Monday, June 14, 2021

Deals for dancers!

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I may receive a small commission. Thank you!


Dance. It's an expensive hobby once you get into the competition scene. Our girls have reached that stage where we're spending way more money on their dancing than we ever imagined we would.

Sometimes you just can't cut corners - I don't buy off-brand pointe shoes, for example. But other times, cutting corners is a great way to save. We used to spend upwards of 100 NIS (plus travel costs to get to the closest dance store) every time one of them needed new class shoes (ballet flats), but we don't do that anymore!

Instead, we experimented a bit and ordered a few off-brand shoes from online stores, and we've found one online seller that we really like for this kind of shoe. And SO much less expensive. (Note: this shoe is not usually used by younger, beginner dancers. Always ask your dance teacher for guidance about which kind of shoe is needed!)

Here's the listing:


It's pretty much true to size - but remember that dancers' feet usually swell a bit when they're warmed up, so we ordered 38s when in street shoes we usually get 37s for these girls. And the 38s are perfect for their warmed up feet. (37 and 38 etc are European sizes, in case you're reading this from another part of the world!) Click here to check them out for yourself!

Next - costumes cost a pretty penny. In most cases, though, for local shows and competitions, a discount costume is good enough - and it's not like we have much choice: We're just not able to invest hundreds of dollars on professional level costumes. However, discount costume makers REALLY vary. We've had some great successes, and some that left something to be desired.

Our favorite place to buy softer, romantic look tutus and lyrical dresses is Thank Frank's Aliexpress store. For the price, the quality is AMAZING.

We bought this one from them when we first discovered Thank Frank, and no one believed that it cost less than $50 USD!


This pretty blue peasant dress has seen several competitions already, and it's holding up really well! Click here to go check it out yourself.

For the classic tutu look (pancake style/platter style), we really had a hard time finding a discount seller. In the end, we ordered from Aler Dance Store. I will be the first to admit this is NOT a professional quality tutu. However, it will certainly do for a low-stakes competition or local performance. There were a few minor flaws in the stitching, but we can fix those, and the tulle got a little bent out of shape during shipping, but we can fix that too. Also, be aware that they send the tutu all crumpled up, with a piece of nylon hooping that you will need to insert yourself - but that's actually quite simple to do, so it's totally worth it. And shipping was not free, but we ordered it 11 days ago and we have the tutu in our hands already! Overall, this was a perfectly acceptable experience for a discount costume.


Click here to go check it out. They also sell other styles and colors, and I'll be ordering from them again!

We also try to get convertible tights for less than the standard price. Here's one of the ones we've bought. They don't last quite as long as brand name dancewear, so the jury's still out on this one. But if you just really can't fathom spending 40 NIS on a pair of tights, be aware that you CAN get THREE pairs for the same amount!


Click here to go to this listing!

Anyhow, if anyone out there reading this wants to sponsor our dancers' leotards, pointe shoes, costumes, etc please let me know! (Currently, they wear Bloch brand pointe shoes and are happy to continue. My wallet doesn't love spending 300 NIS or so on each pair, though.)

Happy Savings!

Thursday, May 20, 2021

FREE help filing your taxes!


Every year, many of us have to file a yearly tax report with the Israel Tax Authority.

Many, many people pay an accountant to handle this report, but did you know that in some cases you can also get FREE help?

Here's the deal:

The Israel Tax Authority runs Free Clinics for Atzma'im with income from self employment up to 60,000 NIS using Form 137, and other people who need to file a tax report using Form 1301.

Find this help HERE:


Every Regional Tax Office (except Eilat and Tel Aviv - details below), until June 30, 2021, Sunday - Thursday from 1pm - 6:00pm. Some offices may be closed on certain days of the week. I recommend calling before you go to verify they are open!

In Eilat, the clinic will be available only on Mondays and Wednesdays.
In the Sharon area, this service is available only in Kfar Sava. In Ashdod and Rishon Letzion the clinic is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-6pm.

