How To Save Money On Your Next Contact Lens Purchase

It’s time to get your next set of contact lenses, but you don’t want to pay the same prices you paid last time. Traditional retailers can be pretty pricey. You decide to shop around. Did you know that you don’t have to pay retail prices for contacts? Well, you don’t. You just have to be a little creative with how you purchase.

Shop Online

One of the best ways to save money is to shop online through a place like NextDayLenses. These online retailers don’t have the overhead that traditional retailers do. Thus, you get to take advantage of the savings that are passed on to you. Another benefit of online retailers is that they ship right to your door, so you don’t have to run around town picking up lenses every month.

Buy In Bulk

Buying a single pair of lenses online will save you some money, but buying in bulk will end up saving you a lot more. With most online retailers, you’ll get a discount when you buy a minimum number of lenses. Usually, these price breaks are substantial – the retailer will post a price schedule listing what you pay per box when you buy in bulk.

For example, you might spend £20 on a box of lenses. If you buy 10 boxes, you might only spend £15 per box. Buying 10 boxes individually would have cost you £200 – you saved £50 buying in bulk. In other words, you got two-and-a-half of those boxes for free.

Keep An Eye On Shipping Costs

Just because you’re buying online, doesn’t mean you’re automatically saving money. Some retailers offer excellent pricing in the store, but they can’t compete on shipping. Unfortunately, the shipping charges are largely outside of the retailer’s control. What is under the control of the retailer is the inventory.

Ideally, you’ll end up in a situation where the retailer can sell you a box, and ship it to your door, for less than what it would cost you to run down to the pharmacy.

Use Coupons

Online retailers typically offer coupon codes. These codes are entered into a special coupon code box at checkout. While some retailers don’t offer this option, many do, and the savings can be substantial. How substantial? Anywhere from 10 to 30 per cent off.

Buy Insured Lenses

If your insurance company covers your contact lenses, let them pay for it. Just make sure that you check with the insurer before you buy anything. You might try to send in for a reimbursement only to find out that the online vendor isn’t part of the insurer’s network.

Take Advantage of Rebates

Some manufacturers offer rebates to help lower the cost of the lenses and to entice you to give their brand a try. It’s not always obvious which company offers a rebate when you’re shopping online since you can’t pick up the box and inspect it. Because of this, it’s probably worth the trouble to call customer service and ask about any special rebates on the brands the company carries. Who knows, you might end up saving yourself the cost of shipping.

Richard Phillips is a personal finance consultant. He also enjoys sharing his insights online through blogging.

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