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James Allen Black Friday Deals 2023: Engagement Rings & More

Man putting a ring on a woman's finger as he proposes on one knee. set against a backdrop of windows at night with lights reflected in the window.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 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, the Cyber Monday sale is already live through November 27. But there are savings throughout the shopping season — here are the details about all the Black Friday sales, past and present.

Early Black Friday: 30% off fine jewelry, 50% off engagement ring settings 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. This year, they changed things up and are gave us 30% off select fine jewelry and 50% off engagement ring settings through October 31, 2023.

The setting discount was massive — bigger percentage-wise than the 25% off engagement ring discount we saw last year. However, it doesn’t include the diamond (or other gemstone, if you fancy.) So depending on the rock and setting you choose, it may or may not end up being a better deal in terms of real dollars.

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.

Black Friday Sale Live NOW: 30% off fine jewelry, 50% off engagement ring settings in mid-November

The James Allen Black Friday Sale ran Nov. 15 — Nov. 24, 2023. The sales were the same as the early Black Friday deal that ran in October: 30% off fine jewelry and 50% off engagement ring settings.

Now, don’t dismiss the 30% off fine jewelry sale if you’re looking for an engagement ring. If your potential fiancee fully embraces being alternative, there’s some really great options in there for wedding bands with diamonds or engagement rings with gemstones rather than diamonds. And 30% off is a bigger discount than the 25% discount on traditional engagement rings that has run in years past.

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

PRO TIP: Sales run in Eastern time. That means if you’re in California, technically the Black Friday sale will end at 9p on Black Friday.

James Allen Cyber Monday Sale 2023

Just like every other year, the James Allen Cyber Monday sale 2023 is identical to the Black Friday and Early Black Friday sales: 30% off fine jewelry/50% off engagement ring settings.

This sale is running through Nov. 27, 2023. Don’t wait to shop! Monday will be here and gone before you know it.

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



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

luxury mattresses you can comfortably afford shop loom and leaf saatva

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

Cream Cotton And Wood Hammock - 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

Gorgeous White Metal Pendant - 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

bar of light orange soap sitting on a plate full of gingerbread cookies

Get Gingerbread Soap

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

Woman holding a copy of The Feminist Financial Handbook on a white background.Sale: 16% off
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

black clock with green numbers with frida kahlo's face and some foliage hand painted on itPrice: $38.99
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

ruth bader ginsburg giftPrice: $15.75
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

tabletop statue of the fearless girl who faced the market bull in NYC's financial district. She is standing on the name 'NANCY' but name can be customized to your own. Bronze statue.Price: $136.08
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:

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.


20 Irish Gift Ideas Based on Irish Sayings

This post is in collaboration with Etsy.

One of Femme Frugality’s most popular posts is this fun exploration of Irish sayings.

So this holiday season I wanted to bring you all a gift guide featuring a lot of the sayings from one of your favorite posts! Plus a few new ones just for fun.

Etsy has a holiday sale going on this week, where may sellers are offering up to 60% off. Be sure to take advantage while it lasts!

20 Irish Saying Gifts for Black Friday 2022

Before you click checkout, make sure you check each store’s ‘Announcement’ section for extra coupon codes for Black Friday savings.


1. A fool and his money are soon parted.

vintage bank showing a red-headed irish boy with his pockets turned out. Behind him is a wallet with a coin slot, and beneath his feet the text reads 'a food and his monoey are soon parted'Price: $24.31
Where to buy: BlendedSplendid


Check out this awesome vintage piggy bank! There’s a coin slot in the wallet behind him, and a great reminder beneath his feet lest you be tempted to splurge.


2. May the road rise up to meet you.

Wooden keepsake box with Irish poem sketched in laser with shamrocks surrounding "May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your field, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hands."Price: $30.00
Where to buy: LyonCraft

This keepsake box makes a great gift with one of the most popular Irish blessings etched beautifully on top.


3. May your home always be too small to hold all of your friends.

Hand towel with embroidered house and sheep reading, 'May your home always be too small to hold all of your friends."

Price: $16.00
Where to buy: LindasEmbroideryShop

I love this sweet blessing and the beautiful embroidery on this hand towel.


4. As above, so below.

Framed print with an upright tree mirrored by an upside down tree. Between, the two root systems intertwine in a sprial. Text reads "As above, so below."Price: $14.62+
Where to buy:

Loving the simplistic artwork and sentiment on this print.


