My Black Friday Survival Kit

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black friday survival kit

Black Friday is coming up!!!  Are you excited?  Anxious?  Petrified?

I probably fall into the latter categories.  Frugal blogger or not, the craziest shopping day of the year is intense (and falls ironically right after Thanksgiving.)  To help ease my angst, my good friends at Shopular have sent me a survival kit full of things to help me through.  Check out what’s waiting in my purse:

 Simbi Hair Ties

cute hairtie

Normally, I wouldn’t go ga-ga over a $3 hairband, fashionable as it may be.  But Simbi is a company after my own heart.  We all know that Haiti was hit pretty hard by that earthquake back in 2009.  It crumbled what little infrastructure there was.  But what we’re not as aware of is that last year, on top of everything, they suffered a cholera outbreak because most people did not have access to clean drinking water.

With a portion of every sale going towards fixing this problem, the company chose the name “Simbi.”  Why?  Because Simbi is a Haitian water spirit.  Folklore and social entrepreneurship all is one company.  My heart swoons.

The hairbands are designed and made in Haiti by Haitian women in an effort to provide jobs and empowerment.  So when you’re headed into the lion’s den next Friday, you can pull your hair back in good conscience.

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Foot Petals

foot petals


Ahhh!  Foot Petals!  I don’t know where these have been my entire life, but I’m sure glad to have found them.  Put the American Podiatric Medical Association-approved cushions  in your shoes to absorb shock, repel moisture, bacteria and odor, and have comfier feet.  Perfect for a long day of shopping, or for heels you might have to wear during your day-to-day.  There are even ones that keep your toes from slipping out past the front of the shoe!  Maybe I’ll finally be able to wear a pair of peek-a-boos.

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Crazy Rumors Lip Balm

vegan lip balm

Since I initially started my efforts to go green, I’ve noticed it’s really hard to find cosmetics that are healthy and fair to the environment.  Which is why, as a lip balm addict, I was super excited that Crazy Rumors was included in my kit.  They’re all natural, cruelty free, and vegan approved.  They’re made with really high quality organic ingredients, and taste freaking fantastic.  If it’s as cold where you are as it is in Pittsburgh right now, you’d be glad you have it when you trek out to hunt down those deals.  Chapped lips are zero fun.

Plus, they have lip colors, too.  Which I’ll be checking out as it’s the first “green” option I’ve seen that appears to actually be of a good quality.  And pssssst…Femme Frugality readers can get 20% off by using promo code: Shopular at checkout.

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organic mints

Yay for more green things!  Honestly, mints were never something I thought of as being bad for you.  But it turns out they usually are!  There’s all kinds of harmful chemicals in those things…seriously read the ingredient list next time before you pop one into your mouth.

Vermints are different.  Not only did they get rid of all the chemicals, but they’re also okay to use for pretty much everyone.  They’re gluten-free, GMO-free, nut-free, and even kosher.  They’ll be great to take along with you to keep your breath fresh if you’re shopping overnight. The alternative is bringing a toothbrush.  But seriously, who does that?

They’re also offering a discount to you.  Get 25% off using promocode:  A07MGX0M1D6B. That’s good through December 31.  So if you don’t use them for Black Friday, they just might make a great stocking stuffer.

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Quest Nutrition Energy Bars

protein bar

Want something healthier and easier than mall food on your Black Friday excursion?  These nutrition bars are it.  They’re deceivingly delicious, coming in flavors like Cookie Dough and Cookies and Creme.  But they’re also pretty healthy with only 1g of sugar and, of course, a good serving of protein to hold you over.  They’ve also got chips.  You can check out all the options here.

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Cosmetic Boulevard Body Scrub

Coffee Scrub

Black Friday is exhausting.  After all that shopping, you’re going to be in serious  need of some rest.  Treat yourself to a spa night with Cosmetic Boulevard‘s body scrub.  I got their Coffee Scrub, and it was amazing.  It exfoliates and moisturizes and smells awesome.

But the thing that sets it apart from the scrub I concoct in my own kitchen is that the caffeine in it is supposed to target cellulite, stretch marks, acne and eczema.  I’ll leave you guessing as to which of those problems I have, but the one time I’ve used it since I got my kit isn’t enough to judge if it’s effective.  I’m hoping so, and will keep you updated.

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Dearfoams Slippers

memory foam slippers


After you hop out of the bath, sliding into some Dearfoams slippers will keep the pampering going for your feet, sore from shopping.  These things are amazing.  They’re padded with memory foam, and come in a ton of super cute deigns.  They’re worth the investment, as they’re made to last much, much longer than any normal slippers you’d buy.  I’m wearing them right now.  And I kind of don’t want to ever take them off.

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Shopular App

stress ball


Shopular put some goodies into my Black Friday Survival Kit, too!  A reusable shopping bag, keeping up with the green theme, and a stress ball just in case of anxiety attacks on the craziest shopping day of the year.

But the best thing they bring to the table is their app.  Some of you may remember the review I wrote about it a couple of months ago.   It’s a free app you can get on Android or iOS.  They’ve got coupons for so, so many stores, including circulars for sales.  So you don’t have to clip them and make a convoluted envelope system for when you hit the stores.  You just have to pull the app up on your phone.

Another awesome feature?  When you’re at the mall, you’ll have an option to view deals based on your location.  You can find out about sales and deals you wouldn’t have even known about on the spot that quickly.  Each and every time I’ve used it (which has been essentially every time I shop since I downloaded,) I’ve saved money.  Most of the time, it’s  been massive money.  And I did it all with almost no effort on my end, and definitely without scissors and glossy paper.

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What would be in your Black Friday Survival Kit?


*I received these items for free.  I have also been compensated for my time writing this post including my honest opinions.  Neither of those factors influences what you’ll always find here on Femme Frugality:  100% honest opinions.  I do not recommend things to you, my readers, that I would not use myself.*

12 thoughts on “My Black Friday Survival Kit

  1. Kayla @ Everything Finance

    To be honest, there’s nothing in my Black Friday Survival kit because I won’t be doing any Black Friday shopping this year. I have all my Christmas shopping done already and I do not enjoy the large crowds and crazy atmosphere. I hope you have fun though 🙂

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      I hear you! There have definitely been years where I’ve taken a pass. And that’s awesome that you have all of your shopping done already! Way to be!!!! And I’ll try to endure it! I’m not getting anything like a crazy TV or whatever the 2014 version of Tickle Me Elmo is, so I should make it back home safely. 🙂

  2. kay ~

    I was expecting to see mace in that kit! 😛

    I’ll be praying for you! I’ve never black Friday shopped. I don’t like crowds, even little crowds (little crowds?), but I’ll be rooting for you Ms. FF!

    Great products, by the way. I especially love Dearfoams! 😀

    1. Femme @ femmefrugality

      Haha! I honestly don’t do it in a way that endangers myself or others. No deal is worth getting hurt over or injuring another human being. We’re lucky enough in our society that our resources are not that scarce, though sometimes people get so caught up in it that they do forget that.

      Oh, and I’m STILL wearing the Dearfoams…

    1. Femme @ femmefrugality

      Wish I were Oprah! But they are my new favorite things. I was like a little kid when I opened the box. I don’t know that they’re selling the whole box, but she’d love any one of these things if she’s anything like me. And I rarely pamper myself.


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