frames. After all, are they really designer if it’s just the labeling on the frame that’s different?

Need a new pair of glasses? Give them a try. What do you have to lose? Definitely not much money! Now if I can just find a place to get some discounted sunglasses much like my beloved Smith’s…


** I do receive a small commission if you decide to buy glasses through my Zenni Optical links. But all opinions expressed here are my own and I’ve been a happy customer for many years. Thanks for your support of Our Frugal Life.

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