It might be a cliché, but most men hate shopping, and that’s especially true when it comes to eyeglasses. For most men, the prospect of going to an eyeglasses store and going through rack after rack to find the right frames is not their idea of fun. When it comes to eyeglasses, most men know what they like and want to get it quickly and affordably.
This is why shopping for eyeglasses online is so appealing to many men. Instead of having to go to a store to find the frames that they want, guys can browse online and find a perfect pair of glasses – often at a deep discount from what they might pay at a designer store.
Of course, shopping for eyeglasses online can be just as frustrating for men if the website isn’t user-friendly. Many eyeglasses sites make it difficult to browse through the full inventory of frames, or find glasses within a particular price range. In other cases, shipping costs and poor customer service can cause problems for men who just want to get their new glasses.
One solution is to buy glasses at Zenni Optical, which is one of the leading online eyewear stores. The site makes it easy for men to find exactly the right frame for their lens. By selecting styles, shapes, colors and prices, customers can quickly narrow down their choices from thousands of options to a few glasses that fit their exact specifications. The customer service is great and the prices can’t be beat. So if you are a man who is dreading the process of getting new glasses, check out www.zennioptical.com.
Losing a loved one is devastating. Close family and friends are bombarded with dozens of decisions about the funeral, including what type of casket they want to purchase. Since most of these decisions must be made quickly, grieving family members and friends often spend more money than they should on funeral costs because they purchase the casket and other items from the funeral home.
However, according to the FTC Funeral Rule, family and friends have the right to choose the funeral goods and services they want. Most importantly, the rule states that the funeral provider may not refuse or charge a fee to handle a casket that was purchased elsewhere. Funeral homes are required to provide everyone with an itemized price list upon request. With the price list in hand, people are free to select Wood Caskets from other companies.
Funerals can be very costly. In order to save money, many people are ordering caskets online through companies such as ExpressCasket.com. The online company makes it possible for family and friends to order affordable or cheap caskets from the comfort of their own homes. The convenient and private service relieves the anxiety associated with the conventional funeral purchasing experience. High-quality solid wood caskets are delivered nationwide within 24 hours.
Car emergencies can happen to anyone, particularly in the winter time. Whether you own a new car or take pride in keeping your vehicle in top shape, winter has a way of throwing a few curve balls, especially if you live in states like Missouri. This is why it is important to create a winter emergency kit for your car ahead of time. Here is a list of important items to keep in your car, according to Fox News.
Depending on your situation, you could be stuck in the snow for a very long time. Basic items in your emergency kit should include gloves, an ice scraper and a first-aid kit. However, it is also important to have a 1 gal gas can, tow cables and a power pack. In the event that you run out of gas and it takes a while for roadside assistance to respond, the 1 gallon gas tank can save your life. You can walk to the nearest gas station and fill up on enough gas to get you back on the road again.
According to Fox News, other items that you may need include windshield washer fluid, antifreeze, a shovel, extra windshield wipers, extra boots and extra clothes. Consider packing other items for extreme emergencies such as reflective warning triangles and nutrition bars.
Pick up these items at www.become.com. The online retailer carries everything from car emergency supplies such as gas tanks to 04 lancer ralliart fenders. You can even find other automotive parts such as 05 galant projector headlamps and more.
When I was in college I tripped over the first love of my life. Bobby was a boy who became a man before my eyes, and we wandered into the adult realm of sex, drugs, rock-and-roll, foreign films, and tiny apartments. We lived together, and I treated him less lovingly than he deserved.
He was totally smitten with me, and although I adored him, I loved more what he unleashed in me. And so when the opportunity came to have a grown-up affair with my former high-school art teacher, I leapt at it. And since it was the late ’60s, I believed I had to tell my sweet Bobby about it. After all, weren’t we supposed to celebrate this newfound equality, men and women standing toe-to-toe for feminism, rallying behind the pill and politics?
I also told him in a matter-of-fact way about the subsequent affair I had with the twice-my-age, married manager of the restaurant where I worked. This man flipped me upside down, spun me around, and then returned to his wife. And so, after the summer between my freshman and sophomore years, I was left emotionally slack-jawed but equipped with a sexual vocabulary and a salacious travelogue that short-circuited any prospect of settling down with someone my own age.
