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Frugal food shopping for the Anglo Israeli

Archive for the month “July, 2011”

Materna and diaper sale at Shufersal

I was at Shufersal today and saw the 700 gram container of Materna for 33.90 ₪. That means Rami Levy will probably drop their price as well, but for the meantime, that is an excellent price.

The diaper sale is still going on as well.

Happy Shopping!

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Rami Levy Materna sale- through July 14 only!

Rami Levy is selling the 700 gram container of Materna for 38.90 shekels. You must have a club card to get it at this price.

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Shufersal meat and fish sale through Thursday, July 14!

Fresh chicken thighs or hindquarters- 13.30 shekels/kg when you purchase 3 kg

Frozen sole fillets- 19.99 shekels/kg

Argentinian aged beef shoulder 39.99 shekels/kg

You must have a club card and you must spend at least 150 shekels in the store to qualify for these sales.

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Shufersal Deal sale- July 12- August 1

Click here to see the sales at Shufersal Deal.  You must be a club member to take advantage of these sales.

El Gaucho products-2 for 30 shekels

Shufersal fish shnitzels- 2 for 38 shekels

Gad Italian cheeses- packaged: buy 2 get 1 free, delicatessen:  25% off

Tibon Veal shwarma- 2 for 44 shekels

Fresh mushrooms- get the second package for 50% off

Shufersal frozen kebab/hamburger- 2 for 30 shekels

Tibon Veal frozen chopped meat- 2 for 45 shekels

Shufersal vegetarian shnitzels- 2 for 35 shekels

Tivol vegetarian shnitzels- get the second package for 50% off

Shloshet HaOfim burecas and filo dough- 2 for 30 shekels

Shloshet HaOfim Cigars, Kube, Pastelles, Egg Rolls- buy 2 get 1 free

Shufersal frozen vegetables- buy 2 get 1 free

Mama Of shnitzels- 2 for 60 shekels

Mama Of shaped shnitzels- 2 for 49 shekels

Shufersal shnitzels- get the second package for 50% off

Ma’adanot jachnun- 2 for 32 shekels

Shufersal french fries- 19.99 shekels each when you buy two packages

Angel Bakery coupon at Big Deal

Big Deal has a coupon for 40 shekels worth of products at Angel Bakery for only 20 shekels.

The fine print:
1- It must be used between July 17 and August 31, 2011.
2- There is no limit to the amount of coupons you can purchase.
3- Not valid on Fridays except in Modiin.
4- You can only use one coupon per purchase.
5- Not valid on sale items.
6- Not valid for businesses.

There is a list of participating bakeries on the web site.

Go to the Big Deal web site to purchase.

Diaper sale extravanganza!

It all started with Mega, who began to import Huggies from Turkey and sell them for 36 shekels per package.   From there, the price wars began. (source)

Now every store has their own deal, and it would behoove you not to take advantage of these incredible prices.

Here is a summary of diaper prices throughout the country:

Shufersal

Huggies costs 38.80 shekels.  You can purchase up to two packages at this price.

Titulim costs 100 shekels for 3 packages.

Pampers costs 100 shekels for 2 packages.

Mega Bul

Huggies (imported) costs 36 shekels if you are a member of YOU.

Huggies and Pampers cost 100 shekels for 2 packages at Mega Bul and Mega BaIr for all customers.

SuperPharm

Pampers costs 39.99 shekels with a purchase of a least 5 items.

Huggies costs 49.90 shekels.

A coupon was sent in the mail to club members to purchase a package of Huggies for 39.99 shekels and Titulim for 29.99 shekels.

Rami Levy

Huggies costs 35.90 for club members.

Pampers costs 38.90 for club members and 44.90 for the rest of the public.

Victory

Huggies costs 100 shekels for 3 packages; 54 shekels for 1 package.

Pampers costs 110 shekels for 2 packages for club members; 42 shekels a package for rest of the public.

Kimat Chinam

Pampers and Huggies cost 90 shekels for 2 packages for the general public.

Pampers costs 39 shekels for club members.

Israeli Cooking on a Budget by Sybil Zimmerman

With a title like that, it must be written for me!   I live in Israel, I love to cook, and I have to stay within my budget.  When we first made aliyah and invited over Israelis for meals, they would be surprised at how “expensive” my meals were.  They then proceeded to teach me how to make food that costs less.

Americans, especially those who use a lot of coupons, buy a relatively large amount of processed foods and carbohydrates.  How often are there coupons for vegetables, fruits, kosher meat, or cheese?

In Israel, however, the opposite is true.  Locally produced foods are much cheaper than imported foods.  Vegetables and chicken are relatively cheap.  Cheese is outrageously expensive as well as fish and red meat.  Pasta is relatively inexpensive compared with cereals and other processed foods, especially since you can rarely find coupons for those items.

The author’s recipes reflect this concept.  She bases her meals on vegetables, with meat/chicken/cheese/fish as a minor ingredient.  She almost always uses locally-produced foods in her recipes.

The best part of this book is that it reads like a history lesson.  If you are like me and read cookbooks like you read novels, this cookbook will take you back over 30 years to a simpler Israel- at least culinary-wise.  1978 was before Tivol, which revolutionized the vegetarian market.  The author discusses how to use SVP-Soy Vegetable Protein- which is dried and shaped into flakes, crumbles, and powders.  As she describes it, it has the consistency of a sponge and virtually no taste.  They are still on the market, and I agree 100% with Sybil’s description.

