Thursday, January 20, 2022

Restaurant deals!

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I'm back with some more great deals to share! This time, I've got some RESTAURANT deals... It's always a good idea to grab a deal when you see one you like - and be sure to share this post with your friends! Friends really shouldn't let friends pay full price 馃槀!


Check out some of the great vouchers you can buy right now for when you plan to eat out: 

Papagaio Herzliya - All you can eat, for two, for 399 NIS (regular price is 568 NIS)! Voucher valid for 90 days from date of purchase. Redeem Sun - Thurs, 12:00 - 21:30, Fridays, 12:00 - 15:30. Call ahead to reserve if coming after 18:00. Not valid on Chol Hamoed. One voucher per couple. Up to 4 vouchers can be redeemed at one table. Anyone without a voucher at your table must place a minimum 150 NIS order. Cannot be combined with other offers. Tips/service charges not included. 

Papagaio Herzliya - Meat platter for two (plus extras, including side dishes, glass of wine, and dessert) for 289 NIS (regular price is 432 NIS)! Voucher valid until Feb. 1, 2022. Redeem Sun - Thurs, 12:00 - 22:00. Call ahead to reserve if coming after 18:00. One voucher per couple. Up to 4 vouchers can be redeemed at one table. Anyone without a voucher at your table must place a minimum 100 NIS order. Cannot be combined with other offers. Tips/service charges not included.

Breakfast for 2 at Fresh Kitchen at Namal Tel Aviv, for 89 NIS! Voucher valid thru March 1, 2022. Redeem Sun - Thurs, 9:00 - 22:00, Friday 8:30 - 14:00, Motsa"sh from 1 hour after Shabbat until 22:30 (Reserve before you go). Not valid Feb. 14, 2022. Buy as many vouchers as you like. Redeem up to 3 vouchers at one table. Anyone at your table without a voucher must place a minimum 50 NIS order. Tips/service charges not included. 

Premium dinner for two at Shapeduni (Mehadrin) at Shuk Machaneh Yehuda in Yerushalayim, for 299 NIS. Voucher valid for 90 days after the date of purchase. Show your voucher BEFORE you order. Redeem Sun - Thurs, 12:00 - 23:30, Motsah from 1 hr after Shabbat until 23:30, with advance reservations. Not valid on holidays. Limit one voucher per couple. Tips/service charges not included. Must be 18 or over to redeem (the meal includes wine).

Dinner for two at Shapeduni (Mehadrin) at Shuk Machaneh Yehuda in Yerushalayim, for 179 NIS. Voucher valid for 90 days after the date of purchase. Show your voucher BEFORE you order. Redeem Sun - Thurs, 12:00 - 23:30, Motsah from 1 hr after Shabbat until 23:30, with advance reservations. Not valid on holidays. Limit one voucher per couple. Tips/service charges not included.

Lunch for two at Aresto (Mehadrin) at Namal Ceasaria, for 149 NIS. Voucher valid for 60 days from date of purchase. Valid Sun - Thurs, 11:00 - 16:00. One voucher per couple. Please note that this restaurant is inside a national park, and the fee to enter the park is 14 NIS/person. Tips/service charges not included.

Broaster Chicken, Azrieli Mall in Tel Aviv, for 39.90 NIS. Sit down OR Take-away. Voucher valid for 60 days from date of purchase. Redeem Sun - Thursday, 10:00 - 22:30, Friday 10:00 - 14:00, Motsa"Sh until 23:00. Not valid on Chol Hamoed or Erev Chag. Limit one voucher per person. Cannot be combined with any other discount or sale.

Takeout food from Makla'ah in Tel Aviv - Buy a 100 NIS voucher for 60 NIS, or a 200 NIS voucher for 115 NIS. Redeem Sun - Thursday 11:00 - 15:30 ONLY. Voucher valid for 5 years from date of purchase. 1 voucher per visit.

You can check out more kosher restaurant deals HERE

These deals are often limited, so no guarantees they'll last - grab them while you can!

If you're in the USA and buying a gift for someone in Israel, please be aware that GROO allows you to pay using PayPal! However, you do have to open an account with them and that seems to require an Israeli ID number. If you've managed using a passport or other ID number, please let me know! 

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Puzzles and Legos on SALE!

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I'm back with a shopping deal with local shipping (from within Israel)!

Looking for LEGOs?

Wallashops LEGO sale is ending soon so you don't want to miss this one.
Check out the deals (discount is equivalent to VAT): CLICK HERE

This deal is for PUZZLE LOVERS!

Check out all these puzzles on sale, 4/199 NIS: CLICK HERE
If you want Ravensburger puzzles, those are on sale (discount equivalent to VAT) too, just choose the brand when you click the puzzle link! CLICK HERE
(Also at Wallashops)

Hurry - this sale ends SOON!

