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Early Black Friday Shopping Deals 2020 That You Can Take Advantage of from Mexico

Although I ventured out during the extended Buen Fin here in Mexico, my Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping will be entirely online. Yes, Black Friday is still a few days away. However, I thought I’d share some Black Friday deals that start NOW. 

Herbal Academy

Get your favorite herbalist a gift from Herbal Academy. Herbal Academy Goods Shop products are 20% off with coupon code GIVETWENTY now until November 30. Textbook sets are excluded.

My favorite item in the store is the Self-Care Journal, because we all need a bit more of that this year! Herbal Academy ships internationally, but has been experiencing some delays in shipping because of the COVID-19 situation, so order early!

If you are looking for something to fill the quarantine hours, Herbal Academy is an excellent option for online classes as well. First time registrations to The Herbarium are just $34.99 (no coupon needed) also until November 30. 


Amazon is another place that you can get your Black Friday deals now. Not everything featured in the deals section ships to Mexico, but it makes a great place to start if you are sending gifts this year rather than doing in-person festivities.

Amazon Mexico is also having some Black Friday sales. Recently I saw that you can purchase on Amazon Mexico and pay at OXXO. Imagine that!

For Reading Addicts

Are you a book lover? Do you have a book lover on your gift list? Then be sure to take a look at what For Reading Addicts has to offer. From coffee mugs to shower curtains, show your love for books with any one of these amazing products! There’s even a Christmas themed section to put you in the holiday spirit. Some products are made-to-order, so order early.


I just ordered my son and I new glasses last week through EyeBuyDirect. I love that I can pay using Amazon Pay. They are offering an early Black Friday sale. Buy 1 get 1 free + 20% discount with the code SNEAKPEEK. You can also get $10 off your first order with the code IFJBT2LGL1. Not only are there some gorgeous frames on sale but you can get Ray-Ban & Oakley glasses for 30% off frames and 70% off lenses with the code GIFT4U.


Zulily has reasonable shipping rates to Mexico. Shoes, clothing, bedding, toys, Christmas decor and more available at discounted prices. I absolutely love to get my puzzles from Zulily. They’ve certainly been a lifesaver this year with the extended quarantine. The selection available changes daily, so it’s worth spending a few days checking out what they’ve got. 

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Last, but not least, I’m offering my own early Black Friday deals. 

A Woman’s Survival Guide to Disasters in Rural Mexico: A Framework for Empowered Living Through Crisis and Book Building: A Beginner’s Guide to Crafting Your Book are just 99 cents if you get them today. That is 81% off their regular price. Over the next few days, the price will go up just a little bit until they return to their regular price on November 30. 



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Surround Sound in the Quarantine Home Gym

One of my goals way back in January was to lose some weight this year. Age and hypothyroidism mean I’ve packed on a few more pounds than I am comfortable with. Then quarantine happened, and that regular exercise routine never really took off as I would have liked. 

I had a bonus assignment at work and decided that I would use that money to get an exercise bike. With shootings, rough roads and rainy season, I haven’t been biking like I had before. So I figured a stationary bike would be just the ticket to burn some calories. 

Shopping during quarantine was not easy. On one grocery store run at the Bodega, I found a bike that I was interested in at a price I was happy with. Of course, when we went back to get it, they were out of stock. I also tried all the empena (pawn) shops in town. I did find one, but it was in such a sorry state that I had to pass. My sister-in-law said they had treadmills at Coppel, but I didn’t want one of those. 

On the way to the bank one day, we saw a weight machine in a storefront window. I copied the phone number down and had my husband call to ask about the price. The owner was willing to give us a deal, only $25,000 pesos and it was ours. Sorry, Charlie. Not going to happen. 

Having exhausted the local options, I tried searching online. Amazon had just the one I wanted, but it would cost just as much to ship it as it would to purchase it. I checked Amazon Mexico for comparative purposes. The cheapest on that site was $50,000 pesos. I could buy a lot in La Yacata for less than that! 

I put the bike idea on the back burner for just a bit. Then thought about it some more. I had already earmarked that extra check for this purchase and it would cover the cost of the bike and shipping from the U.S. So I bought it from Amazon, only to be informed that it was on back-order and they weren’t exactly sure when they would get a new shipment in. Well, drat! I guess everybody else was trying to get their home gyms set up, too!

In the meantime, I ordered some speakers for the computer. We have a tentative plan to try and get my son his U.S. GED since they are offering it online due to COVID-19. In order to take the exam, he needed a microphone, camera, and speakers–a headset wasn’t allowed. So those were purchased. He’s still working his way through the GED practice lessons, but I’m hopeful he’ll be ready to take the exam by the end of September. 

Finally, Amazon sent me a notification that my exercise bike had shipped. It arrived two weeks later, which was two months after I ordered it, but hey, better late than never, right? I have all my Amazon shipments go to my sister-in-law’s house, since we don’t have an address here in La Yacata. From there, my husband strapped it on the back of his moto and brought it home. 

My son, Fuzz, and I spent the afternoon putting it together. It took some doing as the instruction manual was poorly translated, but we managed. It’s exactly what I wanted. With the speakers, I can pedal away the pounds to the beat of some of my favorite tunes, or at least what I imagine is happening. I haven’t actually lost any weight yet, but hope springs eternal!

How are you staying fit while staying at home?

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Ordering Prescription Eyeglasses Online

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If you remember, the other week I mentioned I had ordered prescription eyeglasses from EyeBuyDirect. Well….they arrived! It took a little more than a week via UPS and we couldn’t be happier! 


Look at the box each pair came in! It’s perfect for storing my old glasses or other knickknacks.

So let me rave a bit about this company. Not only were we able to get 4 pairs of glasses sent to our doorstep in Mexico (or rather my sister-in-law’s doorstep) for what one pair would have cost at the eye doctor, but EyeBuyDirect donates one pair of glasses for each one you purchase to a country of your choice. I picked Mexico…duh. 

I was a little nervous about ordering and getting the fit right. I went with a small size for me and medium for my son and they are perfect! There are instructions on measuring and sizing on the site to help you get through it too. And if they weren’t, EyeBuyDirect offers a 14-Day Fit & Style guarantee where you can exchange your glasses for another pair if they aren’t quite right. 

And the options! Since both my son and I use our computers probably more than we should, I added the blue light filter on two pairs. There is also a more advanced option called Digital Protection which I might just order next time around. If you’d like to try some Digital Protection Glasses, here’s a 20% off code (DIGI20). 

Here are the glasses with the options we ordered so you can see the phenomenal prices. 


So now I feel like I have a new lease on life! I can see my puzzle pieces, thread a needle, read without having to lift my glasses and go down the stairs like a normal person. It’s just amazing what having the correct pair of lenses will do!

If you’d like to try EyeBuyDirect, you can take $10 off your order by using this code at checkout (IFJBT2LGL1) or click here to have it automatically applied.




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