Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Discount Attractions and Entertainment!

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I love being able to bring you the best of Groupon's deals - some of these you definitely don't want to miss!

Sometimes, the best way to get from Point A to Point B is with a car - and that's why car rentals are awesome for people who don't own one! I'm really happy to tell you that Groupon has brought back the Budget Car Rental Discount - as low as 77nis per day! Some things to keep in mind: these vouchers must be used by March 22, 2018. You can buy up to 14 of them and use them consecutively to customize your rental period (use for rentals between 1 and 14 days at a time). Includes up to 99 km/day.  Additional kilometers will be charged extra. Pick up and return at the airport will incur additional fees. Pick up or drop off in Eilat will also incur additional fees. No refunds on unused Groupons if you have to end your rental contract early.

Click here for Restaurant Deals -- if you're going out, do it the smart way and buy a discount voucher first!

Planning a Day Out? Check out these deals (Vouchers vary from slight discounts to 50% off or more!):

Jumping/Trampoline Parks:




Bowling:



Virtual Reality Games:



Laser Tag:



Escape Rooms:


Get 10% off when you use code "Kosherfrugal" at the Maimonides Puzzle Room in Tiberias


Ice Skating - Maalot 

I'll add more deals to the Groupon Facebook group as I find them! See you there!



Deals and Savings: Restaurants and Takeout Food!


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Kosherfrugal.com and Janglo have teamed up to bring you some great Groupon deals and Eluna deals (and other deals) you don't want to miss!

This post focuses exclusively on kosher restaurants and take-out food, so if you're going to splurge, you can now afford to splurge a little more, with discount vouchers and savings. I keep checking for new deals, as I know you've been waiting for some, and this week there are some changes, so check carefully! Be sure to check the Facebook group so you don't miss out!


Also, Janglo Beteavone has a great selection of restaurant coupons. Check http://shop.beteavone.com for deals you won't find anywhere else! eLuna has a great selection of discount restaurant vouchers too - be sure to check them out before you go out! But supplies are extremely limited, so hurry before they're gone.


Pre-purchasing your vouchers and saving up to 50% is a GREAT way to save when you want to indulge! Don't miss out on the savings - check below for savings in your area!

Tel Aviv and Nearby:

Fresh Kitchen (Mehadrin) at Bilu Center - your choice of vouchers for about 50% off! Reservations required. Good thru Feb. 28

Breakfast at Cafe Greg in Hod Hasharon - 79nis for 2 (instead of 154nis!). Breakfast is served all day, but you must reserve your table in advance if you want to go after 7pm. Use this voucher Sun - Thurs, until Feb. 28, 2018.

Breakfast Buffet at Herod's Tel Aviv: 79nis for one, 155nis for 2! Reservations required, redeem Sunday- Friday. Groupon valid thru Feb. 28, 2018

Breakfast Buffet at the Ramada in Netanya - 69nis for one, or 135nis for 2! Sun - Friday, 6:30-10am. Reservations required. Voucher can be used thru March 22, 2018.

Sushi -half price vouchers for a meal for two or a huge platter - at Kan Kei at Kibbutz Einat  Good thru Feb. 28, 2018. If you want the party platter, you must order at least 4 hrs in advance. 

Eat at Oyo American Diner at the G Mall in Rishon, starting at 25nis. Valid thru Feb. 28, 2018. Sun - Thurs, 10am - 10pm, or Friday 10am - 2:30pm

Fruit Platters from Ba-Li Pri in Ramat Gan, starting at 99nis. Limit 3 deals per person. Valid for 60 days from date of purchase. Order your platter in advance!