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Getaway deals! Go ahead and take a getaway. You know you need it!

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Well that was a harrowing weekend. My website was unexpectedly down! It was stressful, but now I'm so happy to be back with some deals to share! This time, I've got some getaway deals, we all know that this is a great antidote to stress!

It's always a good idea to grab a deal when you see one! Be sure to help spread the word - friends don't let friends pay full price 馃槀!

Unlike the international sites, prices on Groo include VAT unless otherwise specified. When you purchase from certain other popular sites, expect to be asked for VAT on your stay at check-in.


Here are some great getaway deals you can find on Groo right now: 


Here are some of the deals I found, all over Israel. No international travel required.

The Way Inn, in Tzfat has a deal right now for 1199 NIS per night, for a couple, including breakfast, a couples' massage, and entry to the Turkish spa. Good January thru April.

Enjoy a Neve Ativ getaway (on the Hermon), starting at 999 NIS. Good thru the end of the year. Enjoy the snow!

Acco Beach Hotel (includes breakfast and a massage package) for 599 NIS (midweek. Weekend nights cost more). Can be purchased now and redeemed till the end of 2022.

Zimmers in Granot - 449 NIS for one night / 799 NIS for two nights, midweek. Weekend nights - 2 nights for 1399 NIS. Redeem before June 20, 2022.

Zimmer in Massad - 333 NIS for midweek / 555 NIS for weekend nights (must book 2 nights for a weekend stay - this requires the purchase of 2 vouchers). Redeem before the end of June.

Getaway at the Ramada - Netanya, includes breakfast and a massage package. 888 NIS for midweek / 999 NIS for weekend (min. 2 nights for weekend stay - so you must buy 2 vouchers for weekend stays). Redeem before the end of February

Getaway for Two at the Eden Inn (Zichron Yaakov), includes a massage package and breakfast - 699 NIS midweek

Jerusalem area Getaway - Ye'arim Hotel (Yekev package) - 699 NIS for a couple (includes breakfast, and a winery tour that includes tastings and brunch)

Royal Plaza Tiberias - midweek stay for a couple is 649 NIS (redeem before the end of the year). Weekend nights are available as specified in the deal. This package includes half board, entrance to Hamei Teverya, and free bike rental through the hotel concierge.

Alaska Inn Metullah - includes tickets to the Hermon site, and extras at the hotel. 615 NIS for a midweek stay. Redeem by the end of January!

Shabbat Getaway for 2 at the Montefoire Hotel in Jerusalem (specific dates!) - package includes breakfast and a walking tour, some packages include half board.

Nachsholim Getaway - 599 NIS for a midweek stay (note: the pool rooms say the pool is not heated). Redeem by the end of February

Spa Getaway for 2 at the Daniel Herzliya - 555 NIS. Available dates are listed in the deal description. Includes breakfast and use of the spa.

Getaway at The Seasons Hotel, Netanya - starting at 549 NIS, includes breakfast. Optional upgrade includes admission to the Ga'ash Hot Springs Spa

Getaway at the Ramada in Ramat Gan - includes brunch on Friday. Choose Thursday night stay or Friday night stay. Friday night stay includes breakfast Shabbat morning. Redeem before the end of February

Midweek Getaway at the Agripas Boutique Hotel in Jerusalem - includes breakfast and wine tour/tasting at The Jerusalem Winery. Options start at 515 NIS. Redeem by the end of February.

Getaway at the Donna Gracia Hotel, Tiberias - includes breakfast. Options start at 495 NIS/night. Redeem by the end of February

Getaway at the Isrotel Ramon Inn - starting at 429 NIS/night. Includes breakfast, and hotel facilities including pool and sauna and more. Optional upgrades available, including bringing children. Available dates are listed in the deal description.

These deals are often limited, so no guarantees they'll last - grab them while you can!


If you are in the USA and buying a gift for someone in Israel, please be aware that GROO allows you to pay using PayPal! However, you do have to open an account with them and that seems to require an Israeli ID number. If you've managed using a passport or other ID number, please let me know! 

Hope you found this post helpful! If yes, don't forget to follow this blog by email (see the sidebar on the right) and like my FB page!


Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Get some discounts TODAY!

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I'm back with some deals to share! This time, I've got some great shopping deals... It's always a good idea to grab a deal when you see one! Friends don't let friends  pay full price 馃槀!


Here are some great discounts you can buy right now: 

Yeinot Bitan Online: Pay 10 NIS for a voucher that will get you 60 NIS off your 300 NIS order! This is a great way to save 50 NIS on your groceries!

Pick up 2 goldfish for just 2.90 from any Anipet store!

"Your Own Look" (Look Mi'Shelach) - vintage/second hand clothing: Pay 10 NIS for a voucher that will get you 50 NIS off your online purchase! Great way to save 40 NIS!

