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Frugal food shopping for the Anglo Israeli

Archive for the month “September, 2011”

Which supermarkets are open Motzei Shabbat?

This is the last shopping week before Rosh Hashanah, and if you can’t stand the thought of braving the crowds tonight or tomorrow, you have several supermarkets to choose from Saturday night.

Stores that will be open include: Rami Levy, Mega Bool, Shufersal, Yesh, Victory, and most Kimat Chinam stores (check their website for individual store hours).

Who will be closed?  Shefa Shuk and Mister Zol.

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Printable Super Pharm coupons!

Go to this web site and print out coupons for a wide variety of items at Super Pharm.

The fine print is so fine I can’t read it to you, but I think they expire 30/9/2011.  It says that you can print the page only once.

Sales include: Telma mixflakes for 9.99, 1+1 on McCormick spices, Primor 1 liter juice for 4.99, Olivia sauces for 7.99, Huggies for 11.99, 1+1 on Gerber baby food jars, Life paper towels for 7.99, Aquafresh 100ml toothpaste for 7.99, and 30% off Solgar vitamins.

By the way, if you are a doctor (I don’t know re: PhD), you can apply for Super Pharm card which gives you 10% off all regularly-priced purchases.  Apply in the store.

Get apples and honey from Rami Levy for 1 shekel!!

Spend over 150 shekels at Rami Levy and you can get apples and honey for 1 shekel!  Maximum 1 bag of apples.  Expires September 28.

Kimat Chinam’s weekly sale circular

Click here to see the circular.

Some good sales include Heinz 907 gram ketchup for 8.99 (credi card hoders only), apples/bananas/rimonim for 4.99/kg, Tirosh grape juice (750ml) for 7.99 each when you buy two, various frozen fish for 14.99/kg, and frozen meat between 19.99-24.99/kg.

Kimat Chinam coupon on Walla Shops

Walla shops is offering a 70 shekel coupon for Kimat Chinam for only 35 shekels.  Sounds great, no?  Read the fine print, though:

Maximum one coupon per purchase.

Can be used between September 21-October 10.

Valid on double sales and deals.

Minimum purchase 250 shekels.

If you already shop in Kimat Chinam, I guess this coupon is worth something.  But 35 shekels off of a 320 shekel purchase (250 + 70 shekels) is not a coupon to go out of your way for.

The link to purcahse the coupon is here.

Mega bag of vegetables for only 5 shekels!

YOU members: Take an environment-friendly colorful bag at Mega BaIr (only), fill it with fresh vegetables and pay only 5 shekels for the entire bag!

Limit one bag per purchase.  Must spend at least 150 shekels on other items.  I cannot read the expiration date- if you can, please post it.

   Update:

I just came back from Mega. The bag is smaller than it looks, but I was able to put in 6 leeks, 4 peppers, 3 large beets, 10 zucchini, and 6 plum tomatoes.  The store I was in only allowed non-packaged vegetables and vegetables that are priced by the kilo.  They also disallowed avocadoes and bananas.  Oh, and the bag is plastic, not cloth.

Strauss’s coupon of the week- Elite chocolate

Click here and you will be sent a coupon for 20 shekels off a 50 shekel purchase of Elite chocolate gift packages.  offer good only at Shufersal Big and Shufersal Deal.  Expires October 9, 2011.

You can’t go wrong with rice

Rice is tasty, rice is cheap. Even in Israel.

Yisrael Hayom’s pictorial price comparison today is for 1kg of white rice.

United States- 7.4 shekels

England- 7.3 shekels

Israel- 8 shekels

“I’m…dreaming of a white…new year”

I am well aware that Rosh Hashanah is when everyone makes their special roasts, sheep’s head, and meat tzimmes (depending on your minhag), and I know the saying “אין שמחה אלא בבשר ודגים” , but being in the supermarket last Friday during the Tnuva dairy wars got me thinking.

I don’t know if anyone else had the same experience, but throughout the entire supermarket I was plied with samples of yogurt made with goats milk, had my cart inspected by young Tnuva sales reps, and was notified of every one of their dairy specials. I went home quite full that day, with a lot of dairy products in my basket. Of course, it didn’t help that the line for fresh meat stretched all the way to the fresh cheese section. Looking in that basket, I decided that it wouldn’t kill our family to break from tradition and have a few dairy meals this holiday season. After all, we have a three day Yom Tov coming up. Let’s take advantage of these low prices and create some delicious meals!

That is what frugal shopping is about: purchasing what is affordable, and not be swayed by the manufacturer’s idea of a “must have.” In fact, it might even be looked at as being even more spiritual by eating dairy (or more specifically, not meat). We were vegetarians in the desert before we learned the laws of kashrut, and we were only allowed to eat meat as a leniency that was given to us because we complained too much. (For a more in depth discussion of vegetarianism in the Torah, check out this article on the blog Animals in Halacha).

So this year my freezer is stocked with my traditional leeks and meatballs and my lubiya with plenty of meat in it.  It is also stocked with cheesecake, spanikopita, pashtidot, fish in matbucha sauce, and lots of other ‘white” foods I found on sale these past weeks.  To let you in on a little secret- I spent more on the meat than all of the other meals combined.

I’m feeling pretty good right now. My bank account hasn’t suffered too much so far, so we will be able to splurge a bit on those Sukkot tiyulim.  In fact, I think I will go look for some discount restaurant coupons now…

Shana tovah u’ metukah!

Philadelphia cream cheese- one of a kind

No matter how hard they try, Israel does not have a replacement for cheam cheese.  “Gvinat shamenet” just doesn’t cut it.  Cheesecake here is a sorry affair, too wet and not nearly as firm as it should be.  Holy Bagel carries “gvinat shamenet” and “gvinat philadelphia”.  Once a year for Shavuot I suck it up and buy it- I don’t usually ask visitors to bring perishable items.

Yisrael HaYom confirmed today what we all knew- another outrageous price.  For a 226 grams package, you will pay:

     United States- 9.2 shekels

     England- 7.9 shekels

     Israel- 19 shekels

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