The Cost of My Bad Habit

I did something really dumb that cost me $750. It’s so dumb I’m a little embarrassed to even tell you about it.


Seven-hundred and fifty dollars—that was the price tag on my fancy schmancy progressive eyeglasses. I went for the pricey frame and all the bells and whistles because I do enjoy seeing well. But if you’ve ever worn the “progressive” style of lenses, you know they are not 100 percent awesome for ever task. I have a second pair I call my computer glasses. That means I am switching back and forth quite often. 

The pair I’m not wearing I jam in my purse. I also enjoy carrying a fairly large nail file in there—the kind that has fine sandpaper on both sides. The kind that can sand the finish right off polycarbonate lens material used in eyeglasses.

Yep, that’s what I did. And yes I do have a great eyeglass case that holds two pair of glasses, but it’s annoying to take the time to find it then open it to switch out the glasses. I don’t know how many times I jammed those pricey progressive in my purse and scraped them up against that nail file. What I do know is the scratches became so severe, those $750 glasses were ruined. And because the frames were unique, replacing the lenses was more costly than starting over with more sensible frames.

That bad habit hurt so bad, I had to have a little talking-to with myself. This is ridiculous! You have a case, stop whining, dump the excuses already and use it!

The first day I had the new glasses I thought I’d go mad. But I forced myself to find the case, to take the time to open it, switch out the glasses then replace the case in a spot in my purse that would hopefully become quite handy. It was awkward and time consuming.

The second day, same thing. Still annoying.

Third day, not so bad. Fourth day, don’t remember.

Fifth day, Voila! started to feel quite natural.

After three weeks, I am home free. I do the find-switch-replace thing so automatically, I don’t even think about it. I always know where my computer glasses are and I always know where my progressives are, too. I’m at that stage in my life where I must be wearing one or the other. And since my case holds two pairs of glasses, I always know where my sunglasses are, too. And I still carry my nail file in the same place.

The power of habit is something all of us possess if we will but draw upon it. Anything you wish to change or adopt into your life can be done by creating a new habit or breaking an old one. Think about it.

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  1. Jerry J McGee
    Jerry J McGee says:

    I assume the $750 is the price from your doctor’s office for the glasses. Take your prescription to WalMart, Sam’s Club, or perhaps Costco and you will get your glasses so much cheaper. I have a very difficult prescription which hikes up the price at my doctor’s office, my glasses would have cost me around $750 eight years ago. I took my prescription to Sam’s Club and got my frames and lenses for about $350. I get my eyes checked by who I chose, then take the prescription elsewhere. You will save a bundle.

  2. Janetlee801
    Janetlee801 says:

    When I buy a new purse, I always choose one that has at least two pockets on the outside. I slide my sunglasses in one of those and that’s the only thing allowed in that pocket. Then I don’t need a case for them, the pocket is the case and they don’t get scratched. An extra pair of glasses would fit also. The other pocket gets the cell phone. Also, I have been buying my glasses at Costco for years. I always buy the ones that come with a free pair of sunglasses and when they’re not on my glasses, they’re in the pocket. I’ve never lost a pair. The nail file is kept in a pouch in my purse along with eye drops, hair clips, etc. You know, you could have made a sleeve to slide the file into. Lesson learned.

  3. Amy Wall Sadler
    Amy Wall Sadler says:

    When I first started reading this article I thought you were going to talk about purchasing an expensive pair of progressives and then having to buy the “computer glasses” after you found out the progressives aren’t good for every task. That was MY expensive lesson. Had I known I would need a second pair of computer glasses in order to see the computer I sit in front of 8+ hours per day, I wouldn’t have bought the progressives and saved myself approx. $500 🙁

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