Sunday, May 15, 2022

Shopping Deal of the Day!

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I personally rotate where I shop online, I often shop at Groo or Wallashops... but for some things, I just have to turn to Amazon - either for products that aren't available locally or the markup is too high. And, with Amazon, you'll often get free shipping, and you'll always know UP FRONT if you have to pay any extra fees.

Amazon's prices change frequently but they're really great about letting you know if an item in your cart has changed price.

I love to check for random things I want or need to buy and compare with local prices.

Today I'm having that debate about bedding. When the mattress is giving out, do you buy a new one (or 5), or do you try to eke a bit more life out of them with a mattress topper?

Well, I haven't yet looked beyond the actual cash I'd need to shell out, so I'm really tempted to try a mattress topper.

And believe it or not, today, Amazon has a number of them for less than $75 and with a free shipping option!

Here are a few that I found:

Queen size with memory foam 

Twin Size pillow top 

Full size with memory foam 

Full size pillow top

Just remember - avoid VAT and other import fees by staying below the $75 tax threshold for any single order! If you do go over, you will see exactly what you'll pay in taxes at checkout. I only do this if I'm actually buying a product that costs more than $75. Otherwise, I place separate orders that each total under $75.

If you're in the USA and buying a gift for someone in Israel, please follow those guidelines, too - or be prepared to prepay all taxes and fees. You'll see them before you checkout, so don't worry about surprises. You will need to enter the recipient's ID number at checkout too, so the package can clear customs.

Hope you found this helpful! If yes, be sure to find me on social media, and share this post, too!



Wednesday, May 4, 2022

FREE Help filing your Israeli 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:


Regional Tax Offices will operate these services between May 8, 2022 and June 30, 20022, 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 service will be available only on Mondays and Wednesdays.
In Um Al Fahem, the service is only available on Sundays. 
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 28, 2022. 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?

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Yom Ha'Atzmaut discount from iHerb!!

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עברית למטה

iHerb is doing something. It's big. It involves discounts. Lots of them. And they change pretty frequently.

Right now, there's this sale: Get 15% off your $70 order  - CLICK HERE to load the discount into your cart!

If it doesn't load automatically, enter these two codes one at a time into your cart before you checkout for maximum savings: promo code ISRAEL22 and rewards code QEJ101.

CLICK HERE to go to iHerb

Need ideas for your iHerb order?

Here are just a few things I recommend - let me know what your favorites are:

Lip balm 

Specialty sea salt grinders 

Concentrated Laundry Detergent 

Unscented Compostable Dryer Sheets

Witch Hazel Cleansing Pads 

Stridex acne control pads 

Cocoa Butter Lotion 

Dental Floss 

Pain Relief Cream (the athletes in my house like this one a lot)

Makeup Remover

Aquaphor

Maple Syrup Granules 

Wild Caught Pink Salmon 

Made Good Granola Bars


Your order of $60 and up will usually qualify for FREE Global Air Locker shipping!

Don't forget these important, basic principles of shopping online from Israel:

  • Keep your order under $75 to avoid paying VAT!!
  • Spread out your orders. If you want to buy more than $75 worth of items from one website, and you have the option of splitting your order - DO IT. BUT don't order more than $75 worth on any given day to the same shipping name/address/ID. If you do, customs may combine your orders and charge you. Give it about 3 days between orders. Best to ship to a different name using a different ID for customs, so you can order it all on the same day.
  • Always look for the free shipping option - usually it's to a pickup spot.

I was so excited when my order came to $74.64 after the discount was applied, and with free delivery! Talk about maximizing savings while avoiding import taxes! I hope you're just as successful!

Enjoy and happy savings!

יש לכם הזדמנות עכשיו לקבל הנחה על כל האתר של אייהרב! התחילו את הקנייה עם הקישור למטה, שמקודד להעלות לסל שלכם 2 קודים שיתנו לכם ההנחה המקסימלית!

קבלו הנחה של 15% על הקנייה בשווי $70 או יותר באתר של אייהרב עכשיו לכבוד חג הפסח (ולרוב גם תקבלו משלוח חינם עם גלובל אייר לוקר עם מוסיפים מוצרים כדי שסכום הרכישה
יגיע ל$60)!

תהינו!






