Savvy shoppers tend to know that membership in an organization like AAA or AARP comes with a wider variety of benefits than most folks realize. But even the savviest among us may not know that some seemingly unusual benefits are commonplace.
Take discounts on optical services and products for example.
Members of the following nationwide nonprofits and clubs are eligible for price breaks on everything from eyeglasses to vision insurance.
Of course, you don’t need a membership to save money on eyeglasses or eye care. Just check out “4 Steps to Finding Stylish and Cheap Eyeglasses.”
This federation of automotive clubs helps its members keep a sharp eye on the road by offering them vision-related discounts.
These benefits may vary from one regional AAA club to another. But AAA members in my area, for example, can save as much as 50% at optical retailers like Glasses.com, LensCrafters, Sears Optical and Target Optical.
Perhaps you already know that the benefits of an AARP membership include discounts on everything from dining to auto insurance. But what about vision-related savings?
The benefits of membership include discounts on optical products and services from:
- Glasses.com: AARP member savings include 25% off orders of $200, free basic lenses or 25% off lens upgrades, free shipping and returns, and free frame adjustments at LensCrafters.
- LensCrafters: Exclusive savings include a $55 eye exam, 30% off a complete pair of eyeglasses and an additional 10% off Transitions lenses with the purchase of frames.
- Sears Optical: Exclusive savings include a $55 eye exam and an extra $10 off the purchase of a complete pair of eyeglasses or sunglasses.
- Target Optical: Exclusive savings include a $55 eye exam and an extra $10 off the purchase of a complete pair of eyeglasses or sunglasses.
AARP members even get access to exclusive vision insurance plans through EyeMed. The benefits of these plans include diabetic vision exams every six months and loss-of-sight benefits. Just note that plans are unavailable in Massachusetts, Montana, North Carolina and U.S. territories.
The Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) — another organization dedicated to folks age 50 and older — also offers its members discounts on vision products and services.
They are available from:
- Readers.com: AMAC members can get three pairs of reading glasses for $30 plus free shipping.
- Visionworks: Members save 50% on a complete pair of glasses or prescription sunglasses.
AMAC members also get access to Key Vision Plan, a discount vision plan that can save members 15% to 35% on eye exams and eyeglasses.
You generally don’t have to be a member of Costco to see an optometrist at a Costco optical department. But the ability to buy optical items, like glasses and contacts, is reserved for members.
Members also get access to discounts on top of the warehouse club’s already low prices. For example, Costco Optical is currently offering $30 off each additional complete pair of prescription eyeglasses if you buy one pair.
5. Sam’s Club
You don’t have to be a member of Sam’s Club to see an optometrist at this warehouse club chain, either. Only members can buy optical items there, though.
Members also get access to discounts. Folks with the more expensive Sam’s Plus membership, for example, get 20% off a complete pair of eyeglasses and free shipping on contact lenses.
Have you ever taken advantage of vision-related perks that came with a membership? Tell us what you thought of the perk by commenting below or on our Facebook page.