Yet I returned to the apartment Bobby and I shared; squishing into our single bed, making hallucinogenic spaghetti sauce for our friends, enjoying our sloppy sheep dog. But I was no longer in love with Bobby and he knew that.
We stayed together for another six months, during which I was unfaithful but joyful whenever we found ourselves together. Bobby became morose and distant; he had every reason to feel that way. Finally I moved out, right into another boy’s apartment just down the street.
I am not proud of this behavior. It was thoughtless, unwise, and not a firm foundation for future anything. I thought I was being modern, off the cuff, sexually liberated; thought too much about me and not enough about the detritus I left behind.
What I am proud of is that Bobby and I have maintained a friendship for three decades that dims and flares with varying intensity, but has lasted. He is Bob now, a middle-aged man who races and rehabilitates cars; a former pre-med student who turned his ability to care and cure into a thriving business restoring classic beauties.
This past fall I crept back into regular touch with Bob when I was searching for a car as a gift for my husband’s 50th birthday. By chance, Bob had just restored a 1976 MGB, and it was exactly what my man wanted. I test-drove it with my 17-year-old son, Bob helped to get it inspected; he pointed me to classic-car insurance and special plates that read zinc 50, my husband’s business and his age. We were back and forth on the phone often, Bob and I, and I visited his shop.
On the day I picked up the MGB – after giving me a mini-tutorial in non-automatic chokes and the hidden latches for trunk, bonnet, and glove box – Bob took a breath and said: “I had a nightmare about you.”
I wanted to know, so he went on.
“We were back in college and you were having that affair with that restaurant guy, Peter, right? It was the same thing all over again. You leaving me, me feeling hurt, and angry that I hadn’t stood up for myself enough.”
I went to him and said how sorry I was for everything. I had apologized for the damage over and over in the past.
“Hey, don’t get me wrong,” said Bob. “I love my wife, I love our daughter, I am not sitting here with a hard one for you. I am as confused by this as you are. I just think it’s crazy the way brains keep things stored up, like some sort of dormant garden – and then maybe by seeing you again, it’s as if I kicked over a rock and out crept all this hurt.”
We talked some more, laughed, hugged, and I roared off in the MGB. Autumn leaves swirled at the tires, the wind felt more pronounced, and the car squealed on the curves. As
I waited for the light to change I started to cry. The sun was setting early now, and the chill air stung me when I rolled down the window and let in the September melancholy.
Where does all of this come from? All these emotions we warehouse over years, over decades? We change calendars, celebrate milestones, but the gardens of our minds still hoard sadness, hurt, and disappointment. We can’t predict or avoid what will release these hidden demons. We just have to acknowledge that they exist, honor them as part of our past, and keep on with life. The only defense I know is joy and forward motion.
Planning on taking a vacation next summer? You’re not alone. According to Travel Weekly, baby boomers and seniors account for 69 percent of the U.S. travel and tourism business. In better shape financially and physically than the the previous generation, boomers are hitting the roads rather than sitting at home. Many are signing up for the exploration of foreign lands and cultures; others are organizing getaways for the whole family. The travel industry recognizes their growing clout, and creates sweet deals to lure them. When it comes to traveling, age does have its privileges, but the minimum-age requirement varies widely (55, 60, 62, or 65), according to Unbelievably Good Deals and Great Adventures That You Absolutely Can’t Get Unless You’re Over 50,” by Joan Rattner Heilman (2007-2008 edition, McGraw-Hill). Discounts are often unadvertised, and you have to ask for them. So carry your ID and speak up.
“People seem to think that boomers have all this wealth they can throw around like crazy,” says Dean Parks, co-founder of Hotel Traveler Reviews. “Boomers still love to find a good deal.”
