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Your guide to Black Friday: 5 Health Items to buy

Not sure what to buy on BlackFriday?, here is our list of five health essentials that you actually need.

Black Friday coming soon... and what better way to spend the money you don't really have on the things you actually need. We've handpicked a list of the best healthcare products we think you should buy in 2019.

First off, let's dive into the history and most recent research done on Black Friday if you don't mind. Conducted by Black-Friday Global, it was found that South Africa had a 9,900% increase in interest for Black Friday deals in 2018, placing us first in the world when it comes to the growth of Black Friday. With 404 594 online transactions, a 50% growth from 260 552 in 2017, it’s safe to say that the South African consumer has taken to the American shopping day. While the temptation is for one to rush to get the latest electronics or designer fashion; stocking up the home and personal health care products like a first aid kit, for example, are the savviest things an intelligent shopper can do.

1. Bathroom scale

Wouldn't you agree, bathroom scales have really come a long way since their analog days. This we think is a must-have item if you want to maintain or lose weight. They really come in handy when trying to keep track of your diet and fitness goals. There are many makes and models out there and some of them help you measure and track your weight and can even link to smartphone apps. Most store data for multiple users and several can measure body fat, bone density, or water percentages and more.

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So which one will you get for your home? well, we checked out a few but the eufy Smart Scale P1 definitely stands out from the crowd don't you think, it's one of the nicest-looking, reliable, and easy-to-use scale for your home. Available from Amazon

2. Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart Water Bottle

Ok now who would have thought somebody would think of something like this, we surely didn't. But nevertheless, Hidrate Spark 2.0 is a real thing, believe it or not. It's a smart water bottle that syncs with your phone, Fitbit, apple watch, or MyFitnessPal to help you stay hydrated throughout the day.

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Not only does it track your water intake, but it glows to remind you to stick to those daily goals you set every day but forget when you get to busy. It comes with a build-in long-lasting replaceable battery and available in five colors, it also uses only BPA-free materials, keeping you hydrated and feeling great. Available from Amazon.com

3. Sneakers, yes sneakers

If you ever needed an excuse to buy a pair of really cool sneakers, this is the time... just promise to actually start jogging though! Check out this selection, ranging from Nike, Addidas and Finish Line, perfect for the gym fanatic and jogg-a-holics and of course the couch potatoes 😉 who need some kind of motivation.

On your marks... get set...Take over the world!
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4. A nice tight shirt

Ok, this is a weird one... a tight shirt. Get one and use it as a way of knowing just how close you are to your goals...Here's the thing, you probably already have one - all the clothes that sit in the back of your drawer that never fitted you properly. Well now is the time to try it on or perhaps go and buy a new one, it really gives you a nice visual way to motivate yourself and check your progress.

Instead of running away from the shirt... embrace it.

5. First aid kit

Importance of a well-equipped home first aid kit. Trust me, it can be the difference between life and death in circumstances where help is not at hand and immediate medical treatment is needed. However, with the economy being what it is, stocking up on medical items is often bottom on the list of priorities when South African households are conjuring up magic spells to make the weakening Rands in their pocket keep pace with the rising cost of living. That is why Black Friday is quickly becoming one of the most loved days in the South Africa calendar for shoppers.

Black Friday offer the South African consumer the opportunity to buy items that they might not have been able to afford at discounted prices. This is the perfect time to stock up the old first aid kit and ensure that you and your loved ones are covered. Because we know that knowing what is essential isn’t always easy.

Basic Applications of First Aid Kit Items

In most first aid kits you will find the supplies to treat cuts, burns, scrapes, sprains and many other common ailments. We have prepared a Black Friday shopping list of must-have first aid supplies that every home should have.

The Basics

  • Scissors (For cutting gauze)
  • Safety pins
  • Adhesive tape
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs
  • Latex gloves ( to reduce infection risk for blood and bodily fluids)
  • Any personal medications, medical history, and consent forms
  • Emergency phone numbers

For Cuts and Scrapes

  • Adhesive bandages of assorted sizes
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Antiseptic solution or wipes
  • Antibiotic ointment

For Twists and Pulls

  • Elastic bandages (to wrap wrist, ankle, knee and elbow injuries)
  • Aluminum finger split
  • Pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Nurofin) or aspirin

For Stings and rashes

  • Calamine lotion
  • Hydrocortisone cream, ointment or lotion for itching

For Allergies

  • Antihistamines

For Just In Case

  • Tweezers (for ticks and splinters)
  • Sterile eyewash

For the Road

  • Antacids
  • Laxatives
  • Anti-diarrhea medication

Where to buy

Everything about the day’s activity must be planned and mapped out before the sun rises on Black Friday morning. Do you know what time you’re waking up on Black Friday? How about which stores you’re going to, and in which order? If the answer is no, then you need to get your life in order😉 right this instant. You need to know which shops you will go to and which items you’ll purchase from which outlet. If you shopping online, do you know which online stores you plan on using? I assume that you won’t just be going out exclusively for medical supplies, so you need to integrate all the items you plan on purchasing into one comprehensive action plan. The best bet is to buy the things you can online, then make time to visit the physical stores for those you can’t.

For medical essentials, major retail pharmacies are your best bet. Clicks Pharmacy And Clinics for one, stocks all your medical essentials and has over 470 pharmacies nationwide. Dischem pharmacy also has a wide array of all your first aid medical needs at affordable prices. You also have the option of smaller retailers that specialises in online purchases such as Springbok pharmacy that offer deliveries nationwide at competitive prices.

You have options and with enough diligence and planning, you can make the most of the deals that Black Friday offers without breaking the bank. The trick here is to prepare ahead of time and to keep your eyes firmly fixed on the prize.

Happy shopping and leave us a comment below, tell us what you actually ended up buying and if it was must-haves or needed things.

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