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If you're shopping for a new pair of eyeglasses, you may get sticker shock when you pick up a pair of frames at your local optician. It certainly doesn't help that vision insurance doesn't always cover glasses — and when it does, it may not cover the whole cost. Another option is to take your shopping to the internet, where you'll find a better selection and lower prices.

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When my husband and I had our first child several years ago, we felt financially prepared. We had to dip into our savings for fertility treatments and related medical expenses, but I was steadily freelancing as a writer and editor to supplement the loss. Our bank account was in solid shape when our baby boy was born. We were a little family of three.

A few days after our son's first birthday I took a pregnancy test, assuming it would be negative. It wasn't. It was a wonderful surprise, but this time our balance sheet wasn't looking so good. We were in the middle of home renovations, and our savings had taken a dive due to unforeseen renovation extras. Here are five lessons I learned to help cut down on the costs of bring a parent.

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In a world of vanity sizes and mysterious designations like "medium", you usually have to try clothes on before you have any clue if they fit. Bra sizing would seem to be different, since it involves numbers and maths, but I'm here with bad news: There is no such thing as Your One True Bra Size.