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James Allen Black Friday Deals 2022: Engagement Rings & More

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One of my favorite ways to save money on engagement rings is by making the purchase from an online jeweler. They don’t have overhead expenses like renting real estate and paying store employees, so they’re often able to charge a much lower price.

My favorite online jeweler is James Allen. Not only do they offer lower prices year round, but they also let you customize most jewelry pieces — including engagement rings. They also give you a 360 viewer, so you can see what your ring would look like from any angle before making your purchase.

On top of already lower prices, they run some pretty great Black Friday sales during the holiday season. Right now, you can sale with the Throwblack Friday sale through November 25. But here are the details about all the Black Friday sales, past and present.

Early Black Friday: 25% off sitewide in October

You don’t have to wait until November to get in on the deals!

James Allen runs an Early Black Friday sale from mid- to late-October that gives you 25% off purchases sitewide.

The first 2022 Early Black Friday Sale ran in mid-October through the 24th.

How long does it take to get a ring from James Allen? Typically, engagement rings ship within 7 to 21 days. But that timeline can vary depending on the production schedule of your ring.

Throwblack Black Friday Sale: 25% off in mid-November

The James Allen Black Friday Sale is running Nov. 16 — Nov. 25, 2022. And it’s going by a new cutesy name: Throwblack Friday.

If you order from this earlier sale, you could have your ring in time to propose over the December holidays!

Fine Print: The 25% off sale applies to almost everything. But there are a few exclusions. In years past, you could not claim the discount on loose gemstones or diamonds, designer collections, or pre-set, earth-created diamond studs and pennants. This caveat applies to James Allen Early Black Friday sales and regular Black Friday sales.

James Allen Cyber Monday Sale

The James Allen Cyber Monday deal is yet again 25% off sitewide! This year it’s running from Nov. 26, 2022 through Nov. 28, 2022. So it ends on Cyber Monday itself.

Happy savings, and I hope they say ‘yes!’

PRO TIP: Sales run in Eastern time. That means if you’re in California, technically the Black Friday sale will start at 9:00p on Thanksgiving. By the same token, it will end three hours earlier: 9:00p on  Black Friday.

Score a great deal at James Allen? Brag about it in the comments!

 

 

Saatva Black Friday Deals 2022: The Best Sleep of My Life

A few years ago, this company called Saatva reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in trying out their products. They sent me some sheets and pillows, and honestly it’s been the best sleep of my life ever since.

Saatva also makes things like mattresses and comforters. I’ve been frequenting their shop ever since.

The thing about Saatva is that they’re incredibly high quality, but with that quality comes a relatively high price. These aren’t your typical Walmart sheets, so they’re going to cost you more than Walmart prices.

That’s why I try to shop Saatva when they’re having a sale. And, boy, do they have some great ones.

One of their best annual sales is the Black Friday Sale. Here’s everything you can expect for the 2022 Saatva Black Friday Sale.

Is Black Friday a good time to buy a mattress? Yes. Black Friday is the best time of year to buy a mattress. Over the summer, prices on mattresses are the highest they’ll be all year. Then, over Labor Day there are some pretty great sales. They can even rival Black Friday in some cases. But generally speaking, the prices dip even lower the further into Fall you go.

Early Black Friday

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Last year, Saatva kicked the shopping season off with its ‘Black Friday in October’ sale. This sale ran from October 14, 2021 to October 16, 2021. The deal was up to $400 off your total purchase.

It was the first Black Friday sale Saatva ever held that early, and it ended up getting extended a few days through the 18th.

This year, they didn’t run an ‘Early Black Friday’ sale quite so early per se, but they did offer a similar deal in October.

Through October 27, 2022, you were able to get $200 – $400 off your purchase with the Mattress Extravaganza. The amount you saved depended on how much you spend:

  • Spend $1,000 – $2,249 to get $200 off.
  • Spend $2,250 – $2,499 to get $225 off.
  • Spend $2,500 – $2,999 to get $250 off.
  • Spend $3,000 – $3,999 to get $350 off.
  • Spend $4,000+ to get $400 off.

