$300 Chanel Eyeglasses from LensCrafters
Go ahead. Feast your eyes on those sexy Chanel frames that cost me $300 back in 2004. They were my first pair of designer eyeglasses.
Say what you will, but I got every penny’s worth of my money out of those suckers.
After 6 years of lovin’, what you see is all I could salvage.
You probably suspect it took me a while to admit I was in desperate need of replacements. (What tipped you off?)
There were a few tell-tale signs it was time to invest in a new pair of glasses.
- My boss constantly wondered how my vision wasn’t impaired by the visibly scraped, bruised and cloudy lenses.
- I’d used glue, broom bristles, and dental floss to reattach one of the earpieces.
- They snapped in two.
Tempting though it may be, I simply could not bring myself to tape my glasses back together. I’m a professional.
I remembered this company where you could get cheap prescription eyeglasses for $7: Zenni Optical.
Although I was a little reluctant to order eyeglasses without trying them on, I figured it was worth the risk. At seven bucks, even if I received a box full of toenails and chewed bubblegum in place of eyeglasses, I could absorb the financial hit.
After shipping, frames and lenses worked out to a grand total of $12.95.
It took a little over a week to receive my order (probably came from China), but my patience paid off.
$13 No-Name Glasses from Zenni Optical
I’ve had my “cheap” glasses an entire year. There are no signs of their imminent demise. They’re stylish, light weight, and best of all, effective.
For added savings, pay for your order with tax-free funds from a Flexible Spending Account (FSA). Remember, prescription eyeglasses are a qualified medical expense under the Internal Revenue Code.
Even though I’m perfectly happy with my purchase from Zenni Optical, I’ll leave you with a couple more options for cheap prescription eyeglasses just for hoo-has.
Glasses.com by 1-800 CONTACTS is another, newer website that offers sunglasses, rx sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses at affordable prices. Click here to view brand name eyeglasses available at prices as low as $29. All orders placed through the site qualify for free standard shipping.
About a month ago, I saw a Goggles4U deal on SlickDeals where you could get a complete pair of prescription eyeglasses for $9, including shipping. At the time of this writing, FatWallet offered 8% cash back on Goggles4U purchases through their website.
Knowing what I know now, spending $39 on a pair of glasses is almost blasphemous. However, I understand there’s a market for spendthrifts.
If you have vision insurance, you shouldn’t have a problem staying within your reimbursable limit with any of the options I’ve provided.
Have you ever purchased discount prescription eyeglasses online? How’d you like them?