Thursday, January 28, 2021

Exercise Bike (24 hr deal)

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Here's a great deal for you! This exercise bike is available right now for about 380 NIS with FREE delivery! If you've been debating getting some at-home workout equipment, here's your chance! Grab it while you can, this deal is only available for a limited time!





CLICK HERE to go to Groo and order!


There's also this mini-exercise bike (looks like you could keep it under your desk and use it while sitting at your computer?) for just 220 NIS (+30 NIS delivery). Check it out!



CLICK HERE to go to Groo and order!

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

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS!

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Ok. I'm going to risk being redundant, but I just had to post a reminder!

Bookdepository has a really awesome selection of books in the "Bargain" category!

I mean, 20 shekels? Free worldwide shipping?

YES! (and while there may be shipping delays, they are shipping here these days)
My daughter just got a new book. She devoured it in ONE DAY!
I highly recommend having your children pick out books about the things they love. They will then love to read about them, and love to read! (You may even catch them reading in bed...)

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Coffee Capsules for an AMAZING price!

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Here's a great deal for you! Buy 1 get 1 FREE coffee capsule deal! So go ahead, and buy this pack of 100 capsules for 100 NIS, and you'll get 200 capsules! Delivery ranges from 19-29 NIS. Grab it while you can, this deal is only available for a limited time!



CLICK HERE to go to Groo and stock up on coffee!

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

There's also this deal for coffee capsules, buy 1 package of 100 capsules for 129 NIS and you'll get a second one for FREE (delivery is also 19 -29 NIS)! This is a different brand, and you'll get your coffee in vintage-style coffee tins, so these make a great gift!



CLICK HERE to go to Groo and stock up on coffee!

Great news! If you're looking for a capsule-based coffee maker, there's a deal for you too! This one is just 349 NIS and no delivery fee! Grab it while you can! (And then stock up on capsules with one of the deals above!)



CLICK HERE to go to Groo and buy this machine


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

Great Photo Album Deal!

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Here's a great deal for photo album printing, here in Israel! 55 NIS for an 80 page A4 size, hard-cover bound photo album! You know you want to print up a beautiful album! (Delivery options will be available when you upload your photos and place your order.) Grab it while you can, this deal is only available for a limited time!



CLICK HERE to go to Groo and buy your myalbum voucher!

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


More ideas for bringing Israel home!

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Good morning! My last post was about buying those special Judaica pieces that you usually buy when you visit Israel, without getting on a plane.

Some people prefer to buy Israeli jewelry! And guess what? You can do that, too - AND get that Amazon convenience. So go ahead, buy an Israeli gift, support an Israeli jeweler, and do it without traveling (because traveling to Jerusalem is just out of the question right now)!

Here's a talented Israeli jeweler with an Amazon storefront: PZ Jewelry



You know you need to check this page out and see the beautiful designs!

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Did you cancel your Israel trip?

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Did you have to cancel a trip to Israel? I know SO many people who did! (Not to mention all the other cancelled trips to places all over the world...)

So I know that nothing can actually replace that visit. And the time WILL come when you can come visit us here again. 

But until then, you can still get a taste of Israel, even from outside of it! 

Window shopping on Amazon turned up a bunch of options for bringing Israel into your home, or giving an Israeli gift! And you can support Israeli businesses when you buy them, too. 

Here's a great place to start!

Yair Emmanuel Judaica is always a great gift choice!


There are actually a lot of items available on Amazon, so go check it out and pick out your favorite! And check out this sweet gift idea, while you're at it, too!

Enjoy the colors of Israel, anywhere!

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Bars (Cookies)

 This post is for the people who felt my Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Squares weren't quite cookies. Admittedly, they are a bit mushy. I happen to love eating them, and making them is SOOO easy!

