Thursday, July 23, 2020

So, What's the Deal with Amazon International Shipping? I've got news!

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Maybe you've already heard that Amazon has resumed shipping to Israel? I posted here last week that they have, but shipping fees were an issue. And then I went on to post how many items have a shipping fee of about $10.

And yes, they do. Thousands of items are now shipping to Israel, with a line about shipping costing about $10!

So today I decided to investigate further, and I was so excited to discover that with 5 items in my cart, each of which had a shipping fee between $9 and $12 listed, the total shipping fee was MAJORLY reduced and came to $22 and change.

Now, you might think this sounds like a lot to pay for shipping. And it might be - it depends what you're buying. For me, this price was totally reasonable because 2 of the items I was buying are just NOT AVAILABLE in Israel! The other 3 items I bought, while they can be bought locally, were priced at 50% - 80% lower than the local equivalent. So I decided the $22 charge STILL made sense! And yes, I kept my order to under the $75 taxable threshold, and hopefully the packages will be delivered to my door next week!

I've still got more items on my wish list, but I'm spreading out my purchases! I'll keep you posted when I get back to my, um, research (shopping?)!



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Discount Admission Deals!


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Getting out of the house? 


Here are some great deals are for getting out this summer!

NOTE: I recommend calling before you go to be sure you'll be allowed in, all of these places are operating with restrictions right now.


  • Discount admission to the Extreme Park in Acco - be aware that there are 3 categories of tickets - adult companion ticket (admission only, no climbing, etc), adult (age 18+) admission, and child (younger than 18) admission, with 3 different prices. Buy the combination you'll need! Sun - Thurs, admission is for the whole day. Fridays you will be given a 3 hour time limit.

Click here to buy this deal! Have fun climbing and bungee jumping!


  • Israeli Children's Museum in Holon - get 21% off the regular price. Be aware that this museum has scheduled activities for certain age groups, and for most of them an adult accompaniment is required. Children who are not in the specified age group (including babies) will not be allowed in. So plan your visit carefully, and you'll have fun!






Click here to go to GROO to buy this deal! This deal won't last, though - so if you want it, grab it!








Click here to go to Groo and buy this deal! 


  • Fishing in Maayan Zvi - single admission for 44 NIS (regular price is 55 NIS), or choose a family ticket for 179 NIS (regular price is 260 NIS)





And if you prefer to stay home, please check out the fun and challenging online, play-at-home, Israel themed escape room games available from our partners, Bagels & Locks Studios! Real fun for all, available in your own living room whenever you want. And totally affordable, too!








Monday, July 20, 2020

Free Shipping Deals!

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Shop from Home!


I'm all about shopping from home right now and I LOVE free shipping deals! So let's see what's out there today!

Here's a deal costs for Finish brand dishwasher tablets. Get 340 of them for 129.90 with free shipping!



Click here to go to GROO to buy this deal! This deal won't last, though - so if you want it, grab it!

Looking for high quality extra virgin olive oil? Check out this deal for 8 liters from Jahshan, for 275 NIS with free delivery!


Click here to go to GROO to buy this deal! It's only available for a limited time!

Here's a deal for 10 packages of sanitizing wipes (these are so handy right now! I keep some in my bag and some in my kitchen and some in my bathroom and... you get the point.) for 59.90 and free delivery! Your choice of scents, too. I just get lemon, I find it least overwhelming.


Click here to go to GROO to buy this deal!


Sunday, July 19, 2020

More about Amazon shipping to Israel...

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Maybe you've already heard that Amazon has resumed shipping to Israel


And yes, they have. Thousands of items are now shipping to Israel, BUT....


But some things have quite reasonable shipping fees.

Let's look at watches today, because someone in my household asked me about those.


I was checking for men's watches, under $50. And happily, most of the ones I found that ship to Israel have low shipping fees - about $10, some less (some maybe a bit more).

Here's one that's a combination analog & digital watch and basically has all the features we were looking for. It's $27.99 plus $10.78 shipping. We couldn't find one like this for this price anywhere near us! 

For smaller wrists, there are Boys' watches - here's a Timex for boys for about $13 and about $10 shipping.