Sunday, May 1, 2022

FREE courses and resources

I woke up this morning and saw an ad in my social media feed. It was for a "FREE" digital marketing course. And I was so excited. Someone wanted to teach me to improve my digital marketing for FREE!

Sounds so awesome.

I was ready to sign up.

Until I discovered the $150 registration fee. Making it decidedly NOT free. Not overly expensive, but still not free.

Now, that doesn't mean that a course with a fee isn't worth it - it might be. And people pay varying amounts of money for different kinds of training. But I didn't like the marketing tactic of "here's something free" that then asked me to pay.

So I decided to dig a little deeper and find what's free out there. And discovered that we can ALL access a lot of TRULY FREE courses, by accessing Google Digital Workshop. My initial search showed me that 156 courses are available! One, the Digital Marketing Course, has a cost-free certificate. The others are courses without certificates, it seems.



To get started, I clicked the "Register" button and then used an automatic "login with your Google account" option. Most of us have Google accounts, so this is super easy.

It looks like the courses are all available to do at your own pace. You don't need to be available at a certain time to hear a lecture or attend a workshop, which is really good for people like me with a constantly changing schedule.

I'm really excited about finding this free knowledge base that is available to anyone who wants to use it! What an amazing resource! Thanks, Google!

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Free Help for New Freelancers!

 I see lots of people asking about opening a "tik atzmai". I even see people asking to hire someone to do it for them.



I'll admit, I didn't open mine myself - a tax consultant did it for me as long as I agreed to have her file my end of year tax paperwork... So I duly turned over the info she requested and later that day she gave me proof that I had a file opened!

BUT...

I did later talk someone else through opening one, because they didn't want to have to commit to paying anyone. They knew they would not be earning a lot through their freelance work, and would be eligible for FREE tax filing assistance. And then I realized it really wasn't as complicated as I'd thought!

And NOW?

Well, it's gotten even easier!

Because now, the Israel Tax Authority has a series of "how-to" videos available to the public, explaining exactly what to do!

Check them out HERE!

Who would have thought that the Tax Authority would be so helpful? I know it sounds strange... but it's true that they just want people to file their taxes properly.



Wishing you all good luck with your paperwork and much success in your new business ventures!

Hope you found this post helpful! If yes, please pass it on to someone else who could use it!

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The HUGE recall: Important info

In the last few days, you might have heard that the Strauss-Elite company shut down their chocolate production facility due to a salmonella issue.

They have been forced to recall HUGE amounts of chocolate, as well as other products that contain chocolate. Other companies, that source their chocolate from Strauss-Elite, have also issued recalls.

There's a lot of confusion out there about which products have been recalled. So here's the latest scoop:

The recall includes:

ALL Elite Chocolate Products*
Elite Cakes*
Elite Wafers*
Energy brand snack bars*
Energy brand chocolate covered rice cakes*
Elite Toffees*
Elite Gum*
*ALL expiration dates that are currently available)

Milky puddings with candy-coated chocolate topping exp. dates 26/4/22, 3/5/22, 11/5/22, 12/5/22, 16/5/22

Unilever products:
Magnum Duet exp. dates 1.9.23 - 6.10.23
Magnum White exp. dates 28.8.23 - 13.9.23
Magnum Chocolate exp. dates 29.8.23 - 19.9.23
Magnum Almond exp. dates 7-8.9.23
Magnum White Strawberry exp. dates 31.8.23 - 21.9.23
Magnum White Cone exp. date 7.4.23
Magnum Chocolate Cone exp. date 5-6.4.23
Magnum Mini Almond exp. dates 15.6.23 - 30.6.23
Magnum Mini Chocolate/Vanilla exp. dates 13.4.23 - 14.4.23
Magnum Mini Duet exp. date 15.9.23
Magnum Mini White exp. date 4.9.23
Magnum Mini Dark Chocolate exp. date 18.9.23
Vanilla Mini Ice Cream Treats exp. dates 28.8.23 - 22.9.23
Strawberry Mini Ice Cream Treats exp. dates 3.10.23 - 6.10.23
Bomba Ice Cream Bars exp. date 19.9.23
Mini Pesek Zman Ice Cream Multi-pack exp. dates 15.8.23 - 17.8.23
Shokobo Ice Cream Bars exp. dates 15.8.23 - 27.9.23
Pistachio Goodies exp. dates 3.10.23 - 4.10.23
Cremissimo Vanilla Chip Ice Cream exp. date 22.8.23
Cremissimo White Chocolate and Strawberry Ice Cream exp. date 1.9.23
Cremissimo White Chocolate Pistachio Ice Cream exp. date 8.9.23
Cremissimo Triple Chocolate Ice Cream exp. date 31.8.23
Cremissimo Chocolate Chip Ice Cream exp. dates 29.8.23 - 30.8.23
Solero Coconut Bar exp. dates 14.9.23 - 29.9.23
Mix Round Ice Cream Treat exp. dates 6-7.9.23

