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Why do I feel guilty?

February 1st, 2007 at 07:20 pm

I don't know why I feel guilty about this...but I do. I decided to continue to see my regular ophthalmologist because I have been going to him for so long, but I shopped around for my contacts and found them $117 cheaper (for a year's supply) than buying them at the office. I guess I feel guilty because I have been going there so long and he's a great doctor, but I just cannot justify spending all the extra when I can get them so much cheaper online. I felt a little bit awkward having to tell him not to order me the contacts because I was getting them elsewhere...am I the only one who does this? I have no problem telling mechanics and the like that I am shopping around, but then again, I have no ongoing relationships with any mechanics!
Not much else going on...looking forward to DH's second paycheck tomorrow. I think it might be about $800. I'm really not even sure what we are going to use it for, other than to fix the brakes on his car next week ($300). I will probably put a few hundred in the savings account attached to our checking account, which is where my student loan is directly debited from every month. I have one cc payment of $95, but nothing else that HAS to be paid. Hmmm...it's been so long since we've had money that was unaccounted for!

5 Responses to “Why do I feel guilty?”

  1. Amber Says:

    Can you email me the link in which you use for your contacts. veronak117@yahoo.com...also no need to feel guilty

  2. fern Says:

    You have to treat this like the business decision it is. Don't feel funny, i'm sure you wouldn't be the first one. I started asking my eye doctor after the exam to just put the prescription in writing so i could take it elsewhere. Doing so puts pressure on them to offer more reasonable rates.

    What's more important, saving yourself substantial money or helping him retire in Florida??

  3. jodi Says:

    Thanks...that comment about Florida really helped!

    If anyone else is interested, I used shipmycontacts.com. I can't say anything about their service yet as I won't receive my contacts for another few days, but their prices are rock-bottom.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    If anyone should feel guilty it is your doctor for marking up the contacts price so high.

  5. LdyFaile Says:

    I do the same thing when I sidestep the walk from the eye exam to the optical shop portion of the clinic. Err well I feel the same way. But then I look at it this way. Last time I spent $300 after insurance kicked in for one pair of sunglasses. This time I went elsewhere and spent $300 for two pairs of regular glasses, and insurance will be reimbursing me $150. I realize that my clinic is a 'small business owner' and not a chain. But if they wouldn't charge me extra for things that the other guys throw in for free then I wouldn't go elsewhere! Don't feel guilty.

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