52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Order Prescription Glasses Online {Week 4}

At the beginning of every week in 2013, I’ll be sharing a different way you can save $100 this year. If you do all of these things, you’ll be able to save over $5,000 this year alone! Many of these things will likely be things you’re already doing, but hopefully all of you will pick up at least a few new ideas or some inspiration from this series.

This tip won’t work for everyone because some of you are blessed to not have to wear glasses and some of you won’t need to buy glasses this year. But for those of you who need to buy glasses or who end up needing to buy glasses, this tip will definitely save you $100+ this year.

Buy Prescription Glasses Online (Week #4)

A number of years ago, when I first started blogging here, a reader emailed me recommending I try purchasing glasses online. Truth be told, I’d never even considered ordering glasses anywhere but from the eye doctor, so I was thrilled to consider that there were other options.

I didn’t need to purchase glasses at the time, but I posted the tip because it seemed legit and I thought other people might benefit from it. To my delight, I discovered that other readers had tried ordering glasses online and they’d had good experiences, too.

I don’t know about you, but when I stumble onto an outside-the-box money-saving tip like this, it gets me so excited. And it reminds me that there are always new discoveries to be made in the world of frugality — especially in the age of the internet.

Since I didn’t need to order glasses right then, I tucked away the tip for later. Not too long afterward, my toddler broke my glasses beyond repair — and I was ever so thankful that I knew there were options out there for saving money on prescription glasses!

Where To Order Prescription Glasses Online

While there are a number of different online sites that you can purchase prescription glasses from, two that I’m very familiar with and have purchased from personally are Zenni Optical and Coastal Contacts.

Zenni Optical is my go-to site for ordering glasses online. In fact, we’ve purchased three pairs of glasses from them so far. Not only have we always been pleased with our orders from them, but on our second order from them, there was a shipping delay so they sent out another free order — which meant we got two extra pairs of glasses for FREE! That level of customer service really left an impression on me.

Most of the glasses from Zenni Optical are under $20 total for the frames and lenses. They even have some glasses that are as low as $6.95! Shipping is just $4.95. If you need to upgrade your lenses, it will be extra. But I promise it will still be much, much less than buying prescription glasses in-store.

I also recommend checking out Coastal Contacts. If you’ve never ordered from Coastal Contacts before, you can get a free pair of glasses when you use coupon code FIRSTPAIRFREE at checkout.

This coupon code covers standard lenses. Upgrades or coatings are available for an additional cost. Shipping will be anywhere between $10 and $20. What I like best about Coastal Contacts is that if you receive the glasses and they don’t fit, return shipping is free.

Pros & Cons of Ordering Glasses Online

As with any purchase, there are pros and cons to ordering online versus ordering in-store. The price is fantastic, but one of the downsides of ordering glasses online is that you can’t try them on ahead of time. If you wear glasses full-time or struggle to find glasses that fit your facial shape, ordering them online might be more difficult.

However, if you only wear your glasses part of the time or aren’t incredibly particular about how they look, definitely save yourself some money by ordering glasses online. In addition, I’d highly recommend ordering glasses online if you have children who are prone to go through pairs rather rapidly.

The other thing to keep in mind when ordering glasses online is that you have to do all your own measurements to submit to them. We never found it difficult to do these measurements, but I know some people have had trouble with getting them right.

All in all, our experiences of ordering glasses online have been very positive — and we’ve saved hundreds of dollars over the past four years by doing so!

Have you ordered prescription glasses online? If so, I’d love to hear about your experiences — either positive or negative.