In Tel Aviv, there is a special Resource Center dedicated just to this service, and it will remain open until July 29, 2021. Find it at Rechov Shefa Tal 12, Tel Aviv.




NOTE: The Tax Authority is not offering assistance with other issues at these clinics. They are ONLY for getting help filing your yearly tax report (only forms 1301 and 137).

Good luck, and don't wait to do your taxes! Better just to get it done with, right?
 

Sunday, April 25, 2021

iHerb Groceries discount!

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 love to share iHerb deals and I'm excited to let you know that right now you can get 20% OFF most items in the "Groceries" category! YES! I'm stocking up on a bunch of things!

AND this combines with referral rewards, so if you use my referral code QEJ101 (or click on any link in this post and it should load automatically), you'll get an additional 5% off, giving you a really great deal!

Just click here to shop the Groceries category - no special coupon code is required! And, if you place items in your order that don't qualify for this sale, code QEJ101 will still give you 5% - 10% off almost anything else on the site! (You can use that code EVERYDAY to create your own sale!)

 So click here and get started shopping (or maybe you already have your list just about ready to go, like I do? I have been waiting and waiting for this coupon code to arrive...)!

Boxit delivery to a pickup location is my current default delivery choice. Just note that this delivery option is only for orders that weigh a maximum of 5 kg (11 lbs). There are a few products that cannot be shipped this way, so if you discover at checkout that this delivery option isn't available, try removing one item at a time from your cart (I recommend moving it to "your lists" and then moving it back if it's not the one causing the problem).

You can often score FREE Boxit delivery - for this, your order must be at least $60 USD.



Whether I get home delivery, or store pickup delivery, my iHerb orders have been coming really quickly, despite my location in the boondocks, closer to Damascus than Tel Aviv!

Don't get surprised by import taxes! If you're ordering items from overseas, be sure to familiarize yourself with the most recent personal import regulations! HINT: Keep your order under $75 (not including shipping).


I've been consistently impressed with their service during the pandemic. I've been filling in some of the things I was not able to get in my regular grocery or pharmacy delivery orders, or simply things that turned out to be less expensive from iHerb. I order things like fragrance free laundry detergent, french roast coffee, and eco-friendly dishwasher detergent, allergen free chocolate chips (note: these only ship November thru May!), 
 elderberry and zinc - I like to keep those on hand for winter colds - and other great products.

Let me know what your favorite deals are!


Want more deals? Join my Facebook Group and/or my Whatsapp group!

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Check out this fragrance-free laundry detergent!

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!

A surprise package arrived at the post office and this was what I found:
A package for me! AWESOME!

So I opened it up and here's what I found:
A Gift! For me! YAY!

I discovered that iHerb sent me a sample of their Mild by Nature laundry detergent to review. I must admit, I've actually bought it before! You see, we really try hard to use fragrance-free detergents because we sneeze and wheeze otherwise. So this is one of those I've tried and liked. It really leaves no scent! And unless something is super stinky or massively stained, it works. If you're using this detergent on stains, I recommend pre-treating with a stain remover (I usually use the Ecover one) or pairing it with a laundry booster like this bleach alternative. The bleach alternative also has the added benefit of neutralizing those super stinky odors, too (can you tell that we sometimes have stinky laundry here?).

The other thing I really like about this detergent is that it comes in pre-measured pods, so it travels easily AND it makes it really easy to get my teens to throw a load of laundry in because I know they'll use the "right" amount of detergent.

I love to share iHerb deals and I'm excited to let you know about a sale going on right now that will get you 20% OFF Mild By Nature brand! But hurry! 

If you haven't tried this brand, I'll let you in on a secret: This is one of iHerb's "house brands" so you get a particularly good value for most of the products and you aren't paying for a fancy brand name.

And, if you place items in your order that don't qualify for this sale, code QEJ101 will still give you 5% - 10% off almost anything else on the site! (You can use that code EVERYDAY to create your own sale!)

 So click here and get started at iHerb, and be sure to check out their house brand products!

