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Old 03-13-2015, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Sometimes there are various discount opportunities which are not limited to seniors. The Laemmle art house chain in the Los Angeles area has a card on which they will load $100 paid in advance. Then each time you buy a movie ticket there is a discount of one or two dollars off whatever the price would be, even if it is an already discounted price, such as the senior price. In addition you get 20% off at the concession stand. Once you have the card, you can load just $50 on it.

For me I can't lose because I know I will use up that $100 sooner or later without fail.
That's terrific. Our small independent movie theater has a year membership for seniors, a certain amt paid up front and then every time you go it's $5 instead of $8 and free popcorn. They show not only award-winning and independent and foreign films, but also productions of the National Theater (right now, Of Mice and Men). The National Theater tix are pricey, $24. I need to find out if the discount applies to them.
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Old 03-13-2015, 12:01 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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AT&T bill was sneaking up almost every month, soooooo... just spent about 30 minutes on the phone sweet talking them, but it was SOOOO worth it! Got a $65 credit on this months bill AND lowered my bill by $97 PER MONTH for the next 12 months (it DID require a 12 month commitment)!!!! Give it a try if you find your Cable/TV/Phone combo bill riding up to levels that bother you to pay!!!

I think the "my husband was talking to our neighbor who says he pays WAY less with their provider so he wants to switch but I want to stay with you" worked since I was making a commitment right then for the next 12 months!!!

Hey, whatever it takes!!!
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Old 03-13-2015, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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As we get older, we need several pairs and types of prescription glasses: a single vision reading pair, a single vision computer/TV watching pair, a bifocal far/near vision pair for working outside, photography, and a bifocal far/medium vision for driving/flying. We used to use progressive glasses but find them less suitable for flying (poor peripheral vision). Another issue with dring/flying is difficulty in seeing displays (glass panel, GPS/ipad/nexus screens etc) with dark sunglasses. Bifocals with gradual tint work out the best.

It would have cost us a fortune if we get the glasses locally even with insurance discounts at cheaper places like walmart, sam's club etc.

For the last many years, we have been ordering glasses from zennioptical.com. The prescriptions given by optometrist/opthalmologist have all the information needed to order online EXCEPT the pupillary distance (PD). You can measure this distance yourself with a mirror or ask another person to do it. zennioptical has detail instructions showing you how to fill out your prescriptions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) | Zenni Optical Glasses

You can spend as little as $6.95 for a pair of single vision prescription glasses. The s&h cost is only $4.95 per order. They also offer BOGO or free shipping during major holidays.

After my husband's detached retina surgery, he has slight double visions and needs glasses with prisms. Zenni only offer prisms in single vision glasses so I had to find another cheap online source for his bifocals. I have been using

Shop Prescription Glasses Online | EyeBuyDirect

This place has good prices but somewhat limited in the cheap frame selection.
It would drive me bonkers trying to keep up with various pairs of glasses. I have reached the trifocal phase and have transition lenses so don't need separate sunglasses. I get some nice discounts on eye care and glasses through Walmart but probably not as cheap as ordering online. I don't have to replace my glasses very often, thankfully.
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Old 03-13-2015, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Depending on the electric rates in your area, an old freezer/ refrigerator may not be your friend. But, most places in the country have lower electrical rates than we do so it may not be as much of a problem.

We're looking at starting retirement next year, it will be interesting to see how much things will change. We don't buy much at retail, anywhere for anything, doubt that will change. But, if we've already been in "frugal" mode and then retire, how much of a change will there be?

Other than being frugal and saving whatever we can, we will skitter around and see what we can do to make a bit of money here and there, no doubt.
True, and I guess I'll find out. I am eligible for a senior/income discount on my gas and electric bills as well. They aren't outrageous as it is but I'll take all the help I can get!

I've been in "frugal mode" most of my life. Out of necessity more than anything else. When I make more I do tend to spend a bit more but that's because I'm finally giving myself 'permission' to get something I really want, rather than just need. When I make less I spend a LOT less. I think I have this not so hidden fear of starving to death, for some reason, and being broke/poor holds no attraction for me. Self preservation has always come before either wants or needs.

I would say that you probably won't change much, if at all. Once habits are truly established they tend to not vary much...unless you hit the lottery or something. Then all bets are off. lol
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Old 03-13-2015, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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AT&T bill was sneaking up almost every month, soooooo... just spent about 30 minutes on the phone sweet talking them, but it was SOOOO worth it! Got a $65 credit on this months bill AND lowered my bill by $97 PER MONTH for the next 12 months (it DID require a 12 month commitment)!!!! Give it a try if you find your Cable/TV/Phone combo bill riding up to levels that bother you to pay!!!

I think the "my husband was talking to our neighbor who says he pays WAY less with their provider so he wants to switch but I want to stay with you" worked since I was making a commitment right then for the next 12 months!!!