If you're looking for something in a higher price range, you can get a Smith & Wesson watch with a titanium case for about $60 and about $10 shipping. Still no import taxes!

There are also lots of women's watches that ship for about $10, too. I'm not a big fashionista, but Amazon has every style you can imagine!

What are you looking for today?

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Amazon's BACK

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Maybe you've already heard that Amazon has resumed shipping to Israel? I know I've been hearing rumors floating around about this lately. So I decided to take a break from everything and browse to see for myself!

And yes, they have. Thousands of items are now shipping to Israel, BUT....

And it's a big BUT. None of them have free shipping. And some of them still have EXORBITANT shipping fees (I checked out a FitBit for about $70 and shipping was $40! um, no thanks. That's a pretty small item for a pretty high shipping fee!). 

But some things have quite reasonable shipping fees.

Let's look at shoes today.


These women's sandals, for example. They are priced at $23 and shipping is $10.81 - Still quite a high percentage but not a bad shipping rate for shoes. And we all know that shoes are one of those things that we all lament are WAY too expensive in this country!

How about Clarks shoes? I picked this style at random - and they are priced at $44 and shipping is about $12.

Men's shoes shipping rates were higher, but that's probably because they tend to be larger? Anyhow, the ones I checked ranged from about $15-$25 in shipping fees. Still, it might be worth it, considering that you might find your shoes for half of the retail price in the mall here!

Stride Rite shoes - lots of these ship to Israel for about $10 in shipping.

Some shoes have higher shipping fees, so check carefully before you click buy, and know what you're about to buy!

Overall, I think it's a great time to buy shoes from Amazon if you know what size you need. I'm all for avoiding the mall and getting things delivered to my door for a reasonable price! And that's what I found. So now, I'm heading back over there to find the shoes I've been looking for (nope, nothing too fashionable. I'm really looking for something super comfortable)!

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Filing Israeli Taxes - FREE Help is Available!


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 July 9, 2020, 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 Ashdod and Rishon Letzion the clinic is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

In Tel Aviv, there is a special Resource Center dedicated just to this service, and it will remain open until July 29, 2020. Find it at Rechov Shefa Tal 12, Tel Aviv.



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

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.

Car Rental Deal!

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Need wheels this season?

It can be hard to get around with public transportation, especially right now. Sometimes you just need the flexibility of going where you want, when you want. So here's a deal for a discount car rental for a week!






The deal is for your chose of an X-class rental for 479 NIS for a week, a J-class rental for 699 NIS for a week, or an I class rental for 999 NIS for a week. Insurance is INCLUDED, and you'll have a maximum of 700 km travel included. Maximum rental period is 3 weeks at this price, with no option of extending further. This deal is only available for a few more days. I recommend checking with Budget about when you must redeem it, as it doesn't say. Call *2200

Driver must be at least 18 years old and have had a license for at least 2 yrs for the X class rental, 23 years old and have had a license for at least 2 yrs for the J class rental, or 25 years old and have had a license for at least 2 yrs for the I class rental.

If you exceed 700 km for the week, you'll be charged for every km over the limit (1 or 2 NIS plus VAT for every km over, depending on which class car you rent).

Airport rentals are not included.

You'll need a valid credit card in the driver's name available, with sufficient available credit to secure the rental.

There are other conditions, please read the Groo deal carefully, and call Budget at *2200 with questions!

Click here to go to GROO to buy this deal!




Planning a getaway? Don't miss these deals!

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Getting out of the house? 


Looking for discount getaway deals? Here are several places to check out! Why pay full price when you can catch one of these deals?!


  • Camping at Hagoshrim (tent not included) for up to 40% off (better discounts for people who buy the combo deal - camping plus kayaking)








  • For people who want slightly more upscale accommodations for their nature getaway, check out Lehavot HaBashan for a great deal with lots of extras






















  • Sephardic House getaway in Jerusalem. Stay in the Old City for an unprecedented rate. Add more guests or upgrade after you purchase (upgrades and extras are payable directly to the hotel)



Where will you be going? Let me know!