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!