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Dirty Little Secret


It has always fascinated me how people spend their money. It’s such an intensely personal thing and to see what people value is so interesting to me.

  • Case: A 35-year-old adult male who lives in a tiny duplex in a bad neighborhood with 3 other guys to save money….but spends thousands a month playing cards (gambling).
  • Case: A new-parent/college student couple in their mid-twenties struggling to make it. They never eat out (ever) and share a single car to save money, but the wife gets mani/pedis religiously at a neighborhood salon.
  • Case: A low-paid design assistant who doesn’t shop, doesn’t travel, and doesn’t eat out….but has personal training sessions at her gym twice a week to the tune of $150/week.

We all have our “thing(s)” that we spend money on, right? You know, the thing that others might look at as being indulgent and unnecessary.

What’s your thing?

Want to know one of mine? I’ll tell you right now – it’s something I’ve never mentioned before and something I’ve done fine without the whole time I’ve been blogging.

Don’t judge, mmmkay?????

Until I started blogging here, I was regularly getting something done every 4-5 months. A very expensive cosmetic procedure. It’s called botox.

It started innocently enough and the youthful age of 26.

I had a medical student friend. She started getting botox injections as a “preventative measure” to prevent wrinkles from forming on her forehead.

Suddenly I became obsessed with my wrinkles. I noticed the crows feet around my eyes and the one permanent wrinkle that spans my entire forehead and is visible even when my face is totally relaxed. I wanted to eradicate my current wrinkles and prevent new ones from forming!!!! I wanted to do this!! Being that my friend was a medical student, she had the “hook up” on Botox. An actual doctor who would administer it on-the-side (not at a clinic/office) for cheap. Botox, itself, is pricey, but we’d be paying barely anything for the service of the injection. I ended up getting a little bit of Botox in my forehead for $50. I loved the results. And I was hooked.

I never wanted my face to have the totally “frozen” look to it, so I was conservative in my botox applications (“conservative” by a cosmetic surgeon’s standards). I would go about every 4-5 months and alternate where I received the injection (either at my crows feet, or my forehead). This all began when I was living in Florida. But I brought my new “thing” with me when I moved to Arizona. Although, suddenly, I no longer had a Botox “hook up.” I went from paying about $50/session to triple that – $150/session. And I put it on plastic and never gave it a second thought.

Now, we can all have our opinions on cosmetic enhancements. I know some are fiercely against it as perpetuating sexism and unrealistic standards of beauty. That’s totally fine. I won’t get into the politics of it and debating the sides. I’ll just say that I’m of the opinion that if it makes you feel good and doing it makes you happy (and you have the $$ to pay cash), then I’m all for it. Live and let live!

Obviously as a 100% unnecessary procedure, my dirty little secret (my affinity for botox) was immediately cut from the budget. But I’m sure I’ll be back one day. No time soon. But one day. You know what else I’d love to get done? Lasik! I have a friend who recently had Lasik eye surgery and said its the best thing she’s ever done! But at a cost of up to $4,000 per eye (though average is closer to $2,000 per eye), this is another cosmetic procedure that will be put on the back-burner for the time being.

It’s just fun to think about these things sometimes. Fantasize a bit about what you’ll spend money on when you have the cash-money available, instead of financing and paying interest for years to come!!!

What’s your “dirty little secret” (your “thing” that you like to spend money on)?

Disclaimer:  This whole post goes totally against my overall belief that by trying to be satisfied with what you have, you will save money (as opposed to fantasizing over wants). BUT, sometimes a little fantasy is good for the soul! <3

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  • Reply Maureen |

    Thank you for sharing. No judgment here. 🙂 You are right, most people, unless they have no cash flow have some sort of “dirty little secret.” I live a very comfortable upper middle class life, but yes, I have debt-mortgage, car, and student loan (which I have shared in the comments before). I have limited consumer debt and I am working to pay that off. Some of it, like you, was the product of a cross country move when my husband’s employer covered some but not all of our expenses. It was either take a promotion and move or a layoff. So what’s my dirty little secret? I love designer purses, shoes, and clothing (Michael Kors, Tory Burch etc.). I often shop the “sale” rack at Nordstrom, Macys, Nordstrom Rack, or the outlet mall, but I am still paying more than an average consumer would per item. I coupon like crazy for groceries, gas, and household purchases and count every nickel and dime, but think nothing of spending $300 on a designer purse or $150 on designer shoes. Do I need them? Absolutely not! But, do I like them. Yes, I do. Judge if you want, but fashion is my thing (that and travel). I don’t eat out, I don’t smoke, drink, or otherwise entertain much. I take a more conservative approach (which I am sure some people will ridicule me on this blog for) that you should live a little and tackle debt at the same time. I do agree that an expensive purse is probably more than living a little, but my discretionary spending is relative to income. There, that’s my dirty little secret.