Will a Saatva mattress sag? Saatva makes super high quality mattresses, so they’re highly unlikely to sag. However, if you personally have repeated issues with sagging mattresses, you might be interested in the Saatva HD Mattress. It uses 12.5-gauge steel coils that are 25% stronger than the industry standard.

Second Early Black Friday Sale

The Early Black Friday Access sale is here! And it’s running through 11:59p on Nov. 18, 2022.

UPDATE: This deal was extended through Nov. 21, 2022!

With this sale, you can get anywhere from $225 to $500 off. Here are the spending tiers for the discount:

  • Spend $900 — $2,199, get $225 off.
  • Spend $2,220 — $2,999, get $250 off.
  • Spend $3,000 — $3,499, get $300 off.
  • Spend $3,500 — $3,999, get $350 off.
  • Spend $4,000 — $4,499, get $400 off.
  • Spend $4,500+, get $500 off.

Did Saatva prices go up? They sure have! I’ve counted four price changes in the past year. Each time the increase has been marginal — prices on mattresses in particular have gone up by $40-$80 ish total, depending on model. The product is still worth the price, in my opinion, but it does make shopping sales all the more important.

Saatva Black Friday

Saatva’s 2022 Black Friday sale has launched!

From Nov. 22 — 27, 2022, you will get the same deal that was offered during the Early Black Friday Access Sale:

  • Spend $900 — $2,199, get $225 off.
  • Spend $2,220 — $2,999, get $250 off.
  • Spend $3,000 — $3,499, get $300 off.
  • Spend $3,500 — $3,999, get $350 off.
  • Spend $4,000 — $4,499, get $400 off.
  • Spend $4,500+, get $500 off.

PLUS, during the Black Friday sale, you can get $225 off Adjustable Base Plus bundles.

Is Saatva made in China? No, Saatva is not made in China. Every last mattress is made in the United States.

Cyber Monday

In 2021, the Cyber Monday deal didn’t just last one day — Saatva ran the sale through the entirety of Cyber Week.

We can be relatively confident that the base Cyber Monday deal will stay the same as the prior two sales. When Saatva ran its Early Black Friday sale, it went out of its way to assure customers that they wouldn’t get better deals if they waited to shop longer.

They wanted to give people plenty of time to place their orders and get it shipped in time for the holidays, which also alleviates strain on supply and delivery chains.

We may or may not see them do something similar to the Black Friday sale, where they throw in a unique bonus discount on top of the discount-per-amount-spent.

We’d expect either the Black Friday sale to be extended a couple of extra days, or the Cyber Week sale to start on Saturday. It’s highly unlikely that Saatva would leave people without holiday savings over the weekend.

Who is Saatva owned by? Saatva is owned by co-founders Ron Rudzin and Ricky Joshi, representing the furniture industry and entrepreneurial circles respectively. Saatva is privately owned.

 

Gifts That Give Back

Loving this list of gifts that give back. Has some really creative ideas that never occured to me before. Now my Christmas shopping list will include something other than just charity donations!

As we think about giving this year, maybe we should be thinking a bit beyond ourselves. Maybe we should make sure the money that we’re spending is going to support others who are suffering or working through some trials towards a grander goal and future.

That doesn’t mean our gift list needs to be an itinerary of charity donations. (Not that there’s anything wrong with charity donations.)

It’s just that we can still get useful and meaningful gifts while supporting good causes.

Ten Thousand Villages

I’ve been gifting or receiving from Ten Thousand Villages since I was a little kid. My amazing aunt introduced our family to the organization, which brings wares from artisans in developing areas the world over into its shops and online marketplace.

They make sure everyone is being paid fairly and that working conditions are safe. A lot of the materials used are recycled or 100% naturally-sourced. When you shop at Ten Thousand Villages, you support small businesses and individuals by giving them employment — which leads to access to healthcare and education because money.