Papa Pinno in Ramat Hasharon - half off your pizza! The Groupon deal doesn't specify they are kosher, but I checked it out and they are. Good thru March 15, 2018

Pizza Hut for 19.90 (for a personal pie + a topping!)! Good at any pizza hut in the country except for the airport. Voucher valid thru Feb. 21, 2018

Mifgash HaSteak - meal for 2 for 129nis! Reservations required. Choose your location (Menachem Begin - limited days/hours or Ibn Gvirol) - Voucher valid thru Jan 30, 2018

Eluna offers discount vouchers (most are 20 - 25% off retail price) for the following Tel Aviv area restaurants: Alfredo (Petach Tikva), Armondo, Baker's Pattisserie, Bistro 56, Bread & Breakfast (Raanana), Brenner's Wine Bar (Raanana), Cafe Neto (Petach Tikvah), Cafe Neto (Raanana), Cafe Yafo, Currylinas, El Gaucho (Netanya), Entrecoti Petach Tikvah, Fresh Kitchen (Herzliya), Gueta Restaurant, Kitchen Bar, Matsuya (Ramat Gan), Meat & Wine (Herzliya), Minato (Herzliya), Nagisa (Ra'anana), Paradiso Sarona Cafe, Regina, Salta (Raanana), Sushi Box (Herzliya), Taipei (Netanya), Vici (Raanana), and more!

Sushi Plus in Tel Aviv - 89nis for 2! Voucher valid for 60 days from date of purchase, and not valid on takeaway

La Place in Netanya - Breakfast for 2, for just 59nis. Limit 2 Groupons per table. Show your Groupon before ordering. Valid thru March 20, 2018

Wok and Walk in Kiryat HaSharon - Get a 200nis voucher for just 100nis (use it for a meal for 2)! If you use it for takeaway, there is a 9nis additional fee. Groupon valid for 60 days from date of purchase. Limit one Groupon per couple per day. (Over 1000 customers have bought this deal - don't miss out!!)

Gelato Factory in Rishon - starting at 10nis! Groupon valid for 60 days from date of purchase.

Breakfast Buffet at the Rimonim Tower in Ramat Gan - 59nis for 1, or 115nis for 2. Valid for 30 days from date of purchase. Reservations required. Breakfast buffet is open from 7am - 10am, Sun- Fri (not valid Erev Chag)

Breakfast Buffet at the Leonardo Boutique Hotel in Rechovot - 59nis for 1, or 115nis for 2. Valid until Feb. 28, 2018, but not on Fridays. Reservations required. Breakfast buffet is open from 8am - noon, Sun-Thurs

Dinner for 2 at Hilulim (mehadrin) restaurant in Tel Aviv at the border of Holon, for 169nis. Reservations required. Max 5 Groupons per table. Voucher can be used Sun - Thurs, noon - 11pm. Voucher valid for 90 days from date of purchase, but not on Rosh Chodesh


Shabbat Takeaway from Minei Gan Catering in Netanya - Buy a 100nis voucher for just 50nis! Groupon valid for 90 days from date of purchase. Can be redeemed ONLY on Fridays. Limit 1 per household.

Lechem Orez in Reut - get your choice of 50% off vouchers. Groupon valid thru Feb. 28, 2018. Max 6 people per table when using Groupon vouchers. Reservations required.

Jerusalem and nearby:

Pizza Hut for 19.90 (for a personal pie + a topping!)! Good at any pizza hut in the country except for the airport. Voucher valid thru Feb. 21, 2018

Montefiore - dinner for 2 starting at 229nis. Valid Sun - Thurs, 11am - 9pm, and Friday 11am - 2pm. Groupon valid thru March 23, 2018. Up to six people per table with Groupon deals. Reservations required.

Breakfast Buffet at the Leonardo Jerusalem, for 69nis per person (or 129nis for 2). Max 6 people at a table using Groupons. Valid thru March 20, 2018. Reservations required.

Eluna offers discount vouchers (most are 20 - 25% off retail price) for the following Jerusalem area restaurants: Cafe Michael, Cardo Gourmet, Gourmandises, HaSalatiya, La Boca, Mike's Place

Lunch or Dinner for 2 at Pichonka in Nes Harim, starting at 199nis. Reservations required. Groupon must be redeemed by Feb. 20, 2018. Blackout dates apply. Max 5 Groupons per group. You must show the Groupon before you order, and anyone in your party without a Groupon will be required to place an 80 nis (minimum) order.

Breakfast for 2 at Le Moulinne D'Ori in the German Colony (55nis or 65nis) Groupon valid for 60 days from date of purchase, with reservations. Can be redeemed Sun - Thurs, 9am - 3pm

Shakshuk in Machane Yehuda - 58nis for 2! Groupon valid for 60 days from date of purchase. Can be redeemed Mon - Thurs, 8am - 4:30pm, and Fridays 8am - 1pm

Workshops (meat cooking/butchery) at Ktzizot - including a "Carnivore's meal" and a glass of wine, for 139nis! Groupon valid for 60 days from date of purchase. Reservations required. Workshops take place on Mon, Tues, and Thurs, at 6pm and last for 2 hrs.