Quik - New customers can buy a 60 NIS voucher for just 10 NIS. Great way to save 50 NIS when you order groceries from this convenient service.

Zooma photo albums, for 79 NIS! Print your pictures with Zooma!

Car wash for just 19 NIS (Kiryat Chaim - Haifa area)

Bean Bag Chair, for 190 NIS (this one looks like they deliver anywhere in the country! Delivery charge is 49 NIS)

Heated clothes drying stand, for 269 NIS (plus 25 NIS for delivery to a pick up spot)

Pressure cooker, 6 or 7 liter, for 369 NIS (and free shipping). 





These deals are often limited, so no guarantees they'll last - grab them while you can!


If you are in the USA and buying a gift for someone in Israel, please be aware that GROO allows you to pay using PayPal! However, you do have to open an account with them and that seems to require an Israeli ID number. If you've managed using a passport or other ID number, please let me know! 

Hope you found this post helpful! If yes, don't forget to follow this blog by email (see the sidebar on the right) and like my FB page!


New iherb sales, including 20-40% off select products!

This post contains affiliate or referral links. This means if you click a link and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission, at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support!



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iHerb is doing something. It's big. It involves discounts. Lots of them. 

Right now, if you've never ordered from iHerb before, you can get 22% OFF your first order! Just use the link below (if your discount doesn't load automatically, be sure to load codes QEJ101 and 22NEW into your cart, one at a time). Click here to load the codes automatically!

This new customer promo is good now through Jan 31, 2022 at 10:00 AM PT.

If you're not a new customer, you can still get some great sales and "make your own sale" when you enter code QEJ101 at checkout! Here's what's on sale this week:

Minimum 20% off these brands:

NOW Foods

Natural Factors

Garden of Life

Childlife Clinicals

Sambucol 

NutriBiotic

Many of the products in these categories are certified kosher, but not all. I recommend checking each product and buying according to your own standards.



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 $74.98 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 saving! Click here to shop at iHerb!

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Monday, January 10, 2022

Great deals on everyday items. And some not so everyday items.

This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you click on a link and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission, at no additional cost to you! Thanks for your support! 

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I'm back with some deals to share! This time, I'm posting everyday items... It's always a good idea to grab a deal when you see one! Friends don't let friends  pay full price 馃槀!


Here are some great discounts you can buy right now: 

Starbucks whole bean coffee - 1 bag for 49.90, 2 for 94.90, or 3 for 139.90, delivery to a pick up spot is 15 NIS (to your door is 29 NIS). I can't believe this one!

Finish brand dishwasher detergent, 3 bottles for under 100 NIS (free delivery to a convenient pick up spot)

At-home antigen tests, pack of 20 for 269 NIS or pack of 40 for 529 NIS (split it with your neighbors!). Delivery to a pick up spot is 10 NIS. Delivery to your door is 19 NIS

Sanitizing wipes, pack of 18, for about 100 NIS (free delivery to a pick up spot. But be warned, this box is HEAVY. Speaking from experience.)

Dettol brand sanitizing wipes, pack of 16, for 110 NIS (with free delivery to a pick up spot)

Electric heating sheet (blanket?), for 159 NIS, with free delivery to your home.

Chocolate Gift Box - Milka & Oreo Box, for 129.90 NIS. Free delivery to most of the country (not including Eilat and the Arava region)

5 liters of "Alon" Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Mehadrin), for 189 NIS, with free delivery between Metulla and Ashdod

Ice Cream Delivery, for 209-239 NIS (there's an "all Ben & Jerry's option!)! Delivery in the greater Tel Aviv area (check the deal for details)

Wissotzky tea gift box, for 100 NIS, plus 19 NIS delivery fee (to a nearby pick up spot). Or pick up in Yavniel.

100 Coffee capsules (for a Lavazza machine) for 85 NIS, with free delivery.









These deals are often limited, so guarantees they'll last - grab them while you can!


If you are in the USA and buying a gift for someone in Israel, please be aware that GROO allows you to pay using PayPal! However, you do have to open an account with them and that seems to require an Israeli ID number. If you've managed using a passport or other ID number, please let me know! 


Hope you found this post helpful! If yes, don't forget to follow this blog by email (see the sidebar on the right) and like my FB page!


Sunday, January 9, 2022

Great SITEWIDE discount for NEW CUSTOMERS at iHerb!

This post contains affiliate or referral links. This means if you click a link and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission, at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support!



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iHerb is doing something. It's big. It involves discounts. Lots of them. 

Right now, if you've never ordered from iHerb before, you can get 22% OFF your first order! Just use the link below (if your discount doesn't load automatically, be sure to load codes QEJ101 and 22NEW into your cart, one at a time). Click here to load the codes automatically!

This new customer promo is good now through Jan 31, 2022 at 10:00 AM PT.

