School supplies- just be Israeli
I was reading a Facebook post by someone about how much she spent on school supplies. While most of my readers know that is is essential to plan ahead for most events in order to save money, that doesn’t mean we should be buying in advance. All of us have seen the humus for a shekel before Yom Ha’Atzmaut and free fish heads when you buy gefilte fish before Rosh Hashana. Those deals, however, come out right before the holidays, in sync with Israeli time which is notoriously last minute. Although up to now I have seen some used book sales here and there, most of the Israeli population is more concerned with Tzav 8 and entertaining their kids since camps are over. The last two weeks of August when most people are on vacation is when the shopping will be in full force. There are one or two coupons coming out now, mainly for backpacks such as this Kravitz one:
Read the fine print: you must spend 99 shekels on office supplies from the 2013 collection. Must print this coupon and present it when purchasing. Expires 27 July 2014.
Here is another backpack coupon:
Read the fine print: You have to have an Egged Rav Kav. Click on the picture for more information.
Good deals on school supplies haven’t come out yet and won’t for a while. However, it is a good idea to start getting a copy of Yisrael HaYom, which posts Kravitz coupons regularly towards the end of the summer. You should also get acquainted with your local haredi neighborhood general store and ask when they will start stocking school supplies. Prices are on a whole cheaper in haredi neighborhoods but I would be cautious when buying super cheap products other than paper goods because they may not last as long as more expensive items.
There are a lot more tips in a previous blog post I wrote last year- check it out! One tip I learned after I wrote that post was the ability to purchase used books through Tzomet Sefarim. Check your local store to see if they do a buy back or not. You can also email in your school book list to Tzomet Sefarim, pick up the books at your local store and avoid the long lines. Don’t forget to check back here for more coupons as they come out!