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Bought Investments in Energy Savings

December 29th, 2014 at 03:47 pm

Today I bought;
- a toaster oven (it is a very good brand, and it's convection and is easy to clean; was in the scratch and dent section) which uses a third of the watts of our oven; I decided to go with one that does 6 slices of toast because that's the most we'd make for garlic bread - that way we'll barely need to use the oven!
- a bunch of LED light bulbs to replace the 35 watt halogens in our track lighting. Instead of 35 watts, each one is 4 watts.

I am weird about energy usage, and also I don't want to change those bulbs again! I shouldn't have to ever again!

Also today: began drafting my New Year's resolutions. One is to have an eye exam (it's been a few years), and I started calling around places to find out prices. One wasn't open, so I'll call them back tomorrow. They take the 15% vision discount that comes with my insurance (vision isn't covered for adults). So far the prices seem really high ($140-150 without the discount). Our Lenscrafters just lost their eye doctor, but I don't know if they'd be cheaper anyway. The one that wasn't open is stuck into the side of a Walmart; I'm not a big fan of Walmart, but I don't think they're affiliated.

If you've recently had an eye exam, what did you pay? It's probably covered in the UK, right? (I'm scared to even talk to D about it; every time something like that comes up he wants to move back immediately!).

13 Responses to “Bought Investments in Energy Savings”

  1. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I don't remember the last time I had my vision checked, other than to get my driver's license.

    Hope you enjoy your toaster oven!

  2. Buendia Says:

    Me, too. But lately things have been blurry far away (I've had perfect eyes my whole life, so maybe this is just old age!).

  3. debtfreeme Says:

    I just had my eyes checked in November. With out insurance it would have been $135 here in Northern California. With insurance it was $10. My frames and prescription would have been close to $600. I have the premium insurance so all I paid was $25.

  4. Buendia Says:

    That is a great deal! Our insurance in New Mexico doesn't cover vision (grrr!) but I have that 15% off thing. The lowest I've found so far is $140. That would still be $120 with the discount.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    My daughter's last eye exam was $110 at a Lenscrafters.

  6. scfr Says:

    Exam in October was $100 ($80 + $20 refraction), plus $25 for optional retinal imaging instead of dilation. So the total was $125. Exam was at an eye doc connected to a Costco store.

  7. scfr Says:

    P.S. I have a choroidal nevus (like a raised skin freckle but on the eye) that is being monitored to make sure it does not become a melanoma.

    I have been very happy with the Costco connected eye docs that I have used.

  8. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    just an fyi on the LEDs. Keep the package and the receipt and check the warranty on the LED. If you happen to have on that burns out before the warranty ends just package it up and take it back. You will (you should) get a new one for free.

  9. rob62521 Says:

    I believe for a comprehensive exam I paid $120 last summer. I don't have vision insurance or a 15% off coupon or anything. We have been going to this guy for years and for the exam, we feel he does right by us. He isn't pushy about buying new glasses or anything so that is a blessing, but if we need further tests, he will send us on.

  10. Bluebird Says:

    My eye exam was $80-$90, and I don't have vision insurance.

  11. Buendia Says:

    Well, I've called everywhere. A friend who just moved here claimed it was more expensive than where she came from (Central Coast of California)... I guess she's right. I did find an eye exam for $75, but that's at Lenscrafters, and they don't currently have an eye doctor (she said call back in a month, so that's what I'm going to do). Otherwise the lowest price was $130 and most are $150 and up. But glad I called around.

  12. tabs Says:

    I love LEDs. The only thing is, I will still use low watt CFLs if I don't want the white light.

  13. Buendia Says:

    Yes, some of the LEDs are really white; the LEDs we got for our kitchen are really warm color temp (so pretty much the same as the CFLs). We're only replacing the recessed spots and halogen spots in our track lights, not the CFLs. I figure those are pretty efficient already.

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