Cheap Specs

January 13, 2008

Journal, Lauren

So cheap!

Earlier this year I bought some sunglasses and glasses from LensCrafters. I’m satisfied with them, but I’m a couple of hundred dollars lighter. A few months ago I came across the site www.39DollarGlasses.com. I went ahead and ordered a pair, just to see if it was worth it. I’m not kidding – they were $40.05 with shipping! You pick out frames you like, plug in your current prescription, and they were delivered in about two weeks. There are some drawbacks to the system, though. I didn’t get to try them on, so I’m not super-thrilled with the look. (They’re quite similar to my current glasses – I’ll keep these as a back-up pair.) If I didn’t already have sunglasses, this would totally be the way to go. ($9.95 additional for tinted.) The other problem is that they didn’t fit perfectly – they were a little crooked. I’d feel awkward going in to LensCrafters and asking them to adjust them, so I resorted to my dad’s method – hot salt.

I don't know what I'm doing.

When we were little, my dad would heat up a pan of salt on the stove, stick in the earpiece, fiddle with it, let it cool (because he was nice), and ta-da – they fit! Not being practiced at this method, mine fit slightly better now, and I have two serious burns on my fingers.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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11 Responses to “Cheap Specs”

  1. Brad Said on:

    I did the same thing a couple of years ago: I couldn’t believe how cheap a sword was, so I ordered it through the mail. Now I have a four foot sword in my bedroom closet. But I haven’t stuck it in hot salt or anything.

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  2. Deanne Said on:

    Serious burns are always that nasty side of doing something yourself. And of handling anything really hot.

    I regularly go to places where I didn’t buy my glasses and have them adjusted. I suggest you try going to a place where you didn’t buy your other pair and have them adjusted. Then you don’t have to look the people in the face who sold you your $200 glasses. (not that you can see them without your glasses on)

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  3. Peggy Said on:

    I don’t wear glasses so I can’t really relate, but let me ask you … is it wrong to have jelly beans in a Santa Christmas plate?

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  4. Lauren's dad Said on:

    Okay, who’s the first one to reply to what you call a bear without teeth?

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  5. Lauren's dad Said on:

    A gummy bear!

    Reply

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