Buying Prescription Glasses Online: Debunking The Four Biggest Fears

Dear Len Penzo and Readers,

This article is sent with two main goals:

To ease your fears of buying glasses online; and possibly more importantly,
To reassure you that guest authors who write about online eyeglasses are not deceptive.

Here’s hoping I can restore some faith in both buying online and in guest authors.

New = Scary?

If you’re like most people, buying eyeglasses online is a new concept that you may be hesitant to try

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Taste-Test Experiment: An All-Kid Panel Evaluates Name-Brand vs. Store-Brand Cereals

When it comes to breakfast, kids can be real cereal killers.  Unfortunately, for those of us trying to keep our grocery costs reasonable, name-brand cereals can be a very expensive proposition.

When I was growing up, I remember my sister pounding down multiple bowls of Froot Loops and Lucky Charms every morning.

I enjoyed kid cereal too – Apple Jacks and Frosted Flakes are still favorites of mine – but I never

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8 Stupid Fees Consumers Hate to Pay (But Often Do Anyway)

In this tough economy, businesses of all types are trying to nickel and dime us to death with add-on charges.

Those charging the fees want you to believe that the fees are necessary to cover the additional costs of doing business, like pizza delivery fees.

In reality, all these fees do more often than not is mislead the consumer by adding a hidden mark-up to the advertised price.  Sometimes the fees are

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Should I or Shouldn’t I? The Definitive Extended Warranty Litmus Test

A couple weeks ago I told you about my adventures in getting a set of four new tires for my 1997 Honda Civic and why buying extended warranties for tires is a waste of money.

Of course, the conventional wisdom out there is that it is virtually never advantageous to get an extended warranty for anything, which I believe is a bit extreme.  Experts like Dave Ramsey, for example, tell their

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Taste-Test Experiment: Bottled Waters vs. Filtered Tap

When I was a kid back in the 1970s most everybody drank water from their tap.

When me and my friends were playing outside and we needed to quench our thirst, we ran up to the nearest neighbor’s water spigot and grabbed a drink from the hose.

Not any more.  Now it seems like almost everybody drinks bottled water.

I even see the neighborhood kids carrying around bottles of water now when they

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Buying Glasses? 3 Facts Your Eye Doctor Doesn’t Want You to Know.

Oops, my bad. This is a guest post from some guy who wasn’t who he said he was and was trying to make a few bucks off of an affiliate link.  Still, I can attest to the information within this post as being accurate, as I too buy my glasses and contacts on-line – so I will keep this post up.  But I have since removed the offending affiliate links from this

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My Store-Brand vs. Name-Brand Blind Taste-Test Experiment #2

Are name-brand groceries really worth the extra cost when alternative cheaper store-brand groceries are available?  More specifically, when it comes to edible products, does the quality and taste of name-brand products always justify the price premium which can often be as high as 50 percent or more?

Last October I tried to answer that question, one of the great never-ending debates in the world of personal finance, by conducting a scientific

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10 Off-the-Wall Gifts for Open-Minded People

Hey!  You know what I haven’t seen lately on the blogosphere?  A personal finance post on great gift ideas! 

I’m kidding.  Kinda.  After all, there are already some great pieces on Christmas gift ideas for military members.

So… Are you tired of giving the same old stuff year after year?

I mean, come on.  How many neckties and bottles of Old Spice can

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Talkin’ Turkey: Evaluating My Thanksgiving Dinner Scorecard

This year Thanksgiving dinner is at my house. We’ll be serving dinner for 16 people including my sister and her family, my mom and dad and the Honeybee’s folks.

You know, since he came out to visit a few weeks ago, my father-in-law Tony has taken over a lot of the chores around the house, including fixing the water heater (and saving me $400 in the process).

It’s not that I’m

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My Store-Brand vs. Name-Brand Blind Taste-Test Experiment

One of the great never-ending debates in the world of personal finance is whether or not name-brand groceries are really worth the extra cost when alternative cheaper store-brand groceries are available.  Furthermore, when it comes to edible products, does the quality and taste of name-brand products always justify the price premium, which can often times be as much as 50%?

Because inquiring minds like mine want to know, I decided to

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