Top tips for cutting the cost of contact lenses.
I wear contact lenses every day and being a money-saving mum, I’ve found lots of ways to cut the cost of my lenses. In fact, it’s years since I’ve bought expensive premium brand contact lenses on the High Street. I’ve saved £100’s by buying my lenses online through online contact lens retailers and by using cashback websites and voucher codes.
If you think you might be paying too much for your contact lenses, here are some top tips for cutting the cost of your lenses.
Top tips for cutting the cost of your contact lenses.
1. Shop online.
Buy contact lenses online and save £100s. A pack of daily disposable contact lenses from the high street is significantly higher than online brands.
2. Shop around.
The range of prices for contact lenses can vary greatly, with the same brand costing much more depending on where you buy them and the quantity you buy.
3. Get a copy of your prescription.
You have a right to get a copy of your prescription from your optician, even if you don’t decide to buy lenses from them. Once you have your prescription, you can shop around for lower cost lenses from online retailers.
4. Voucher codes & discounts.
Make use of voucher codes and discounts online. At Vision Direct, the UK’s largest online contact lens retailer, you can get 10% off your first order with the code SURPRISE (plus free postage when you spend over £49).
5. Buy in bulk.
Bulk-buying contact lenses can make a huge difference in the price and can save on delivery costs too.
6. Identify the real names for own brand vs the high street equivalent.
Opticians’ own brand lenses are actually repackaged versions of popular contact lenses. This chart will help you find an affordable equivalent.
7. Look after your eyes with regular check-ups.
It’s important to get regular eye tests to ensure your lenses are right for you, especially if you are buying online.
8. Monthly schemes are competitive.
If you get a monthly direct debit scheme from the high street optician this usually includes lenses, solution and aftercare appointments for a fixed fee. However, this can usually be beaten by paying for eye appointments separately and buying everything online for less.
9. Cashback websites.
Before you buy contact lenses online it is worth checking to see whether the retailer is listed on a cashback website like Quidco or Topcashback. These sites give 100% of the commission they earn from your purchase back to you. At the moment, new customers can earn 7.2% cashback on all sales with Vision Direct via Quidco.
More ways to save on eyecare and eyewear.
For more information on how you can save money on eye tests, glasses and contact lenses, check out my earlier post: 10 tips to save money on your eyecare and eyewear.
Over to you!
Are you paying too much for your contact lenses? Do you buy your contact lenses through your High Street optician or do you buy them online? Do you have any eyewear-related money-saving tips? As always, I’d love to hear from you.
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Saving money on the things we use, and will continue to use, makes more sense to me than a quick sale on an fleeting item. Saving money on the right things can also save time!