Cash Back for Cheap Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses

March 8, 2012 · 0 comments

If you’re visiting CompareRewards today thanks to the shout-out by MSN’s Donna Friedman in her Frugal Cool blog post today , Übercheap eye exams and glasses,” thanks for stopping by!  I’ve been analyzing cashback and points-based rewards programs for 10 years, and I hope you’ll follow me on Facebook to stay on top of the latest reviews, tips, and news.  I’m all about saving money online, and earning some cash back rewards or free gift cards in the process.

Donna’s article references an article on Gen X Finance called,Five places to find discount prescription eyeglasses,” and she suggests sweetening those deals through the use of cashback programs.  Any time you’re shopping online by going directly to the store’s website, you are throwing money away!  Cash back sites, some of which have been online for over a decade, provide links to the exact same stores…but their special links to the stores (called affiliate links) trigger sales commission for them…which they share with you in the form of cash back!

As Donna mentioned, the top three cash back programs in my latest in-depth analysis are Extrabux, MrRebates, and ShopAtHome.  While cashback sites change their rates occasionally for limited time promotions (like increased cash back on flowers for Mother’s Day), these sites’ every day rates were overall much higher than their competitors.

To help you find the best cashback websites to use, I’ve put together a comparison of what these top three programs offer for the discount eyeglass websites mentioned in the Generation X article, along with the rates on several other discount eyeglasses/contact stores.  Please also keep in mind that all three programs offer sign-up bonuses when you create an account and make your first cashback shopping purchase.

Extrabux MrRebates ShopAtHome*
Zenni Optical 6% 0% 0%
Coastal 10% 12% 11%
39 Dollar Glasses 6% 5% 7%
Eye Buy Direct 8% 8% 10%
Select Specs 0% 0% 0%
Contact Lens King 0% 7% 4%
Discount Contact Lenses 9% 5% 0% 6% 0% 0%
Glasses Shop 10% 0% 6%
Glasses USA 14% 20% 13%
*110% lowest cashback guarantee; see site for details
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