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Pre-Rosh Hashanah sales and deals

We have just finished our second week of school- two weeks of picking out chugim, getting back to a routine, figuring out what to make for lunches, and homework, homework, homework.  Throw into the mix an out-of-the-country spouse, and you can just imagine how I haven’t been able to post for a few weeks.

There is no time to spare, however: we need to start getting ready for the holidays.  Here are some of the latest sales and deals:

1. The annual book fair at Heichal Nokia in Tel Aviv is going on now.  They don’t advertise that they have English books (but they also don’t advertise that they don’t).  All books are 7 for 100 shekels but if you bring the coupon below you can get 8 books for 100 shekels.  The fair is open Sunday-Thursday from 10:00-22:00, Friday from 10:00-16:00 and Saturday night from after Shabbat until 23:00.  The address is Yigal Alon 51 in Tel Aviv- Gate #4 next to Aroma.  For more information go to their Facebook page.

2. Nu- Pharm is selling hundreds of products at the low price of buy one, get the second one for 1 shekel.  To see what products are on sale, click here.  Stock up on the products you need for the holidays while the prices are low.  Sale ends 30 September 2014.

3. The supermarkets are slowly pulling out their loss leaders.  Go to Israflyer or Webflyer to see each store’s sales for that week.  Here are some of the deals I noticed:

Shufersal Sheli–  Shufersal brand honey (with the Israeli Standards Institute’s seal of approval), three 1.5 liter bottles of Pepsi or three rectangular containers of Starkist tuna for 10 shekels.  Sale ends 29 Sept 2014.  Limit three of each sale items.

You– This store has prices that knock out the competition.  Hawaii shampoo/conditioner is only 5 shekels (YOU members only) and a 4-pack of Filtuna tuna (including tuna with canola oil) for only 17.90 shekels!  With a 100 shekel purchase, you can get whole fresh carp for 14.90 shekels/kg and Adom Adom fresh lamb shoulder for 59.90 shekels/kg.  They also accept Rav-Tav cards at 100%.  Sale ends 15 Sept 2014.

Yesh B’schunot– Also has a 10 shekel deal- Telma cornflakes, Emek Hefer honey (with the Israeli Standards Institute’s seal of approval), Yesh brand gefilte fish, three 1.5 liter bottles of Pepsi, 4 bags of Yesh pasta, three cans of mushrooms, or three cans of Yesh brand pickles all for 10 shekels.  Sale ends 24 Sept 2014.

Shufersal Deal/Online– Four 450-ml wine glasses or a 34.6 * 20.7 * 5.3 cm rectangular glass pan for 10 shekels.  I bought the pan and will get a few more for Pesach.  The Brita Marella with three filters is 99 shekels and the SodaStream Genesis Deluxe is only 199 shekels (moadon members only).  Thirteen fancy plastics disposable bowls and serving spoons for 29.90 shekels.  Sale ends 24 Sept 2014.

4.  If you are traveling in the near future, you must check out this deal on three spinning hard plastic suitcases- 50, 60, and 70 cm, TSA locks and in a choice of many colors for only 299.90 shekels at Harmonia Labayit.  I can’t vouch for their quality but at that price they are worth a spin.  To find a store near you go to their web site.

 

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Support businesses in the South without leaving your house

One of the best ways to support Israel is to buy Israeli products.  Between the military campaign and the subsequent drop in tourism, the factories and businesses in the South need your support now more then ever.  You can donate money to people who will go shopping in the South, but did you know there are products in your local supermarket that are manufactured in the South?  The “Made in Israel” campaign has compiled a list of manufacturers that are located in the South, 13 of which are food-related.  Here is the list in English:

(1) Natureza (נטורזה)- sells health food such as acai berries.  For more information call 08-9982428, go to their Facebook page or  web site.

(2) Yekev Kfir (Kfir Winery)- On their web site you can order wine to be delivered to your house.  For more information call 08-8570354 or email them at meirkfir@gmail.com.

 

(3) Dorot- one of my favorite companies!  They make cubes of garlic, parsley, ginger, chili and more that are chopped and frozen for easy use.  This product is even exported so you can tell your friends in Canada, Hungary, France, South Africa, Spain, the US and the UK to buy it as well.  An international store locator is on their web site.  For more information call 08-6808095 or email zohars@dorot.com.

(4) Top-Gam candy- better known as the Tent’a brand (תנת’ה).Not only is the Sderot-based factory staying open, but it is donating packages of candy to the soldiers as well.  You can find Tent’a products in Shufersal and Mega in addition to the US and the EU.  For more information, go to their web site (English), call 08-6616111 or email revitalb@em-neto.co.il.