Boxit delivery to a pickup location is my current default delivery choice. Just note that this delivery option is only for orders that weigh a maximum of 5 kg (11 lbs). There are a few products that cannot be shipped this way, so if you discover at checkout that this delivery option isn't available, try removing one item at a time from your cart (I recommend moving it to "your lists" and then moving it back if it's not the one causing the problem).

You can often score FREE Boxit delivery - for this, your order must be at least $60 USD.



Whether I get home delivery, or store pickup delivery, my iHerb orders have been coming really quickly, despite my location in the boondocks, closer to Damascus than Tel Aviv!

Don't get surprised by import taxes! If you're ordering items from overseas, be sure to familiarize yourself with the most recent personal import regulations! HINT: Keep your order under $75 (not including shipping).


I've been consistently impressed with their service during the pandemic. I've been filling in some of the things I was not able to get in my regular grocery or pharmacy delivery orders, or simply things that turned out to be less expensive from iHerb. I order things like fragrance free laundry detergent, french roast coffee, and eco-friendly dishwasher detergent, allergen free chocolate chips (note: these only ship November thru May!), 
elderberry and zinc.

Let me know what your favorite deals are!

Want more deals? Join my Facebook Group and/or my Whatsapp group!

Sunday, April 11, 2021

iHerb weekend sale!

 

Great discount right now on NOW Foods brand at iHerb AND it combines with my code (QEJ101) for extra savings!
Definitely stock up time.

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 love to share iHerb deals and I'm excited to let you know about this great weekend sale that will get you 20% OFF NOW Foods brand right now. 

AND this combines with referral rewards, so if you use my referral code QEJ101 (or click on any link in this post and it should load automatically), you'll get an additional 5% off, giving you a really great deal!

Definitely Stock-Up Time.

And, if you place items in your order that don't qualify for this sale, code QEJ101 will still give you 5% - 10% off almost anything else on the site! (You can use that code EVERYDAY to create your own sale!)

 So click here and get started shopping (or maybe you already have your list just about ready to go, like I do?)!

Boxit delivery to a pickup location is my current default delivery choice. Just note that this delivery option is only for orders that weigh a maximum of 5 kg (11 lbs). There are a few products that cannot be shipped this way, so if you discover at checkout that this delivery option isn't available, try removing one item at a time from your cart (I recommend moving it to "your lists" and then moving it back if it's not the one causing the problem).

You can often score FREE Boxit delivery - for this, your order must be at least $60 USD.



Whether I get home delivery, or store pickup delivery, my iHerb orders have been coming really quickly, despite my location in the boondocks, closer to Damascus than Tel Aviv!

Don't get surprised by import taxes! If you're ordering items from overseas, be sure to familiarize yourself with the most recent personal import regulations! HINT: Keep your order under $75 (not including shipping).


I've been consistently impressed with their service during the pandemic. I've been filling in some of the things I was not able to get in my regular grocery or pharmacy delivery orders, or simply things that turned out to be less expensive from iHerb. I order things like fragrance free laundry detergent, french roast coffee, and eco-friendly dishwasher detergent, allergen free chocolate chips (note: these only ship November thru May!), 
elderberry and zinc.

Let me know what your favorite deals are!

Want more deals? Join my Facebook Group and/or my Whatsapp group!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Extra iHerb Savings!

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 love to share iHerb deals and I'm excited to let you know about a secret sale that will get you 20% OFF probiotics right now. I debated about sharing this, but in the end, since some probiotics are approved for use on Pesach, I decided it's ok to share.

AND this combines with referral rewards, so if you use my referral code QEJ101 (or click on any link in this post and it should load automatically), you'll get an additional 5% off, giving you a really great deal!

Just click here to shop the Probiotics category - no special coupon code is required! And, if you place items in your order that don't qualify for this sale, code QEJ101 will still give you 5% - 10% off almost anything else on the site! (You can use that code EVERYDAY to create your own sale!)

 So click here and get started shopping (or maybe you already have your list just about ready to go, like I do? I have been waiting and waiting for this coupon code to arrive...)!

