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How I Saved Today: Repairing my glasses {and what do you think about making this a regular feature here?}

How I Saved Today: Fixing My Broken Glasses

For awhile now, I’ve been thinking it’d be fun to have a feature called “How I Saved Today”. This would just be a short post about a specific way I had saved money that day. I can’t promise it will happen every single day, but I’m going to try it out here (hopefully a few times per week) and we’ll see how it goes.

I wear s almost full-time as they seem to work better for my eye sight. But I also wear these special glasses when I use the computer.

{The optometrists here will know what I’m referring to, but I’m not sure of the official name of these glasses. I just know that my eye doctor prescribed them to me while I was writing my last book and said they would cause my eyes not to get focused and locked in — which was causing my eyesight to go downhill. I get so focused on what I’m doing that I’ll forget to look up occasionally like you’re supposed to do to help your eyes not get locked in on any one thing. So these glasses are supposed to help with that. Anything to protect my eyesight from going downhill while I work on the computer and write books? I’m all for it!}

Last week, the screw fell out of my glasses. We searched high and low and could not find the screw anywhere.

I wore the glasses without the screw, but the lens kept falling out. I knew I needed a long-term solution, but I also knew that I don’t have an eye doctor here in TN yet. So going somewhere to get my glasses fixed would kind of necessitate having to also schedule an eye exam. Which would cost money out of pocket that we didn’t need to spend since I’m not due for another eye exam for a while.

I thought about taping the glasses together, but knew that would just bug me. So instead, I bought an inexpensive eye glass repair kit and fixed the glasses myself.

It took me all of 5 minutes and they are good as new. Best of all, the eye glass repair kit came with extra screws so I can fix the problem in the future if it happens again to my glasses or Jesse’s glasses.

A simple solution, a few minutes of time, and quite a bit of money saved = totally my kind of thing!

How have you saved money today? Also, would you be interested in me regularly running a How I Saved Today feature here? Leave a comment and let me know if it’s something that would interest you.

Other posts in the How I Saved Today series

  1. How I Saved Today: Repairing my glasses {and what do you think about making this a regular feature here?}
  2. How I Saved Today: Making homemade foaming hand soap
  3. How I Saved Today: A great deal on Mrs. Meyer's products!

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  • Lynn says:

    We have this problem with my son’s glasses frequently, and rather than have him go a day without them at school while I take them to have them fixed, we keep a repair kit on hand. Dollar Tree has a great one with screws, nose bridges, screwdriver, everything!

  • Tracy says:

    Crystal thank you for writing this I work with computers all day 5 days a week. I never knew that you could have specific glasses like that. When I go for my next eye exam I am going to ask about them. You might have just saved my vision from getting really bad.

    Also I love the idea of these articles.

  • says:

    This might make me sound a bit snooty, but the coffee addict in me felt inclined to share.. I saved today by opting to go to Wendy’s for an iced coffee instead of Dunkin Donuts. W’s has a bigger coffee for a lot less money.

    • Amber says:

      Hey, I think we all have something we like to splurge on. And if you can get the same kick out of getting your coffee from Wendy’s that you got from getting your coffee at Dunkin Donuts, then you saved a little on your splurge. That’s a in my book. 🙂

    • Jo says:

      I’m all about budgeting for splurges and for finding creative ways to save on those splurges! 🙂

  • Lauren S. says:

    I love tips like this and would love to see this as a regular part of your blog.

  • Heather says:

    Just an FYI – most places that sell glasses will make adjustments to frames and do minor repairs (like missing screws) for free. With three children in glasses, we take advantage of this service often! 😉

  • says:

    When we share how we each saved $- a little or a lot- we all benefit from reading and gaining new ideas. I feature 5 Ways We Saved every week on my blog. The Prudent Homemaker also shares her Frugal Accomplishments and I have learned so much- now I know to prune the tomatoes and we have many more to eat!

    • Jo says:

      I love the idea of sharing a weekly round-up, too! Feel free to link your weekly posts in the comments on these posts. I’m sure my readers would LOVE to check them out, too!

  • Melissa says:

    Brush a couple of coats of clear nail polish on the head of the screw once you get it in there and tightened up. It will help keep the screws from backing out. I’m an optician and I do this all the time!!

  • says:

    I happen to know one optometrist office you could visit for free repairs, because an optician there reads your blog 😉

    I can’t remember where around Nashville you ended up, but if it’s south I know a couple of optometrists I can recommend.

  • says:

    My husband had the same problem recently with his glasses; I pulled out my stash of old glasses (which I save in case I need a back up pair) and he used a screw from a pair of those. Saved us time and money!

    Great feature, Crystal.

  • Randi says:

    Personally, I love this idea for a blog post! I hope to contribute soon! Thank you Crystal!

  • amber says:

    I would love to see more of these posts. Today to save money we ate leftovers for lunch and and supper. Husband took leftovers to work too.

  • Kristin F. says:

    Love this idea! Keep ’em coming! 🙂

  • Ruth Reilmann says:

    Most opticians will repair your glasses for free with hopes you will return later for an eye exam with the eye doctor. This free service includes Wal Mart and Target. They will give you screws & pads and adjust the glasses to fit your face.

    I also have bought the repair kit myself and repaired sunglasses and store bought reading glasses.

    I LOVE the idea of how I saved today with DIY repairs or anything creative! looking forward to the new feature.

  • Anna says:

    I saved today (well, yesterday) by looking under the hood of the car with my husband. The car started smoking when he came home. It only took less than 10 minutes to figure out that the thermostat and radiator cap were not working. (No tools were needed for this diagnosis!) Then, he called Advanced Auto to check on the parts and the sales clerk told him about an online coupon for 15% for a store pick-up order. I also used Swagbucks Shop and Save and got 4 bucks per dollar. The total cost was less than $16 and I don’t even want to think about how much a mechanic would charge!

  • says:

    Didn’t spend any money yesterday. Can it be considered a saving? #iamsilly 🙂

  • Mandy Germain says:

    This would be a great additional feature. The little savings may not seem like much but they can add up quickly 🙂

  • says:

    I love this idea! You should definitely do it! I spent this money a few days ago but I picked it up today so I saved today, right? I love to shop online at It’s a bidding process like ebay, but stuff starts out cheaper and is nicer than in Goodwill stores. Lots of brand names and still in the package items. If you’re willing to dig and take some risks you can get great stuff! I lucked out with a Monopoly game that turned out to still be in plastic wrap, so all the pieces are there! The box was bent so I’m thinking a store donated it when it didn’t sell. I saved more $ since Nashville is a hub city and you can pick things up locally that are already on site rather than paying for shipping! So a 10 minute drive vs. a per pound shipping rate is how I saved today.

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