Frugal Eyewear Options

March 13, 2010

Reviews

Maybe by now you’ve heard of Zenni Optical. But I knew about Zenni long before Clark Howard and Eric Hammer raved about them! Five out of six people in my family wear eyeglasses. Holy cow, do you have any idea how expensive it is to buy eyeglasses?! For me, it would be about $250 for the most basic lenses and frames, and that was the lowest price estimate I could get! I am in desperate need of new glasses, having the same pair now for about six years… but I’ve been loathe to bite the bullet and shell out that much for them. My husband tried out Zenni a few years ago, and liked them. The frames are as low as $8! (Hubs got some that were slightly more, though).

Zenni Optical is able to keep the costs low by eliminating the expensive middle man. They also don’t offer the pricey and expensive designer frames (always a bane of mine– I want to SEE with my glasses, not wear the same glasses as Sophia Loren, grrrr!), just the basic, hardy, simple frames. Nice. I’m a simple gal with simple tastes and I do like Zenni’s selection of frames. They do have “Leading Edge” designs and Women’s and Men’s fashions, but they are not extravagant. And you cannot beat the price.

With Zenni, you must have your prescription, and you must know your pupilary distance number, which can be obtained by asking your optician. I think the eyeglasses are incredibly priced, and Zenni offers extra features such as anti-glare coating, bifocals, goggles, and etc. You really don’t have anything to lose– the glasses are so inexpensive and shipping is $4.95, flat fee. If you’re looking to save some money in these frugal times, take a peek at Zenni Optical.

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