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At Zenni Optical, they claim you can get a complete pair or prescription eyeglasses starting at $8, and they aren’t kidding! I saw this a few different places, and the website looks a little corny, so it took me a little while to warm up to the idea. Last summer I really needed a pair of prescription sunglasses, but our insurance doesn’t cover them, so I decided to give Zenni a try.

It was quick, easy and the glasses were much better quality than I expected. All you need is your latest prescription, including the pupillary distance, from your optometrist. You’ll also want to measure the width of your current frames and the length of the arms. Then go to ZenniOptical.com and pick out a frame you like. It walks you through all of the steps for ordering and entering your prescription information.

I chose one of the $8 frames and added sunglass tinting for $4.95. Shipping is a flat rate of $4.95, so we decided to order my husband a pair while we were at it. Our total for two pairs of prescription sunglasses was just over $30. It took about 2 weeks for the glasses to arrive. My husband and I have been very happy with the quality of the frames and lenses. The next time we need regular glasses, we will most likely be ordering them through Zenni because it’s cheaper than our insurance co-pay!

Save Some Dough on Bread

We fly through loaves of bread in our house with both my husband and son eating a PB & J sandwich almost everyday. To save money we have started buying our bread at the local Nickels Bakery Outlet. We can get day old bread (still 3 days from the sell by date) for half the price it is in stores.

slice-of-breadThe bread outlet is a few miles from our house and out of our way, to go for one or two loaves at a time would not be a savings. So instead of buying a loaf or two, we buy eight or ten loaves (6-8 wk supply for us) and freeze them.

You might be surprised that in addition to loaves of bread, hot dog and hamburger buns by the local bakery you might also find national brand baked goods. For example, on our last trip we found Weight Watchers English Muffins and Arnold Sandwich Thins for only $0.50 a package!

Frugal Travel Series

If there’s one thing I love as much as saving money, it’s traveling! My parents love to travel and instilled the love in us at young age. I love it so much that I chose to major in it in college and makeSuitcase Stuffed with Money it my profession — well I don’t actually get paid to travel — but I do get paid to help other people travel!

Being a frugal person, travel lover and working in the travel industry for almost 10 years I’ve learned a few ways to cut costs. I’ll be sharing those with you over the next few weeks as part of my Frugal Travel Series.

The first tip I have to share is to set a budget! Knowing how much you can realistically spend is the first step in planning a frugal vacation. This will help you make important decisions on the destination you choose, the type of lodging, food, attractions, etc. The biggest mistake you can make is not setting one up and ending up having to charge the whole vacation or dip farther into savings than you planned.

The first part in my series will focus on how to choose a destination. Other topics I will be covering include lodging, attractions, food and airfare. If you have any specific topics you’d like to see covered leave a comment below or send me an email.

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