Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Free Museum admission (and more!) with a Disability Certificate

 PSA for anyone out there who carries a "Teudat Neche" (official disability certificate):



Friday, December 3rd you can get in FREE to dozens of venues.

Here's what's on the list (original Hebrew list is found here - it's a download):


Cinematek Haifa

Cinematek Tel Aviv

Cinematek Herzliya

Cinematek Jerusalem

Cinematek Holon

Cinematek Sderot

Israel Museum

Bible Lands Museum

The Khan Museum Kfar Sava

Ono Museum (registration required)

The Land of Israel Museum Ramat Aviv

The Nachum Gutman Museum of Art

Beit Ussishkin, the Galilee Nature Center

Museum of Islamic Art

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Petach Tikvah Museum of Art

The Khan Museum in Hadera

Rishon LeTzion Museum

Wilfred Museum

Steinhart Museum of Nature

Hecht Museum - Haifa University

Babylonian Heritage Museum in Holon

Ashdod Museum of Art

Museum of Philistine Culture

Bloomfeld Science Museum Jerusalem

Shterman House Museum

Yad Vashem

Holon Museum of Design (advance registration required)

Israeli Museum of Caricature and Comics Holon

Haifa Museum of Art

Tikotin Museum

Haifa Maritime Museum

Hermann Struck Museum

Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum

Etzel Museum

Underground Prisoners Museum Akko

Underground Prisoners Museum Jerusalem

Lechi Museum

Battalions Museum Moshav Avichail

Hagana Museum

Beit Hashomer Kfar Giladi

The Etzel 1948 Museum

Palmach House Museum (advance registration required)

Netanya Museum

Sarona Visitors' Center

HaReut Museum, Metzudat Koach

Joe Alon Center for Bedouin Culture

Minkov Citrus Orchard Museum Rechovot

Circassian Heritage Center, Kfar Kama

The Raanana Historical Society Center

First Aliyah Museum, Zichron Yaakov

Ben Gurion's Hut, Sdeh Boker

The Valley Train Station, Kfar Yehoshua

The Mizgaga Museum, Nachsholim

Atlit Detention Camp

Etzel Museum at Shuni

Biriya Fortress

1948 Battle Reconstruction Site, Yad Mordechai

The Emek Museum, Kibbutz Yifat

Savta Tzila's House, Yavniel

Circassian Museum, Kfar Kama

Herzl Museum, Jerusalem

The Female Soldier's Memorial, Nitzanim

Mitzpe Gvulot

The Negev Museum of Art, Be'er Sheva

Museum of Islamic Culture, Be'er Sheva

Historic Nahalal Police Station

Museum of the History of Gedera and the Biluim

The Kurdish Experience, Yardena

Rosh Pinah Pioneer Reconstruction

Givati Museum

Chanita Wall and Tower Museum

Museatar – The Ben Shemen Youth Village

Chana Senesh House

National Maritime Museum, Haifa

Haifa City Museum


I apologize for any errors - I did my best to translate the original list, but as always, I recommend calling before you go to be sure the venue you chose is participating. 

Hope you found this helpful -- Happy Chanukah!


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Vacation Fun - Discount Tix!

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It's Chanukah Vacation, so here are some last minute deals on tickets to shows and things to do!


Click here to see all the Chanukah Fun Discount offers on Groo! 



Peter Rabbit Show (various locations) - 59 NIS/ticket

The Jungle Book Show (on Dec 6) - 48 NIS/ticket

Maaseh BaChamisha Balonim (various locations) - 48 NIS/ticket

Aladdin (last minute for today in Yavne) - 55 NIS/ticket

"Touch the Stars" in Herzliya - 49 NIS per ticket/139 NIS for a 3-pack

Igudan Visitors' Center - 10 NIS/ticket

Salvador Dali Exhibit - 59 NIS/ticket


Enjoy the shows!

Monday, November 29, 2021

Cyber Monday Amazon Deals!

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It's Cyber Monday and I thought you'd like to know that you can get some great deals on Amazon!

LIKE:

This ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 Thin and Light 2-in-1 Laptop (for a MUCH lower total price than you can find in Israel!) 


This PLAYMOBIL set is 51% off right now! 


Hasbro games for up to 40% off! 


Pandemic (the board game) is 66% off!


Let me know what great deals you've found!

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Electronics deals for Black Friday!

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Black Friday Deals are HERE!

Here are some great deals on Amazon, that qualify for FREE shipping, and you'll know upfront exactly how much tax you'll pay:

FitBit Charge 5 (currently 28% off!)

