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anonymous asked:

I'm a contact lens wearer, but my backup glasses are old and breaking. My insurance only covers contacts or glasses every year, so I got my prescription and plan on ordering online to save money. What are the best legit sites to buy glasses?

Personally, I swear by Zenni Optical (link). I’ve used them for years and saved hundreds of dollars each time (I have a really wacky prescription). They’re really easy to use and have amazing customer service. They even gave me a full refund when I found out my eye doctor gave me the wrong prescription—it wasn’t even their fault!

anonymous asked:

Tips for a nice yet cheap prom gown? (Please tell me I'm not the only one who feels like it's over hyped)

Check out the clearance section of your local bridal shops. They have all kinds of fancy dresses and their clearance sections are a great way to find them more cheaply than you can find prom dresses in department stores. (This is how I got my dress, I forget the price, but it was no more than $40.)

You can also sometimes find prom dresses at second-hand thrift shops! These are dresses that most people only wear once in their lives and then have to give away at some point, so they end up in thrift shops where you can get a dress that originally retailed for $300 for as little as $15! 

If you’re not someone who needs something brand-new, you can also try putting out a request on Facebook or through the grape vine to see if anyone has a dress you can borrow (for free!). Again, this is something that never gets worn again and if it doesn’t get given to charity, it takes up closet space for years. If you know someone older than you that’s about the same size, you might be able to borrow a dress.

Making your own Tact Tiles

Tact-Tiles are modular game boards that can be changed as the situation demands. Your players want to go left? Just tack on a couple of tiles to the left. Want to go right? Same rules apply. The tiles have been out of print for almost a decade. Those who have them guard them jealously.

But have no fear, they are back on kickstarter.

I don’t have the gaming funds for it, so I decided I could make some myself. I followed this guide. I made 9 tact-tile wannabes for under $10 and 3 hours of time. For reference, the Kickstarter price is $92. The sense of satisfaction of making a useful product is priceless, even if they do not have the plastic machine-made quality.

Supplies
Two foam core boards. These are generally found at any superstore next to the poster board and other child school craft items. Cost $2-$4

Package of self laminating sheets, generally there are 10 per pack. You want the single sided sheets, not the “pouches”. I found them right next to the foam board. Cost $4-$6

Tools

  • T-square
  • Xacto knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Scissors
  • Thin tipped Sharpie

Skill required:
Minimal. I have basically no crafting skill and these turned out great.

Step one: Mark off the foam core into one inch squares


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Mark one inch ticks on each side of the board. Connect the dots with straight lines. T-Squares are way better for this than a ruler. If your T-square is too short, make a guide line and ticks the T-square can reach, and use that as your “edge”. Then flip the board around and do the same thing on the opposite side.

Tip: The form core top is going to be laminated finished product. Make sure it stays clean. 

Tip: As my wife told me, T-squares found in households are not square. They are close but not perfect. Be wary.

 

 

Step Two: Laminate the foam board


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This is the real frustrating part of the process. First separate the laminate sheets (or just the anchor strip) from the backing. Then say a silent prayer to St. Cuthbert and carefully place them on the foam board. Small bubbles will form while your laminating, and you can generally push them out. Make sure you line up the sheets as you tile the board. Any gap will be stained by the dry erase markers.

 

 

 

 

Step three: Mark your cuts and carve out tiles


This is the tile design I used. Plan your cuts… before you cut. If you really nestle the tiles, you can get five tiles out of a single foam board. Four is a reasonable number though, and it allows you to make some interesting shapes to add to your standard tiles.

While cutting, make sure your xacto knife is sharp and that you cut at a shallow angle. Go slow. Cut large pieces away before making smaller cuts. A smaller piece is easier to handle than the whole board.

Make sure the foam pieces fit snugly and trim only if necessary.

Step 4: Play hard

Unleash the modular play set on your players and watch them flounder. No longer are you confined to just a play mat.


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