I was recently included in a BzzCampaign from BzzAgent, which is a word of mouth marketing company, that offers free or discounted products in exchange for your honest opinion, review, and for sharing that opinion with others (buzzing). In the spotlight for this particular BzzCampaign was Excedrin Extra Strength.
Now I am no stranger to Excedrin. But I've never used Extra Strength. I get migraines, so I always go straight for the Excedrin Migraine.
My routine was, take two Excedrin Migraine, drink two glasses of ice water, get in the shower as hot as I can make it and let it beat down on the back of my head until I get dizzy, then go to sleep in the dark with no lights anywhere, and the migraine is gone. Eventually.
And if you get migraines you know that everybody has a cure that their brother's aunt's cousin's best friend's mom's sister uses and it works every time. Pickle juice. Stop drinking wine. Stop eating chocolate. Take two Tylenol and one Motrin. Ice pack on the forehead. Heating pad on the neck. Fancy shoe insoles. Chiropractor. The thing about migraines is....everybody's different. For real. There's no clear and simple way to just fix a migraine and what works for one may not work for another.
But, trying to be a good sport, I did participate in this campaign, so I tried out the Excedrin Extra Strength last time I got a migraine.
It turns out, it worked better than the migraine formula! Instead of my normal routine, I took two Excedrin Extra Strength with one glass of cool water, and then I sat on the couch with my eyes shut while my kids played around me loudly.
Fifteen minutes. I kid you not. Migraine OVER in fifteen minutes.
This means big changes for me. No longer will I suffer at work all day long until I can get to a dark place. No more suffering with my kids for hours until my husband gets home from his job.
I'm officially convinced. I am switching. Excedrin Extra Strength gets the official Bedfordnomics seal of approval.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product in exchange for my honest review. The freeness of the product in no way affects my opinion of the product. All of the above are my actual opinions based on my experience with the product.
Glasses are expensive. Even with insurance, you still wind up paying a ton for glasses - and God forbid more than one person in your family wear them. About 7 months ago, a friend directed me to Zenni Optical. Glasses for $7? Flat rate $4.95 shipping, no matter how many you order? Sign me up!!
Well, on the surface it seemed like a lot of work. You had to get your prescription, plus ask for this magical number called the pupillary distance, and if you forget you have to measure it yourself. Then put the prescription in online and order them yourself. Without actually trying them on. And then wait 2-3 weeks for them to be made and delivered to you.
But I was broke and desperate...so I did it! And it turns out...not that hard.
I went to Walmart, spent the $45 to get my prescription, remembered to ask for the PD number. When I got home, I picked out a very simple, very inexpensive pair of glasses, that were $6.95. I skipped all the bells and whistles. No scratch protection, no anti-glare coating, etc. Just plain glasses and lenses, for $6.95, plus $4.95 for shipping. In total, I paid $11.90. I figured, for glasses, that is cheap enough that even if they break in 6 months, I still come out on top of the deal. Well, fast forward two weeks on the dot and there they were in my mailbox!
And the prescription was perfect!! I have -5.25 on one side, -5.00 on the other, so these were not just reading glasses. They have to be good, or I can't even walk down my steps safely.
Seven months later, the glasses are not broken. They are not bent. They are not scratched. I have not been particularly careful with them. I ordered two more pairs - a pair of cute red frames with swirls on the arms, and a pair of awesome plaid sunglasses (for sunglasses you pay a few extra bucks for tint) and I got anti glare coating and scratch protection. I paid $40.23 for both pairs, shipped. They are also fantastic.
They carry memory titanium - the kind you can bend and not snap! They have all kinds of colors and funky glasses, and simple plain wire rims as well. You could order a whole bunch and match them to your moods, or your outfits. You could order a new pair for every member of your family. If your husband breaks his glasses all the time, you could order him 3 pair and put two up, and order two new pairs and a pair of sunglasses for yourself too - and shipping is still $4.95.
So this, this should cut a SERIOUS dent in your eyeglasses budget.
If you are so inclined (I was not) you can upload a picture of yourself without glasses so you can try their glasses on.
They also often offer coupon codes, to get you half off scratch protection or anti glare, etc. Check retailmenot for that!
UPDATE: Apparently they are no longer offering Shop Runner for these deals, so the regular shipping fees apply. However if you are ordering anyway, I encourage you to add these on (even if it's just to donate!).
Toys R Us has three amazing deals I want you to look at right now: First, the Imaginarium Rolling Bead Maze (regularly $16.99) is on special for $1.00 (ships free with ShopRunner). Secondly, the Imaginarium Pink Bead Maze with Mirror (regularly $9.99) is ALSO $1.00 (and also ships free with ShopRunner!). And third, Imagniarium's Three Piece Shake It Up Music Set is $1.50 (Regularly $14.99). If you pick up all 3, you can cross three kids off your holiday shopping list (or stock your gift closet, or make 3 Toys for Tots kids very happy) for under $4. Also - you can shop through ebates (ALWAYS shop through ebates!!!) And get 2% of your purchase back. So it's only 7 cents, but it's 7 cents added onto everything else you save with ebates!