FitBit Sense Advanced (currently 33% off!)

Lenovo Chromebook (currently 50% off!)

Garmin watches (currently 29% off!)

Laptops (discounts vary)


Enjoy!

Black Friday Deals: Tom's of Maine

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Black Friday Deals are HERE!

Here are some great Tom's of Maine deals on Amazon, that qualify for FREE shipping when you order $49 or more!

3-pack of Luminous White toothpaste (currently 34% off!)

Tom's of Maine Flouride mouthwash 3-pack (currently 24% off!)

6-pack Tom's of Maine Soap (currently 45% off!)

Tom's of Maine Natural Deodorant 3-pack (currently 29% off!)


Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Things to consider buying from overseas

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Some people wonder why any of us bother buying things online from abroad when we can actually get lots of things here in Israel. And it's a legitimate question. We do have SO much available, even in a small town like mine! HOWEVER - and this is a BIG however - if you could pay half and stretch your budget so much further, isn't that tempting?

I know, I know, small businesses in Israel have a really tough time making a profit, with all the costs associated with running a business. Rent is high, Arnona is high, taxes are high, delivery costs are high - it all adds up. So some people argue that we need to keep our shekels local. And pay the much higher costs so that our neighbors can stay in business. And I hear it. And my heart hurts for those who can't stay in business. BUT until we can bring about a change that will reduce some of the extraordinarily high fees, I don't believe I am required to keep pumping money into a broken system. Some small businesses are held hostage by their suppliers (want to sell X? Only if you also make room on your shelves for Y! Want to import something? Be sure to pay the right people, or your pallet will never clear customs), and we deserve better than cartel influenced inflated costs.

So I say, take advantage of VAT free personal imports! Your orders that total less than $75 will be VAT free (that's 17% right now). And sometimes, I still think it's worth it to buy items that cost over $75 and pay the VAT.

I know this doesn't help for certain big ticket items, and those items are the places we end up parking a LOT of money, but I currently don't have a solution for that except to say "shop around, and bargain"!


Here are the types of things I think can be worth bringing in, even if you end up paying VAT on the shipment, especially with current Early Black Friday discounts!

1. Home security systems

2. MicroSD cards (some sizes are under $75 for sure!)

3. Otterbox cases for your devices (compare to your local store!) - some cases are well under $75 and you won't have to pay VAT.

4. Chromebooks for lightweight computer needs and a very lightweight price.

5. Family Games! Many are well under the taxable threshold

6. Tablets

7. Cut resistant gloves 

8. Smart lock


Hope this list helps you - let me know what you'd add to the list! I'd love to hear!


 

Black Friday Deals (Ships from within Israel)

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Do you prefer to buy things that don't ship from overseas? I hear ya, loud and clear! I buy from Israeli sites, too! And lucky for us, there are some sales going on. So if you were in the market for something particular, or want to buy a gift for someone, here are some deals to check out:



These are some of the deals I found on GROO in their current Black Friday Sale:


1. Trial Subscription to National Geographic Kids (plus extras!) for just 9.90 NIS

2. Wooden Toys in a variety of price ranges, some with free shipping

3. Espresso Maker for 299 NIS

4. 10 men's t-shirts (undershirts?) for 89.90

5. Vardinon down blankets for half the regular price!

6. Zooma photo album for 59 NIS

7. Coffee capsules for 1 NIS/apiece

8. Chair that opens to a bed (free shipping to some areas and with certain conditions)

9. 6 liters of Terra Creta Olive Oil (plus a bottle of balsamic vinegar) for 199 NIS

10. Dinner for 2 at Papagaio in Herzliya for 199 NIS!

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Shopping for Israelis: Another Great Option!

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Since it's shopping season, I wanted to let you know about this website that is US based but has customer service here in Israel. There are literally thousands of great deals to choose from, and EVERYTHING on the site ships to Israel! They have a free shipping option and a dedicated customs clearance agent, and they tell me your fees are all calculated at checkout, so you shouldn't have to worry about any extra "surprises"!

Check it out - I'm seeing some great prices.
They even have a whole "Dollar Store" section! (It's a little bit addictive, just warning you!)

And Legos. They ship Legos to Israel!

And so much more - you really need to see it to believe it.

Things to note:
Purchases over 150 NIS qualify for free delivery to a pickup location
Free returns
Local customer service and warranties
Delivery times: approx 21 days
Payment options include Paypal

Always read product descriptions and check carefully, policies can change.

Happy shopping!