    • Reply Ashley |

      Thanks for sharing yours! We all have our own! And, for what its worth, I respect the idea of living a little while working toward debt at a more moderate pace. We each have to do what works for us!

  • Reply Scooze |

    I don’t like judging one particular line item in someone else’s budget, even the struggling 20-something’s mani-pedi. If that is her priority, it is her choice. It’s just something that has to be balanced within the overall budget – maybe she forgoes cable (or other expenses that you and I might do) to afford it.

    In your case, I have to ask – how old are you? Either that botox is working miracles, or you can’t be over 35. LOL I think you can hold off for another 10 years and not see any negative repercussions.

    • Reply Ashley |

      Lol, thanks! I’m actually only 30 : )
      I do have some pronounced wrinkles on my forehead. I’ve spent a lot of time sitting in lecture halls (or at conferences, etc.), and I’ve discovered that my “resting” face is with me raising my eyebrows/wrinkling my brow. I don’t know why I do this??? A lot of the time I have a notepad in front of me and I’m going back and forth from looking at a slide to my paper, so raising my brow is a way for me to have my head focused down (toward my paper), but raise my eyes to see the presenter and slides. Make sense? Anyway, the habit has really caused some premature forehead wrinkles. No fun!

      • Reply Scooze |

        Well, if you can train yourself to employ resting bitch face, you will avoid wrinkles in the future. 😉

        • Reply Jeni |

          I’m another Judi – there’s no less than $20,000 of bicycles in our basement. We race bikes at the elite level and travel a lot. My current race bike cost $5,000 and that’s because I’m sponsored and get a price break on parts. We only had the mortgage debt until two weeks ago until we bought a new motorhome for our travels. THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME GET THIS OFF MY CHEST! 🙂 Good luck with your debt war!

          • Jeni |

            Whoops, this was supposed to go under Judi’s running comment! 🙁

  • Reply Financial Fan |

    I think most of us have those little secrets! The clothes, handbags, makeup etc. are not really my thing. My clothing budget for me is about $200/year. I do have a few collections, though. I love old white ironstone, but most of my pieces have been found at estate and garage sales. What can I say? My hubby calls me “a low maintenance woman.” 🙂

    My husband had the lasik surgery abou 12 years ago after a lifetime of glasses and contact lenses. We took the plunge, and he has never regretted it. As for those “wrinkles” (you are young!), don’t forget sunscreen, a hat, lots of water, good nutrition, exercise, and enough sleep.

    • Reply Ashley |

      That’s what I’ve heard about the Lasik. I’ve actually only been wearing glasses casually for 3 years (only full-time for 2 years). Somewhere in my graduate schooling my vision really plummeted. Must have been all the time locked in an office staring at a computer screen! Yikes!

  • Reply TPol |

    I think everyone is entitled to something that others might think frivolous, unnecessary or downright stupid as long as they can fit that something in their budget. When in debt, I would give my thing up (and I did) but, now that I am debt free, as long as I can fit whatever my heart desires in my budget, I think I can do it. Everybody has different preferences/values and we cannot debate what is OK and what is not so judgement is out!

    I do not care about designer brands, I hate going to a salon for my hair, I occasionally get a manicure and never got a pedicure because I do not like the idea of someone taking care of my feet (ewwww!). I do not care if I get wrinkles. I do not smoke, I do not gamble.

    I do get together with friends every couple of weeks or every month and we do spend a pretty penny. I like to travel and save for travel. I am not going to give up my nights out or my travel plans but, I will never ever get into debt doing any of these. I would never travel and put everything on a credit card to pay later. If I travel, that means the money is already in the bank to cover it.

    I remember an old colleague getting into debt to buy a luxury car who then could not afford to put gas in his car so, the car pretty much stayed parked. Who am I to judge?