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  2. 52 Ways to Save at Least $100 This Year: Make Your Own Coffee at Home (Week #2)
  3. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Ditch Your Cable Package {Week 3}
  4. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Order Prescription Glasses Online {Week 4}
  5. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Your Own Homemade Cleaners {Week 5}
  6. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Your Own Homemade Mixes {Week 6}
  7. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Become a One-Car Family {Week 7}
  8. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Surround Yourself With Frugal Friends {Week 8}
  9. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 a Year: Eliminate Disposable Products {Week 9}
  10. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 a Year: Cut Your Own Hair {Week 10}
  11. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Use Cloth Diapers {Week 11}
  12. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Become Best Friends With Your Freezer {Week 12}
  13. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Rent Movies for FREE {Week 13}
  14. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Ask for a Discount {Week 14}
  15. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Cancel Your Gym Membership {Week 15}
  16. 52 Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Get the Best Bang for Your Buck at Yard Sales {Week 16}
  17. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Grow Some Of Your Food {Week 17}
  18. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Cut Back on the Soda Pop Habit {Week 18}
  19. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Buy in Bulk {Week 19}
  20. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Price-Match at Walmart {Week 20}
  21. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Ditch Your Landline {Week 21}
  22. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Refinance Your Mortgage {Week 22}
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  25. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Plan a Weekly Menu {Week 25}
  26. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Strategically Use Daily Deal Sites {Week 26}
  27. 52 Different Ways to Save At Least $100 Per Year: Shop at Aldi {Week 27}
  28. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Buy Used Books {Week 28)
  29. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Buy Used Clothing {Week 29}
  30. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Shop With Cash {Week 30}
  31. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Eat Less Meat {Week 31}
  32. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Is this really a good deal? {Week 32}
  33. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: 3 Ways to Save on Online Orders {Week 33}
  34. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Turn Your Clutter Into Cash {Week 34}
  35. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Get Organized {Week 35}
  36. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Have an All-Cash Christmas {Week 36}
  37. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Sign Up for Swagbucks {Week 37}
  38. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Cut Your Fuel Costs {Week 38}
  39. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Frequent the Library {Week 39}
  40. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Simplify Birthday Parties {Week 40}
  41. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Brown Bag It {Week 41}
  42. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Your Own Snacks {Week 42}
  43. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Use a Programmable Thermostat {Week 43}
  44. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Limit Eating Out {Week 44}
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  46. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Don't Pay For Pre-Made Baby Food {Week 46}
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  49. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Shop At More Than One Store {Week 49}
  50. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Eat From the Pantry {Week 50}
  51. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Stay Home More {Week 51}
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  1. lisa says

    LOOOVE zenni optical and coastal contacts..i’ve bought over 10 pairs of glasses through them— coastal is better than zenni in my opinion though–the quality seems better, but zenni is still good. i would say for glassses to wear all the time–buy from coastal..for glasses to keep at home or not to wear all the time–buy from zenni–although, i’ve bought many glasses for my daughter from zenni and they are so nice…it seems like the kid’s glasses on zenni are better than the adults glasses. just my opinion though.also…there’s something called the pupilatory distance…they give you directions how to measure it–make sure you follow them perfectly so that you have the best fit.

  2. Amber says

    I am in the market for a new pair,after 4 years it’s time too. I need to have an eye exam done first. Then I Will be checking out buying a pair online. Thanks Money Saving Mom.

  3. Gabby says

    I love Zenni Optical.. I’ve ordered my last 8 pais from them, usually getting a few at a time to try different styles & have found my perfect fit. Also when getting your prescript it helps by having the doctor give you perfect sizing & letting them know your ordering online. They will try & talk you out of it. I personally have only bought one that I didn’t care for, they were slightly to big for my face. My last order was $48 for three pairs!!

  4. Kerrie says

    Oh, WOW! A penny saved is a penny earned! We really need this kind of savings right now. Thank you for this post. :)

  5. Vicki Rohde says

    I have bought several glasses from Coastal and have always been completely satisfied. I even had a pair that just did not look good on me and they took them back with free shipping and sent me new ones.

  6. Diane says

    My family of 5 has used Zenni Optical for the last 5 or so years and we have only had ONE issue with a pair of glasses. We contacted Zenni (it was a broken nosepiece) and they instantly sent us another pair at no cost. They have gotten all 5 of our prescriptions perfect each time. My husband wears bifocals, first time ever. They got his no-line glasses correct the first time. Also, our oldest son has very light-sensitive eyes, so we get his with the transitions-type lenses (they fade to sunglasses outside). We just ordered 3 pair a month ago (husband’s bifocals, oldest son’s, and youngest son’s). Total price was less than $150 for all 3, and we got them in less than 2 weeks!

    Tip if you order online: Try on different pair at your regular eye doctor’s, take pictures of them, get measurements of the frame width and height. Then you will be able to find exactly what you’re looking for online. Plus, Zenni has a link to upload a picture of your face and you can “try on” different pair.

  7. Esther says

    If you order from Zenni, what do you do if you need a slight adjustment of your frames (eg. need the ear piece or nose pads adjusted)? Can you just take them to a walk-in place (like LensCrafters) and will they adjust them for you?

    • Holli says

      Esther I have used Walmart and other walk-in places to do slight adjustments. I don’t tell them I bought them on line. I just tell them I didn’t buy them here, but I ask them if they could adjust them, and they have always done it.

  8. DixyAnn says

    I have tried getting my husband glasses from online companies before and they don’t offer a script strong enough. Fortunately my husbands script hasn’t changed in many years and we only need to get him new glasses every 4-5 years. With the high deducible health savings plan, it doesn’t seem too bad.