If you're not a new customer, this link will give you 5-10% off just about everything on the site. So go ahead and make your own sale today!


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 $74.98 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 saving! Click here to shop at iHerb!

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注讚 诇 31.01.2022

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Need to File US Taxes? I've got NEWS you need to know!



If you're an American ex-pat like me, you know all about the yearly headache of filing your overseas tax return. Currently, this is something we all MUST do, even if we don't like it. There's just no getting around it for now. And because of the complexity of navigating tax documents issued to comply with Israeli tax law (as opposed to US tax law), it is usually NOT recommended to use automated software for filing your overseas tax return.

Until now, that is. I'm so excited to let you know about SimpleTax – the first ever U.S. tax software for Americans living in Israel. I've had a long chat with the founder of the company, and they've worked so hard to make this service available (it's designed to work in a way that standard tax software doesn't) and I'm super excited about this development. 

SimpleTax will walk you through a friendly and intuitive interface to prepare your U.S. taxes on your own, find your highest possible refund and save money on fees - starting as low as 299₪ for a tax return + FBAR.
If your taxes are more complicated, you will most likely pay a higher rate, but still MUCH lower than the quotes I've gotten from accountants recently.
This is going to change our lives. Mostly because staying tax compliant will now be so much simpler and cheaper!

I invite you to find more details at SimpleTax. If you use my referral link (the links to SimpleTax on this site are referral links), you'll get 10% off your first tax return! If for some reason you can't open the link, simply copy-paste this link to go to their site: https://simpletax.co.il/register?referral=KOFRU. Or go to their site on your own and be sure to enter my referral code (KOFRU)


SimpleTax is also on Facebook and has plans to help US citizens in Israel navigate financial issues better. You can be sure I'll be following them and waiting for more helpful developments.


So spread the word that in 2022 we'll be doing our taxes smarter and cheaper! Use my referral code to get a great 10% discount: 
MY-CODE: KOFRU

I know I've referred many of you to a CPA in the past, but you've probably heard that he's closed his practice. I hope you'll check out SimpleTax as an alternative, now that we've all been left hanging. Questions? Drop me a note at ester@kosherfrugal.com 


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Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Is it Possible to Lower Your Electric Bill? (& Updated Electricity Cost Calculator)

It's a new year, and time to build new habits.
If one of your goals is to lower your electric bill (truly an admirable goal!), I hope you'll find this post helpful.


One of the best ways to lower our electricity consumption is AWARENESS.

Pay attention to the electricity used throughout the day in your house, and find ways to reduce it - that's the only way to save money if you aren't installing solar panels...

This goes beyond lights that we leave on - the best way to control your costs is to know what's driving your electric bill up, and find ways to reduce your usage. This is why it's good to have an idea of what each electrical appliance we own costs to run.

But how can we know?

It's not so hard - the cost is determined by the appliance's KW usage and how long it runs!

I asked my tech guy 馃槈 to make a calculator a number of years ago -- it's designed to help everyone get an idea of how much different appliances cost to run. I've posted it before, but now I'm reposting it with an update to reflect the current cost of electricity. VAT is included (so if you're in Eilat, this calculator will overestimate your bill).

This calculator was updated to reflect the current rate (effective January 1, 2021)


Here's how to use the calculator:
Simply choose which appliance you want to calculate, choose how long you'll be running it, and then the app (below) will tell you how much this particular appliance is costing you to run! 

This app is specifically designed using the IEC's current tariffs for residential customers, including VAT (this is for people who pay the same rate 24 hrs/day). 
(NOTE: On January 1, 2021, the IEC adjusted home electricity rates. The current cost of electricity is approx 51 ag per kWh including VAT.If the IEC rates change, we will do our best to update this app!

So bookmark this page, and be sure to share it with anyone in Israel who might find this information useful!

Please let me know what you think!


Electrical Appliance Cost Calculator:

Choose an appliance and note its "usage unit" in parantheses after it. Choose how many units you would be using it for (for example, a fridge has "day" for its usage unit, a dryer has "1 load" for its usage unit, and a hair dryer has "10 minutes" for its usage unit - these are listed next to the appliance name), then click "calculate my cost" to find out how much that appliance costs you to run for the amount of time you usually use it!
 
If your appliance doesn't appear on this list, you can find its kilowatt rating on it somewhere. Multiply kw/H by number of hours used, and then multiply that by the current price for a kilowatt of electricity (approx. 0.51 nis) to find out how much it costs you to run it!




Select an appliance:
Number of usage units:

Range: 0.00 ₪ — 0.00(depends on your model)



I'd love to hear if you found this handy webapp useful. Will it help you change any of your habits? Personally, this helped me realize that since we'd be boiling our kettle multiple times per day, we were really using more electricity than needed. Now we know it's best to fill the thermos after we boil a full kettle in the morning.

What changes are you making?