Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Tips to Save Money on Eyeglasses

As a glasses wearer, I know that many times you feel the need to decide between looking good and saving money, but it isn't an either/or thing. Here's ways to save money on your glasses, from a reader.

Certain necessary aspects of life will follow you around and cost you money and there’s nothing you can do about it. From car insurance to mortgage payments and even buying your weekly groceries, money comes in and money goes out. That’s why today, we’re going to look at how to save money on something that some people have to live with: eye glasses.

Commit for two years

Many people need to change the everyday aspects of their life on a regular basis to help with feeling refreshed each year. They may feel the need to change their phone, for example. Or upgrade their car. Or move apartments. But when it comes to your eyeglasses, you can save money by committing to the style and colour of the frames you’ve chosen for a minimum of two years. Sure, this means maybe planning ahead to envisage the kinds of styles that you may be wearing throughout the coming seasons, but that’s where basic colour palettes come in. Certain frame styles and colours never go out of fashion. For example, retro designed glasses or rectangular glasses in blacks and browns (or even greys and reds) will mix and match with both your work attire and your social sense of fashion.

This not only means that you escape the cost of buying new glasses every 12 months, but you also get to plan ahead for the upcoming “treat” and purchase your wardrobe accordingly, picking between fashions over a 24 month period rather than being bound to the current designs.

Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater

Glasses are made to measure. From the arm length to the bridge width and to the positioning of the custom-made lenses. Once you own a pair of glasses, they are forever yours - until altered otherwise to fit somebody else. This means that when your prescription changes or when you are in the market for a new set of frames, you only need to change either the lenses or the frames, not both. Replacing the lenses in a pair of existing frames is a common service that will help save you money, and although swapping the frames for a new pair that may better suit your new style can set you back a pretty penny (especially for designer frames), keeping the old lenses will save you a small fortune. Speak to your optician about changing lenses or changing frames as a way of saving money the next time you need to upgrade your lenses or your style.