 

(5) Tufinit chocolate- Lots of delicious chocolates such as those given out at smachot.  Their chocolate can also be found at Aroma and Cafe Cafe.  For more information, go to their web site or call 08-9340805.

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(6) Hoshen- boutique honey, olives and olive oil.  For more information, call 1-800-744-657, go to their web site or email shavivolive@gmail.com

(7) Tibulim- similar to Dorot, they make frozen chopped herbs and spices.  For more information call 08-9930885 or email tibulimofer@gmail.com.

(8) Chavat HaBuffalo- dairy products made from buffalo milk can be found in stores such as Shufersal, Eden Teva Market, Co-op , and Aroma cafe shops.  For more information, go to their web site, Facebook page,  call 08-8574508 or email neta201@012.net.il.

(9) HaBesor olive oil- award winning and superior in quality.  You can even see the laboratory analysis of their oil’s fatty acid content on their web site.  For more information call 054-6644717 or 052-4874025 or email info@habsor-oliveoil.com.

(10) The Pita Boutique (בוטיק הפיתה)- All sorts of breads, calzones, and pizza.  You can order online for pickup if you are in the Ashdod area.  They also deliver to the soldiers.  For more information go to their Facebook page or call 08-8562414.

(11) Tivit (טבעית)- “Nature’s Healthy Snacks”- They make healthy granola bars  for what seems to be only private label so I am not sure if you will be able to find it in the stores.  You can contact them by calling 054-3320410 or sending an email to NaturesHealthySnacks@gmail.com.  For more information check out their web site.

 

(12) Stybel flour (שטיבל)- Although they are national, they have flour mills in Ashdod and Beersheva.  You can order flour online or by telephone to be sent to your house.  If you live in California, you can purchase online from this store.  For more information, go to their web site, call 04-9020114 or email dalit@stybel.co.il.

There are many more factories that are located in the South such as Osem (one factory in Sderot) and Yad Mordechai (Kibbutz Yad Mordechai), but I think the focus was on smaller businesses who are more directly affected by the military campaign.

Check the label- it might be faked

Right before Rosh Hashana Channel 2 presented a whole new business in Israel- reprinting expired food labels with later expiration dates.

To watch the video, click here.

For those who had trouble understanding, here is a summary:

Channel 2 went to printing shops to ask if they would reprint labels of food that had already expired.  Their answer- yes!  They say that this occurrence is all too common in minimarkets and restaurants, where they have the label reprinted before a scheduled inspection of the Health Department.  Reprinting is not cheap- one printer quoted 4500 shekels, but the sale is all profit since the food would have been thrown out anyway.

Unfortunately, fake labels is something seen all too frequently in Israel- with Yad Mordechai honey, kashrut stamps and more.

Moral of this story: check the label well- if it looks suspicious or is doubled (a label on top of a label)- don’t buy it.

If you already purchased something that seems suspicious or even just see it in the supermarket, you can file a complaint with the supermarket, the manufacturer, or the Ministry of Health.  Click here to find out how to complain to the Ministry of Health.

Back to school specials for parents

Today is the second day of school for most children, which means the parents can start to get back to their regular schedule- traffic, office politics, and maybe even a quiet moment with a cuppa and the newspaper.

Since next week (!!!) starts the month full of holidays, I thought we could browse the sales in today’s newspaper together. So grab your cuppa (coffee or tea- depending on when you are reading this)- I will wait until you are ready.

Shufersal Deal

  • Vegetables- 10 kg for 20 shekels
  • Chocolates for 10 shekels
  • Multiples of canned vegetables for 10 shekels
  • With purchases over 100 shekels there are discounts on meat and fish

Chetzi Chinam

  • Yad Mordechai olive oil 2 liters for 60 shekels
  • Yad Mordechai honey- 350 grams for 13 shekels
  • Sanfrost frozen vegetables- buy two get one free
  • White flour- 4 for 10 shekels
  • Very cheap prices on meat- says tari/fresh but I am wary (see aliyah tip #2-  beef)
  • Open motzei shabbat 31 Aug
  • Arbella pasta- 4 for 10 shekels

Mega Bool

  • Carmel Tirosh grape juice- 1 liter for 16 shekels
  • 6 pack of Coca Cola- 30 shekels
  • Taster’s Choice coffee- 200 grams for 30 shekels
  • Chicken hind quarters for 15 shekels per kg with a purchase of 250 shekels or more, 3 kg maximum
  • Onions and tomatoes- 2 shekels/kg with a purchase over 100 shekels (3kg max)- 200 shekels allows up to 6kg.
  • Beets, pumpkin, white and red potatoes- 3 shekels/kg with a purchase over 100 shekels (3kg max)- 200 shekels allows up to 6kg.

