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Prigat, Tara Moo, wine, and tzfatit cheese coupons- expire 13 December 2015

Go to this link and submit your name and cell phone number.  The coupons will be sent to you by SMS.

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HaPirat HaAdom toy coupons- expire 27 October 2015

Go to their web site and click on the coupon to print.  For some reason I can’t get pictures of all of the coupons here.

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Snap.in: the new way to “cut” coupons

Have you heard of Snap.in? It is Israel’s version of the latest way to NOT clip coupons.  Basically, you go to their web site or download their app from iTunes or Google Play to see what deals they have.  Go to any store you want- big, small, or in between and purchase any of the products listed.  Within seven days of purchase, photograph the receipt and send it to Snap.in.  Every time you get to 100 shekels, you get the cash directly deposited to your bank account or they will mail you a check. This is all the rage in the US now- check out apps such as ibotta, Checkout 51, and Snap by Groupon.  They work they same way as Snap.in but have a lower threshold for sending out the cash and some have the ability to send the cash through PayPal.  So far I haven’t gotten to 100 shekels yet, but I will update you how it goes.  I think it is a great idea for those of us who forget their coupons at home (or HATE to print them) or are not loyal to a particular supermarket.  It doesn’t cost anything to join and I did not have to give my bank account information to get an account.

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What happened to all the coupons?

Hi folks- January has been a really quiet month coupon-wise.  I have been out of the country most of this month, but even so I have been hard-pressed to find good deals to pass on to you.

One of the reasons why came from Tnuva, who gave this answer on their Facebook page when people like me went looking for new coupons and found none:

“בעקבות חקיקת חוק המזון בנוגע לפרסום קופונים ומבצעים בין ספקי מזון לרשתות השיווק, בשלב זה אין באפשרותנו להציע קופונים עבור מוצרי תנובה. “
“The new food law states that it is forbidden to advertise coupons and sales between food distributors and supermarket chains, so at this point Tnuva is unable to provide coupons for Tnuva products.”
That is a strange statement.  Firstly, there is a draft of the revised food law, but it hasn’t come into effect-it hasn’t even been read once by the Knesset, so it is hard to believe that Tnuva is so responsible that they are abiding by a possible new law which might come into effect possibly for years.  You can read the draft here if you are so inclined- the final date to send in comments has passed, however.  It is 104 pages and I must admit I haven’t read it cover to cover yet.  I did a quick search for the words “coupon”, “advertise”, “sale”, and “food distributors” and was unable to find the part that Tnuva is referring to.  I probably need to read it more carefully because when I jumped to the Strauss Sheli web site to look for coupons, I found this message:
״בינואר 2015 נכנס לתוקפו ״חוק המזון״ ובו נקבעו, בין היתר, מגבלות מסוימות לגבי חלוקת קופונים לצרכנים. החברה בוחנת את סוגי ומאפייני הקופונים אותם ניתן לחלק בכפוף להוראות החוק ותפעל לחלוקת קופונים בהתאם למותר על פי הדין.״
OK, now I know that the new food law is a draft- therefore it has not in effect as Strauss says. So what is going on?  Is this some sort of show against the new law or is it a convenient excuse not to provide coupons?  The Israeli Chamber of Commerce doesn’t mention this issue in their comments and neither does the Israeli Manufacturer’s Organization– the umbrella organization for manufacturers such as Strauss and Tnuva.  That means that the issue is not really important to manufacturers (if it really exists).  The issue should be important to the Israel Consumer Council though- if anyone is concerned, they should be.  Despite their detailed list about what the new law means for consumers, there is no mention of coupons being forbidden.  Some of the practices that the new law does forbid include: the purchasing of preferable shelf space in a supermarket, forcing the recommended price of an item on a seller, limiting supermarket space to 50% for extremely large companies, and forcing consumers to buy a less-preferred product to get a low-priced preferred product.  You can read more on their web site.  I might say that forbidding a recommended price MIGHT be related to coupons, but it isn’t very clear to me at all.
At this point I am perturbed.  Are you?  I can’t see any reason to forbid coupons.  If limiting coupons to particular supermarkets is what Misrad HaBriut feels is preferential treatment that should be stopped, then have coupons valid at all supermarkets!  Maybe the whole point of coupons was a joint deal to promote certain supermarkets?!?!
If this issue bothers you as much as it bothers me, complain!  Click on the names to file a complaint and make sure to mention “Chok HaMazon” חוק המזון.
  1. Strauss (Hebrew) (English) (Facebook)
  2. Tnuva (Facebook)
  3. Israel Consumer Council
  4. Misrad HaBriut
  5. Manufacturers Association of Israel

Toys R Us Chanukah coupons

Click on the coupons to access the catalog with printable coupons.  From that page you can also download the app to use the coupons directly on your smartphone or purchase on the Toys R Us web site.  If you register on the web site, you can get another coupon for 25% off your online purchase or 15% off your store purchase.  Don’t forget there is free shipping with a 149 shekel or more purchase.

Mommy Care coupons- expire 31 March 2015

New Toys ‘R Us coupon app

For those of us who forget to carry around the Toys ‘R Us coupons we printed out, there is a new app just for us.  ToysRUsIL is a new app for the iPhone or Android with lots of coupons, a search engine for the closest store, and the ability to shop Toys ‘R Us on the internet.  Don’t let your kids know about the app,though, or you won’t be able to use the excuse “I forgot my coupons” when they complain that you won’t stop at Toys ‘R Us on the way home…

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New Toys R Us coupons- expire 17 Sept 2014

Click on the picture to enlarge and print.

