334th Penny Pinching Party

Using Mosaic Tiles in Your Home

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thank you to PlumbTile for sponsoring this great post!

The thought of using mosaic tiles in the home tends to frighten some people. However, homeowners are able to bring their homes look to the next level, with mosaic tiles, the possibilities are endless. Any room in a home can have texture and color added to it. Both the mood and look of a room are influenced by the use of mosaic tiles while also providing a great focal point for designing. Use of these tiles dates back to approximately 1500 B.C., bringing artistic and classic dimension to custom homes around the world. PlumbTile deals with the leading stained-glass tile and mosaic manufacturer, Hirsch Glass to help bring an authentic look to your home.

Bathroom Uses

The majority of people consider bathrooms as the main place of using mosaic tiles. To receive a feeling of both beauty and luxury, have mosaic tiles placed around your entire tub area. Have the look of a personal spa by enclosing the shower area with these beautiful tiles. Texture and depth are created in your bathroom when using a variety of colors while remaining with the same hue. 

Uses in Kitchens

When used in kitchens, mosaic tiles are able to bring out cabinetries natural beauty when placed as a backsplash. To highlight different colors and beauty of these tiles, try placing lighting underneath your cabinets. When used in modern kitchens, they tend to break up designs and create an interest. 

Mosaic Tiles for Floors 

Various sizes and colors of mosaic tiles used on any floor of your home have the ability to create an attractive and intricate design. When used on an entranceway, it can be used as a focal point for guests.

Hirsch Glass from PlumbTile is a great place for your purchase of mosaic tile to bring artistry into your home. 

333rd Penny Pinching Party

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

This week I made some money selling a chair and bench I no longer use. Unfortunately, an unexpected bill took all of that money and I broke even. I decided to take my anger out here on my blog and wrote a review about the bill and service I received from Standard Optical. What's the point of having a blog if I can't review businesses that rip me off? I hope you are all having a better Wednesday! Cheer me up with some great Penny Pinching links.

Tell me you can see a difference in the color of the lenses and I'm not going crazy.

It looks like Inlinkz didn't renew my subscription even though I paid on time. I'm having a terrible week :(
Since Inlinkz doesn't seem to want my business anymore, I'm switching to Linky tools for now. I hope this doesn't confuse anyone too much. Thanks for your patience while I figure this out.

Standard Optical Review

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

With 2 kids wearing glasses and myself, I have been buying glasses for a long time. I usually get my glasses at Costco or JCPenney and have never had any complaints. This year I fell in love with some red Ray Bans at Standard Optical and bought them after the quote I was given was within my budget and comparable to Costco and JCPenney.

I like transition lenses since I am very sensitive to the light and always wear sunglasses outdoors. I especially like how the thick Ray Bans look as sunglasses when they transition.

My problem with Standard Optical's transition lenses, is that they don't ever turn clear. In the photo above I am wearing my Costco transition lenses in the top and the Standard Optical transition lenses in the bottom. I use make-up to get rid of dark circles under my eyes, so I don't like that Standard Optical's lenses create those dark circles that I worked so hard to get rid of. Both glasses have all the same specs (anti-reflection, poly, UV protection, etc.).

I took the glasses back to Standard Optical where they acknowledged they were not clear and they told me to put them in the freezer for a few days. I did as instructed and took them back again when freezing them didn't work. They sent them back to the lab to be redone and I had to wait a month to get them back. When I finally got them back, they were no different. At this point the employees told me that it was just an illusion that they are darker and they can't issue a refund. I decided that I would live with the darker glasses and made a mental note to never buy glasses from Standard Optical again.

It turns out that Standard Optical wasn't done ruining my opinion of them. I bought the glasses on February 3rd and paid the full amount they told me they would cost after insurance which was $226.64. I would not have bought the glasses had they charged me a higher number. 

A little over 2 months after I ordered and paid for the glasses, they sent me this bill, claiming that I owe $106. After calling Standard Optical and the insurance company, I was told that insurance didn't pay the entire amount I was quoted they would. Really!!!??? Why didn't they figure that out before quoting me? JCPenny has never done this to me and I've had the same insurance for years. Costco isn't on my insurance, so I always pay them and submit the bill for reimbursement without issues. I've never had my bill raised 2 months after buying the glasses! Not only am I not satisfied with my gasses from Standard Optical, they have deceived me and robbed me. I will never buy from them again and will discourage anyone I know from going there. This is unacceptable.


Since writing this review, Standard Optical has contacted me. They insist that it is not their fault that insurance did not pay what they said insurance would pay. I still disagree with this since no other eyeglass company has ever misquoted me before and I've had the same insurance for 5 years. They did make me a clear set of lenses and let me pick out some cheap frames to make up for the transition lenses not going clear. I am happier, but still not happy.