I can’t believe it’s May! Spring has sprung here in Central Ohio and the school year is almost over. It’s time for an update on my goals! If you’d like to read more about how I decided on these goals, check out my 2017 S.M.A.R.T. Goals post from January. Read on to see my progress over the last month.
I wrote before about our experiences shopping for my son’s first pair of glasses. I compared the options for glasses at Walmart Vision vs Target vs Costco. After we got his first two pairs, I compared the quality of glasses from Walmart vs Zenni. My son loves his Walmart glasses and wears them every day. We never have to argue with him to wear them! Unfortunately, although he loves his glasses, he’s not the most careful with them. He’s a rough-and-tumble 7-year-old boy! As I feared, we’ve had to deal with scratched lenses and broken frames, both within the first 6 months. Thankfully, I had anticipated this and chose Walmart Vision, mostly for the Walmart Vision Center 12-month Replacement Guarantee. So how did it go with the Walmart Vision Center Warranty?
I’m one month into my 2017 goals and I’ve made some good progress! Thank you to my readers who have helped me reach towards my blogging goals! If you’d like to read more about how I decided on these goals, check out my 2017 S.M.A.R.T. Goals post from early January. Read on to see my progress this month.
Last month, I wrote about my experience getting my son his first pair of glasses. In that post, I compared Walmart, Costco, and Target for price and value. We ended up purchasing glasses from Walmart Vision Center as well as ordering a backup pair from Zenni Optical. I wanted to follow-up with how our experience went. Here’s my comparison of Walmart Vision Center vs Zenni Optical. [Read more…]
When most people think about saving for college, they immediately think of saving in a 529 college savings plan. A 529 plan is account run by the state for purposes of saving for college expenses. You may have also heard about Educational Savings Accounts (or ESAs) and wondered if they have any advantages over a 529. Or what about using a Roth IRA for college savings? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of these three different types of accounts.
As a fun, frugal, family activity, we recently decided to start a weekly family game night with our kids, ages 7 and 8. There was just one problem… A lot of “family board games” are really boring for the adults! Some of the old classics also took too long to hold everyone’s attention or involved too much reading for the kids. After a lot of trial and error, we found some that the whole family can all really enjoy! [Read more…]
Last week, we realized that our son (age 7) needed prescription glasses. He had been playing video games and started crying because his sister wouldn’t let him have the seat closest to the TV, and he couldn’t read the words on the TV screen from the other seat. I didn’t waste any time and called the next day to get an appointment for an exam with our eye doctor.
After the doctor confirmed that he definitely did need glasses for near-sightedness, the challenge became choosing where to buy the glasses. With a rambunctious 7-year-old boy, I was certainly not going to pay the high prices at the doctor’s office. Why would I pay $200+ for something that was likely going to be lost or stepped on the very next day? I was also disappointed to learn that most of the doctor’s offices and chains offer no coverage for damage after the initial return period (generally 60 or 90 days). [Read more…]