Saturday, December 16, 2017

HUGE strike tomorrow - what you need to know

There's a big strike here in Israel starting tomorrow (Sunday, December 17, 2017).

(You may be asking "What strike"? And that's a great question. It's complicated. But it's going to affect you no matter what, so let's just get to the nitty gritty.)

Here's an abbreviated, albeit still long, list of who is on strike:

Hospitals/Healthcare (on Shabbat schedule)
Public Hospitals
Ichilov
Carmel
Bnei Tzion
Shaarei Tzedek
Hadassa Ein Kerem
Clalit Health Services
S.L.H.
Clalit Medical Engineering
Kupat Cholim Meuchedet

Banks:
Brinks
Igud
Otzar HaChayal
Beinleumi and Pagi
Discount
Discount Mortgage Bank
Yahav
Jerusalem
Leumi 
Mizrachi
Masad
Mercantile
Arab-Israel
HaPoalim

Local Government:

The Center for Local Government / Local Governments
Jerusalem Municipality
Tel Aviv Municipality
Haifa Municipality
The Center for Regional Government / Regional Governments
Religious Services
Firefighter and Rescue Services
Building and Planning Committees
Water Companies
City Groups

Universities

Open University
Hebrew University
Tel Aviv University
Haifa University
Bar Ilan University
Ben Gurion University
Technion
Weitzmann Institute
Seminar HaKibbutzim

Government Offices:

All government offices 
Misrad Hapnim
Immigration Offices
Ministry of Economy and Industry
Ministry of Tourism
Ministry of Transportation and Road Safety
Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Internal Security
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Communications
Ministry of Building
Ministry of Culture and Sport
Ministry of Science, Technology, and Space
Ministry of Energy and Water Infrastructure
Ministry of Agriculture
Ministry of Justice

/
/
/
the list goes on and on and I'm skipping some

The Rabbinate
Tax Offices
The Knesset
Bituach Leumi
Employment Services
Magen David Adom
Airport Services
Amidar
Amigur
National Parks Services
The Bursah
Keren Kayemet 
Keren Heyesod
The Jewish Agency
Israel Port Authorities
Electric Company
Israel Post
Israel Museum
Land of Israel Museum - TA
TA Museum of Art
Diaspora Museum
Visa CAL
Isracard
Leumi Card
Many Gas Stations
Bezeq
Most major insurance companies
Pelephone
Bezeq Beinleumi
Bezeq Online
Cellcom - Netvision
Partner
Hot Mobile
UPS

and more

Basically, CALL before you go somewhere. They will most likely be on strike.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

FREE Shipping from iHerb!



This post contains my iHerb referral link. You'll save money using it (even existing customers), and I may be compensated by iHerb. It won't cost you extra - but it WILL save you money!
I'm so happy to be able to share another promo code from iHerb! They keep giving us amazing deals with extra coupon codes! And I've promised to share them whenever I hear about them, so none of you will miss out on the extra savings! So here's the current deal:


FREE standard global shipping for orders of $40 and up!

And - in addition, you can stock up your favorite iHerb products with extra savings - a referral discount of 5% (good for new AND existing customers!) PLUS a special extra discount, giving you a total of 10% off your order of $60 or more! Just make sure you use 2 codes at checkout - a referral code - QEJ101 - AND the special code - DEC5OFF .

Click here to Shop at iHerb and automatically add the codes to your cart! (so much easier than having to copy/paste them, but if the codes do not show up in your cart after you've added $60 worth of items, please add them in manually.)

Offer Ends: December 31, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST).




These extra savings even combine with Trial items and Weekly Specials! This is definitely the right time to stock up! And if you use Shipping Savers, you can get really affordable shipping, too. You can sort for Shipping Savers on iHerb by clicking the Shipping Saver checkbox on the lefthand side of the page.







Not sure if shopping at iHerb makes sense?
I shop there pretty often, as you may already know. I find it makes life easier for me - not only do they make it easy to find some "hard to find" products my family needs (like fragrance free shower products), but I save a significant amount of money on things like vitamins and probiotics. So many products are definitely less expensive at iHerb than at my local stores, and shipping is VERY affordable as I mentioned above.

Here are some of the things I like to buy at iHerb:

Palm Oil (this eco-friendly version is not available in Israel at all, and is perfect for making frosting or fudge)

Magnesium Tablets (these and many other supplements are quite pricey in Israel and iHerb is a great way to save!)

Stash Teas (I buy these when they are on sale, as the sale price comes out to less than the lowest price I can find herbal teas for locally, and these are just SO MUCH HIGHER quality than teas I can find for an affordable price!)

Vitamin D (so many people are deficient, it turns out! And my doctor prescribed a rather high dose, and what's sold here is very low dose and more expensive)

Probiotics are far less expensive from iHerb than any I've found in Israel, and they don't weigh much! Many of these are "shipping savers" - so they'll lower your shipping costs for the whole order if you add them in!