5. Two people shorten the road.

Upright chalkboard sign with ornate frame reading 'Two people shorten the road.'Price: $75
Where to buy: FalcoDesignsandGifts

I love this one for weddings. It makes me think about other areas of my life as well, such as my partnership with Joyce on the podcast. We probably couldn’t do it alone, but together, we can both tackle the work so much more quickly!


6. You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.

print hanging on a wall that reads 'You'll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind. Irish Proverb"Price: $5.20
Where to buy: SantaClaraDesign

This can apply to so many areas of life, but absolutely personal finances. You’ll never reach your goal if you just vaguely daydream about it; you have to take action. Only then can you see your goals and dreams fulfilled.


7. Life is like a cup of tea. It’s all in how you make it.

Print hanging on a rock wall reading "Life is like a cup of tea. It's all in how you make it. Irish proverb"Price: $17.33+
Where to buy: IrelandWithLove

Attitude can go a long way, and we all take our tea differently!


8. A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.

Print that reads "A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything. Irish Proverb" Price: $5.01
Where to buy: HeyTheHomebodyClub

It’s so true, though.


9. The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune.

Print with a picture of a violin in the background that reads 'The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune. Irish proverb'

Price: $4.19
Where to buy: BohoBlissArt

A la Sarah Jessica Parker’s recent sentiments, getting old is not bad.


10. The days are long, but the years are short.

Wooden board with clip for photo. Below the photo slot, it reads "The days are long, but the years are short."Price: $19.95+
Where to buy: 213Designs

When you’re raising kids, sometimes it takes everything you’ve got to make it through the day.

But when you look back, you’ll wonder how it all went by so quickly.

Treasure those long days while they’re here, and commemorate them with this photo board!


11. Every man is sociable until a cow invades his garden.

pillow with cow with crown flowers leaning over a garden. Beneath it reads "Every man is sociable until a cow invades his garden."Price: $3.50
Where to buy: SouthernHeavenStudio

We have good days. We have off days. C’est la vie.


12. Good friends are like four-leaf clovers: Hard to find and lucky to have.

Tiered serving tray with various baubles on it, including the centerpiece: A small, thick wooden sign that reads "Good friends are like four-leaf clovers: Hard to find and lucky to have."Price: $12.99
Where to buy: WRCraftStudio

So stinking sweet. And so darn true. When you have those good friends, hold onto them.


13. It’ll be grand.

Painting of wildflowers overlaid with the words 'IT'LL BE GRAND'

Price: $7.46
Where to buy: NoopDesign

Ah, sarcasm. <3

But it’ll probably be alright in the end.


14. What’s the story, horse?

framed print leaning against a white wall. print reads 'WHAT'S THE STORY HORSE?'

Price: $7.47
Where to buy: PrintableArtIreland

This is like saying, “What’s up?”

Except you might get a bit more of an answer than, “nmu?”


15. Cead Mile Falite

Bronze-covered medallion with a harp in the middle. Around the edge of the circle is written the words "Cead mile failte.' Medallion is sitting on a black slate tile, which is hanging on a wall.Price: $21.16
Where to buy: Killyliss Studio

This hanging plaque translates to ‘A hundred thousand welcomes.’


16. How to say cheers in Irish.

Slainte mhaith!

Slate coasters with engraving of shamrock and the words 'Slainte Mhaith' which means cheers in Irish.Price: $25.16
Where to buy: BRVOGlass


17. A good start is half the work.

Tús maith, leath na hOibre.

Cartoon drawing of a circle of flowers on a blue background. Inside it reads "Tús maith, leath na hOibre" which means 'A good start is half the work' in Irish.Price: $2.49
Where to buy:

18. What is seldom is wonderful.

An rud is annamh is iontach.

Yellow shadow box leaning against a wall. White text printed on glass reads 'An rud is annamh is iontach.' which means 'What is seldom is wonderful' in IrishPrice: $10.82
Where to buy: Scealbeagdesigns

19. Life is Strange

Is ait an mac an saol.

white print in a wooden frame. Drawing of leaves wrapped around a circle in black in. Black text reads '

Price: $14.62
Where to buy: OghamTree

20. How to Say Merry Christmas in Irish

Nollaig shona!

Pine cones and red-threaded white ribbon sitting next to a white star decoration that reads 'Nollaig shona' in red water-based ink. This means "merry chirstmas" in IrishPrice: $4.33
Where to buy: OneWayDublin