    • Reply Ashley |

      That’s so funny about buying the luxury car and then not being able to afford gas! Ouch! I, too, love to travel (haven’t gone anywhere aside from visiting family in several years, but would love to!) Another thing that will be put on hold until after the debt repayment process.

  • Reply Helene |

    This is what I have always said — that pretty much everyone has their own “thing.” And that while I can’t at all grasp why some people want their “things,” they don’t get my fascination with mine either.

    What drove me into debt, I realize now, was having several “things.” My primary thing was clothes….glorious clothes. That habit took root with my first credit card in college. After I had my son, I added baby “things,” such as clothes and books, to my list of “things.” We built a brand-new house, so home furnishings then became one of my things…and then the yard was totally bare, so plants and trees became my things too…………argh.

    I realized before long that these were all ways of trying to fill a void in my life, a void caused by the fact that I didn’t love my husband anymore, and I felt trapped and miserable. And I wasn’t living a life I felt good about. It all felt so wrong.

    Since my divorce, I don’t really have any “things” anymore, and it doesn’t bother me. Every dollar has a job for the next few years. After that, I will have the pressure eased up just a bit.

    • Reply Ashley |

      Amen for giving every dollar a job! Sorry to hear about the divorce, but glad that things are working out well for you now in your debt-reduction mission!

  • Reply Tania |

    Indeed, it’s not uncommon to have these little secrets. Mine would be video games. I don’t buy a lot of games, but outside of clothes, necessities and food, video games are my other expense. Thank goodness I havent kept up with the systems, so when I do buy games (for my computer), they are cheap, but considering I *should* be saving for other “better” things… Ah, well. I’ve been toying with the idea of reconstructing my computer so it can play newer games, but the $1k sticker shock keeps me very away from it. I’ll enjoy my $5 games for now. Gotta enjoy life a little. I said it once and will say it again… I don’t want to look back at these years and say “I paid a lot of debt!”. I want to be able to say I had some fun memories in there, even if it means I didnt save every penny I didnt use for food.

    • Reply Ashley |

      Yes, I totally agree with still living life while paying off debt. I can’t believe it would cost a grande to re-construct your computer?? The whole gaming world is just so foreign to me, though. Husband used to be into it when we met (over 10 years ago at this point), but he sold all his stuff off when we moved to Arizona and has never looked back (I should note, these were physical/console-based games – not computer ones, so they took up a lot of physical space)

  • Reply Eviva |

    So much fun reading everyone’s “things.” Amy Dacyczyn likes to say that as long as you have insurance, a plan for emergencies and the kids are provided for, it shouldn’t matter what someone values over someone else — everyone’s goals are different. When I’m done paying off debt it’ll take me two more months to save for my reward: a week in the Carribean with a friend in a deluxe room with a balcony. And STILL debt free. Whoo hoo!

  • Reply Judi |

    For me it’s outdoor gear: mountain bike, road bike, skis, camping gear….and running shoes. This may not seem like an indulgence because I don’t have a gym membership but I buy running shoes every 1000miles which for me is only 3 months. I drop $150 on running shoes and insoles every three months. I am willing to run in tags but my joints are precious to me. It’s worked for me though I’ve never had a major injury or risidual pain…unless you count the pain in my wallet

    • Reply Judi |

      Haha that is suppose to say run in rags, not tags 😉 also I have been so curious about Botox! I’m not judging you a bunch of my friends do it too.

      • Reply Ashley |

        I figured it was supposed to be “rags” lol. Yeah, when I started telling my girl friends I got Botox (I used to keep it a secret from everyone), I was surprised how many of them were curious about and receptive to it. No one else has had it done, but no one has judged me as I had feared, either.

    • Reply Jeni |

      I’m another Judi – there’s no less than $20,000 of bicycles in our basement. We race bikes at the elite level and travel a lot. My current race bike cost $5,000 and that’s because I’m sponsored and get a price break on parts. We only had the mortgage debt until two weeks ago until we bought a new motorhome for our travels. THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME GET THIS OFF MY CHEST! 🙂 Good luck with your debt war!

  • Reply JoAnn Ehlert |

    Just a couple of thoughts, I got LASIK years ago and it’s been great. Consider checking prices which even with very reputable clinics are much lower in price now. I have found in the long run that it has been cheaper, glasses run 500.00 every two years etc. Also for those with a clothes thing resale sites like clothes mentor, Twice etc are amazing for very high end current beautiful clothes also Once Upon A Child etc. for the littles.

