Giving the Gift of Sight with VSP Direct


Have you ever noticed that as we get older it gets harder and harder to make a Christmas wish list? As kids it was as simple as pulling out the toy catalog and finding something on every page that we just HAD to have. Now when the holidays start to come around I try to start early finding out what everyone would like to receive. When it comes to my sister she is basically like me and has a hard time coming up with a list. Last year we both ended up putting black socks and silicone cooking spatulas on our lists! It was much easier when we were kids. There certainly are things that we want and need, though they aren’t material things. They fall more in the categories of security, happiness and health, and aren’t as easily “giftable”. I’m glad that this year I found a way to give my sister a gift that helps improve her health and quality of life.


My sister is a self-employed parent, and finding affordable insurance is often difficult and expensive. Just a few weeks ago she was telling me how expensive her health insurance would be. It made me very thankful for my own health, dental and vision insurance via my husband’s employer. That’s what made me extra happy to find I’m able to give her the gift of an individual Vision Plan from VSP Direct!

Individual Vision Plans from VSP start as low as $17 a month and provide benefits to help our loved ones see clearly. Those benefits include a comprehensive eye exam with a low co-pay and an generous allowance for glasses or contacts. There are lots of places you can use the plan – actually there are more than 36,000 providers to choose from nationwide! VSP Direct also offers the lowest out-of-pocket cost in vision care with a typical annual savings averaging $244 after plan cost.

I love that by giving my sister the gift of sight she’s able to use it to see well all year long. I have to admit I couldn’t wait until Christmas to tell her about the gift. So I let her know about it this week, and she’s thrilled! I’m sure much more thrilled than she will be on Christmas day when she opens the package with those black socks she asks for every year.

My sister won’t be the only one receiving the gift of sight this year! Check out our giveaway below where one lucky reader will also win a one-year Individual Vision Plan from VSP!

To learn more about VSP Direct or to purchase an individual vision plan for your loved one, visit


Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Jinxy reader will win a one-year individual vision plan from VSP. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 12/19/16. Good luck!

VSP Individual Vision Plan Giveaway' About Chrysa

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  1. I will gift this to myself. I find myself without vision coverage and I learned how inexpensive the monthly payments are and you can choose from 36,000 providers.

  2.' Janice Wright says:

    I would gift the plan to my daughter-in-law. She does not have vision insurance & I don’t think she’s had her glasses changed for several years.

  3.' Nancy E Loring says:

    I would give this to myself. I have had to admit to myself that as I am getting older my eyesight is getting worse.

  4.' Steve Weber says:

    I would gift this to my girlfriend – she doesn’t have optical and she needs new glasses.

  5.' Kristina Potter says:

    I would give this to my mom, she currently has no insurance for vision. She just turned 59 and her vision is awful. She desperately needs new glasses. I would love to gift this to her!!

  6. I learned that it Covers an eye exam, glasses, contacts & more..

  7.' Cindy Peterson says:

    i would gift to my sister who is self employed.

  8.' vickie couturier says:

    i learned they have different plans to choose from,single or family or just add a person

  9. This would be great!

  10.' linda ricotta says:

    different plans thank you

  11.' accontests6 says:

    I would gift a plan to my wife.

  12. I will give it to my son. He needs corrective lenses to keep him from going blind in his left eye. He goes through a lot of glasses

  13. I learned that there are 34,000 doctors nationwide. I would give to to my friend Brittany. She could really use it to buy new glasses!! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  14. This would be for me. We don’t have vision insurance and my eyesight is really bad.

  15.' Alyce Poalillo says:

    I could really use this myself as my insurance does not cover vision. I was glad to see that 34000 doctors are participating in this plan.

  16. i still see my eye doctor every year altho i have no insurance (and it’s expensive!) but my eyesight is priceless

  17.' Margaret E says:

    I have used VSP in the past. I did not realize that 1 in 5 Americans have their coverage. Wow.

  18. I would gift this to my mother since her medicare doesn’t cover vision.

  19. We all wear glasses and/or contacts in my family, so vision insurance is a definite plus. I like that the co-pay is $15 for exams.

  20. Would like to gift it to my mother-in-law. She needs to wear glasses with her current vision.

  21. I would give the plan to my husband

  22. i would give this to my son since we don’t have a vision plan

  23.' Meredith Miller says:

    I would use it myself. I haven’t had my glasses redone in way too many years!

  24.' Tabathia B says:

    I would gift to my daughter who is in college and has no eye insurance and wears glasses

  25. I learned they have 34,000 doctors in their network

  26. I’d give it to my daughter as it could help cover the costs of contacts

  27.' joe gersch says:

    i learned about thethe EasyOptions plan

  28. I would gift this to myself need a good eye exam eyes are getting older and need some care

  29. The $150+ allowance toward glasses and/or contacts is wonderful!

  30. I would give the gift to my husband. He recently bought me a new pair of glasses & has put off replacing his own — he can really use this. Thanks for the chance.

  31.' Karen Hoover says:

    I’m disabled/retired, with no vision coverage on my health insurance. The prescription for glasses is 10 years old, and is not correct. I need this gift so I can see clearly.

  32. I would gift it to myself since I have no insurance for vision and I need new glasses.

  33.' Susan Smith says:

    I would gift this to my daughter who wears glasses.

  34. I learned that the plan includes a $150+ allowance toward glasses and/or contacts

  35. I would gift this to myself. Everyone I know has coverage, but I’m on Medicare and so don’t have it, but need to see an eye doctor.

  36. My spouse, since our Retiree version is not subsidized.

  37. My best friend has really bad eyesight and it is impossible for him to find affordable glasses and this looks perfect for him. They offer the lowest out of pocket expenses to the customer.

  38. My mom might be able to use this. She mentioned she might be needing glasses

  39.' Jamie Williams says:

    I learned that you get a $150+ allowance toward glasses and/or contacts. That is a good deal.

  40. We like the great savings on eye exams & the largest independent doctor network, consisting of over 32,000 doctors nationwide.

  41.' susan smoaks says:

    i love that they have low copays and great benefits. i would get new contacts every year.

  42.' kim eddings says:

    Would like to gift this to myself, as I am having a hard time seeing print as I get older.

  43.' Carolyn Daley says:

    I would gift the vision for myself because I do not have any insurance right now. It would be nice to be able to get eye exams and see if I need glasses.

  44.' Allyson Becker says:

    I would gift it to my mom because she does not have vision insurance.

  45.' Janice Gabriel says:

    I learned that the plan also covers frames and even contacts.

  46.' sarah mayer says:

    I learned that it Covers an eye exam, glasses, contacts…

  47.' Stephanie Liske says:

    I like that it’s affordable.

  48.' Richard Hicks says:

    I want to give a plan to my better half.

  49.' Rajee Pandi says:

    to my husband to improve the sight

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