Jul 19 2010

How I got contact lenses for $9/box


I finally got around to visiting the optometrist, and wouldn’t you know it — my prescription improved! How weird is that? Either I’ve been walking around with a too-strong prescription for awhile, or my vision really did get better. The doctor said that does happen sometimes, and being pregnant can also do crazy things to my vision.

I got a new set of glasses and also restarted my contact lenses. I hadn’t worn contacts for quite awhile, mostly out of laziness.

The eye doctor quoted me something crazy, like $30/box. Pretty lousy deal! The guy said he could price match, but after poking around for some deals, I realized he could only price match on the site’s bottom line, but couldn’t factor in the Ebates bonuses and such.

So here’s how I’m getting a stellar discount on a year’s supply of Acuvue Oasis contacts:

1. I clicked through Ebates*, as I do for pretty much all of my online purchases. I went to Vision Direct, for which Ebates will give me 11% cash back. This will amount to about $18!

2. I browsed through the extensive list of coupon codes for Vision Direct on Ebates. I saw one for 20% off your order of $99 or more, with free shipping, but it was only good for new customers (I’m not). The offer is also mentioned on the Vision Direct site here.

I settled on a code for $20 off a $133 order (2020VISION).

3. Vision Direct has a promotion going for an instant $31 off Acuvue Oasis contacts when you buy 8 boxes.

4. Finally, I can submit a rebate form to get $75 back. If they don’t consider me a new user, I can still get $25 back. The rebate info was listed directly on the order page.

5. I paid with my flexible spending account card, which is funded with pre-tax dollars. It’s an extra little bit of savings that way.

Without any discounts on the Vision Direct site, I would have paid $216 for 8 boxes.

With Ebates, coupon codes, promotions and rebates, my total drops to $72 if I qualify for the full rebate, and $122 if I don’t.

That’s $9/box (or $15.25/box for the $25 rebate deal). What a deal!

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5 Responses to “How I got contact lenses for $9/box”

  1. Thanks for sharing this info. I need to get new contacts/eyeglasses soon. Are the sights you mentioned cheaper than 1-800-Contacts? Congrats on the news of having a girl!

  2. Myopia or near sightedness is caused by an elongation of the eyeball. As people grow older, the eyeball shortens, so those of us who have been myopic tend to see improvement in our vision while those who have had normal vision may begin to need to improve their vision with glasses or contact lenses. So your previous prescription was probably fine, it’s just that your vision has improved due to the shortening of your eyeball. That is an amazing and fantastic savings! Good job!

  3. Well, ya learn something new every day! Thanks for that, Mrs. A!

  4. Thank you sooooo much! I was shocked to find out that a box of Acuvue Oasys contacts was running over $30 when I was shopping for them today. I remembered skimming your post recently and followed your instructions for a GREAT DEAL! I’m even a new customer of Vision Direct, so I used that first discount code. Yay! Thanks so much for sharing this. It really helped my family out a lot!

  5. You’re welcome! That’s why I’m here :)

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