Monday, February 20, 2012

Looking for a New View

Sometimes one change can dramatically transform an overall look. Like painting a room or cutting bangs. Maybe it's getting a new pair of glasses, like John did a few months ago.

From borrring...

To exciting!

Since I don't wear prescription glasses or contacts, I never knew how expensive they could get to be. I was going through our 2011 expenses for our taxes* and saw that his new glasses cost $165 out of pocket. Or something close to that since our insurance paid for some. Glasses are obviously necessary, but that seemed a little high. I (and probably you too) already knew about Warby Parker, but they're not the only player in the "reasonably priced glasses" game.

Have you heard of They offer high quality frames and lenses at a 110% lowest price guarantee and a majority of their glasses are less than $100, which includes the prescription lenses.

After looking around the website, I decided to "try on" a few pairs of eyeglasses using their virtual mirror. It's a fun tool to play with and my favorite was the iSee 501 in tortoise shell for $78. GlassesUSA also offers their glasses without the prescription lenses, so even I can look cool in a new set of specs :)

Not completely satisfied with you glasses even after using the virtual mirror?  You can return them to GlassesUSA for a refund or a new pair of glasses.

If you're looking to order glasses, I would do it soon! GlassesUSA has a Presidents' Day sale that ends February 20!  Get 50% off any pair of prescription eyeglasses from their entire collection (basic single-vision lenses included), on orders over $50 with the code: PRESIDENT

If that's too last minute, here are a few other promotions:
Take 20% off your entire order of $80 or more & get free US shipping with the code: FS20
Take 10% off any order of prescription glasses. Code: Blog10

One more reason to buy new glasses? So you can dramatically remove them a la Jim Gaffigan:
Jim Gaffigan - People With Glasses
Jim GaffiganCoemdiansStand-Up

Do you wear glasses?

* - Don't forget that for 2011 taxes, you may deduct only the amount by which your total medical care expenses for the year exceed 7.5% of your adjusted gross income. That includes reading or prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses! See IRS Topic 502 for more details.

Important stuff: I was compensated by GlassesUSA to write this post. All opinions are my own.

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