    • Reply Ashley |

      I’ve also heard that there are now sites like “Netflix” but for designer clothing and bags/shoes/etc. Clothes aren’t my “thing” so I’ve never checked it out – but for those trying to save some money but still wanting to indulge a little, it might be worth looking into.

      Also, I agree about the cost of Lasik over the long term. I have an eye exam next week for my annual check up. I’m hoping I can use my same frames and just get new lenses to save a little money. I’ve only been wearing glasses for a couple years now and I think it would take several years for the cost of Lasik to be “worthwhile.” I’ll probably hold off another year or two before looking into taking the Lasik plunge (also – kiiiiinda afraid of the whole laser-in-the-eye thing. I KNOW its totally no big deal when its done, but it seems scary!!!)

      • Reply hannah |

        Oh make no mistake, it is a big deal. You lay on your back with your eyelids held open. You cannot blink. You can’t move your eyes. You have to stare at a spot, without moving your pupil. If you move, he’ll cut it wrong. If that isn’t creepy I don’t know what is.
        It also makes a nasty burning smell. Then once they do one, they have to do the other one. It is definitely a test of nerves.
        Afterward your eyes are hugely dilated, and they itch and burn and ache horribly. You want to rub them or something, but you can’t touch them. Make no mistake, it isn’t that simple.

  • Reply Juju |

    I have had glasses since I was 6 and contacts since I was 13, but I am against LASIK. It’s just because I believe everyone looks 10x better with glasses. It’s an eye of the beholder thing. I indulged on taking vacations with my older son when I was single. Now it’s taking vacations with the whole family. I’m not into travel but I enjoy spending time with my family and the experiences and memories we share. I work way too much. Next month we will go to Maui. I never use a credit card though. It is all money that I have saved up.

    • Reply Ashley |

      Maui – I die!!! I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Hawaii! Couldn’t afford it for our honeymoon so I’d said we would have to save up and do it for our 5 year anniversary. Welllll, that’s in one year from now. Not thinking its likely, but who knows where we’ll be a full year from now???

      • Reply Juju |

        Look how far you came in just a few months, so you will definitely come out ahead in a year from now! I budget $3500-$4000 for our vacation trips and there are 4 of us now so it can be done and it doesn’t have to break the bank 🙂 We take small camping trips one year and bigger trips the following year. Either way the experiences and memories have always been great.

  • Reply Scooze |

    PS – my “thing” is my hair. I spend close to $250 every time I go to the salon on a cut and color. I go every 6-8 weeks. I am not in debt, am saving religiously, and can spend what I want, but many people think I’m crazy. It is the one thing that I would be loathe to give up if I lost my job….

    • Reply Scooze |

      PPS – I got LASIK last spring for $3,700. It is awesome. I can see! I will easily save that in glasses, contacts and solution over time. And for someone with extremely bad vision like me, there is a safety issue. If I had lost my glasses due to some accident when out hiking or kayaking or cycling, I literally could not have made it home. It was scary at times when I was in unfamiliar places. Anyway, that will never be a problem again.

      • Reply Ashley |

        I am so in the same boat – if my glasses were lost or damaged, there is no way I could drive and I would have a tough time even walking around to find a pay phone somewhere and/or flag down help! It’s terrible.
        Regarding the hair – I’ve never gone to a $250 salon, but one of my girl friends from home does and I swear, she always has the BEST hair in the world! Every time she gets a cut it looks like a million bucks. The guy she goes to is supposedly famous in the hair world. You have to book appointments months out in advance (she’s got standing appointments every 8 weeks so she’s always pencilled into the schedule).

      • Reply Helene |

        In all my years of wearing glasses, it has never occurred to me that I’d be in big trouble if I was out somewhere and lost them. But it’s true, I’m getting to the age where if that happened, I would be a bit of a danger on the roads. Argh!

        Insurance doesn’t cover Lasik, does it? It’s all out of pocket?

        • Reply hannah |

          Lasik is not permanent. This is what people do not understand. It only lasts a few years.

          • Ashley |

            I actually did know this. The way it was explained to me is that your vision will gradually worsen over time (as it tends to do, anyway, with aging – I know my vision continues to decline every year). So, yeah, it won’t last forever.

