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Saving money at home is a big passion of mine. We are always looking for new ways to reduce our monthly spending whether it be by cutting down on our food shop, reducing our outgoings or switching to a better deal.
Every now and again you come across something that you think there is no other alternative for. You believe an item costs a certain amount and you just have to accept that.
This is common for things like glasses and contact lenses, they cost what they cost and there really is no other option there. Plus, it’s for your health so you should just accept the cost right?
One thing that thrifty living has taught me is that there is almost always a cheaper alternative or way to save money. You just have to do your research first.
There are more than 125 million people worldwide wearing contact lenses. That’s a lot of money going out every month. If you need to make some savings then check out these tips below.
Top Tips for Saving Money on Contact Lenses
Here are some top tips for you about saving money when buying contact lenses.
The range in prices for contact lens can vary greatly, with the same brand costing much more depending on where and the quantity you purchase.
Get a Copy of your Perscription
You have a right to get a copy of your prescription from your optician even if you don’t decide to buy lenses from them. You can then take this prescription to more affordable online retailers.
It’s advised to never buy from an online retailer that doesn’t ask for a copy of your prescription. The aim of this is to get the same lenses that you ordinarily would, with your prescription but for less money.
You can save £100s by from buying contact lenses online. A pack of daily disposable contact lenses from the high street is significantly higher than online brands.
It’s worth noting that if you buy lenses from overseas they might not have the same regulations in place. You also may not be covered if something goes wrong. Therefore it’s advised to buy from a company that you know and trust.
Use Vouchers & Online Discounts
Make use of voucher codes and discounts online. For example, at Vision Direct, you get 10% off your first order with the code SURPRISE (plus free postage when you spend over £49).
Bulk-buying contact lenses can make a huge difference in cost. Could you get a 12 month supply instead of 6?
Do your Research
Decode the real names for own brand vs the high street equivalent. When your optician prescribes you their own brand lenses, they are actually repackaged versions of popular contact lenses. This chart is helpful in finding an affordable equivalent.
Have Regular Check-ups
Look after your eyes with regular check-ups. Especially if you are buying online, it’s important to get regular eye tests to ensure your lenses are right for you.
Monthly schemes are competitive. If you get a monthly direct debit scheme from the high street optician this usually includes lenses, solution and aftercare appointments for one fixed fee. However, this can usually be beaten by buying everything online for less and then paying for eye appointments separately.
Use Cashback Sites when you Shop
Using a cashback site is a great way to get money back when you shop online. Personally, we use Kidstart and would highly recommend it.
Related Post: How To Use Kidstart for Free Cashback
I thought it was worth mentioning that nothing is worth more than your health. If you are unsure about any product you buy whether online or instore that could have an adverse effect on your health don’t buy it. Always get advice from a professional first.
Do you have contact lenses? I’d love to know if you have any tips for saving money on them.