Takeout for Shabbat/Chag from Ulamei Ha'Atzula in Talpiot. Full catered meal for 10 people for 599nis. you must place your order 2 days in advance. Valid thru the end of January

Pescados - (Jerusalem) Lunch for two for just 139nis! Or the Dinner deal for 44% off regular price (your choice of party of 2, or party of 4). Vouchers valid for 60 days from date of purchase.

Buffet Dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Jerusalem). 1 for 99nis / 2 for 195nis. Groupon valid Sun - Thurs 6:30pm - 9pm. Not valid on Fridays, Shabbat, Holiday eves, or Holidays. Valid for 60 days from date of purchase.

Breakfast Buffet at the Shani Hotel (center of town) - for 49nis (1 person) or 97nis (2 people). Groupon valid for 60 days from date of purchase.

Get half off at Ta'im BaKerem. Sun - Wed, 4pm - 9pm or Thursday 4pm -8pm. Reservations required. Valid for 60 days from date of purchase.


Haifa and North:

Breakfast Buffet at the Crown Plaza in Haifa - 59nis for 1/109nis for 2 (69/129 on Fridays). You must buy the deal that is valid on the day you want to go (Sun-Thurs OR Friday). Reservations required. Breakfast is served 6:30-10:30am. Voucher valid thru March 20, 2018


Japan! Japan in Kiryat Ata - choose a buy one get one free voucher for Sushi or for Stir Fry. Up to 3 Groupons can be used at one table. Not valid for delivery orders. Good thru July 31, 2018.

Pizza Hut for 19.90 (for a personal pie + a topping!)! Good at any pizza hut in the country except for the airport. Voucher valid thru Feb. 21, 2018

Iksander (Mehadrin) at Nahar Hayarden (upper Galilee) - dinner for 2 for 219nis. Valid for 60 days from date of purchase. Max. 3 Groupons for table (3 couples). Reservations required. Redeem Sun - Wed, noon - 8pm, Thurs. noon - 9:30pm, or Friday noon - half an hour before Shabbat.

Eluna offers discount vouchers (most are 20 - 25% off retail price) for the following Northern area restaurants: Baba (Karmiel), Casa Barone (Zichron), Taj Indian Restaurant in Or Akiva, Nili in Zichron Yaakov


300 Grams in Moshav Betzet - All you can eat, starting at 115nis per person (there's an upgrade that includes a glass of wine if you like). Voucher valid thru March 20, 2018. Redeem Sun - Wed, 2-9:30pm or Sat.nights beginning 1.5 hrs after Shabbat until 10pm. Reservations required. Max 6 Groupons per table. Children under 6 can order a kids' meal instead of having a Groupon.

Pizza from Siciliano in Kiryat Chaim for half off! There are a few different vouchers available - a 50nis voucher for 25nis (valid for the whole menu), OR 29nis for a "family size" pizza with a topping, OR  49.90 for a "family meal" deal (pizza plus topping, plus 2 garlic breads plus greek salad). Groupon valid thru Feb. 20th. Not valid for delivery orders.

Takeout food for Shabbat from Pataio Catering in Tirat HaCarmel - get a 100nis voucher for just 50nis! Groupon valid for 60 days from date of purchase


Breakfast Buffet Deals at the Colony Hotel in Haifa - 49nis for 1, 95nis for 2, or 180nis for 4. Reservations required. Voucher valid for 1 month from date of purchase. Can be redeemed Sun-Thurs. (you will be charged an additional 20nis per person if you redeem it on Friday)

Sinta Bar (Kiryat Ata) at Kenyon Shaar Hatzafon, Burger meal for 2, for 76nis. Includes 2 burgers, one order of fries, and 2 drinks. Voucher valid for 60 days from date of purchase, and call in advance. Cannot be redeemed on Fridays.

Shela Restaurant (Kiryat Motzkin), for 79nis per couple. Limit 2 vouchers per table. Voucher valid for 90 days from date of purchase, with advance reservations.