  • Reply Mary |

    Don’t know that I have a “thing” per se. I try to be respectful with my money and plan out purchases. Other than that, I don’t worry about what anyone else thinks nor do I care what other people do with their money (unless they’ve chosen a public forum like BAD, lol), provided they aren’t going in debt and the kids aren’t taken care of. Before I got my townhome, I used to splurge on getting my nails done-I have beautiful nails but with my son’s lung issues, I couldn’t use toxic removers in the house.I’d love to get Lasik someday.

    As for botox, it’s so odd to hear about people’s obsession with that. My son is disabled so I first heard about botox years ago (think 20 years ago) for disabled kids-it’s used for kids who have contractions (muscles that contract and never relax hence it’s very painful) and they get botox injections typically in their ankles/feet so there muscles can relax and they can walk or whatever. The down side is that the botox can paralyze the muscles too much and then the foot has no tone. Botox essentially paralyzes the muscles….the down side is that botox gone wrong can paralyze your breathing and sometimes people die because it’s paralyzed their breathing. For that reason, I’d never do botox. Up until the last ten years or so, I never knew it was used for cosmetic purposes.

    If you want an inexpensive wrinkle reducer, use Now Foods Organic Coconut Oil-cleanse, dry your face and put it on overnight. Within a week or so, it gets rid of fine lines. It is full of hyaluaronic acid and that is what the anti-wrinkles creams have in them, only they have it in much smaller amounts. It’s $10 for a jar and I like this brand best. I am in my late 50’s and have virtually no wrinkles. I just stayed out of the sun since I was 35 on up, eat from scratch (processed foods are very aging!), no smoking, no drugs, no alcohol and then remove make up and that’s about it. I don’t use any fancy wrinkle creams or anything. I’ve learned your skin/face is more about what you put inside your body and not what you do on the outside. I don’t get enough sleep though. Iman, a famous model, says that in her country, women are taught from the age of 13 how to care for their skin. She has amazing skin and she said the key is moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. She said they are taught that at an early age. I have to agree…I use the organic coconut oil under my foundation as well. The other key for skincare is to use organic ingredients if possible. You don’t want to put toxins on the largest organ of your body.

    In terms of debt, I find that comparing ourselves to others or trying to keep up with the Jones’s will always keep someone in debt. People without debt or who are financially free rarely worry about those things.

    • Reply Ashley |

      Oh yeah, Botox is also used now to treat migraines. No idea the science behind why it works, but I know its a new thing. It is, at its core, a toxic chemical. So, yeah, it’s definitely not “all natural” and that’s something to think about when injecting yourself with what is literally a poison.
      Thanks for the tip about the coconut oil cleanse! That’s really cheap for a wrinkle remover! Plus the fact that its organic and safe is a big bonus, too!

      • Reply Joe |

        Technically Botox is “all natural” as it is just a small protein made by the bacteria that causes botulism (contrasted with a synthetic chemical not normally found in nature). Normally deleterious to humans (understatement of the year), but when used in local rather than systemic applications, quite medically (and cosmetically) useful.
        Just make sure that next time you go, you ask for the “organic botox”.


  • Reply Louise |

    I’ve had laser eye surgery and think it was worth the cost, well and truly.

    As for the Botox, I think your money and energy would be better spent on acceptance therapy. I actually think trying to prevent the ageing process wastes a lot of our collective energy and as a society we would be better off accepting ageing and spending that time and money and energy on stuff that makes us collectively happier/better. Because I think trying to prevent aging is a short term hit of happiness and in the medium to long term it’s anxiety and fearfulness. (And yes, we can argue about what could make society collectively happier/better.)

  • Reply Therese |

    After 40, Botox moved from a “want” to a “need” for me, lol.

    My thing is probably makeup. I just love getting new lipsticks, glosses, shadows- well, all of it. But it’s amazing how quickly those little tubes add up to a major expense, so I signed up for one of the monthly makeup box subscriptions. So I can feed my addiction for only 10.00 a month, which isn’t bad.

  • Reply Kayla @ Shoeaholicnomore |

    Oh man, if you only have one “thing” you are doing great (in my book). I have lots of “things” I like to spend $$ on. You mention lasik and that is something I am considering getting done at some point. My contacts cost over $500/year so it would end up paying for itself in savings in a short time.