Boxit delivery to a pickup location is my current default delivery choice. Just note that this delivery option is only for orders that weigh a maximum of 5 kg (11 lbs). There are a few products that cannot be shipped this way, so if you discover at checkout that this delivery option isn't available, try removing one item at a time from your cart (I recommend moving it to "your lists" and then moving it back if it's not the one causing the problem).

You can often score FREE Boxit delivery - for this, your order must be at least $60 USD.



Whether I get home delivery, or store pickup delivery, my iHerb orders have been coming really quickly, despite my location in the boondocks, closer to Damascus than Tel Aviv!

Don't get surprised by import taxes! If you're ordering items from overseas, be sure to familiarize yourself with the most recent personal import regulations! HINT: Keep your order under $75 (not including shipping).


I've been consistently impressed with their service during the pandemic. I've been filling in some of the things I was not able to get in my regular grocery or pharmacy delivery orders, or simply things that turned out to be less expensive from iHerb. I order things like fragrance free laundry detergent, french roast coffee, and eco-friendly dishwasher detergent, allergen free chocolate chips (note: these only ship November thru May!), 
 elderberry and zinc - I like to keep those on hand for winter colds - and other great products.

Let me know what your favorite deals are!


Want more deals? Join my Facebook Group and/or my Whatsapp group!

Monday, March 29, 2021

Pesach Fun - with DISCOUNTS!

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It's vacation time and we have a couple of days ahead of us with time to DO stuff. And of course, it's always best to do stuff without paying full price! So I'm here to share some great deals for your enjoyment! 

Pick Fruits and Vegetables ("U-Pick"):

Pick farm fresh vegetables! The second option includes about 3.5 kg of veggies to take home:






Here's a deal for HaTut V'HaPerach in Ramat HaShavim - this deal includes 1 kg of strawberries that you picked for you to take home! This is a limited time offer, so grab it today!


Here's one for Tutland in Hod Hasharon, the family deal is the best deal for Chol HaMoed, and it includes 2 kg of strawberries to take home. Note: the first option (29.90) is not valid for Pesach.


More U-Pick Deals:
Tut Sadeh in Kadima (the second option includes 1/2 kg of strawberries to take home)
Meshek HaKochavim in Burgata (pick strawberries and a variety of vegetables)

Museums:

Technoda in Hadera has a discount ticket option right now! Be sure to reserve your slot. You CANNOT "just show up".









Jungle Park, Modiin - discount family tickets are the best deal! You must reserve a day and time.




Zoos & Outdoor Fun:

Chai Kef in Rishon (38% off the regular price!). You must reserve a day and time:




Haifa Zoo is open this Chol Hamoed, and here's a deal for over 20% off:




This deal for 89.90 will get you into all the fun at Indie Park in Yesod HaMaaleh!










Rob Roy Park, including a show, u-pick, and more, with an incredible discount price!




Check out fun for the 2-10 year old set in Tel Aviv, with this deal for the kids' fun zone on the roof of Azrieli (you must book a time slot)! 

Let me know which deal you like best!

Be sure to share this post with your friends and family! 

Don't forget to join my Facebook group for more deals! I also have a Whatsapp group! See you there!

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Last minute Pesach Getaways!

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If you're still looking for a last minute Pesach hotel deal, check this out! 

Donna Gracia Hotel in Tiberias has availability - these deals vary as to how much food is included, so plan to take advantage of the restaurants in town if you go! A room for two starts at 529 NIS per night. (You can buy just one night, even!)






This deal is for a night away in Jerusalem at the Heleni Hotel (Olive Hotels). The deal doesn't include any food - plan to eat out or get takeout. It's a great price for a night for 2 in Jerusalem! (starts at 459 NIS for one night but you can get TWO nights for 679! Weekend prices are a little higher)



For other great deals, don't forget to check on Booking.com

Be sure to share this post with your friends and family! 

Don't forget to join my Facebook group for more deals! I also have a Whatsapp group! See you there!