Two Felafels with French Fries at Olam HaOchel, (or two omelet pitot with french fries) for just 19nis! Valid for 60 days from date of purchase. Can be redeemed Sun-Thurs till 9am - 5pm, Fridays 8am - 3pm

50% off at Ta'im L'Chulam in Haifa! (The meal includes soup, a meat main dish, 2 sides, a drink, and more!) Voucher valid for 60 days from date of purchase. Can be redeemed Sun-Thurs till 9am - 5pm.

Olam Ha'Ochel in Haifa (meat restaurant, with tons of salads for the table) for just 35nis per person (69nis for 2!). Groupon valid for 90 days from date of purchase, and only from 8am - 5:30pm (Sun-Thurs) or 8am - 4pm Fridays. limit 8 people with Groupons per table. 


South:

Pizza Agvaniya (Mehadrin) in Eilat - 29nis for dinner for 1, or 79nis for 2, or 155nis for 4! These are full meals, including a soup course, drinks, and more! Reservations required. Valid thru March 10, 2018

Pizza Hut for 19.90 (for a personal pie + a topping!)! Good at any Pizza Hut in the country except for the airport. Voucher valid thru Feb. 21, 2018

TakeOut from Boda Blanca in Ashdod (Mehadrin) for half price! Pay 40nis for an 80nis voucher! Fridays only. Groupon valid thru March 30, 2018

Greg Kitchen (mehadrin, meat) in Yavneh - here's a deal for a meal for 2, starting at 99nis! Groupon valid thru March 30, 2018. Max 6 people per table with this deal.

Eluna offers discount vouchers (most are 20 - 25% off retail price) for the following Southern area restaurants:  Il Pentolino (Eilat), Namaste (Ashdod)

Cafe Greg, G mall in Yavneh (mehadrin) - choose a 50nis voucher for anything on the menu (not breakfast though) for half off, or breakfast for two for 79nis! Voucher valid thru March 30, 2018

Marshmallow in Be'er Sheva - Choose breakfast for 2 for 69nis OR a 40 shekel voucher (for one person) for 20 shekels! Valid thru Jan 30, 2018. Limit 3 couples with a Groupon at a table. Redeem Sun - Thurs 9:30am - 6pm

Marshmallow in Be'er Sheva - Pasta dinner for 2 for 79nis, including a dessert (fondue and other "specials" not included) Valid thru Jan 30, 2018

Ribs in Ashdod - 99nis for a 2 person meal! (upgrade that includes wine, dessert, and coffee is available) Voucher valid thru March 28, 2018. Can be redeemed Sun-Thurs, noon - 7pm. Reservations required.

Breakfast Buffet at the Leonardo Plaza in Ashdod, voucher for one for 59nis or for two for 116nis. Voucher valid thru Feb. 28, 2018. Redeem Sun - Fri 6:30 - 10:30am, with reservations.

Hummus Cohen (mehadrin) in Ashdod - have lunch for 23nis! Groupon valid thru Feb. 28, 2018, limit 4 Groupons per table. Not valid for takeaway.

Captain Crepe in Ashkelon - save 50%! Groupon valid thru Feb. 15, 2018. Limit 6 Groupons per table.

Takeout Food for Shabbat from Ofra Gourmet in Ashdod - Get an 80nis voucher for just 40nis! Limit one voucher per person. Can only be redeemed on Fridays. Valid thru January 30, 2018. (Over 3000 people have bought this deal! Do they know something you don't know?!)

Lunch at "Space" in Moshav Amonim - 139nis for 1, 279nis for 2, or 549nis for 4. Voucher valid thru June 30, 2018. Check for blackout dates, and reservations required. Generally valid Sun-Thurs noon - 5:30pm or Fridays noon - 2pm. Anyone in your party without a Groupon voucher will be required to order 100nis minimum from the menu, and children under 10 will be required to order a 40nis children's meal. According to the info posted, you can use their gardens (and pool, maybe) before and after your meal.

Pizza HaGesher in Be'er Sheva (Mehadrin) - Get an XL pie for just 29nis! Sun - Thurs, 11am - 8pm, and Fridays 11am - 4pm. Groupon valid for 60 days from date of purchase. You can redeem multiple vouchers at one time.