  • Reply hannah |

    Before you agree to Lasik, you need to sit down with the specialist and get an accurate estimate of how long the results are supposed to last for.
    I had Lasik done for the standard reasons, nothing special wrong with my eyes, just tired of glasses. I went to a very good place, well-known etc. They said the 20/20 might start to fade after 5 years or so, but if I did regular checkups with them, twice a year, they would redo the Lasik for free.
    A good deal if a) you are planning to live around that area for that long! and b) if you are willing to risk Lasik surgery for a second time.
    Well, the 20/20 only lasted for about a year and a half. It was then still good eyesight, but fading out. At three and a half years, I really needed glasses, but didn’t want to do it. Four years later, I should be wearing glasses all the time, and my eyesight is definitely bad.
    Was it worth it? I don’t know.
    Lasik has a lot of risks. They can make a mistake and ruin your vision. They can cut the flap wrong and cause permanent vision issues. The surgery can cause you to have permanent dry eye – very irritating to have all the time. It can also cause you to have night vision issues.
    Would I do it again? Nope. Would I do it again if I was 100% assured i would NEVER need glasses again? Yep. For a shot at being glasses free for 4-5 years? Not worth it.
    So, please consider the long-term ramifications before you go ahead with an elective surgery.

  • Reply Jen |

    This is so funny. I love reading everyone’s “things.” It really made me think about what mine is. A few years ago, it would have been clothes or going out. Now it’s totally fresh produce and organic food. When I have a bad day at work, I’ll easily go to Whole Foods and drop something ridiculous on some fresh broccoli and a couple of steaks. So decadent given my husband and I are saving aggressively for a house down payment, but I feel so much better!

    In order to not feel guilty, I take it out of my “allowance,” instead of our grocery budget. So worth it.

  • Reply Alice |

    My ‘thing’ used to be purses and maybe lipsticks or lip glosses. I definitely spent too much money on those sorts of things. That was for sure when I didn’t have enough money to make the house payment sometimes. I also frequently got my nails done. I think part of the reason (maybe my excuse) was that my husband was spending freely on anything and everything that he wanted, so why couldn’t I? Well, I knew better than that and we eventually divorced.

    Being a single mother of two teenagers for a while taught me to be much more frugal with my money. Now that I actually have money that I could spend on things, I rarely do. I do my nails myself, just try to take really good care of them. I also have purchased a few sheets of Jamberry nails – it’s neat. I take good care of my purses, too, so I just switch out every few weeks so it still feels like I’m using a new purse.

    My biggest splurge – if you can even call it that – right now is Goodwill. The ones in Tennessee are fantastic. Everything is sorted by style, size and color. Need a long-sleeved women’s shirt? Find the sign with that on it, and there you go. Twice a week the ‘color’ tag of the week is only 0.99. So on that day, maybe anything with a green tag is $0.99. That is the only color tag I will even look at. Many things I have bought there still had the name brand store tag on them. I don’t feel bad replacing an entire section of my wardrobe twice a year when I can do it for less than $50.

  • Reply V |

    Mine is music and books. I don’t feel bad when I buy an album on Itunes or Amazon or an ebook. Then again, I don’t do it too often and I really never feel bad when I’m buying music for working out, since that’s an investment to me ;). I have others as well, but I’m trying to get better about buying less things. I still spend a fair amount on experiences (and I’m trying to curtail that a bit as well since I want to save more), but I feel less guilty about that than I do buying things.

  • Reply Newbie |

    I had Lasik more than 5 years ago. I did my research, met with several specialists and had realistic expectations going into the procedure. I didn’t have any of the serious side effects that other commenters have noted. I feel bad for them. I had some eye dryness, but that resolved within a few weeks of the procedure. Today, my vision is still great (20/20), and I have zero regrets. If I had the chance to go back, I would do it all over again.

    That said, I know Lasik isn’t for everyone. There are risks. There are bad surgeons. Things can go wrong. Not everyone is a good candidate – like my mother. As much as she wanted to be free of contact lenses, she listened when the specialist advised against it – because of the severity of her vision issues, among other factors.

    • Reply Ashley |

      Eeek – scary! Can I ask, who is the “specialist” that she listened to? An optometrist or is it a Lasik surgeon or something? Just seems like they would want to make money, so I’m wondering who the unbiased specialist is that advised her against it? Obviously I haven’t even looked into it at this point so I have no idea how the process goes (and who you meet with, etc.)

So, what do you think ?