Plus, you get really phenomenal products. Here are just a few examples of the types of jewelry, housewares and personal care items you’ll find:

 

Summer Day Hammock

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How This Gift Gives Back

The Summer Day Hammock is made by Oyanca Artesania in Nicaragua. The organization — whose employees are 50% female — was started as a way to boost export opportunities for artisans in the Central American country. Today their artisans mix traditional Nicaraguan arts with contemporary design to make amazingly beautiful items like this hammock.

 

Mosaic Bird Pendant

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How This Gift Gives Back

This gorgeous white metal pendant is made by women from Manushi in Nepal. Manushi works to empower women living in poverty with the power of artistry. They also work on community development, provide entrepreneurial training, and issue microloans for small businesses.

 

Gingerbread Soap

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How This Gift Gives Back

India operates under a caste system. At the lowest rung are the Harijans, or untouchables. If you are a Harijan, you are not allowed to purchase land. Palam — who makes delicious-smelling soaps — works to to mediate this by using profits to buy land and homes for Harijan artisans in southeast India. They also build schools for their artisans’ children, on top of providing healthcare and pensions.

 

Krochet Kids

Krochet Kids fights poverty through:

With locations in both Peru and Uganda, the company is focused on building ladders to sustainable businesses. The women they employ get paid fairly for their work, have opportunities for management positions, and receive training in personal finance, business and their craft should they choose to venture down the road of entrepreneurship solo.

One of the many cool things about Krochet Kids is that the woman who makes your gift signs the tag. Then, you can go online and write her a thank you note.

 

Are you giving gifts that give back this year? Would love to hear about your plans in the comments.

A Very Feminist Gift Guide

This post is in collaboration with Etsy.

This is so awesome. Definitely loading up my Chirstmas shopping list with a lot of these frugal feminist gift ideas!

The holidays are just around the corner! And many Etsy shop owners are offering up to 60% off to celebrate.

While you should definitely check out the deals on feminist gifts today, I wanted to put together a gift guide that could last beyond the clickiest holiday all year.

They’re great when the sale is on. And they’re great afterwards, too.

8 Feminist Gift Ideas

Without further ado, here are 8 gift ideas for the feminist in your life.

 

Feminist Financial Handbook

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Where to get it: Amazon

First, let me introduce you to The Feminist Financial Handbook, written by yours truly! If you’re tired of reading money books that pretend like you’re already rich — or ignore the kyriarchal economic systems we all live under — this is the book for you. Here are some more in-depth reviews of The Feminist Financial Handbook.

 

Frida Kahlo Clock

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Where to get it: FunAroundtheClockCo

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist who explored so many intersections. From gender to race to colonialism to socioeconomic class, she covered all the bases in truly powerful ways.

 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Mug

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Where to get it: SheMugs

Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Pioneer. Women’s advocate. Dissenter at large. With this gift, your feminist can start her morning with caffeine and a reflection: What would Ruth Bader Ginsburg do?

 

I’m Speaking Sweatshirt

powder blue sweatshirt with 'i'm speaking' printed in small print across the chest. shirt is surrounded by various accessories and foliage for artistic purposes. kamala harris quotePrice: $33.99
Where to get it: TheRepublicDesigns

We’ve all been where Kamala was — even if we weren’t on the world stage.

 

Carry Yourself with the Confidence of a Mediocre White Man Cross Stitch

Cross stitch sitting on a background of pennies. Cross stitch has flowers around the outside and reads 'Carry yourself with the confidence of a mediocre white man'Price: $40
Where to get it: SarasEccentricSewing

Because you deserve to be in the room, too.

 

Customizable Fearless Girl Statue in Bronze

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Where to get it: 3DesignGiftShop

Whether she’s taking on bulls or the patriarchy, this customizable bronze statue is an inspirational gift for your little feminist.

 

Narrative of Sojourner TruthNarrative of Sojourner Truth

Price: $15.99
Where to get it:
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If you’ve got a reader on your hands, you’ll seriously want to consider ordering the Narrative of Sojourner Truth from AffordableBooks. Truth was arguably America’s first intersectional feminist, and the pages of her narrative cover her years as a slave, an abolitionist and a feminist.

