Seven tips for saving on glasses and contact lenses
MANY people’s eyesight has deteriorated during lockdown due to time spent using screens.
But that’s okay, the glasses are officially cool – with everyone from model Bella Hadid to Disney’s Encanto princess Mirabel sporting a pair.
With the help of the Snoop budgeting app, we show you how to cut costs. . .
PROFESSIONAL BENEFITS: Many employers offer free eye tests, so check before paying for one, and they can also help you pay for a pair of glasses.
FRAME CHANGER: If you love your frames, it may be cheaper to fit new lenses in them.
Specs over specs: Never feel pressured to buy glasses where you had your eye exam. You can request your prescription and order elsewhere. Glasses Direct – which sends trial frames to your home for free – is offering 20% off orders over £50 and 30% off orders over £100. Superdrug Glasses online community is offering 20% off to new customers.
EYE SPY A DEAL: But check out the deals from High Street opticians first. Specsavers has a buy, get one free offer on glasses in its range of £69 or more, and 20% off for over-60s.
UNDER THE LENS: If you prefer contact lenses, store-bought ones are often sold online under different names. For example, Boots Premium Dailies are the same as Biomedics 1 Day Extra. See lenstore.co.uk and visiondirect.co.uk for alternative names.
SEE THE SAVINGS: Do a search on a price comparison site like PriceSpy or Google Shopping to see if lenses are cheaper online. Feel Good Contacts says customers can save £108.88 a year by buying Acuvue Oasys lenses there. Choose well-known and established vendors for security.
REMEMBER: High Street opticians often offer direct debit plans which include eye tests and contact lens follow-up checks. These plans may prove to be more advantageous.
- Prices correct at time of going to press. Promotions, offers subject to availability.
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JOOP Wow! the aftershave – a real hit with younger shoppers – is reduced to £24 at Superdrug, down from £58.
CADBURY Dairy Milk Choccie Bars (360g) are down to £2.50 from £3 at Asda.
PIZZA Express is offering its classic margherita pizza for £5 – its 2002 price – until April 7.
To redeem, visit pizzaexpress.com/offers to download a restaurant takeout voucher.
Available Monday to Thursday only, after 4 p.m.
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