Sunday, December 2, 2018

Discount Attractions: something for everyone!

(This post contains affiliate links. I may receive a commission when you make a purchase. Thanks for your support!) has teamed up with Janglo to bring you all the best savings in the country! I love being able to bring you the best of GROO's deals - this post is all about Entertainment and Attractions - SAVE big with these discount deals! Many of them are good for Chanukah vacation.

Terms and conditions can change at any time, so if you want a deal, buy it right away! Vouchers vary from slight discounts to 50% off or more:

Zoos & Petting Zoos:

Chai Kef (Rishon)

Devorat HaTavor Bee Farm

Agam Chai Yiron

Reptile Center, Katzrin

Eretz HaZvi Park, Hod Hasharon (limited hours)

Hava BaGivah Petting Zoo

The Monkey Refuge


Neanderthal Museum, Maayan Baruch

Hebrew Music Museum, Jerusalem

The Valley Museum - John Deere Center, Kibbutz Yifat

Technoda for Chanukah, Hadera

Indoor Play:

Shachmatipus -- Climbing Wall in Kiryat Malachi

Urban Climbing in Rechovot (does not include rental fee for climbing shoes)

The Green Bear Club Jaffa Port

Partyland in Atlit, up to 61% off

Bowling (8 different locations)

JumpPark in Rishon

Laser Tag, Raanana

Target Tag, Ramat Gan

Space Laser, Jerusalem

Laser Tag Meilia (near Maalot)

Nature/Outdoor Activities:

Beit Oren Yom Kef (horseback riding, jeeping, and more)

TLV Balloon Rides (Park Hayarkon)

Neot Kedumim Park (admission only)

Neot Kedumim Park (chanukah activities)

Donkey-drawn Carriages (Eilat)


Ein Gedi Botanical Gardens

Agam Nitzanim (Ashdod)

Park Timna

Yacht Outing from Herzliya

Segway Tours in Jaffa/Zichron/Ashdod

Segway at Rishon/Bat Yam/Tel Aviv


The Bravo Circus, on Chanukah, in various locations. Choose your tickets carefully (some shows are on Shabbat, so check before you book!)

Movie Tix at Haifa Cinematheque for just 29 NIS

29 NIS admission to the Chanukah "Happening" at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque!

HaBimah Theater Ticket Subscrition (4 shows)

"The Comic Lab" at HaBimah Theater in Tel Aviv on various dates.

Stand Up Factory in Tel Aviv (choose carefully, and click on "more options" to see all of the available options. Some deals are for Friday night and some are for after Shabbat)

Circus on Ice, on Chanukah. Various locations

WiPark Beersheva, on Chanukah

Virtual Reality:

VR Escape Room, Tel Aviv

VR Game or Simulator, Migdal HaEmek

VR Games, Ashkelon

VR Game in Petach Tikvah

VR Game in Raanana

VR Game in Kiryat Bialik

VR Game and more in Atlit

Group Fun (Karaoke, Escape Rooms, and More:

Target Tag (Ramat Gan)

Speak On (Karaoke in Rishon)

Karaoke Room at Escape City in Tel Aviv

Safed Puzzle Room (exclusive discount available)

Questomania, Tel Aviv (25% off)

The Fifth Element, Bat Yam (up to 46% off)

The Pirates' Cipher Escape Room (Tel Aviv)

Temple Run 2 Escape Room (Haifa)

Spa Day:

Spa Day at the Spa Club, Dead Sea

Spa Day at the Crowne Plaza Dead Sea

Spa Day at the Leonardo Hotel, Jerusalem

Spa Day at the Shani Hotel, Jerusalem

Spa Day and Swim at the Ruth Rimonim in Tsfat, (optional meal package)

Spa Day at The David Tower Hotel, Netanya

Spa Day at the Carlton Nahariya

There's something on this list for everyone! Enjoy!

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Ebay Deal!

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Still trying to rein in your spending, but not sure how to do it?

I'm begun posting ebay deals here, and plan to continue on a regular basis, that will help bring costs down.

Today's deal is PERFECT for ex-pats pining for a Starbucks brew! 

I personally don't drink Starbucks coffee, but I know a lot of ex-pats all over the world really miss it. So today I went searching for a way to help a friend, and here's what I found:

You can buy Starbucks coffees on ebay! There are a variety of sellers with a huge range of prices, but the more affordable ones also include free shipping!

Check out the screenshot on the left here - you can find this listing at -- This deal happens to be for Ground Sumatran Coffee (Starbucks), but you can find plenty of other varieties there as well!

So, go ahead, get your Starbucks fix even in Israel, with a simple ebay purchase! Your coffee will be on its way! 

Follow my blog (or like or follow me on Facebook) for more ebay money savers for Israelis, coming soon! If you have items you love to buy on ebay, let me know at !

Happy savings!

Friday, November 23, 2018

Black Friday Savings!

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People are shopping all over the internet today... I think it's great if you know what you need and buy only what you need, for an amazing price. But I am not a big fan of buying things STAM because there's a sale.

With that in mind, today is a great day to take advantage of Amazon's sales if you're on the lookout for something!

Many items from Amazon now ship to Israel! I've opted to buy gadgets from them lately, as even with the shipping fee, it was worth it. Some because of lower price, others - well, because the item simply was not available in Israel!

So choose your favorite Amazon site if you're shopping today:

Amazon UK - sometimes shipping is faster, but fewer items actually ship here.

There's a lot of buzz about this Instapot that says it ships to Israel! Get it while the price is right!


Amazon US

I also found some great ebay deals! 