New Tnuva coupons- expires 30 Aug 2014- 31 Oct 2014

Now you don’t have to go to Tnuva’s Facebook page to print the coupons- you can also get them on their web site.  You don’t have to register on the web site to print the coupons.  Go to your preffered page to print.

 

 

What the rest of us do when the missiles are flying

If you live in one of those areas which Pikud HaOref classifies as “normal” but still have red alerts, you are caught between staying home and going stir crazy or attempting to salvage the summer vacation somehow…somewhere…without blowing the entire budget for a tzimmer in the Galil.  Here are some ideas for indoor activities for you and/or the kids.  Confirm each facility’s availability, make sure you know where the merchav mugan is and read any additional instructions when you get there.  For example, the “Kesem BaSafari” night safari web site notifies the public that the site is open but that (1) there is NO murchav mugan and (2) it is absolutely forbidden to leave your car in the African area! (unless you want to be eaten by lions)  They do allow you to exchange your tickets for another date.

(1) Ikea sale– Going on now until 20 July 2014.  With three stores in Netanya, Rishon L’zion, and Kiryat Ata, you can stay in the mercaz or go North.  You don’t need to go to buy something, although I am sure you can find an essential knickknack or two.  You can let the kids run in the building, go to the ball pit, or participate in the activities scheduled for kids.  Pick up a cheap and tasty meal and your day is complete.

(2) Tnuva visitor center in Alon Tavor– The famous visitor center has opened its door for no cost to residents from Gush Dan and further south!  Must show proof of residence.  Order your free tickets on their Facebook page.  Children 5 years old and older are welcome.  For more information about the visitor center go to Tnuva’s web site.

(3) Restaurants– Restaurants know that if they want to attract the parents over the summer, they have to attract the kids as well.  Max Brenner has traditional kids meals such as shnitzel as well as with pasta with chocolate sauce (!), magic powder and jungle bananas, all served with crayons and a coloring box about Max the Chocolate King.  Cafe Greg has both a meat and vegan menu for kids and also gives out a placemat to color on with crayons.  Placemats and crayons are also available at Mandarin, Fresh Kitchen, and Cafe Landwer.  The Cafe Greg restaurants in the Givatayim Mall, (kosher lemehadrin), Haifa Mall, Orot Mall in Or Akiva and Mercaz Big in Karmiel (all not kosher) have a large area built especially for kids to run around in and play while the parents enjoy their meal.

 

BBB- Burgus Burger Bar (not kosher) has a special kids meal as well as lots of games and activities on the electronic system at each table.

Source: Yisrael HaYom

Restaurants can be very expensive, however, so look for discount coupons in places like Leumi Card, Visa CAL, GROUPON, and eLuna.  For example, right now there is a 10% off coupon for Fresh Kitchen Jerusalem on eLuna and you can get a free Cafe Greg ice cafe for 195 point from American Express Rewards.  Deals come and go fast so it pays to look frequently.

(4) Cinema City– If you are already eating, you might as well see a movie as well.  If you spend 49 shekels on a meal Friday, you get a free movie ticket (participating movies only).  There are other free live shows to check out.  Call 1-700-70-22-55 for more information and check out my previous post for deep discounts on Cinema City movie tickets.

(5) Museums– air conditioning, educational and inside- what more could you want? OK, less crowds.  Some museum deals include:  Lifestyle members can purchase combo tickets to the Museum Eretz Yisrael in Tel Aviv for 39 shekels (child) or 49 shekels (adult).  The ticket includes entrance to the museum, the kite show and the planetarium!  Valid only 24 July 2014.  On 26 Aug 2014, Lifestyle members can go to the kite festival and “Song of the Bamboo” at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem for 42 shekels (adult)- kids are free!  To order tickets, click here.  With the “Kids Love Israel” card, you can get discounts on the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem and MadaTech in Haifa.  Kinderland has a coupon for the new science museum in Beersheva.  For the most comprehensive English list of every museum in Israel, click here.

(6) Bowling– Since it is generally on the ground floor and deep within a building, a bowling alley can serve as a merchav mugan if needed.  If you have a Leumi card, you can get 1+1 bowling tickets from their web site.  Bowling Chutzot HaMifratz in Haifa has coupons on their web site.

(7) Factory tours– Michal Negrin factory- a treat for all fashionistas.  You can get a  1+1 coupon on Kinderland.  For more information, go to the Michal Negrin web site.  The Coca Cola “center for the senses”  is only  20 shekels and you can arrange a tour in English.  For more information go to their web site.  The Bamba visitor center is considered to be one of Israel’s best- and free!  To make an appointment, go to their web site.

(8) Animix– The annual animation festival, trade show and workshops will be held in Tel Aviv 6-9 August 2014.  Isracard members get 1+1 tickets on their web site.  For more information about the festival, click here or go to the Cinemateque web site.

(9) Gymboree/arcade– You can find some coupons for arcades on the Kinderland web site.  On the Ligdol web site you can find coupons for gymborees (here and here for example)

(10) Bank of Israel– One of Israel’s best kept secrets, the Bank of Israel offers a free tour of their center where you learn the basics of economics, see a display of ancient Israeli coins, and play computer games where the economic fate of the world is in your hands! You get a free bag of shredded money as a gift.  Tours can be arranged in English.  To make an appointment, go to their web site.  The tour is appropriate for children ages 8 and older but the games are more appropriate for middle and high school children.

I hope this brief list has got your creative juices flowing.  If you are looking to go somewhere specific and need a coupon, let me know I will do my best to find one for you!

 

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