AAA and How I saved $100 on my glasses

Charleston, SC(Zone 9a)

Please note that I am not selling anything nor am I in any way affiliated with any of the products mentioned. Just wanted to pass on what I thought was a good value.

A few years ago I joined AAA (the auto club). I'm not sure if the price differs based on where you live, but I pay $40/yr which seems quite reasonable. One year I called them at 9:00PM on Friday night when I locked my keys in the car and again a few months later to jump start my battery when I left the lights on. I also called them 3 times that year to tow my car due to a combination of break downs and accidents, all at no additional cost. Just one towing would have exceeded the cost of my membership (I know this because I paid for the same trip a year or so earlier), so I figure the membership was a good deal - and that's not to mention the peace of mind I get from knowing that I can call them any time day or night and they will send someone.

Last year a few weeks after I bought my eye glasses, I learned (while viewing the AAA website) that AAA members get a 30% discount on glasses at Lens Crafters, Sears, and Perle Vision (in my area, at least. not sure if these things differ in other areas). I had bought my glasses at Perle, so I went back and asked about the discount. They gave me just over $100 back from my purchase. That's more than 2.5x the cost of my AAA membership, so I figure my AAA membership is a very good deal even if I never need it. There are a number of other discounts available for AAA members. If interested, you can check them out on the AAA website.

Naples, FL(Zone 10a)

Good advice; I have the membership but often forget to check about discounts.

Tuckerton, NJ

Yes this is a good deal. I also love that i am a woman and they ask me are you in a safe and secure place if not they will send a police officer or stay on the line.

Charleston, SC(Zone 9a)

Dutchlady1,

I only happened to see the coupon info when I went online to renew. I was pretty upset to realize that I had just bought glasses a few weeks earlier at Perle but had not shown my AAA card to get the discount. I was overjoyed when I went back to Perle and they gave me the money back. Now I'm trying to keep a better eye on those discounts. Even if I only use that one discount, it alone more than pays for my AAA membership!

Sometimes I can be a bit hard to convince. If I had asked for the discount at the time I originally bought my glasses, I would probably have always wondered if I really go a discount at all, thinking maybe they just marked things up 1st and then 'discounted' it. Since I paid for my glasses and then went back later to ask for my discount, I can attest to the fact that they absolutely put $100+ in my hand.

Charleston, SC(Zone 9a)

3peaches,

I love that, too! Everything about how they treat me when I call makes me feel as though I am just calling a close friend who is always there for me when I have car trouble. When anything goes wrong with the car I just feel so helpless, but the minute I get in touch with the AAA operator I know they are going to take care of everything. It's just like a breath of fresh air.

This is only my 2nd year with AAA. The 1st year I called them to tow me 3 times, to send out a locksmith, and to send someone to jumpstart my battery. I had a really bad year for automobiles that year but for $40 that was quite a bargain. I renewed early because I didn't want to have another car crisis and then find out that my membership had lapsed.

I also like how they always call you back to make sure everything was taken care of to your satisfaction. Sometimes they call me back more than once, like to be really, really sure I'm happy.

AAA is on my top 5 list of all time favorite products and services. To learn that AAA can also pay 1/3 of the cost of my glasses is just icing on the cake. I wanted to pass this info on. At a time when money is so tight, an extra $100 or so is good to find.

Tuckerton, NJ

My car ruby had to be repaired they towed it to my repair man. I drove it home then she broke down again they towed it again to my repair man but he said now she is dead she needs a engine shes got a lot of miles its time to let her go they towed her home for me. A mecanic bought it for his dauaghter he said it was worth it for him to fix he could do all of the labor for free and get the parts cheap. It was a big suv so for me it was a gas guzzler. He called to say shes up and running and he told his daughter take care of it Bonnie did now its your turn. AAA called to make sure that ruby was alright and they even called her by her name thats really going out of your way AAA NUMBER 1

Charleston, SC(Zone 9a)

What an adorable story and one that really captures the nature of AAA. I sure hope ruby is doing well in her new home.

Naples, FL(Zone 10a)

I just joined a few weeks ago. My car is no longer under warantee, and doesn't have the tow service. I am thrilled to know of all the extras! Thanks.

Charleston, SC(Zone 9a)

You are very, welcome, terichris. Hope you checked the website for other discounts.

Tuckerton, NJ

Yes show your card never no were a savings is i saw a guy at a place give his card and get 20% off admission for his family so i did it also. I also watched someone pay to get a book for coupons at a factory outlet mall then a woman handed her AAA card and got the same book FREE now thats saving on savings.

Gwynn's Island, VA(Zone 7b)

I agree that AAA can be a valuable savings tool, but if you want AMAZINGLY CHEAP eyeglasses, try googling Zenni Optical. If you don't mind dealing with communist China, which is almost unavoidable these days, these are incredibly cheap. You won't believe it!
You need your prescription of course. (This tip is from my favorite 'frugal guru' Clark Howard!)

Naples, FL(Zone 10a)

Thank you! I just went on the AAA website for the first time. Right away I see the posting for the outlet mall near our house. : Free AAA VIP Savings Brochure with hundreds of dollars in savings from participating merchants.
AAA Members also receive a free gift.
AAA Members VIP Savings Brochure and free gift will be available upon arrival at Miromar Outlet customer service center.
I don't go there often, but next time I am in the vicinity I am going to pick it up.

Great stuff!

Charleston, SC(Zone 9a)

terichris,

Glad you found something you could use on the site. In these difficult times we need to make use of all the discounts available to us, especially on products and services we already use or plan to buy. Keeping up with them can be difficult though.

Tuckerton, NJ

I asked one time why they are not posted and the young lady behind the counter said she was not sure why i said ok. But when i went to the local AAA branch they gave me a print out of the discounts in the NJ area so i could use my card if i was going to be traveling anytime soon in another town and i thought that was great since i told them i would not be going out of state just wanted something locally the young man said lets see what you can get all over NJ. When my son was in a accident right after and i mean right after i got it for him for CHRISTMAS they said there was a waiting period i said then im here with the car it will go under mine the new lady there at AAA said no the cop got on the phone and said let me speak to your manager when he was done very politly it went thru so that we did not have to pay for the towing at all it was only a misunderstading she was new and it only took a two minute fix. Another great job by AAA.

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