But someone told me they preferred a more traditional cookie texture, so here's one that will fit the bill.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Bars (Cookies)

Ingredients:

3 Tbp ground flaxseed, plus 2/3 cup warm water OR 2 eggs

1 1/4 cups sugar (plain sugar works. brown sugar is better)

3/4 cup peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1.5 cups whole grain flour (wheat or spelt both work)

2/3 cup oats (the flake kind, not steel cut)

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 tsp baking soda

6 oz chocolate chips (dairy or non-dairy, whichever works for you)

(OPTIONAL: 100g of chocolate - dairy or non-dairy, whichever works for you. Save this for topping the cookies. I break up a bar of "cow chocolate".)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 190C/375F

First, mix the flaxseed with water in a large mixing bowl. Let sit for about 10 minutes before you continue. OR beat the eggs.

Then add the rest of the ingredients (except the chocolate chips and chocolate pieces, save those for the end) and mix well.

Fold in the chocolate chips.

Spread the mixture out on a large cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper.

Bake for 15-17 minutes MAX. Take them out, even if you don't think they are done.

OPTIONAL: While they're still hot, dot the top with pieces of chocolate and let that sit for a few minutes till melted enough to spread around. Spread the chocolate over the top with a heat-proof spatula. Cut into squares before the chocolate fully cools.

Cool further before serving. There won't be any leftovers, so don't worry about storing them. If there happen to be leftovers, I wrap the whole pan well in plastic wrap.

Monday, January 18, 2021

UPDATED PRICES: Price-Controlled Food List

Here it is!

Some of you recently found your way to my blog (welcome!) when looking for information about price regulation in Israel (certain foods are "price-controlled" by government regulation), and I realized it's been a while since I posted an update. A few prices have even changed since my last post about this, so it was time for a new one!

Make sure you're not overpaying for anything on this list:

1. BREADS



2. SALT



 3. DAIRY PRODUCTS









4. EGGS




There's always talk of adding items to the list (like fresh vegetables) or making changes (like swapping whole wheat bread for the white bread), but for now, this is the list of price-regulated foods.

If your store is overcharging for any of these items (check to be sure they are in fact the price-regulated item and not a premium version) - you can report the store to the proper authority using this online form, or by emailing Achifamishar@economy.gov.il

Hope this helps you save more money, and don't forget to follow me on Facebook and join my shopping group for more tips!

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

More LockDown Friendly Deals!

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Being stuck at home is one of those times when we can actually evaluate our homes, our routines, etc. And sometimes we realize that a small upgrade could make a HUGE difference.

Here are some deals that may save you time, space, or sanity. There are plenty of other deals, so be sure to let me know what YOU are looking for, and I'll see what I can find!


This T-fal pressure cooker can save a ton of time in the kitchen. And check this out, the biggest one is on sale for the lowest price! (Strange, I thought, but hey! we'll take it!)



Print all your pictures and make scrapbooks or albums! These are awesome projects when you have extra time on your hands. This deal gets you 200 prints for 89 NIS OR 300 prints for 119 NIS! You know you can find 300 pictures to print!



Sometimes you just need to refresh certain things. I'm not one to buy a whole wardrobe online, but this T-shirt deal has me kicking myself over the price I paid for men's white T-shirts a few months back. Even with shipping to my door added in, it's still a whole lot cheaper than what I bought.





Here's a Vardinon brand feather and down blanket that will keep you warm during the cold spell that's about to start! With free delivery to your door.




Drop me a note and let me know if you want me to find you a deal today!


Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Deals for Lockdown

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Thought I'd share a few deals today - send a gift to someone stuck at home, or treat yourself!


Chocolate Gift Basket - 129 NIS includes delivery to the door. Makes a great gift during quarantine/lockdown!




Choose one of these gift baskets from Meshek Lin (delivery to the door is 39 NIS) for a special treat:


Stock up on granola bars - get 10 boxes of them for 119 NIS and FREE delivery to a pick up spot right now (delivery to your door is available for an additional fee)! I know my kids like to take these when they go on long bike rides (which you're allowed to do during lockdown - but not if you're in quarantine)!



Drop me a note and let me know if you want me to find you a deal today!


Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Online Shopping: Guide to Taxes and Fees

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package from purchase abroad - tax free!


Do you live in Israel? 
Are you wondering what to expect regarding taxes and fees if you shop online?

