We interrupt this blog on frugality for a product endorsement. Read on only if you wear reading glasses. I have recommended this product to many in real life. And this product has saved me scads of money, so it is related to frugality.
When I was in my late-thirties, I was on a panel on "Women and Tenure" put together by the great Emily Toth aka Ms. Mentor. As I recall. there were two other English teachers and one Spanish teacher. As each began to speak, she put on her reading glasses. And I thought, That is my future.
Indeed, several years later, right on schedule. I needed reading glasses. I can't read at all without them. Readers are cheap in and of themselves, especially when compared to the cost of prescription glasses. For the horrifying cost of those, see Funny About Money's post on her stylish new specs.
Even cheap readers can get expensive when you keep losing them. Sometimes they slip out of those around the neck things. Or fall off your head. Honestly, I was going through about 3 pairs a month. When I traveled, I would pack numerous extras in the event of loss or breakage.
Then I got Clics. I know this sounds like an infomercial. Honestly, I would DO an infomercial. I've worn one pair for 3 years. My back-up pair is still in its plastic.
These are featured on several tv shows, my students tell me. If you don't know what they are, here is the Amazon pic.
They go around the neck and click together with a magnetic front. The only downside is that I have to remember to tell my students about them the first day of class or they shriek in horror when I click them together.
These are a huge money saver if you wear readers. And if you don't wear readers: YOU WILL. OR WORSE. They sell them here and there, usually in boutiques, and they even come in red.