To get a refund for the Unilever products, call 1800-780-780 OR WhatsApp 053-7807800 or fill out their customer service form at sherut-unilever.co.il

To request a refund for the recalled products Elite you've purchased but cannot eat, fill out the form here: https://www.strauss-group.co.il/cs_form/elite/#form_all_data_wrap or call *6860 or send a message via WhatsApp to 052-759-9752

If you are reading this from another country, you will likely be able to return your product to the store you purchased it at, or reach out to the importer listed on the label.

Hope that helps make sense of things! And I hope you didn't get sick from tainted chocolate.

Monday, April 25, 2022

Save on the Essentials - the Deodorant Post!

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It's the DEODORANT post! Save big time when you buy deodorant from Amazon instead of locally.

Amazon's prices change frequently but they're really great about letting you know if an item in your cart has changed price.

At the time of posting, all of these products qualify for free shipping to Israel with a $49 purchase, and many work out to 10 NIS or less per unit (some may be a bit more, especially specialty products like Clinical Strength deos):

Almay Sensitive Skin 3-pack 

Garnier OBAO 4-pack 

Love Beauty and Planet Vegan, Alcohol-free Roll On 6-pack 

Sure Solid 3-pack 

Dove Roll-On 3-pack 

Lady Speed Stick Invisible Dry 4-pack 

Teen Spirit Solid 3-pack

6-pack Right Guard Sport 48 hr 

Clinical Strength Certain Dri 3-pack 

Speed Stick Gel 8-pack 

Dove Clinical Strength 3-pack 

Degree Men 48 hour Deo 6-pack 

Arm & Hammer Essentials Aluminum Free Deo 6-pack 

Dove Invisible Solid 6-pack 

Speed Stick 7-pack


Just remember - avoid VAT and other import fees by staying below the $75 tax threshold! If you do go over, you will see exactly what you'll pay in taxes at checkout. I only do this if I'm actually buying a product that costs more than $75. Otherwise, I place separate orders that each total under $75.

If you're in the USA and buying a gift for someone in Israel, please follow those guidelines, too - or be prepared to prepay all taxes and fees. You'll see them before you checkout, so don't worry about surprises. You will need to enter the recipient's ID number at checkout too, so the package can clear customs.

Hope you found this helpful! If yes, be sure to find me on social media, and share this post, too!

Join my shopping group on Facebook to find more deals! See you there!



Sunday, April 24, 2022

The Sunscreen Post (summer is here!)

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It's the SUNSCREEN post! Save big time when you buy sunscreen from Amazon!

Amazon's prices change frequently but they're really great about letting you know if an item in your cart has changed price.

At the time of posting, all of these sunscreens qualify for free shipping to Israel with a $49 purchase:

Pack of 4 travel sunscreens 

2-pack "up & up" brand SPF 50 sunscreens 

3-pack oxybenzone-free face friendly sunscreens 

Blue Lizard baby sunscreen (fragrance free) 

3-pack TSA approved Banana Boat brand reef friendly sunscreens

Just remember - avoid VAT and other import fees by staying below the $75 tax threshold! If you do go over, you will see exactly what you'll pay in taxes at checkout. I only do this if I'm actually buying a product that costs more than $75. Otherwise, I place separate orders that each total under $75.

If you're in the USA and buying a gift for someone in Israel, please follow those guidelines, too - or be prepared to prepay all taxes and fees. You'll see them before you checkout, so don't worry about surprises. You will need to enter the recipient's ID number at checkout too, so the package can clear customs.

Hope you found this helpful! If yes, be sure to find me on social media, and share this post, too!

Join my shopping group on Facebook to find more deals! See you there!