This guide will help you understand the basics that apply to residents  of Israel when shopping online from overseas (yes, even if you're not a citizen, you need to know how your orders will be handled!)

Some of my favorite websites to shop from are:

Amazon ~ iHerb AliExpress ~ eBay ~ Book Depository ~ The Hut (UK) ~ The Hut (US)


Most of us shop this way to save money, so who wants a tax bill surprise when the order gets here? This post will help you avoid a tax bill (legally, of course!).

Note: the same regulations apply to packages sent from abroad, even if they are gifts!

Here's the rundown (full regulations can be found on the Israel tax authority's site)


When you get a package, the value of your purchase or package will be converted into US Dollars by the tax authority (using the exchange rate of the day they process it) to determine if it's subject to tax (no matter what currency was used when it was purchased).

Purchases up to $75/Packages with a declared value up to $75 - no taxes

Purchases or packages with a declared value of $75 and up to $500 - VAT will apply in most cases (17% currently), and Purchase Tax (variable rates) may apply (purchase tax applies to very few items at this point!), but no customs taxes

Purchases or packages with a declared value over $500 - subject to all taxes (VAT of 17% , Purchase Tax (if applicable), and Customs Tax which varies by category)

Please take note that purchases and packages (even gifts) of up to $75 in value will automatically be subject to customs clearance fees if they arrive using an EMS service*, and some other type of deliveries may also be charged this fee (it's about 40 shekels right now). If the value of the purchase is higher than $75, the customs clearance fee can be higher as well.

Other fees are often added on by shipping companies, and there is not much oversight on the matter. I once saw a bill that included the following fees: Handling Fee, Import Approval Fee, VAT, Computer Fee, Unloading Fee, Storage Fee. Watch out for these fees from shipping companies/courier services - I recommend you always arrange to get your packages via a service that guarantees your fees have all been prepaid.

Please be aware that the purchase price only (not purchase + shipping) will determine whether an item will be taxed. If it is deemed taxable, all applicable taxes will be calculated on the purchase price + the shipping price. This means that if you order something for $75.01 plus $15 shipping, you will be taxed on the total value of $90.01!

One more important point: If you order multiple orders addressed to the same person, with the same address & phone number listed, from the same seller and they arrive within 72 hours of each other, customs may combine the orders and treat them as one purchase for tax purposes, or they may not. But it is a possibility you should be aware of before you place multiple orders. 

I recommend ordering at least 3 days apart or ordering with different names and contact info (including the tax ID number you provide for clearing customs).

If your order is stuck in customs, or if you feel like you were charged tax by mistake, you will need to contact the customs office nearest you.


Here's the contact info for the various offices, taken from the meches website. I couldn't find any email addresses, sorry.

Tel Aviv
Derech HaHagana 137, Yad Eliyahu, Tel Aviv
Tel: 03-942-1730
Fax: 03-942-1733

Jerusalem
Mercaz Shatner, Givat Shaul B, Jerusalem 91999
Tel: 02-652-6193
Fax: 02-651-1589

Haifa
Sderot Pal Yam 19, Shakmona, POB 245, Haifa 31999
Tel: 04-866-4130
Fax: 04-666-9803

Eilat
Central Post Office, The Red Mall, Eilat 83100
Tel: 08-632-6476
Fax: 08-866-9702

Some of these regulations are different from what some people seem to believe, so please refer back to this guide if you are about to place an order and you're not sure what to expect taxwise.

Some of my favorite websites to shop from are:

Amazon ~ iHerb AliExpress ~ eBay ~ Book Depository ~ The Hut (UK) ~ The Hut (US)

(Amazon is particularly good because they collect taxes upfront and basically guarantee that you won't be charged anything more than what they've collected!)

Sometimes I simply order from a local discounter and that way I know my taxes and fees are already covered. My favorites are WallashopsGROO, and P1000.

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*Examples of EMS services - Express Mail, Fedex, UPS and other express delivery services. Sometimes DHL is EMS and sometimes it is not.