Co-op Shop

  • Tirosh wine- 1 liter for 10 shekels
  • Osem spaghetti- 3 for 10 shekels
  • Emek Hefer honey- 250 grams for 10 shekels (check to make sure it has a Tav Teken)

Yesh (coupons only)

  • Tzabar chummus- 850 grams for 8 shekels
  • Carmel Tirosh grape juice- 1 liter for 12 shekels (great deal!)
  • Shmurat Teva toilet paper- 48 rolls for 28 shekels
  • Ariel laundry detergent- 6 kg for 50 shekels
  • Titulim premium for 29 shekels
  • Most stores open motzei shabbat

Office Depot

  • Spend 100 shekels on office supplies and you can get an orthopedic backpack for 19.90 shekels (not 2013 models).  Cannot use backpacks and kalmarim to get to 100 shekels.  (This is a good time to look for a nondescript one that they wouldn’t find out of fashion so quickly)

What else is in the paper?

  • Yisrael HaYom’s daily survey how much certain items cost in different countries.  Today- tomatoes.  Israel- 4.99 shekels/kg, England 11.29 shekels/kg and the US for 8 shekels/kg.  They do warn us that prices are about to change soon.
  • Economics Minister Naftali Bennet says opening the doors to imported products will increase competition and drive down prices.   If there is no competition, we need to make it.  Manufacturers in Israel have traditionally been supported by The Israeli Standards Institute whose legislation allows them to monopolize the market.  The Trachtenberg Report forced them to adopt international standards which will allow the market to be flooded with more imported products and hopefully drive prices down. (Sources: Arutz 7 and Globes)
  • Whipping cream (38% fat) and gevina levana 5% fat will now be be subsidized along with other agricultural products (for a complete list click here– I will translate in my next post)

Gossip in the supermarket;

  • Our butcher tells us that all the meat prices will be going up next week.  If you haven’t stocked your freezer yet, do so now!

New Super-pharm coupons posted

Check them out on the Super-pharm web site.

Some of the food deals include:

Get Yad Mordechai honey personalized for the holiday

For 25 shekels (including delivery), you can get a 250 gram bottle of Yad Mordechai honey with your choice of photo and your personalized bracha for the new year.

You can design up to 7 bottles per delivery.  Delivery takes 10 business days.  Offer ends Rosh Hashana 5754 or while supplies last.

Click on this link to start. The Facebook app will ask for access to your public profile, friend list and photos so use your dummy account if you don’t want to share that information.

Only 27 days until Rosh Hashanah!!!!

Yad Mordechai samples and coupons

Strauss is offering free samples of Yad Mordechai honey every day at 12pm on their app site.

Strauss Deal this week is 20 shekels off a 50 shekel purchase of Yad Mordechai products- including honey, jelly and olive oil.  Click here to get the coupon code sent to you by email/SMS.

Yad Mordechai honey coupon- expires 31 July 2012

Coupon- Yad Mordechai children’s honey

DON’T EAT THIS: Honey that isn’t honey

Misrad HaBriut warns consumers not to eat the following brands of honey because they do not qualify as honey according to the Israeli Standard for honey:

“דבש + שורש זלוע ומזון מלכות”

“דבש יער של חודש מאי, טבעי עם טעם וריח שאי אפשר לחקות”

“דבש טבעי מפרחי בר, משק דבורים שחר”

“דבש דבורים טהור, מיוצר בלעדית עבור סדרת המותג ע”י דבש שלנו” (Yes, HaMutag is Rami Levy’s brand)

The manufacturer of HaMutag honey responded: “The honey tested was manufactured  by only one of many companies used to produce HaMutag honey, and that specific batch was manufactured several years ago (the expiration date is December 2012).”

Pictures of the products:

If you would like to test your honey at home to see if it is real, follow these instructions posted on the blog “Know How of Everything.”

What is used to make imitation honey?  Sugars of different types.

I want to stress that the Ministry of Health is NOT saying that these products are hazardous to your health, just that they are not what they should be.

Source: Arutz 2 and Arutz 7

 

Like this post?  Then check out Misrad HaBriut’s campaign against fake olive oil.

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