Sunday, January 22, 2023

Buy Blue & White from Overseas

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Today's post is for my friends and followers outside of Israel, who love Israel and want to support the people here, i.e. "Buy Blue & White".

It's become SUPER easy to support some Israeli businesses from outside of Israel! So many companies make it easy to buy their products from the USA (and probably other countries too)!

I'm happy to share some options with you - all of these items are a great way to support an Israeli-owned business! I'm sure there are lots more options, but in the meantime - here are a few I'm happy to share, and I hope to keep adding to this list:

You can make your own seltzer (carbonated water) using the iconic Sodastream machine. Or buy beautiful Judaica items, like an Emanuel mezuzah case or chanukiyah, or even a great Havdallah travel set!

Other ways to support Israeli businesses: buy a beautiful sterling silver necklace (or other jewelry), or a LeGrow planter set. If you love to display your love of Israel, consider these Jerusalem-themed ArtTrivets or an Israel Photo Art Calendar! If you love music, definitely check out Israeli artists - check out Day of Rest!

For an interactive experience, be sure to check out the games at bagelsandlocks.com!

And if you love to read, check out books by these Israeli authors:

Sara Halevi

Einat Shimshoni

Leona Samson

Daphna Horowitz

Heather Dean

Tzippi Moss

Daniella Levy

Fern Reiss

Yael Unterman 

Rebekah Saltzman 

Hillel Penrod & Ayelet Hashacher Penrod (or Kindle books here)

If you want to be added to this list, please email me at ester@kosherfrugal.com!

Thanks for supporting Israeli businesses! Let me know if you found this list helpful, and feel free to share it with all of your friends!






Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Save on your Expat tax preparation!




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 most of us MUST do, even if we don't like it. There's just no getting around it for now - no matter how much we complain (maybe one day it will change!). 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.

Or so we thought. But as of last year, there's 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 2023 we'll be doing our taxes smarter and cheaper! Use my referral code to get a great 10% discount: 
MY-CODE: KOFRU

מידע חשוב עבור אזרחים אמריקאים שגרים בארץ: הגיע פתרון שיחסוך לנו הרבה כסך!

החל מהשנה, אפשר למלא דו"ח מס אמריקני עם חברת סימפלטקס - ותראו חסכון אמיתי!

אפשר לחסוך עוד יותר עם מכניסים את הקוד שלי בעת ההרשמה. ההרשמה ללא עלות - רק תצטרכו לשלם עם משתמשים במערכת לדווח. השתמשו בקוד KOFRU ותקבלו 10% הנחה.

או הקליקו כאן: https://simpletax.co.il/register?referral=KOFRU


Sunday, January 15, 2023

Spa Days and Other Deals

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Sometimes it's just the right day for a treat, for yourself or for someone else, you know?

Give yourself or someone else a pampering break with one of these spa deals (these are day packages that do not include a hotel stay unless stated explicitly in the deal)!

Dan Panorama Tel Aviv - Massage + Spa package, starting at 199 NIS per person! Limited time offer so go ahead and buy it right now if you want it!

Daniel Hotel Spa (Dead Sea) - spa packages for 2, starting at 389 NIS!

David Hotel (Dead Sea) - spa packages with breakfast or lunch at the hotel, starting at 219 NIS per person

Spa Day + Hermon tickets at the Panda Resort (Neve Ativ) - this package for 2 people includes breakfast, massages, spa access, tickets to the Hermon, and other extras, for 990 NIS

Hof Gai Hotel (Tiberias) - Spa package - starts at 295 NIS for one person

Here are some ideas for pampering yourself or a loved one, for less than 100 NIS:

Salt Room treatment (in the Krayot) - 29 NIS for one time, 79 NIS for 3 times

Gift packages from Sabonella - starting at 59 NIS

Manicure at Pure White Cosmetics (Dizengoff Center) - starting at 55 NIS

Hope you found this helpful!

Have a great day!

            -Ester

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Coupon Code for TODAY only!

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It's the tenth of the month, and that means that if you shop online using an Israeli mastercard, you can potentially save a lot of money today.
Here are some of my favorite deals, be sure to enter code MASTERCARDAY at checkout to get your savings!

Aliexpress - with the code you'll get $5 off your $35 purchase

Wallashops - with the code you'll get 100 NIS off your 990 NIS purchase

Groowith the code you'll get 30 NIS off your 99 NIS purchase

iHerb - with the code you'll get 10% off your $60 purchase

There are other deals out there, too! Happy Savings!