Hey, whatever it takes!!!
I get so aggravated with DirecTV sometimes. They have all these 'great deals' for newbies but don't want to give anything to long time, good paying and loyal customers. My old TV died on me in Sept. so I finally gave in and bought a 42" flat screen. Then I had to have the company come out and change dishes and set it up for HD. This required a new two year contract, of course, but they wouldn't give me any kind of breaks on it. I had already been a customer for over six years, four of them off contract, but still, nope. For some reason my bill did go down $10 last month but I don't expect that to happen again. I need to look at that bill again. I have the TV/internet/phone bundle with Century Link so it could be something to do with phone or internet.
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Old 03-13-2015, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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It would drive me bonkers trying to keep up with various pairs of glasses. I have reached the trifocal phase and have transition lenses so don't need separate sunglasses. I get some nice discounts on eye care and glasses through Walmart but probably not as cheap as ordering online. I don't have to replace my glasses very often, thankfully.
You use whatever works best for you. Yes, sometimes it is hard to manage various pairs of glasses. I wear my single vision computer glasses most of the time. I switch to the reading glasses for paper reading (I just leave them next to the reading lamp). I use the bifocal far/medium vision sunglasses for driving and flying (I just leave them in the car). We tried trifocals once but the field of vision for each zone was quite limited so they did not work for us.

At $7 or so a pair, it is cheap and easy to have the spares laying around in convenience place for fast switching.
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Old 03-13-2015, 02:51 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Bella and luv2trvl, have you had good luck with zenni? Some of their reviews were pretty bad. Wrong lenses, no refunds, etc........

Negirl, no. It's a discount membership like Costco or Sam's Club. Yes, the providers have to contract with them for you to get the discount. You can call them and an English first language speaking person will actually answer the phone and find you a doctor.

I read about these discount memberships in AARP mag. Then I called my dentist. Yep, she sang the praises of it. I had my membership card in a week.
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Old 03-13-2015, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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My 2 cents:

--live simply in a small place that is low maintenance

--eat simply, mostly vegetarian, little meat. Cook from scratch

--raise or barter for fresh vegetables/fruit/eggs

--buy used -- whether clothes or furniture or transpotation such as bikes/cars

--stay healthy to reduce medical bills and need for drugs. Most illnesses will resovle themselves with simple home remedies and time

--reduce the need for gadgets and gizmos...especially electronic devices

--use the public library for books, videos, events, lectures

--exercise daily, walking works great, costs little

--get involved in the community and volunteer to make a difference

--sponsor potlucks for socialibility, cooking meals for company gets expensive

--practice moderation in alcohol and do not smoke

--learn to make due and be content with the simple life. Borrow, share and barter.

--love life, and smile often.
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Old 03-13-2015, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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For the last many years, we have been ordering glasses from zennioptical.com. The prescriptions given by optometrist/opthalmologist have all the information needed to order online EXCEPT the pupillary distance (PD). You can measure this distance yourself with a mirror or ask another person to do it. zennioptical has detail instructions showing you how to fill out your prescriptions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) | Zenni Optical Glasses

You can spend as little as $6.95 for a pair of single vision prescription glasses. The s&h cost is only $4.95 per order. They also offer BOGO or free shipping during major holidays.

After my husband's detached retina surgery, he has slight double visions and needs glasses with prisms. Zenni only offer prisms in single vision glasses so I had to find another cheap online source for his bifocals. I have been using

Shop Prescription Glasses Online | EyeBuyDirect

This place has good prices but somewhat limited in the cheap frame selection.
How does this work? You get your eye doctor to do the exam, and then how do you get the prescription to zenni? Does the cost of the prescription include new frames, or can you send them your current frames? With prescription, frames and shipping, about what do you pay per pair?
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Old 03-13-2015, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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Bella and luv2trvl, have you had good luck with zenni? Some of their reviews were pretty bad. Wrong lenses, no refunds, etc........
I have been ordering from Zenni for many years (7 or more) for both my husband, myself and my sister, mother. I have never had any problems.

One time, I thought we had a problem with an automatic darkening (photochromic) pair of glasses (we were testing it while sitting inside the car - the car tinted window significantly weaken the photosensitive process), I contacted the customer service and was promised to be sent a new pair. Soon, I discovered the user error and told them not to bother.

Another time, I found that the eye doctor had provided 'wrong' prescription after sending an order to zennioptical. He wrote a prescription for 'computer' glasses instead of the 'raw' uncorrected version. I contacted zenni and got it corrected right away w/o any problems.

The one time that we received the 'wrong' glasses, it was due to our error. I did not realize that my husband had unequal left and right PD so I just filled in the total PD. When we received the glasses and found that he could not see too well in one eye without having to push the glasses sideway, I remeasured his PDs and found that they were different by 1mm! Zenni site now has very good instructions on how to measure PDs.

http://tinyurl.com/pouneu4

I do read reviews before any purchases but usually take into accounts that happy customers are less likely to give feedback than unhappy customers. I usually try to judge the positive and the negative reviews based on the ratios, the details, the validity of complaints etc.

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