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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14 replies
  1. 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 🙁

  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. 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.

  4. Linda Wronski
    Linda Wronski says:

    Can’t believe your nail file doesn’t have a sheath. I wouldn’t put one in my purse without a sheath — or certainly not in the same section as my eyeglasses.

  5. Susan Gough Updegraff
    Susan Gough Updegraff says:

    We cut the expense of our progressive lenses quite a bit by purchasing our eyeglasses at Costco. They have a nice collection of frames and well-trained service people who will make adjustments whenever you need them. Costco also has the option of examinations for reasonable prices. One of their Dr’s caught a friend’s torn retina, referred her to a specialist who saved her eyesight!

  6. gamebird
    gamebird says:

    Have you considered putting the nail file in a portion control ziploc bag? Also, you can get some fantastic savings on eyeglasses if you order from Mexico or Canada. Just send them your full script and they’ll mail them to you.

  7. Toast Points
    Toast Points says:

    I bought a glasses case that clips to the interior of my bag at Dollar Tree several years ago. Works fine with my dollar readers.

  8. Birgit Nicolaisen
    Birgit Nicolaisen says:

    I love the phrase “if they’re not on your face, they’re in a case”. Still trying to drill that into DD’s head. LOL Thank you for sharing your humanness with us!

  9. Pauline Justice
    Pauline Justice says:

    So many of us have done that, I’m sure–mine was with an inexpensive pair of sunglasses, thank goodness! I also had a tendency to scratch my nail polish while searching for my file. I solved the problem by placing the nail file in a plastic holder that an eye shadow brush came in. I very carefully cut off the top, took the brush out and slid the file in–problem solved!

  10. Sandra
    Sandra says:

    my lipstick, nail file, etc. are kept in a small pouch in the purse…easier to locate what I need when I need it, no stabbing myself with the nail file, no scratching of anything else.
    like my parents have always said…you’ll learn the hard way or the easy way but you’ll eventually learn.

  11. Arlene Orend
    Arlene Orend says:

    While you were at it with those fancy schmancy glasses you should have spent a little more to get the gradient type of lens and you wouldnt need sunglasses too. Just saying!! HAGD

    • eveh
      eveh says:

      That’s sounds like something I should do. Since I am now older than dirt, I don’t carry a purse. I don’t wear makeup anymore and have short hair so all I need is a top with a pocket for my glasses and pants with a pocket for my cell phone. I wear my sunglasses so I am hands free. It is great but sometimes my sunglasses are a bit big for my top pocket. Thanks for reminding me about this. Now I only need 2 things when I go out the door. Well i do stuff money or a credit card in there somewhere. I promise you, comfort and convience outweigh looking good when you get old. 73 and holding. : )

  12. Debbie Kravel-Thompson
    Debbie Kravel-Thompson says:

    Not to be mean but you should have gotten out of the habit of carrying the nail file in the same place nevermind the glassses case. Been there done that.


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