I didn’t until a few weeks ago. I’m signed up online at Walgreens to receive email alerts for special offers, weekly ads and such. Well, I got an email from them with a coupon code for 10% off plus free shipping on a contact lens order. At first I disregarded the email just assuming the contacts were probably more expensive than 1-800-Contacts, which is where I normally place my order.
However, curiosity got the best of me and I am so glad it did. Not only was the coupon code for 10% off going to pay off, but the contacts were actually $2 cheaper per box than ordering from my usual place. But that was not all. I checked on Ebates and found out that I could get 4% cash back from my Walgreens’ order. There is no cash back for 1-800-Contacts.
What is Ebates?
Well, it’s a site you’ll definitely want to consider becoming a member of if you do online ordering. There are over 1000 stores on the Ebates site that you can earn cash back on your purchases just simply by going through Ebates. In addition, there are online coupon codes for most of the stores. It’s completely FREE and easy to use. Plus, you get a $5 sign up bonus right off the bat. I love it!!
Okay, back to the contacts…
So as you can see there was no way 1-800-Contacts was going to win me over on this one. I ended up saving about $18 total on four boxes of contacts. I’ve heard that 1-800-Contacts will match the price if you find a better deal elsewhere, but I bet they won’t give you the extra cash back.
I guess you could say the moral of this story is to be sure to check out all your options rather than just assuming you know what the cheapest place is going to be for buying anything. I mean, take me for example. It almost cost me $18 extra bucks.
Important Note: I’m not saying that buying from 1-800-Contacts is a bad choice. Using them in the past, I’ve never had any problems, and they are still way cheaper than going through most doctors’ offices. In this particular case, it just wasn’t the best option for me. In the future, if I can get them cheaper there, that’s where I’ll be ordering them from.
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