The author transliterates the names of many foods from Hebrew to English and even Arabic to help the new oleh learn the navigate the supermarket.  There are many outdated words, such as fruit squashes (petel syrup),  sterilized bottled milk (chalav amid), Afikal (shortening), and Marie biscuits (see Wikipedia).  She also lists the different cheeses on the market and describes how they are made.  Reading these lists makes me realize how far we have advanced over the past thirty years.  The variety and selection of food in your average supermarket has expanded exponentially since this book was written, much to my pleasure.

If you like food, and you like Israeli history, it is worth it to pick up a copy of this book.   Particularly when you can get it for as little as $1.40 at Amazon.com.  You will also find a lot of the standard recipes that every Israeli chef should know how to make- tehina, eggplant salad, falafel, and the like.

Happy Cooking!

iPhone apps for the frugal shopper

The iPhone helps people organize, get in touch, stay on schedule, and have fun.  But can it save you money at the grocery store?

Here are some iPhone apps designed to help you save money while food shopping.  They are all free and in Hebrew unless otherwise noted.

  • Marketplace:  When you scan the barcode of any product you can buy at the supermarket, you get the price of that item at Rami Levy, Mega, and Shufersal online (including sales).  If you just purchased the item in a “real” store, you can enter the price you paid and at what store, which is visible to other users.  They just started a blog in the app as well.   Marketplace also has a web site  which allows you to make a shopping cart  of grocery items and compare prices of those items in different supermarkets.
  • Shop Rooster:  This app allows you to find discounts in various stores throughout the country.  They have a section for food, but so far there is nothing listed for grocery items.
  • מה זול יותר (What is cheaper?):  This app allows you to compare two items of different price and weight/volume to each other to see what is cheaper.  If the store you shop at does not list the unit price, this app can help you buy the cheaper item.  In Israel, bigger is not always better- it pays to check.
  • Yellow:  Yellow is the minimarket at Paz gas stations.  You can find their sales and coupons in the app, which has other cute driving-related applications.
  • OnMyWay:  This app shows you all the deals and coupons available close to where you are.  The “Food and Drinks” section only has minimarkets, though.
  • Shufersal:  This app has a couple of useful items.  There is a copy of the latest sales circular, which is generally updated within a reasonable amount of time.  You can connect with your club card to have a shopping list of everything you purchased the last time you were in the store.  From that master list you can add or subtract items as well as mail it.
  • Easy.co.il:  This app doesn’t have coupons but is a very nifty app.  It helps you find anything you need where you are- from the supermarket to the post office to the iriyah to the architect.  It shows the address, phone number, how far away they are, and whether they are open or closed.  It will connect with Google Maps to give you directions as well.
  • טרה (Tara): A cute app that came out for Shavuot, with recipes and shopping lists based on the recipes.  No coupons, however.
  • E Food Check:  For those of us who are not used to E numbers, this is a European system to classify food additives.  In Israel, the law states that the E number and a descriptive term of the additive must be in the list of ingredients.  I don’t know about you, but words like “emulsifier” and “anti-caking agent” are hard enough in English-knowing the Hebrew word isn’t very helpful.  This app allows you enter the number and get the name of the additive and it’s relative safety.  You can also browse the list of E numbers.  This app is in English.
If you have found any other useful apps, please let me know!

Anglo Deals- a great coupon web site in English

Although this web site does not have supermarket coupons, I was very excited to find it and wanted to share.

From their web site:

About Us

You have heard of the new phenomenon of “group buying” on websites like groupon.com and livingsocial.com  Every day they offer great deals from 50% to 90% off for a range of different products, such as restaurants, entertainment, spa treatments etc.

The trend swept Israel as well and now there are dozens of similar websites.  Some are in English, such as Groopbuy.co.il and Dealon.co.il, and many sites are in Hebrew, like Walla Shops, Big Deal and Buy2.

We created Anglo Deals primarily for Anglos living in IsraelWe understand that it’s hard enough just to keep track of the few sites in a language you can understand, let alone keep track of all the great deals you might be missing in Hebrew.

In order to provide you with this service, we compile all the coupons from both English and Hebrew websites daily, translate what is needed and put them up on one user-friendly website. All you need to do is click on the coupon you want and it will direct you to the appropriate site. We put all the important ‘fine print’ clearly on our site so you don’t have to search for the ‘catch’.

You can save time and never miss out on a deal you might be interested in. We’ve made it easy to do by giving you the option of searching either by your city, by category or by both.

You also have the option of signing up to our email list and receiving a list of all the coupons on our site daily. You will also be automatically entered in our weekly raffle to win free coupons!

We hope you find our site helpful! 
The Anglo Deals Team

Rami Levy has the lowest price on cottage cheese!

Yediot Ahronot just published their survey on the lowest cottage cheese prices in the country and Rami Levy wins!

Strauss cottage cheese can be purchased for:        7.69 shekels at Shufersal Sheli in Jerusalem,

5.90 shekels at Shufersal Deal,

 7.58 shekels at Tiv Taam in Tel Aviv,

 and 4.90 shekels at Rami Levy.

Tara cottage cheese can be purchased for 6.90 shekels at AM/PM in Tel Aviv.

Tnuva cottage cheese can be purchased for 5.49 shekels at Mega Bul.

Happy Shopping!

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