 

In This House We Believe PosterIn this house we believe black lives matter love is love science is real feminism is for everyone no human is illegal kindness is everything

Price: $8.00
Where to buy: littlegoldpixel

Odds are, your feminist holds the values encapsulated in this poster printable:

  • Black lives matter.
  • Love is love.
  • Science is real.
  • Feminism is for everyone.
  • No human is illegal.
  • Kindness is everything.

 

The Feminist Financial Roundup

About four years ago, The Feminist Financial Handbook hit the shelves at a bookstore near you. A lot has happened in the time since!

In the upcoming months, we’ll be doing check-ins with some of the women featured in the book. You’ll be able to catch up with the careers, lives, and money wins and losses of people like Nicole Lynn Perry, Heather Watkins, and more.

 

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Ahead of this series, I wanted to give everyone a chance to read the book who hasn’t. So today, we’ll be covering a bunch of reviews and roundups where you can learn more about The Feminist Financial handbook, and where you can catch a big sale on your purchase.

Get The Feminist Financial Handbook for Less

Black Friday and its related sales start EARLY anymore, friends.

And this week, you’ll be able to catch one of the best early holiday sales on Amazon.

 

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Last week, The Feminist Financial Handbook was 12% off on Amazon. We’re expecting a similar discount — or an even bigger one! — sometime over the next two days. This would be a great time to make your purchase to catch up on the stories of these amazing women.

UPDATE: The sale just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter! The initial Early Black Friday sale has come and gone, but in the time since Amazon’s started some even better ones. You can now get The Feminist Financial Handbook for 16% off!

It’s also a great time to make a purchase to gift to someone over the holidays.

 

New Sale Direct from Publisher

Announced just this week, the publisher — Mango — is having a huge holiday sale!

If you buy direct from Mango, The Feminist Financial Handbook is 30% off. That’s even cheaper than Amazon!

 

The Feminist Financial Roundup

 

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Over the years, The Feminist Financial Handbook has been featured in some pretty fun reviews and roundups. If you’re looking for more background on the book to inform your purchase, be sure to check these out!

Bitches Get Riches

“Here is an example of how to say ‘Something is wrong,’ while simultaneously doing something about it. The whole premise of the book is ‘certain people are oppressed, but let’s help them find their power with the following financial tools.’ It belies the feminist=victim simplification. For the author is definitely a feminist (who knew?), and she’s using her financial skills to lift up both her own life and the lives of others who find themselves in dire financial straits because of prejudice…

It’s a huge departure in the best way. Instead of simply describing how financial systems work, The Feminist Financial Handbook details how social systems work within a financial framework: how they’re broken, how they’re disproportionately built for certain kinds of people and not others, and how to work within and around the system to beat the game.”

-Piggy of Bitches Get Riches, Bitchtastic Book Review: The Feminist Financial Handbook

 

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Money for the Mamas

“I have absolutely viewed people’s hardships through my own lens. So, needless to say, this book was a much-needed total wake-up call for me. I say it was hard for me, but I know facing my own prejudices isn’t nearly as hard as those who have lived under this system that keeps people down. This book humbled me, and it will absolutely change how I help people navigate their finances.

One of the key differences of this book is that it’s very tactical in its help (which most finance books focus on strategies). Tactical help is much more actionable and immediately beneficial, as strategies are long-term benefits.”

-Kari of Money for the Mamas, 15 Best Finance Books for Women

Other awesome authors on this list:

  • Jean Chatsky
  • Lauren Greutman
  • Patrice Washington
  • Kumiko Love
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Clever Girl Finance

“We live in a society controlled by whoever can pay. Brynne argues that women can create a more fair world by building their own wealth.

It draws from stories of women of varying races, sexual orientations, abilities, and financial situations. Brynne provides motivation and resources to achieve personal success.”