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Oleh Pay - Low-Fee Money Transfers

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Often people ask me about ways to lower fees when transferring money from the US to Israel. This is sometimes a one-time thing, like when one is making a large purchase, and sometimes, it's a regular (perhaps monthly) occurrence.

Either way, the goal is to keep more of our hard-earned money in our own pockets instead of paying it to the bank.

I'm happy to let you know about OlehPay - see the infographic to the right for a quick rundown about this service.

It's definitely a game-changer, and a money-saving service!

When you use OlehPay, you'll keep more of your dollars in your own account, even when you transfer money from the US!

Check them out and compare with whatever offer your bank made - I am certain you'll save money if you use OlehPay!




Food Recall - Shufersal Frozen Vegetables

Today's recall is due to Listeria contamination:

Brand: Shufersal Brand
Product Name: Frozen Peas & Carrots 
Size: 800g
Barcode: 7296073224907
Expiration Date: 01/2020
Manufactured by: Ardo (Belgium)
Batch Code: L267211A11


Consumers who have purchased this product are instructed NOT TO USE IT. Return it to the store for a refund!

Please direct any questions to Shufersal Customer Service at 1-800-68-68-68

Monday, January 15, 2018

Ma'anak Avodah - What you need to know!



Maybe you've heard about this already, and maybe this is new information for you. There is a reverse-tax benefit in Israel for low-income families. It's called the "Maanak Avodah" or "Working Grant". The point of this grant is to put more money in your pocket if you earn less than a certain amount of money!

Please don't miss out on this if you qualify - apply as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment later. It won't take much of your time to apply, and you can do it now, BEFORE YOU FORGET! Right now, you can apply for the 2016 grant AND for the 2017 grant. The application deadline is supposed to be November 30 of each year, but the system is currently still accepting late applications for the 2016 fiscal year.
  
Updated information for the 2017 grant: 

Who can apply for this grant?


You can apply for this grant if: 


1. You were employed or self employed
 

2. You were 23 years of age or older, with minor children, or 55 years of age or above, without minor children
 

3. You did not own more than 50% of a property or rights to a property in the 2016 tax year, other than your primary residence
 

4. If you have one or two children, or are age 55+ without children, and your average monthly income falls between 2,060 and 6,126 you may be eligible for this grant. If you are a single parent of 1-2 children (with custody of your minor children), average monthly income must fall between 1,270 and 9,400 NIS
 

5. If you have 3 or more children, and your average monthly income falls between 2,060 NIS and 6,736 NIS, you may be eligible for this grant. If you are a single parent of 3 or more children (with custody), you may qualify if your income is between 1,270 and 11,474 NIS per month.

How do you apply? 


Online, if you have applied at least once in the last TWO years.

If you have not applied in the last 2 years, all you have to do is go to the post office and answer a few questions. BE SURE to bring your teudat zehut (ID card) and either your checkbook or an "ishur" from your bank that you have an account with them. Please keep any paperwork you receive at the post office and/or in the mail. 


If you have questions after you've applied, or to check the status of your application, you can call *4954 or 1-222-4954 or 02-565-6400 to speak with the Tax Authority. 


How much can you expect to receive? 


The amount you receive will vary depending on your circumstances, and if you qualify, will vary from 20 shekels/month to 720 shekels/month (240 shekels yearly to 8,640 shekels yearly). (These amounts are based upon older information, and I'll update when the exact amounts for this year are published.)


Your spouse's income may affect your eligibility, as may various other factors.


I hope this helps some of you out there! It's worth it to check if you are eligible.


Please share this information with your friends and family who may benefit from it!

Smoked Salmon Recall!

There's been another smoked salmon recall you should know about!

Here are the details of the recall:


Company: Shamir Salads
Name of the Product: Frozen Sliced Smoked Salmon Fillet 
Package Sizes: 100g
Production Date: 19 November 2017
Expiration Date: 18 May 2018

The product is being recalled because it tested positive for Listeria contamination.

If you have purchased a product affected by this recall, DO NOT USE IT.

If you have purchased this product, please contact the company at 03-555-6666 to arrange for a refund

Be sure to share this post with anyone who may have purchased this product!

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