EO shower gel (we like this kid friendly all-in-one shower product that doesn't irritate our skin!)

Ricola throat drops (these work out to be only slightly less expensive than the local price, so I use them as a "filler" product, never as my "reason for buying")

Witch Hazel (it's really not easy to find witch hazel products locally, and if you love witch hazel, you'll be thrilled with iherb's price. This one is a toner with alcohol in it - some people like the alcohol in it, but if you don't, they also have plenty of no-alcohol witch hazel products)

Coffee Filters (unbleached) - I can find the #4 size locally, but I use the #2 size, and can't always find unbleached, and it's so easy to order it, rather than running around town!

Brown Rice Pasta (only when they're on sale, great for people who don't eat wheat! The local equivalent is more expensive unless there's an amazing sale)

Grapefruit Seed Extract (similar product, 1/4 of the size, cost more than twice as much at my health food store, and many people are convinced this keeps colds away,!)

Essential Oils (I use them in homemade cleaners) - for a fraction of the price here in Israel! Yes, they are real and natural (and very importantly, not an MLM)!

Soy-free Teriyaki Sauce (for my soy allergic child)

Calendula Cream (so soothing and wonderful for eczema!) Sadly, this has been out of stock lately, and we're looking for an alternative.

Aquaphor Ointment - impossible to buy locally! (lately this has been out of stock at iherb, but you can ask to be notified when it's available)

I also regularly check the Specials Page to see if products I use are on sale and work out to a better deal thru iHerb during a sale, and I also occasionally will order a hard-to-find spice.

If you haven't ordered from iHerb, now is the perfect time to check it out!
And please let me know what your favorite deals are!

Don't get surprised by import taxes! If you are ordering items from overseas, be sure to familiarize yourself with the most recent personal import regulations!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Save on Classic Books!

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If you love books, and love FREE worldwide shipping, and love sales, it's all coming together for you right now!


Wordery's Got a Classic Fiction Sale going on NOW!

This is perfect for homeschoolers, or English Speakers living abroad who want to supplement their children's education (or anyone really)!

Here's the deal: Get 10% off when you buy three or more books from Wordery's Classic Fiction Bundle deal, with code 10FICTION

Note: The 10% discount is only applied when 3 or more books from the Classic Fiction Collection are added to your basket.

This sale ends Dec. 17, 2017 (23:59 GMT), so don't wait!

Wordery always offers FREE worldwide shipping!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Promo Code at The Hut!

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30% off Homeware Sale Preview | Use Code: HOME30 | Valid: 8th December to 13th December | 


Here's your chance to save 30% on homeware at The Hut! This website is ships most items to Israel (some heavy items or certain brands may be excluded) and is a great alternative to shopping at brick and mortar stores here! Nearly everything will come out cheaper! And with coupon code (promo code) HOME30, you'll save even more! December sales are often the best sales of the year!

Don't shop just for the sake of shopping, but if you have a shopping list - this is a great time to check out the deals!

Make sure you know all about import taxes and other important things you should know before shopping online! No one likes surprise fees. (Click here for the article about taxes)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Electricity Rates are Going Down!

I have been fielding a lot of questions about electric bills in Israel. I'm going to do my best to clarify some important points about this.

But first, there's some good news! The electric company announced that household electricity rates would be lowered, effective January, 2018.

At that point, the rate for those with a standard electric meter will be ​54.00 agurot per kwh (including ma'am/VAT - 46.15 agurot before VAT is added). This is a slight drop from the current rate of 55.29 agurot (47.26 without VAT).

We find that electricity is almost always our biggest expense after housing and food. I'm sure others can also put it "up there", even if your bills are lower than ours! For various reasons, including the fact that much of my family is home-based (we homeschool), and we are often the hosts for events, our electric bills are probably higher than average.

So we try to cut back - we install low wattage LED bulbs when appropriate, we try hard to turn off lights and mazganim when we leave a room, we don't run the heat overnight (we are really happy to have down blankets that keep us warm!), and other creative ideas for cutting back (like using a thermos to keep water hot for the whole morning). I'd love to hear your ideas! Maybe you can help us cut back even more!

Do you want to try to reduce your electric bill? Here's a tool that will help you figure out where it will be easiest for you to cut back and see an actual difference.

I'm sure you'll find it really easy to use, and I really hope it helps you keep your electric bills in check!

Simply choose which appliance you want to calculate, choose how long you'll be running it, and then the app will tell you how much this particular appliance costs you to run! This app is specifically designed using the IEC's current tarriffs, including VAT (this is for people who pay the same rate 24 hrs/day, who have a residential contract with the IEC). If the IEC rates change, we will update this app! (NOTE: On January 1, 2017, the IEC raised electricity rates. Current cost of electricity is approx 55 ag per kWh. It is going down in January 2018, and we'll update the app at that point.)

