The second most frugal way to buy contacts

The best way to save money on contacts is to wear glasses instead. You can get a great deal at online discount stores like Zenni Optical, and a good pair of glasses will long outlast your supply of contact lenses.

I’ve had the same pair of glasses for two years, and they’re still in great shape.

As much as I’d like to give up contacts, I just can’t get over my discomfort with glasses. My lenses magnify my eyes, making me look pretty silly. So I only wear my glasses in the evening and at home.

I have an eye exam scheduled for this weekend, and it’s time for me to order new contacts. In the past I’ve ordered them from the same place where my exam is done. This time, I’m doing some research to find a better deal.

Here’s what I’m doing to make sure I pay the lowest price possible:

I’m taking my prescription with me.

I’ll have my doctor write a prescription for my contacts so I can shop around online and in stores for the best price.

I’m checking prices everywhere.

I’m not thrilled with the prices at, so I’m checking prices at Wal-Mart, Costco, and other places to find the absolute lowest price.

I’m looking for online coupons.

There are a ton of coupons for online contact lens dealers. I’m finding the best ones so I can figure them into the online prices for a real comparison.

By shopping around, I’m hoping I can get a 6-month supply for $75. The best I’ve found so far is $100 for a 6-month supply. Hopefully I can do better than that!

Where do you buy contact lenses?

6 thoughts on “The second most frugal way to buy contacts

  1. courtneyryan

    I actually got mine right from my eye doctor. It was $140 for a year supply and then he gave me a $30 rebate to fill out and send in. (He discounts the eye exam itself if you purchase the lenses from him.)

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  2. Kate

    I think I ended up at 1800contacts last time…they were the best prices I could find.

    Good luck. I’ll be looking for your results.

  3. Sandy

    I used to wear contacts all the time, but over the last 2-3 years, have just worn glasses. However, I miss contacts. I’ve always ordered them from my doctor, but haven’t the last couple of times because it was too expensive. I would like to get contacts again. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of deal you find.

  4. momstheword

    I got my contacts from Costco, but I don’t remember how much I paid, sorry. I didn’t get the disposables as I thought it would be cheaper to get the kind where I have to clean them.

  5. Jill

    I buy mine from www. For me they are way cheaper than 1800contacts and their service is great (Free fedex overnight). They have glasses now as well (I haven’t tried it, but the prices seem great)

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