One of the best bargains around starts at age 50. It’s AARP. With a range of benefits and services that include AARP, the magazine, and AARP Bulletin, a monthly newsletter, plus savings of 10 to 30 percent off travel packages, cruises, hotels, and car rentals. Annual AARP membership is $12.50 a couple, which you can easily recoup with your first booking. Keep in mind that you may find a sale with deeper discounts elsewhere if you shop around. But if you don’t, an AARP discount will still save you money.
Airlines used to offer great incentives, but those perks have now gone the way of in-flight meals, pillows, and blankets. Southwest Airlines is the only domestic carrier that continues to grant savings of 20 to 70 percent off full-price fares to travelers age 65 and over. You get better breaks from international carriers. Cathay Pacific has specially priced fares to Asia and British Columbia through its 55 Plus Worry Free Fares programs. Other airlines require you to be in your 60s to qualify. Trains, subways, and buses have their own schedule of discount fares.
The National Park Service offers its Golden Age Passport to folks age 62 and over; a one-time fee of $10 gives you lifetime admission to all the national parks. Pack the entire family in the car and everybody gets in for free. The pass also grants a 50 percent discount on federal fees for things like camping, swimming, parking, boat launching, and guided tours.
If you’re into learning experiences, check out Elderhostel for its selection of more than 8,000 educational programs in the United States and abroad. Dreaming of an African safari or of snorkeling along Australia’s Great Barrier Reef? Active types looking to visit exotic locales should check out Elder Treks, which specializes in adventure travel around the world. Tours are limited to small groups and require a certain level of physical fitness. The online portal Cheap-Hotels.biz searches for vacation packages that cut out the fluff, for savings of 20 to 30 percent.
Cruises are heavily discounted, but you can score even bigger by approaching travel agents or cruise brokers such as Icruise.com and Cruise411.com, who buy blocks of cabins and resell them at a discount. Also get in touch with cruise lines directly to see if they’re offering specials on advance purchases, last-minute bookings, and introductory or repositioned cruises. Carnival, Celebrity, and Norwegian Lines regularly offer deals to passengers over 55. River cruises on smaller boats is another popular activity among boomers.
Hotels and motels will very often roll out the red carpet for folks as young as 50, slashing 10 to 15 percent off the regular rate if you merely flash your AARP card. Some chains like Choice, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Marriott, Radisson, and Sheraton allow you to enjoy your senior discount abroad. You may have to dig around to find the best deal. Again Cheap-Hotels.biz is a good place to start.
Want to spend time with grandchildren, nephews, nieces, adult kids? Take a vacation together. The options are limitless as to the places to visit, activities to do, and memories to share. If you don’t want the hassle of organizing the itinerary, look for companies like Elderhostel, Sierra Club, or Grandtravel that specialize in intergenerational travel. Trips are scheduled in summer and winter school breaks, running the gamut from pit stops at our nation’s capital — the Capitol Hill, Supreme Court, National Archives, etc. — to river rafting to observing elephants in Kenya. Many cruise ships provide activities for the young set, from toddlers to teens, and have cabins that can accommodate three or four passengers at significant savings.
Summer is chock full of vacationing families, for which reason you may want to postpone your own vacation trip until the fall; but if you have to travel during the summer, try to book your holiday during the last two weeks of August, when the kids return to school. “You will find a price dip and many fewer crowds,” says Pauline Dickens, creator of Expert Travel Reviews. Also consider traveling during the “shoulder” — that period between high and low season at popular travel destinations where the demand to go isn’t as high, so you can net good bargains — or low season at popular destinations. Good travel deals this summer can take you to the Caribbean, Alaska, China, the U.S. national parks, or Argentina where the peso is still devalued.
Check other travel Websites like Farecompare.com, Sidestep.com, and Cheapflights.com, which do more impartial and deeper searches than the average. “Sometimes you can find airlines that you won’t find on Expedia, Orbitz, or Travelocity,” advises Ms. Dickens. “Once I found a great fare to Paris on Air Kuwait, of all things.”
Remember that you’re entitled to all these price breaks and travel companies do want you to use them. Some youth-obsessed boomers shy away and even turn down senior discounts rather than admit that they are getting along in years. Our advice: Just get over it, because you can save a lot of money.