Please note: I have gotten many inquiries about peak rates vs. non-peak rates. It should be noted that ALMOST all the residential meters in this country do not operate that way! Most of us pay the same rate for electricity 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week.

Please let me know what you think!

Click here to go to the Electrical Appliance Cost Calculator:

About the Web App Developer:
I'm Ester's son and resident tech guy.
If you need some tech help, you can email me at scimonster1 (at) gmail (dot) com. I'm happy to work at reasonable prices.
Also, i answer questions on StackOverflow, the #1 programming Q&A site:
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Another iHerb promo you don't want to miss!



This post contains my iHerb referral link. You'll save money using it (even existing customers), and I may be compensated by iHerb. It won't cost you extra - but it WILL save you money!
I'm so happy to be able to share another promo code from iHerb! They keep giving us amazing deals with extra coupon codes! And I've promised to share them whenever I hear about them, so none of you will miss out on the extra savings! So here's the current deal:

Stock up your favorite iHerb products with this wonderful offer - a referral discount of 5% (good for new AND existing customers!) PLUS a special extra discount, giving you a total of 10% off your order of $60 or more! Just make sure you use 2 codes at checkout - a referral code - QEJ101 - AND the special code - HOLIDAY6 .

Click here to Shop at iHerb and automatically add the codes to your cart! (so much easier than having to copy/paste them, but if the codes do not show up in your cart after you've added $60 worth of items, please add them in manually.)

Offer Ends: Monday, December 11th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Please note: orders from China, Russia, New Zealand and Canada are excluded from this offer - Sorry!


These extra savings even combine with Trial items and Weekly Specials! This is definitely the right time to stock up! And if you use Shipping Savers, you can get really affordable shipping, too. You can sort for Shipping Savers on iHerb by clicking the Shipping Saver checkbox on the lefthand side of the page.



Not sure if shopping at iHerb makes sense?
I shop there pretty often, as you may already know. I find it makes life easier for me - not only do they make it easy to find some "hard to find" products my family needs (like fragrance free shower products), but I save a significant amount of money on things like vitamins and probiotics. So many products are definitely less expensive at iHerb than at my local stores, and shipping is VERY affordable as I mentioned above.

Here are some of the things I like to buy at iHerb:

Palm Oil (this eco-friendly version is not available in Israel at all, and is perfect for making frosting or fudge)

Magnesium Tablets (these and many other supplements are quite pricey in Israel and iHerb is a great way to save!)

Stash Teas (I buy these when they are on sale, as the sale price comes out to less than the lowest price I can find herbal teas for locally, and these are just SO MUCH HIGHER quality than teas I can find for an affordable price!)

Vitamin D (so many people are deficient, it turns out! And my doctor prescribed a rather high dose, and what's sold here is very low dose and more expensive)

Probiotics are far less expensive from iHerb than any I've found in Israel, and they don't weigh much! Many of these are "shipping savers" - so they'll lower your shipping costs for the whole order if you add them in!

EO shower gel (we like this kid friendly all-in-one shower product that doesn't irritate our skin!)

Ricola throat drops (these work out to be only slightly less expensive than the local price, so I use them as a "filler" product, never as my "reason for buying")

Witch Hazel (it's really not easy to find witch hazel products locally, and if you love witch hazel, you'll be thrilled with iherb's price. This one is a toner with alcohol in it - some people like the alcohol in it, but if you don't, they also have plenty of no-alcohol witch hazel products)

Coffee Filters (unbleached) - I can find the #4 size locally, but I use the #2 size, and can't always find unbleached, and it's so easy to order it, rather than running around town!

Brown Rice Pasta (only when they're on sale, great for people who don't eat wheat! The local equivalent is more expensive unless there's an amazing sale)

Grapefruit Seed Extract (similar product, 1/4 of the size, cost more than twice as much at my health food store, and many people are convinced this keeps colds away,!)

Essential Oils (I use them in homemade cleaners) - for a fraction of the price here in Israel! Yes, they are real and natural (and very importantly, not an MLM)!

Soy-free Teriyaki Sauce (for my soy allergic child)

Calendula Cream (so soothing and wonderful for eczema!) Sadly, this has been out of stock lately, and we're looking for an alternative.

Aquaphor Ointment - impossible to buy locally! (lately this has been out of stock at iherb, but you can ask to be notified when it's available)

I also regularly check the Specials Page to see if products I use are on sale and work out to a better deal thru iHerb during a sale, and I also occasionally will order a hard-to-find spice.

If you haven't ordered from iHerb, now is the perfect time to check it out!
And please let me know what your favorite deals are!

Don't get surprised by import taxes! If you are ordering items from overseas, be sure to familiarize yourself with the most recent personal import regulations!