Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Aliexpress Discount Codes for Israeli Shoppers!

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Shopping Aliexpress this week? Don't miss out on these coupon codes!

Code IL4 gets you $4 (USD) off Orders over $40 USD

Code IL8 gets you $8 (USD) off Orders over $80 USD

Both codes are valid through August 27, 2023

Click here to find all the best end-of-summer sales: 8.21-8.27 End of Season Sale-Spend & Save-Global

I'm seeing lots of items with 11, 12, or 15-day shipping to Israel! Just be sure that when you get that note that your package is on the way you OPEN the SMS and select your pickup location. This way you'll hopefully avoid the hassle of having to get IsraelPost to find your package at a post office 2 hours away from you and reroute it to your local pickup spot. Trust me, I know.

And be careful not to overdo it or your house might get overrun with boxes. Don't ask me if that's ever happened to me. Because I'm not at liberty to say.

But let's just say that I believe the local deliver guys know my name quite well. Oops.
To be fair, I usually don't even order things for myself. It's my family. They ask me to find them the things they need. So I end up placing all the orders. Really, it's true!

Anyhow, let me know what you're looking for - I can try to help you find it too, especially if you want to buy it on Aliexpress. Just post in the Kosher Frugal group and I'll do my best to get you a link!

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Avoid getting scammed

Have you gotten an email or text about "an order" of yours that's waiting for payment of some trivial amount? Or that has to clear customes?

Maybe you've received a text message telling you that your account is in danger of suspension and you must verify your details?

Or one of the many other messages that people are getting out there?

scam texts I've received

BE CAREFUL. Many Israelis are getting scammed and find their credit cards compromised after clicking one of these messages!

How can you tell if that message is a scam/phishing message? Here are some tips:

Spelling mistakes in the URL - don't click! 

Look carefully at the picture above with screenshots of actual text messages I've received - that link that is supposedly from Israel Post is from "Israeilpost.com" - which is NOT the Israel Post URL!

Don't trust short links or unofficial-looking links:

Always go through official websites when you need customer service, tech support, or to authorize changes to your account. This applies to your bank, credit cards, postal services, and even websites you shop on. Look in the picture above - at least one link is "tinyurl" link, another is a "rebrand.ly" link. Big Red Flag.

Verify links first:

Legitimate websites use the url you know for that site. The post office does not send out short links! Neither does your bank. When in doubt, go directly to the website (or app) you think the message came from, and log in on your own. A legitimate request will show up when you log in. If you got a text message telling you to pay a customs fee, but you can't see the fee and information about it when you track your package, it's a scam. Same goes for resetting your bank account password. If you log in to your account and there's no message there, the text/email you got was almost certainly a scam!

Urgent messages should make you wary:

Scammers will often try to get you to act quickly. They'll tell you that you must pay within X number of hours, or that your account will be closed in X amount of time if you don't act quickly. If they manage to make you feel panicked, you're more likely to give out sensitive information. So always take the time to double and triple check before you click on that link or agree to reset your account. If the message seems out of the blue AND urgent, be wary! See the picture above - one of the messages says that your package will be returned to sender if you don't pay! If you really owe taxes, this won't be the way you get this message.

Same goes for phone calls!
If someone calls you and urges you to pay a fee over the phone with your credit card, even if they seem to know who you are, don't pay! Call the number you have for the contact person you work with at that company (it's often an insurance scam, so call your insurance agent, or whichever company they claim to be from) and speak with them directly so you know you're speaking to a legitimate person and not a scammer.

A friend called asking you to wire money because they're stuck overseas without money? 
Phone numbers and voices can be cloned. If your friend is truly overseas and stuck, chances are they won't be calling you. If you're concerned about a friend overseas and you can't reach them when you call them, you can get in touch with the embassy in that country or a trusted contact there, who can check on your friend. DON'T WIRE MONEY because of a phone call. Always find a way to verify the person is who you think they are before you agree to send any money! It's really truly rare that any request for you to urgently wire money is actually legit. So my bottom line is BE WARY!

My thoughts about scammers:
Scammers are theives. They prey on people in whatever way they think they'll get you to part with your money or your sensitive information! That doesn't mean you can't still help a friend in need, or give tzedaka! Just be sure to do this in a way that you're sure your money will get where you intend it to go. 

Hope you found this helpful! I'd love to hear from you! Be sure to join my Facebook group and we can be in touch there! 


Monday, August 14, 2023

Spa deals for you!

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Spa day, anyone? I've found some deals for you if you're looking for one of those!

Deal 1: Spa Day for TWO people via "Share Spa" - you'll get a massage for 2, use of the pool, snacks, wine, and in some locations, use of the spa facitlities. 
- Choose option 1 for 489 NIS if you want to use one of the 4 hotels listed for that option
- Choose option 2 for 589 NIS if you want to use one of the 5 hotels listed for that option


Deal 2: Breakfast and admission to the pool at the Leonardo Inn Dead Sea Hotel, for 119 NIS per person

The voucher can be used anytime through the end of 2023.


Deal 3: Spa Day at the Gaash Hot Springs Spa.

- Choose option 1 to get admission to the facility and use of the various thermo-mineral pools, for 88 NIS
- Choose option 2 to get the above package for TWO people, for 169 NIS
- Choose option 3 to get the above package for THREE people, for 249 NIS
- Choose option 4 to get the above package for FOUR people, for 333 NIS

The voucher can be used anytime through October 31, 2023


Deal 4: Spa Day at the Leonardo Plaza in Jerusalem, including breakfast, 50-minute massage, wine, spa facility.

-Choose option 1 for one person, for 299 NIS
Choose option 2 for two people, for 559 NIS

The voucher can be used for 90 days from date of purchase


Let me know which one of these you think is best! 

Enjoy - and remember, these packages also make a GREAT gift for someone special!

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Mastercard Day Savings!

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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
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

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

Amazon also participates, you'll get 10% off your $49 purchase (or above). Check out popular products with free shipping! Our favorites are skincare products that almost always save us lots of money. But books and clothes are also popular!

Booking will give you 6% off with this code

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

Thursday, August 3, 2023

Another way to get FREE things!

I'm going to assume that if you're reading this, you really appreciate FREE stuff! Sometimes, the only free things you can get are pretty useless junk, but sometimes there's something really worthwhile out there!

Here's a way to get points towards a VERY WIDE variety of free things - if you're a member of Clalit Mushlam.

So if you are, indeed, a member of Clalit Mushlam, here's what you need to know:
You're paying them a monthly premium for the privilege of membership, and you can get discounts on things and perks, like the ability to see a mushlam doctor for much less than the cost of going private. So here's a perk you might not have heard of:

Clalit Active. It's an app that encourages a healthy lifestyle, and you accumulate points. You can redeem those points for rewards - things like gift cards, smoothies, gym admission, and sports equipment!

Now, everyone knows I'm not big exercise buff, but even I go walking and eat things and drink water, so it's pretty easy to get points! I've already picked out the reward I'm working towards, and my family members have already gotten several rewards.
Right now, rewards include pool admission for a major discount (20 NIS + 2000 points, at participating pools - there's a list).

Want in on it? Just click this link from your phone to get it! And be sure to add in referral code JPAJKYK for a sign-up bonus - there's a section called מישוש קוד מתנה where you can put the code in for a 600-point bonus! You have to put the code in the day you activate the app in order to get the bonus.

Have fun! Feel free to share this post with anyone you know who might want to join!