-Ashlee Sang of Clever Girl Finance, The 15 Best Financial Literacy Books for Women

Other amazing authors on this list:

  • Vicki Robin
  • Jen Sincero
  • Beth Kobliner

 

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Review at Smart Money Mamas

“If you’re a woman who has never felt like a personal finance book was talking to you, or if you’re feeling weighed down by society or life’s difficulties, Brynne’s book is your chance to get advice from a perspective you know well. I want to be clear, though, that any woman can gain knowledge from this book, even if you’re feeling like a financial rockstar and just want to learn how to acknowledge where you’ve benefitted and better support other women.”

-Chelsea of Smart Money Mamas, The Feminist Financial Handbook: A Must-Read New Book

Review at The Plutus Foundation

“This book does more than attempt to bring understanding of differentiated circumstances and the resulting specific advice for women and other marginalized identities to the reader. Brynne nails down a number of inherent systemic problems, legacy issues with society and barriers that certain members grapple with but will never affect others, and shows how they apply to the quest for individualistic (with the individual being the important unit of a mostly-capitalistic economical society) financial freedom.

But importantly, she shakes off the idea of societal victimization and offers practical advice for navigating finances in spite of the kyriarchy — which, by the way, is a word I needed to look up even though I knew the Latin etymology, so don’t be ashamed if you do, too.”

-Harlan Landes of The Plutus Foundation, The Feminist Financial Handbook

 

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Maggie Germano

“Any book with the words “financial feminist” in the title is going to catch my eye. Add someone as great as Brynne Conroy and you have a winner…

In this book, Brynne dives into the financial issues that disproportionately affect women in our society. But you won’t walk away feeling hopeless because she gives you actionable steps to achieve financial success in your own life.”

-Maggie Germano, 5 Books That Make Personal Finance More Accessible

Other fantastic authors on this list:

  • Erin Lowry
  • Kristen Wong
  • Alexa Von Tobel

 

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Women Who Money

“Brynne Conroy has written a personal finance book like no other.

The Feminist Financial Handbook doesn’t tell you how to get rich quick or put you down for your money choices.

Her handbook provides valuable information, action steps, and resources to help you make changes in your personal and financial life.

More importantly, the personal stories and concepts she shares in the book will help you better understand the experience of others – and that’s priceless.”

-Vicki of Women Who Money, The Feminist Financial Handbook [Book Review]

 

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Your Dream

Why is personal finance a feminist issue? I’ve read a bunch of finance 101 type books aimed at women, but the ‘The Feminist Financial Handbook’ by Brynne Conroy was the first of them that answered this question by walking the reader through a diverse array of rarely-heard perspectives on the issue.”

-Mallika Sen of Your Dream Blog, Book Review: The Feminist Financial Handbook

 

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Pretty Progressive

“Sometimes the best way to stick it to the man is by doing well for yourself. There’s just one problem: it’s hard to do well for yourself when systemic oppression has placed innumerable hurdles between you and your aspirations. The Feminist Financial Handbook provides real motivation and resources for real women who may be struggling―not only those who have already accumulated wealth.

In this book, author Brynne Conroy provides actionable tips for women in business to overcome these obstacles without dulling the visceral experience of the real-life struggles women face as they try to master their money management and their lives.”

-Pretty Progressive, 14 Clever Feminist Books To Read For Women In The Business World

Plano Public Library

“Author Brynne Conroy shares practical advice on saving, financial planning and more while delving into issues that disproportionately affect women, like the wage gap or the long road to economic recovery after experiencing domestic violence.”

-Plano Public Library, Financial Literacy: Latest Added to the Collection

Other great authors on this list:

  • Tiffany Aliche
  • Michelle Singletary
  • Bola Sokunbi

 

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Roundup on This Book, That Book

“Because women’s experiences don’t exist in a vacuum relegated to their gender, the handbook explores financial issues with anecdotes and perspectives of women of different races, sexual orientations and abilities.”

-This Book, That Book, Celebrate Financial Literacy Month With These Awesome Personal Finance Guides