Some local stores are in on the Black Friday action, as well. You can check out my Deals group on Facebook for some of those deals!

Happy Smart Shopping to everyone! See you after Shabbat!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Black Friday Savings 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've promised to share iHerb deals whenever I hear about them, so none of you will miss out on the extra savings! So here's the current big news:

Right now there's a Black Friday deal going on - get 11% off the entire site, plus earn an 11% loyalty credit on every purchase. Simply shop using this exclusive link, and you'll definitely save big!
(If the link doesn't load your discount into your cart, simply enter these two codes at checkout: QEJ101 and BLACK to get the discount!)

This offer is good until November 27, 2018,
 at 8pm PST!

More PRO tips for shopping at iHerb:

If you use Shipping Savers, you can get really affordable shipping, even if you choose DHL Express shipping (I highly recommend this shipping method, as you can make a much larger order - I often order 10 lbs or more, it arrives really quickly, and I can choose for it to be delivered to my door! And sometimes it's as low as $2! Last time I used the free shipping option, my package got lost in transit. It was annoying, to say the least...)! You can sort for Shipping Savers on iHerb by clicking the Shipping Saver checkbox on the left-hand side of the page. Check out my Shipping Saver suggestions, too!

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 difficult 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 (I only buy these when they're on sale though. Great for people who don't eat wheat! The local equivalent is more expensive unless there's an amazing sale going on)

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) - I've never seen this in Israel!

Calendula Cream (so soothing and wonderful for eczema!)

Aquaphor Ointment - impossible to buy locally! When it's not available, you might find CeraVe to be a good alternative.

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.

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!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

10 Shekel Movies!

The 10 shekel movie deal is back - THIS WEEK!

Thursday, November 22, 2018 is "Movie Day" - and you'll be able to see just about ANY movie currently playing in theaters for just 10 shekels per ticket (14 shekels for 3D movies)! (ALL shows, all times!)

Please keep in mind that movies get sold out quickly, so you'll want to buy your ticket in advance, if possible.

Find participating theaters (most theaters in the country) here:

Yes Planet
Globus (*2235) -
Rav Chen
Lev (*5155) - 

Cinema City 1-700-70-22-55 - 

For those of us up north with no participating theaters nearby, I just discovered that the theater in Teverya is joining the party! - 
Tiberias Theater -

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Orlah Update: Kislev 5779

Here's the latest Orlah update, so you can shop for fruit in Israel with confidence!

This post is a follow up to the Kashrut for New Olim post. If you haven't seen it yet, please check it out -- there's important information there! 

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES in Israel - Specific Kashrut Issues

Unlike in other parts of the world, in Israel, fruits and vegetables are NOT automatically "kosher" - here we need to make sure that they are not "orlah" fruits (harvested during a tree's first 3 yrs, with other rules applying to year 4) and that trumot and ma'asrot have been taken (from both fruits and vegetables). Without these basics, these fruits and vegetables are NOT acceptable in a kosher kitchen!

If you shop at a market that doesn't have an ishur kashrut (kosher certification) on their produce, you'll need to investigate these issues further, if you are interested in adhering to the halachot of the Land of Israel OR if you regularly host people who assume the food in your home is kosher! I must say that it's important to familiarize yourself with these special halachot, as they are part of keeping kosher in Israel! (If you say you keep Kosher in Israel, everyone assumes that you have taken care of these issues; and if you don't, then you may be unwittingly putting someone in a situation they don't want to be in!) 

It's definitely possible to take trumot and maasrot on your own (I do it often), so vegetables are easiest to buy without a teudah, as that is all you need to do (and very often, it would be without a bracha). Some of the fruits on the market may be ok to purchase even from a non-certified establishment and just take trumot and maasrot, because of the extremely low percentage of orlah fruits being sold, but those lists change frequently, so you'll constantly need to stay up-to-date.

Other fruits can be a problem, because of orlah (from the first 3 years after the tree was planted). I try very hard to post a monthly update here on my site with a list of the fruits where the percentage of orlah fruits on the open market is greater than 0.5%. These fruits should only be bought from a reputable source that does not sell orlah fruits (i.e. a place with a teudah). This orlah issue is a serious issue for kosher consumers:

ORLAH Update for Kislev 5779

Fruits to AVOID buying without a teudah:
  • Avocado - Ettinger, Haas varieties
  • Blueberries
  • Annona
  • Grapefruit (White)
  • Guava
  • Strawberry Guava
  • Olives for curing
  • Olives for oil (Barnea)
  • Lemon
  • Seedless grapes: Scarlotta
  • Papaya
  • Pitaya (Dragon Fruit) (Pri Eden and Yellow variety)
  • Prickly Pear (Sabra Fruit)
  • Clementines - Michal, Merav, Morkutt Satsuma varieties
  • Oranges - Newhall variety, Blood oranges
  • Starfruit
  • Passionfruit
  • Almonds
  • Figs
  • Apples - Grand, Granny Smith, Jonathan, Pink Lady

Please be sure to speak with your personal Halachic Authority about purchasing fruit in Israel without a teudah. Not everyone holds by the 0.5% threshold, and there are differences of opinion about certain fruits and whether they are subject to Orlah. This information is just for informational purposes and is not a halachic psak! Even if you follow a psak that relies on the 0.5% threshold, you still must take trumot and maasrot on all produce grown in Israel (or be sure it has been taken), in order to fulfill your halachic obligations.

Also, be aware that this list does NOT apply to fruit grown by an individual. If your friend has a fruit tree, you'll need to find out how old it is! 

I hope you find this helpful! Please follow or like my Facebook page and don't miss out on updates and other posts!