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A Frugal Tip for Broken Eyeglasses


Over at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity, he mentioned that his wife’s eyeglasses suffered a blow from a kickball game and broke her eyeglasses in two. So, I thought I would share a frugal tip with everyone.

The last time I had an eye exam, I just bought new lenses for my frames. My frames were still in good shape, so I figured, why not? I loved the style and it will save some money.

Wouldn’t you know it – the frames broke right on the side of the bridge a few months later. The frames are titanium, and no one could sauder them back together. (NOTE ADDED 5/6/05 – someone left a great comment on this post mentioning that some titanium frames have a lifetime warranty. So, make sure you take your glasses back to where you purchased them from and ask. And next time you shop for glasses, make sure that you ask about any warranties – they could save you some money down the road)

As I wondered what to do, because at the time I was not working and income was super tight – I had an idea. What about using a pair of sunglasses? It turned out that I had an old pair that looked like they would almost work. So I got out a pair of pliers and started shaping the sunglasses in the shape of my lenses. I placed the lenses in, and voila – I had glasses again.

To the naked eye, you can’t tell they are sunglasses. They are actually quite stylish too. Just a note – this method works best with frames that only use a plastic wire for the bottom. Then you only have to shape the top of the frames 🙂

Total Savings – over $100.

My frugal glasses on the left, my broken glasses on the right.
Yes, I am so frugal I kept the broken pair 🙂

Credit Card Debt as of 4/30/06: $34,070


Since I’ve started blogging in February, my credit card debt has been reduced by $3,544 (the credit card report has been updated as well in my progress to date). Thanks everyone for helping to keep me motivated!! I am seeing a change in my debt situation and I like it 🙂

Things were made even better yesterday when my husband’s mom called. She just got the $1,775 check in the mail for the loan they gave us when we purchased our home. I guess she really didn’t need the money and she said she wrote all over the check voiding it and will be sending it back. I guess her bringing up the loan didn’t mean they needed it. We were also told it was officially a gift.

If you happened to stop by late last night you would have noticed that my net worth actually increased even further to $-50,240. I went in and updated the numbers. I’m only $240 away from reaching the $-50,000 mark. Woohoo!

Overall, April was a great month and May is off to a great start as well. My tax returns have been a great “booster” to paying down some debt. Going forward, it’s all going to be about cutting costs, being frugal and living simple. I have to devote a large chunk of my income to debt if I want to reach my goal. I also may be looking into ways to consolidating my debt to obtain lower interest rates.

Stay tuned 🙂